Bangkok to Chiang Mai @ train, bus, flight Mar 5, 2017

74 trips (THB 534 — 3,686)

From Hua Lamphong to Chiang Mai by train

#7
Thai Railways
08:30
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
19:30
Chiang Mai
11h
food WC aircon steward
฿ 891
× 2 = ฿ 1,782
15 seats available
#109
Thai Railways
13:45
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
04:05
Chiang Mai
14h 20m
food WC steward
฿ 791
× 2 = ฿ 1,582
20 seats available
#9
Thai Railways
18:10
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:15
Chiang Mai
13h 5m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,131
× 2 = ฿ 2,262
41 seats available
#9
Thai Railways
18:10
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:15
Chiang Mai
13h 5m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,703
× 2 = ฿ 3,406
 
#9
Thai Railways
18:10
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:15
Chiang Mai
13h 5m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,131
× 2 = ฿ 2,262
Only 1 seats left!
#13
Thai Railways
19:35
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
08:40
Chiang Mai
13h 5m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,131
× 2 = ฿ 2,262
Only 4 seats left!
#13
Thai Railways
19:35
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
08:40
Chiang Mai
13h 5m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,753
× 2 = ฿ 3,506
 
#51
Thai Railways
22:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
12:10
Chiang Mai
14h 10m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,071
× 2 = ฿ 2,142
25 seats available
#51
Thai Railways
22:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
12:10
Chiang Mai
14h 10m
food WC steward
฿ 831
× 2 = ฿ 1,662
17 seats available

From Morchit to Chiang Mai by bus

Bangkok Busline
06:00
Morchit, Bangkok
15:40
Chiang Mai
9h 40m
snack WC aircon steward
฿ 534
× 2 = ฿ 1,068
? seats available
Bangkok Busline
16:00
Morchit, Bangkok
01:50
Chiang Mai
9h 50m
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 623
× 2 = ฿ 1,246
? seats available
Bangkok Busline
18:50
Morchit, Bangkok
04:30
Chiang Mai
9h 40m
snack WC aircon steward
฿ 534
× 2 = ฿ 1,068
? seats available
Bangkok Busline
20:00
Morchit, Bangkok
05:40
Chiang Mai
9h 40m
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 831
× 2 = ฿ 1,662
? seats available
Siam First
20:02
Morchit, Bangkok
05:42
Chiang Mai
9h 40m
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 623
× 2 = ฿ 1,246
? seats available
Lignite Tour (PK)
20:15
Morchit, Bangkok
07:35
Chiang Mai
11h 20m
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 623
× 2 = ฿ 1,246
? seats available
New Viriya
20:20
Morchit, Bangkok
07:20
Chiang Mai
11h
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 623
× 2 = ฿ 1,246
? seats available
Bangkok Busline
20:35
Morchit, Bangkok
06:15
Chiang Mai
9h 40m
snack WC aircon steward
฿ 534
× 2 = ฿ 1,068
? seats available

From Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13 to Chiang Mai by bus

Bangkok Busline
06:30
Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13, Bangkok
17:40
Chiang Mai
11h 10m
snack WC aircon steward
฿ 534
× 2 = ฿ 1,068
? seats available
Bangkok Busline
15:00
Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13, Bangkok
02:10
Chiang Mai
11h 10m
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 623
× 2 = ฿ 1,246
? seats available
Bangkok Busline
20:30
Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13, Bangkok
07:40
Chiang Mai
11h 10m
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 831
× 2 = ฿ 1,662
? seats available

From Don Mueang Airport to Chiang Mai by flight

#DD8300
Nok Air
06:05
Don Mueang Airport
07:15
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,523
× 2 = ฿ 3,046
  available
#FD3437
Thai AirAsia
06:35
Don Mueang Airport
07:55
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,875
× 2 = ฿ 3,750
  available
#DD8302
Nok Air
06:50
Don Mueang Airport
08:00
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,523
× 2 = ฿ 3,046
  available
#FD3443
Thai AirAsia
08:20
Don Mueang Airport
09:40
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,875
× 2 = ฿ 3,750
  available
#SL504
Thai Lion Air
08:35
Don Mueang Airport
09:50
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,556
× 2 = ฿ 3,112
  available
#DD8306
Nok Air
09:05
Don Mueang Airport
10:15
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,523
× 2 = ฿ 3,046
  available
#SL506
Thai Lion Air
09:40
Don Mueang Airport
10:55
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,746
× 2 = ฿ 3,492
  available
#FD3435
Thai AirAsia
10:30
Don Mueang Airport
11:50
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,875
× 2 = ฿ 3,750
  available
#SL508
Thai Lion Air
10:50
Don Mueang Airport
12:05
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,746
× 2 = ฿ 3,492
  available
#SL510
Thai Lion Air
11:30
Don Mueang Airport
12:45
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,746
× 2 = ฿ 3,492
  available
#FD3447
Thai AirAsia
11:35
Don Mueang Airport
12:55
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,875
× 2 = ฿ 3,750
  available
#FD3441
Thai AirAsia
12:25
Don Mueang Airport
13:45
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,285
× 2 = ฿ 4,570
  available
#DD8312
Nok Air
12:40
Don Mueang Airport
13:50
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,824
× 2 = ฿ 3,648
  available
#DD8314
Nok Air
13:40
Don Mueang Airport
14:50
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,824
× 2 = ฿ 3,648
  available
#SL512
Thai Lion Air
13:40
Don Mueang Airport
14:55
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,746
× 2 = ฿ 3,492
  available
#FD3433
Thai AirAsia
13:45
Don Mueang Airport
15:05
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,875
× 2 = ฿ 3,750
  available
#FD3445
Thai AirAsia
14:50
Don Mueang Airport
16:10
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,875
× 2 = ฿ 3,750
  available
#SL514
Thai Lion Air
15:05
Don Mueang Airport
16:20
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,936
× 2 = ฿ 3,872
  available
#FD3431
Thai AirAsia
15:45
Don Mueang Airport
17:05
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,875
× 2 = ฿ 3,750
  available
#SL516
Thai Lion Air
15:50
Don Mueang Airport
17:05
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,936
× 2 = ฿ 3,872
  available
#DD8318
Nok Air
16:30
Don Mueang Airport
17:40
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,824
× 2 = ฿ 3,648
  available
#FD3439
Thai AirAsia
16:55
Don Mueang Airport
18:15
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,875
× 2 = ฿ 3,750
  available
#DD8316
Nok Air
17:05
Don Mueang Airport
18:15
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,824
× 2 = ฿ 3,648
  available
#SL518
Thai Lion Air
18:30
Don Mueang Airport
19:45
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,936
× 2 = ฿ 3,872
  available
#DD8324
Nok Air
19:00
Don Mueang Airport
20:10
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,824
× 2 = ฿ 3,648
  available
#FD3425
Thai AirAsia
19:30
Don Mueang Airport
20:50
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,875
× 2 = ฿ 3,750
  available
#SL520
Thai Lion Air
19:40
Don Mueang Airport
20:55
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 934
× 2 = ฿ 1,868
  available
#SL522
Thai Lion Air
20:10
Don Mueang Airport
21:25
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,126
× 2 = ฿ 4,252
  available
#DD8326
Nok Air
20:25
Don Mueang Airport
21:35
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,025
× 2 = ฿ 4,050
  available
#FD3427
Thai AirAsia
20:35
Don Mueang Airport
21:55
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,875
× 2 = ฿ 3,750
  available
#FD3429
Thai AirAsia
21:25
Don Mueang Airport
22:45
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,875
× 2 = ฿ 3,750
  available
#FD3419
Thai AirAsia
21:40
Don Mueang Airport
23:00
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,875
× 2 = ฿ 3,750
  available
#SL524
Thai Lion Air
21:50
Don Mueang Airport
23:05
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,936
× 2 = ฿ 3,872
  available

From Suvarnabhumi Airport to Chiang Mai by flight

#WE168
Thai Smile
07:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
08:15
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,978
× 2 = ฿ 3,956
  available
#TG102
Thai Airways
07:50
Suvarnabhumi Airport
09:00
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,418
× 2 = ฿ 4,836
  available
#PG215
Bangkok Air
08:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
09:20
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,808
× 2 = ฿ 5,616
  available
#TG104
Thai Airways
08:45
Suvarnabhumi Airport
09:55
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,418
× 2 = ฿ 4,836
  available
#PG270
Bangkok Air
09:45
Suvarnabhumi Airport
11:05
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,808
× 2 = ฿ 5,616
  available
#WE160
Thai Smile
10:20
Suvarnabhumi Airport
11:35
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,978
× 2 = ฿ 3,956
  available
#TG2160
Thai Airways
10:20
Suvarnabhumi Airport
11:30
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,847
× 2 = ฿ 5,694
  available
#WE180
Thai Smile
11:20
Suvarnabhumi Airport
12:35
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,978
× 2 = ฿ 3,956
  available
#PG217
Bangkok Air
12:10
Suvarnabhumi Airport
13:30
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,808
× 2 = ฿ 5,616
  available
#TG110
Thai Airways
13:15
Suvarnabhumi Airport
14:25
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 3,237
× 2 = ฿ 6,474
  available
#PG229
Bangkok Air
13:55
Suvarnabhumi Airport
15:15
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,808
× 2 = ฿ 5,616
  available
#WE182
Thai Smile
14:05
Suvarnabhumi Airport
15:20
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,756
× 2 = ฿ 3,512
  available
#PG262
Bangkok Air
15:10
Suvarnabhumi Airport
16:30
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,808
× 2 = ฿ 5,616
  available
#WE164
Thai Smile
15:40
Suvarnabhumi Airport
16:55
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,200
× 2 = ฿ 4,400
  available
#PG906
Bangkok Air
17:10
Suvarnabhumi Airport
18:30
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,808
× 2 = ฿ 5,616
  available
#TG116
Thai Airways
17:20
Suvarnabhumi Airport
18:30
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 3,686
× 2 = ฿ 7,372
  available
#TG120
Thai Airways
18:40
Suvarnabhumi Airport
19:50
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,418
× 2 = ฿ 4,836
  available
#PG227
Bangkok Air
19:35
Suvarnabhumi Airport
20:55
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,808
× 2 = ฿ 5,616
  available
#WE166
Thai Smile
19:50
Suvarnabhumi Airport
21:05
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,422
× 2 = ฿ 4,844
  available
#PG221
Bangkok Air
21:15
Suvarnabhumi Airport
22:35
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 3,374
× 2 = ฿ 6,748
  available
#WE176
Thai Smile
22:20
Suvarnabhumi Airport
23:35
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,978
× 2 = ฿ 3,956
  available

How to get to Northern Thailand

What about

Nestled in a Northern basin of woodlands and mountains, the former capital of Lanna kingdom, Chiang Mai is a city with infinite charm. Gorgeous ancient wats and chedis – some of them dating back to XIII century – dot the city. Forest monasteries hide in the mountains and hills. Colourful markets bursting with OTOP products, flavoursome Northern Thai cuisine with unforgettable khao soi, welcoming and friendly locals and endless choices to live through unforgettable experiences, no matter whether you are just on a short 2 day visit or on a month-long trip. There is plenty to take in in Chiang Mai, from temples, museums, galleries and waterfalls, to quaint coffee shops, epic clothing malls and a unique night-life scene for party goers and music enthusiasts alike.

You will enjoy Chiang Mai, that is for sure.

Getting to Chiang Mai

Overland travel to Chiang Mai is easy and convenient: numerous buses link the northern capital with major provincial centres of the country. From the capital Route #1 Bangkok–Chiang Rai brings you as far as Lampang, where you switch to Route 11 Lampang–Chiang Mai, which goes all the way to your destination. The northern line of state railway of Thailand is a 751km long stretch from Hua Lamphong station in Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Depending on the means of transport you choose, the whole journey lasts anywhere between 9 and 14 hours.

From Bangkok to Chiang Mai by bus

Getting the bus to Chiang Mai from Bangkok is easy, affordable and comfortable enough to sustain you through the long journey. Chiang Mai bound buses originate from the Northern and Northeastern Bus Terminal (Mochit). With a lot of companies (e.g. Bangkok Busline, Siam FirstNew Viriya, etc.) serving the route and departures throughout the day you have plenty of options. Most buses leave after 8pm arriving early in the morning the next day. Note that in peak seasons (i.e. during Thai festivals like Songkran in April or Khao/Ok Phansa in July/October etc.) it is wise to book in advance. Prices vary depending on the level of comfort of the bus. If you can afford paying some extra baht, opt for VIP coaches with 24 seats (from 800 THB) which ensure enough space both for your legs and elbows. But even the cheapest buses from Bangkok (from 500 THB) are comfortable enough to sleep through the whole journey.

A word of comfort: Mochit Bus Terminal is enormous, but there is a lot of staff to help passengers to find their way. You will be caught right at the entrance and directed to the right platform.

There is also a bus leaving from Khao San Road at 8pm arriving at 6am the next morning through the Thai Sriram bus company at 650 THB per person. It is a VIP36 and is an option to consider if you are staying somewhere in the area. Interprovincial buses arrive to the large Arcade Bus Station which is about 3km from the Old City. To get to your accommodation from there use tuk-tuks or songthaews, which are red pick-up trucks called rot daeng in Ching Mai.

From Bangkok to Chiang Mai by train

An overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is a classic Thailand experience. Tickets do sell quickly (especially lower berths), so book well in advance. The trip takes a little bit longer compared to the bus journey, roughly twelve hours, but is significantly more comfortable. The first and second class compartments are well equipped for comfort with seats that fold out into bunk beds (avoid the top bunk if you are claustrophobic). There are both fan and AC 2nd class sleepers, so check when you book. To travel like a king, buy the 1st class single sleeper which costs over 2000 THB per person but does not limit your privacy in any way. There are also 2nd class fan seats (about 600-650 THB) which are to be considered only in case there are no other options left, as with an extra 100 THB you can get a fan sleeper, but add 200 THB – and travel with an AC.

You may as well choose travelling by day as the route is filled with beauty as it takes you through mountainous regions and sprawling countryside that often seem untouched by civilization when viewed from the windows of the moving train.

Tip: There are food vendors constantly patrolling the carriages, so snacks and refreshments are never in short supply, but it is illegal to sell any alcoholic beverages on the train.

From Bangkok to Chiang Mai by private taxi

Leave for Chiang Mai directly from your hotel any time of the day. It may prove a good option for those travelling in a group of friends. A 9-seats Toyota Commuter costs THB 13,200 and takes about 9 hours to travel between the two capitals. The roads are generally smooth, there are gas stations with clean toilets and convenience stores along the way, and the scenery is great.

From Bangkok to Chiang Mai by plane

With several low cost carries selling tickets from Bangkok to Chiang Mai at as low as THB1000 and bringing you to your destination in mere 1½ hour, you may want to consider flying between the two cities instead of spending the whole night on the move travelling overland.

Thai Lion Air, an associate of the Indonesia-based Lion Air company, makes as many as 10 return flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai daily. Airfare starts from THB1000 and up, depending on the date and the time of the day you wish to fly. The most busy periods sell well before the travel date, but normally even a couple of days prior to your desired date of travel there are deals under THB2000 to catch. 15 kg of checked-in luggage and 7 kg of cabin luggage are already included into the ticket price. The earliest flight takes off from Bangkok Don Mueang Airport at 8.55am and the last one – at 9.50pm with eight other options in between.

In Bangkok Lion Air is based in Don Mueang International Airport to the north of the capital. To get there, use airport shuttle buses (routes A1 and A2). A1 starts from Morchit bus terminal and A2 originates at the Victory Monument, calling en route to Sanam Pao, Ari, Saphan Kwai and Morchit BTS stations (THB30). The latter is also served by A1 route. Travel time depends on traffic and is from 60 to 80 minutes. There are commuter trains between Hua Lamphong train station and Don Mueang airport, too. Trains take about 50 minutes to get from the railway station to the airport and are always a secure bet. Operating time is from 4.20am till 10.25pm.

A major gateway to Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai International Airport is one of the four busiest airports in the country operating daily domestic and international flights from/to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul and more. Chiang Mai Airport is located quite close to the city centre (just about two km), which makes flying to Chiang Mai even more reasonable: you are not going to spend much time and money getting to your hotel from the airport.

Note that many hotels in the city provide free transfer from the airport but it should be ordered in advance. Otherwise you can catch a taxi, a songthaew or a tuk-tuk to get to the centre. Taking into consideration the distance, the cost of the ride may seem a bit exaggerated, but in absolute figures it is still peanuts (about THB150).

Tip: Chiang Mai Airport is also used as a hub by Kan Air, a domestic airline which serves among the others some of the most amazing destinations in the north of Thailand, including Pai and Mae Hong Son. It is worth considering flying to these towns as not every traveller is able to survive a seriously winding road from Chiang Mai to Pai and from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son.

Getting around

The majority of Chiang Mai’s attractions lie within the walls of the Old City. Bicycles are the easiest way to get around and can be rented from nearly every guesthouse. Before setting off to explore the city, check the brakes though, as the city fleet leaves much to be desired. Expect to pay from THB50 to THB100 for an ordinary bike with fixed gear.

Motorcycle: Renting a scooter or a motorcycle (well, a car would also do) is a brilliant way to get around, and there are shops peppered everywhere that hire them out. Getting around this way gives you tons of freedom to approach your holiday however you would like and go exploring; and to stay in Chiang Mai and not go exploring should be a crime. Be prepared to leave your passport as a security deposit. Normally there are no problems with getting it back on returning your vehicle to the rental shop.
Tip: Take extra caution while riding a motorcycle or a scooter to Doi Suthep, the city’s picturesque peak. The combination of the winding road and breath-taking views can play bad tricks on inexperienced riders.

Songtaews: These are big trucks with benches in the back. The red and white ones are good for trips within the city (THB20-40 per ride), and the yellow ones will take you to some of the neighbouring Northern provinces. They are generally the cheapest way to get around, but sometimes require a little bit of negotiation.

Tuk-tuks: These are more expensive that songthaews (rot daeng). Consider chartering one if you are longing for new experience; otherwise use rot daeng. Prices, noise, pollution and safety record do not make tuk-tuks a viable option for every time you want to go somewhere.

Taxis: There are plenty of taxis everywhere. If you are used to the meter taxis of Bangkok, then you should probably know that even though the cabs look the same as they do in Bangkok, none of them use meters. Do negotiate before the ride.

Where to stay

Prices on accommodation in Chiang Mai have risen in the recent years, and it is now next to impossible to find a decent option for THB300; THB1000 being a more realistic figure for a budget room in a guesthouse within the walls. If you choose any of them, you have a convenience of being in the middle of the action close to many attractions; but there are other good options, too. You can look for some pleasant budget accommodation just east of the Old City in Thanon Tha Phae, close to the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. Thanon Nimmanhaemin with all its bars and restaurants is easily accessible from the western part of the Old City. Lodgings outside the city cater for the city veterans or those looking for relaxed countryside feel and are a great choice if your have your own wheels.

Activities

It is a good idea to try something different while you are in Chiang Mai. You will for sure visit a fair amount of temples, do some hiking and trekking, or even white-water rafting or rock climbing. Add a zest to your stay by enrolling to a massage class and learning the basics of the Thai massage; doing some volunteering in any of the elephant camps (ask in Elephant Nature Park, to begin with); seeing how those bright colourful Chiang Mai parasols are being produced; and cruising Thanon Ratchadamnoen on Sunday evening when it becomes an epicentre of local commerce, culture, cuisine and people-watching.

Tip: Chiang Mai is famous for its colourful festivals. Try to schedule your visit to see and participate in some of them if you can. During the first weekend of February the Flower Festival is held, and the city resembles a great blossoming garden. It is all wet for Songkran, which falls on April, 12–14, with revellers pouring water to each other (and passers-by) along the city moat. Loi Krathong, one of the most beautiful Thai festivals, is called Yi Peng in Chiang Mai. Thousands of illuminated lanterns float in the night skies over the city creating an unforgettable picture.

Getting to Chiang Mai by car

If you have a car there are two routes to get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok. The quicker and shorter one is to go to Nakhon Sawan, then turn left before you get into the city to highway number 1. You will pass Khamphaeng Phet, Tak and Lampang. If you love pizza stop in Lampang and go to the Riverside restaurant there. Better don't visit the elephant park between Lamphang and Chiang Mai for riding on the gray giants, there are better places to get in touch with elephants. After a total distance of about 700 kilometer you will arrive in Chiang Mai.

The second route is slightly longer, but rewards you with smaller roads through big forests. Drive up to Nakhon Sawan, then take the highway to Phitsanulok (117). Continue on highway 11 and you will reach Lampang and then Chiang Mai. In Phisanulok you have two more alternatives. If you turn right towards Phetchaboon you will pass the 'Switzerland of Thailand', a nice area with very relaxing resorts. In Phetchaboon you can visit Khao Koh, the mountain that has one place where your car will slowly roll up the hill. You stop, you turn off the engine and in neutral gear your car will slowly start rolling up the hill.

If you turn left you can visit the city of Sukhothai with its historical park. Rent a bicycle at the park entrance and enjoy the atmosphere of the well preserved 700 year old temple ruins.

If you decide to go by bus it will take you about 10 hours, the train will take about 14 hours. Traveling such long distances over night will safe you the costs for one night in a hotel. There are many airlines that fly to Chiang Mai, but you would miss a beautiful trip that way. We recommend to take the plane back, especially when you are heading down south towards the islands.

Chiang Mai

.. is a city that offers so many attractions that you will hardly be able to see all, even if you stay there several months. What we will try to inform you about are the things that you might not find in your guide book. But let's start with the common things first. People say you need to do three things in Chiang Mai: eat Khao Soi, a delicious rice noodle dish with many ingredients, visit Boo Sang where the colorful umbrellas are handmade from paper and visit the temple on the mountain, Wat Doi Suthep. On weekdays there are not so many people there. If the sun shines you can make beautiful pictures of the golden chedi. If you take one of the red songtaew taxis please keep in mind that the way down is a bit more expensive then the way up.

Khao Soi is made from rice noodles in a thin yellow curry, quite similar to the Massaman style. It is a soup-like specialty and mixed with deep-fried crispy noodles and boiled egg noodles. Usually on the side you will get shallots, banana, lime and pickled cabbage. Don't take the oil-fried ground chilies if you can't stand the extreme spicy taste. Coconut milk is used to soften the taste and make it less spicy. You can often order Khao Soi with chicken or beef, sometimes also the veggie version.

Then there is Boo Sang, a village near San Pathong where they produce the paper umbrellas / parasols and paint them since over 200 years. It is a very interesting process and at the umbrella factory on the right side, close to the junction, you can follow every step of the production. The Sa paper is made from the bark of the mulberry tree. There they would also paint wonderful motives on the cover of your mobile phone or on your clothes. If you have a bag, t-shirt or shorts you want to make unique - bring them and you do not have to buy something there. The village of Baan Tawai near Hang Dong is very similar to Boo Sang, with loads of souvenirs and wooden furniture. It is cheaper than the night bazaar in the city, but Boo Sang we like better.

The Chinese-style Wororot Market can be found near the Narawat Bridge over the River Ping. On Sundays there is a big street market inside the old city, starting from 7 p.m. until midnight. On Saturdays there is the walking street market (called Thanon Khon Doen) on Wualai Road. The night bazaar opens every day in the early afternoon and closes at night. A lot of different things are sold there, but you need to negotiate prizes. Do not expect the Louis-Vuitton Handbags or Versace jeans to be original. Many shops sell the same things, so you can ask for a price and then move on and ask another shop. There is a Chinese Money Changer shop about 50 meter from Tha Phae road coming on the right side of the night bazaar street which usually has the best exchange rates in town. If you reach the end of the night bazaar, cross the junction at Phantip Plaza and continue for another 300 meter. Behind the big hotel on the left side you will see the 3D street art museum 'Art in Paradise'. Bring your camera, because you can step into the 300+ paintings on the ground, walls and ceiling and get some really nice or funny pictures.

Fruitmarket
Fruitmarket
Rice of different colors
Rice of different colors
Smoothies
Smoothies

If you love animals and you would like to do something good, please visit Care For Dogs in Chiang Mai (Hang Dong District) or the Elephant Nature Park in Mae Taeng. The park is not cheap, but you will be rewarded seeing smiling elephants without hooks, chains or fences. They could easily run away, but they love to stay there. In the afternoon you might be able to go swimming in the river with the gray giants and brush their back with a big broom. The park offers day trips or you can stay and volunteer for a while. Something you will never forget. A bit further down behind the park on the same small road some shops offer white-water and bamboo rafting. While bamboo rafting is very slow and relaxed (one could say it's boring), the white-water is a bit more challenging. It is not really that white unless you come after there were heavy rainfalls in the mountains.

If you like to go swimming please Google 'Grand Canyon Chiang Mai'. This is a hidden gem in the north and not many people know about it. Clear and clean water, almost nobody there during the weekdays when the sun is out (Thais don't like to get tanned). Be careful and don't jump from the walls into the water. A recently opened coffee shop can be found at the entrance.

If you can drive a scooter or want to rent a car this loop is very nice: CM - Hang Dong - Samoeng - Mae Rim - CM
It takes about 3 hours and there is almost no traffic on weekdays. You will pass stunning view points, you can discover a hidden cave (which is a bit difficult to find), a very nice big coffee shop 20 km before Samoeng, strawberry fields in Samoeng and then there are many activities like bungee jumping, shooting ranges, ATV and buggy rentals, go-carriage, paint-ball and some parks, restaurants etc. near Mae Rim. With a scooter or car you can also go up the mountain and explore Wat Doi Suthep on your own. Please always wear a helmet, drive carefully and do not drink alcohol and drive!

Let's talk food...

Some people say there are more pubs and restaurants than people living in Chiang Mai. We would like to recommend a few special places that we enjoyed.

Inside the old city is a vegetarian restaurant called Taste from Heaven, the best vegetarian restaurant in the north. They have a Facebook page with their address and a map. The owner speaks good English and can help you with organizing of some trips, for example the 'Flight of the Gibbon' zipline adventure or a visit to the elephant park. You won't get ripped off here. They also do very good cooking classes.

Yummi Pizza Restaurant
Yummi Pizza Restaurant

The biggest pizza is served at The Dukes, where you can also find fantastic spare ribs. Huge portions, no need for a starter. It is on the other side of the river, between Narawat bridge and the old iron bridge. Another branch is at the night bazaar road, next to McD.

The most beautiful food is served in the Mix Bar and Restaurant at the end of Nimman Hemmin Soi 1.

At the corner of Soi 6 (opposite Tesco Express) you can find a small shop called Smoothie Blues, where you can have the best breakfast in town. Don't try their mango 'smoothie blues' - you might get addicted to it.
In the small soi between Nimman Hemmin Soi 11 and 13 is Sumo Sushi. Japanese food Thai-style, not expensive. A few meters away is the beer factory with a huge selection of imported beers and a bit further down the street to Soi 9 is a Japanese Yakiniku Grill. The grill is build-in to the table and you prepare your food yourself.

A place you should not miss is Yummy Pizza on Canal Road. It is a bit outside, but offers very tasty food and sometimes really good life music. The owner of the restaurant is your contact person for everything about Muay Thai boxing.

The former 'Rainforest Restaurant' Khao-Mao Khao-Fang is on road 3044. It is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Chiang Mai. Better sit near the lake, because the waterfall on the other side is quite noisy after a while. They also serve food inside the air-conditioned coffee shop.

Temples in Chiang Mai

Beside Wat Doi Suthep on the mountain there are many many other temples in Chiang Mai. There is Wat Phra Sing inside the old city, there is Wat U-Mong with its caves and a huge fish pond near Chiang Mai University. Another nice temple is Wat Doi Kham near the night safari. Not many tourist know this place. From here you have a very nice view over the city (on a clear day).

Shopping in Chiang Mai

Central Festival is a huge new shopping mall on the superhighway. The Robinson Airport Plaza is also nice and easier to reach. Maya is usually crowded with students from the nearby university.
If you plan to stay longer in the city you better rent a place than staying in hotels or guest-houses. Air-conditioned studios can be found for a monthly rental price of about 100 Euro, but condominiums inside the city or in the Nimman Hemmin area are much much more expensive. You will be much better off by renting a house in one of the housing estates (which usually come with security, pool, gym, clubhouse etc.), as houses are cheaper in rent than apartments.

Attention: the Zoo and the Night Safari are charging double entrance fees to tourists. We recommend not to support such behavior and avoid places like this.

Most of the city is mapped on Google Streetview, so you can explore some areas already on your PC.

If you have time you might also want to visit Chiang Rai. Chiang Rai has two very nice temples. Wat Rong Khun, the white temple and Baan Dam, the black house. Both are worth visiting, but it will take you 4 hours by car to get there. If you plan to stay one night in Chiang Rai: the Le Meridien Hotel in CR has a wonderful Sunday brunch.

Wat Rong Khun, Entrance
Wat Rong Khun, Entrance
Wat Rong Khun, White Temple
Wat Rong Khun, White Temple

Passenger reviews out of total 76,621 passengers traveled with us on this route

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Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
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Make your choice! Please remember that though we are closely monitoring services, we are still an agency marketplace - meaning we focus on ticketing service and route availability / coverage rather than on factual seat recline angle you got today ^_^

★★★★★ Feb 28, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Everything was good. Food needs to be better for the price paid or cheaper.
★★★★★ Feb 28, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great staff on train. Yes the trains are getting old but beds v comfortable. The only way to travel Bangkok to Chiang Mai!!!
★★★☆☆ Feb 28, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
12go were very convenient and easy to locate across the street from the rail station. However once we got on the train I found our lower berth occupied. The rude lady busy setting up her camera to film the scenery didn't care, and the crew seemed to care less. (The upper berths had no window) After a brief arguement which was getting us nowhere we just got on with it. But why book early and pay extra if someone can just jump into your seat? A little assistance from the crew would have been appreciated.
★★★★☆ Feb 28, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The beds were comfortable and the train was pretty quiet. However, the food is terrible and overpriced. I recommend people to bring their own food.
★★★★★ Feb 28, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Feb 28, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK))
★★★★★ Feb 28, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
By far the nicest sleeper train i've got so far. Staff were very polite and the beds were comfortable. The dining compartment and free wifi was a bonus.
★★★★★ Feb 28, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 27, 2017 (bus VIP24, Bangkok Busline) :
Bus really cimfortable. It's like a bed
★★★★★ Feb 27, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air) :
Arrived early! Good service. Well worth the price
★★★★☆ Feb 27, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 27, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK))
★★★★☆ Feb 27, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
All great except the lights were not turned down at night. On the upper bunk it was extremely bright.
★★★★☆ Feb 27, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Great service and facilities, only thing was the extreme air conditioning. It's possible to close the entire in the roof, but not totally, so be prepared. That said, it's a small point. the train, cabin and staff are 5*
★★★★☆ Feb 27, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
The journey was great and we satisfied with the services and facilities that your bus company provide. But, we are disappointed with the toilet. Because the toilet not clean and smelly. Other than that was good and we want to ride the bus in future. Please improve the facilities that provided in the bus. Thank you
★★★★☆ Feb 27, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Feb 27, 2017 (train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Train needs new seats
★★★★★ Feb 27, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
All was very efficiently;)! The travel was really convinient.
★★★★☆ Feb 27, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air) :
Thank you for the free exit seat
★★☆☆☆ Feb 26, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Our tv screen didn't work, We tried to order food to our room and nobody ever came, we pushed the call button several times and nobody came
★★★★☆ Feb 26, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
cannot fault the staff at 12go asia at all. they confirmed by booking which i booked on the day of the overnight train i wanted to get, with a preferred lower berth bed, and were very helpful and friendly when i went to pick up my ticket. the train was almost too hours late but nothing to do with 12go asia, and i still made it :) thanks 12go asia, i recommend it!
★★★★☆ Feb 26, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Took longer then predicted, 2 hours longer. But the staff was super pleasent and the beds were very comfy. Lower berth worth the extra 70 baht. Waaay bigger
★★★★★ Feb 26, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The number 9 train from Bangkok to Chiang mai was perfect - we slept loads and were fit to start the day in Chiang mai immediately :-)
★★★★☆ Feb 26, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 26, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 26, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Modern clean trains, good service, 1st class sleepers can get a little cool at night
★★★★★ Feb 26, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
I agree with everything Joy Frances wrote (except I slept like a baby!). Very pleasant journey, and staff is very nice and efficient. Loved it.
★★★★★ Feb 26, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Feb 25, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
We travelled on train 13, first class compartment in car 11. This was not the brand new train car built in China, but rather an older one made in Korea. The room was plain and not very comfortable. The toilet at the end of the car was scary, lacking a toilet seat! And there was no place to put suitcases outside the compartment, so that meant little or no leg room. After sunrise came the best part of the journey, namely the beautiful countryside.
★★★☆☆ Feb 25, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Sleeper train was fine, clean and pretty punctual. Not the smoothest of journeys but otherwise ok.
★★☆☆☆ Feb 25, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Tooo hot. And a Little bit dirty
★★★★★ Feb 25, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very clean and comfortable! Loved waking up to the views. Bottom bunk definately better!
★★★★★ Feb 25, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great service from 12go Asia I recommend to all my Portuguese friends. New trains are amazingly comfortable and the ac was very good. The dining cart is a plus with hot beverages and food.
★★★★★ Feb 25, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 25, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 24, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air) :
Best Price super Airline
★★★★☆ Feb 24, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Everything was fine except it was a bit too cold in the bus. The air conditioner was quite strong.
★★★★☆ Feb 24, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Feb 24, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Smrad a špina na toalete, inak ok.
★★★★☆ Feb 24, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 24, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air) :
Everything perfect
★★★☆☆ Feb 24, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 23, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Cool experience, would definitely do again. Beds were comfortable and staff was friendly. A little bit unorganized when collecting our ticket and getting on the train but we figured it out. Woke up a few times throughout the night as the ride was a bit bumpy. Overall was great and good way to save an accommodation for the night.
★★★☆☆ Feb 23, 2017 (bus VIP, New Viriya) :
It was all right in most aspects. Nothing too good or too bad. Arrived almost 2 hours early in Chiang Mai. Overall absolutely OK.
★★★★☆ Feb 23, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Very comfortable trip. Great customer service from 12go also who resolved issues regarding original train of choice being fully booked and ensuring I could travel on my desired date.
★★★☆☆ Feb 23, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Feb 23, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Feb 23, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
really enjoy night train from BKK to Chiang Mai
★★★★☆ Feb 23, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK)) :
Overall a nice trip, friendly staff and comfortable seats with a lot of space (for a tall Norwegian with long legs). It freezing cold due to heavy use of air condition, so bring pants and sweaters.
★★★☆☆ Feb 23, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
We were assigned to seats with a chinese family of 4 persons. They spoke so loud as they owned the whole train without thinking of other passengers.
★★★★☆ Feb 23, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK)) :
Very good bus service. Single sit also TV a phone charge
★★★★★ Feb 23, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train was immaculately clean and very well organised. Air cons' was on full blast so was a bit chilly waiting to get going ..Lovely helpful staff . The food was reasonable 60b for a microwave green curry ( very tasty ) coffee 55b . The staff start to make up the beds around about 9pm and everyone had pretty much got into their space by 10pm . As said before , the lights were kept on all night. It would have been nice if they could have dimmed them or reduced the amount that were on. They supply a light blanket but it did get a bit chilly so def wear appropriate clothing. Toilet facilities were pretty adequate .. Never had to wait really. Staff start to rouse you about 6 ish for a 7 arrival and they put the beds back to seats. I didn't sleep a wink but I found it very realxing and enjoyable. Looking forward to the return journey but will take an eye mask .
★★★★☆ Feb 23, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Pleasant enuf..and slept well. Was disappointed in the dining car, which was not really one. Food came in microwaveable packets...but the coffee was good.
★★★★☆ Feb 23, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train was very modern, clean, spacious and staff were friendly with complimentary water. Avoid the top bunk however if you actually want to sleep as the train lights stayed on all night without being dimmed or anything, so sleep without a sleep mask was extremely difficult. Bottom bunk was lovely though :)
★★★★★ Feb 23, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very clean..very good service
★★★★★ Feb 23, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Feb 23, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Great bus and great service. Only disappointing thing was the driver who was running really too fast.
★★★★★ Feb 23, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Feb 22, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The company 12Go was 5 stars and was very professional in responding to email questions and gave detailed instructions and tips for getting tickets and getting to the train. Thank you! About the Second class sleeper with AC... Each sleeper bed had it's own curtain but bring your eye mask as the lights never really go out. Bring plenty of snacks or food so you don't have to buy it on the train. But if you don't, they have food to order. Also, wear layers as the bus can start rather warm but cool over throughout the night.
★★★★☆ Feb 22, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Could definitely do this again, very comfortable!
★★★★★ Feb 22, 2017 (bus VIP24, Bangkok Busline) :
Positively surprised by everything on this journey. It was great! So spacious and comfortable!
★★★★★ Feb 22, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
First class journey. Fantastic new trains. Extremely comfortable. Efficient staff. Worth the experience. Book in advance when travelling in groups and request for group sittings.
★★★★☆ Feb 22, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
I arrived a bit late, but they let me check in and catch the flight. My luggage could not run as fast as I could, but it came on the next flight. Staff were helpful and told me what was going on clearly.
★★★☆☆ Feb 22, 2017 (train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
The service staff were very good, the foo8d surprisingly good but the train was 1.5 hours late arriving even though we left on time. There was no apparent reason so we actually think the trip should be advertised as a 12.5 hour trip...not 11 hours. Plus there was no information or explanation for the passengers.
★★★★☆ Feb 22, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air) :
Flight on time and efficient service
★★★★★ Feb 21, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Great train, comfortable berth for two, clean and modern (absolute and relative to recent experience in Vietnam and China)
★★★☆☆ Feb 21, 2017 (train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
The service in the train is very good with refreshments and a light lunch provided as part of the ticket price. The carriage air conditioning was too cold with most people rugging up, this made a long trip feel much longer and more tiring. The 12go service was great, definitely use them again.
★★★★★ Feb 21, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12Go.asia provided an excellent service, sending me 3 reminders about collecting my tickets and even giving a refund because the ticket was actually a bit cheaper. Great service and communication, The train was cold due to A/C, just wear something and is fine. The lower bed is perfect, very confortable. It has been the best way possible to arrive to Chiang May. The bar/restaurant was poor, better if you bring something to eat with you. The train was one hour late but it seems that it is normal. The ticket is also valid from Ayyutaya, so it is a nice option to spend the day there (leaving the luggage in the station lockers), and pick the train in the Ayutaya station after visiting the old city ruins.
★★★★☆ Feb 21, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very comfortable, but veeeerryy cold as well because of a/c
★★★★☆ Feb 21, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Tickets bought through 12go.Asia. Recommended for foreigners. Even got some money back because ticket was cheaper after all. Train: Efficient and friendly service. Our train left and arrived on time. Food was better than expected from reviews read earlier online. 900 for 2 people dinner and breakfast not Thai cheap but Europe wise not that bad. (Check your bill) Lower beds more comfortable than upper ones. It is a bumpy right but manageable if you up for it. Definitely nice cheap adventure and saves you accommodation for a night.
★★★★★ Feb 21, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
A real experience travelling on a Thai overnight sleeper train. The bed was comfortable and made with fresh sheets, food was sold from the restaurant car ( watch out for the unofficial vendors before you leave). We ordered dinner and then breakfast. Also offered a wake up cup of tea or coffee. Arriving in Chiang Mai just after dawn was lovely.
★★★★☆ Feb 21, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
the train is awesome, toilet is smells bad i think there is no cleaning service when the train starting go on until we arriving at chiang mai. Overall it was good
★★★★☆ Feb 21, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 21, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Everyone was so helpful and friendly.
★★★★☆ Feb 21, 2017 (train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Thank you.
★★★★★ Feb 21, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Nice way to travel
★★★★★ Feb 21, 2017 (train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
First time using this railway (1st time in the country actually), & it went off without a hitch. The service on the train was simply delightful. Cannot day enough good things. They kept us laughing, fed, and in good spirits. Wish I could take this service all the way home to New York! I truly would pay good money for the lovely, Caring staff!! Thank you so much!!!
★★★★☆ Feb 21, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train was very clean, everything was very organized and well done. Did not try the food so no comments there. Anyone over 6'1" (185cm) height will be a little too tall for complete comfort but overall a lovely trip!
★★★★☆ Feb 21, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train was very nice. Complimentary waters and kind staff setting up beds. Avoid the top bunk if your looking for a good night's sleep, on our train the lights stayed on all night and the curtains up top don't block them out. Besides that the experience was pleasant and well worth the minimal cost to get all the way up north. Grab a coffee from the food car in the morning and enjoy the sunrise!
★★★☆☆ Feb 21, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
The VIP sleeper was good, bed was a little stiff/hard but better than expected. I was traveling with my mountain bike but was told only upon check in at Hua Lomphong that the VIP Chinese made train DOES NOT carry any cargo or my bike!!! She had to go on the next train up!! Not happy and the kicker is the train with my bike wa delayed over an hour! Swiss timing and German organization it's not, by far. Knowing this, rather fly
★★★★☆ Feb 20, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train was lovely and clean, did get a bit cold so take a warm tracksuit and socks. I slept on top bunk so struggled with the light on the roof as the curtain rail is below it and the light is quite bright on top bunk. Much better on bottom bunk.
★★★★★ Feb 20, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Feb 20, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Would like to have the light off at night when trying to sleep
★★★★★ Feb 20, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air)
★★★★★ Feb 20, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 20, 2017 (bus VIP24, Bangkok Busline) :
The bus left on time, the guy taking care of everyone on the bus was the cutest ever. He showed me to my seat, gave me a blanket and pillow, a bottle of water, and two sets of snacks one at the beginning of the trip and one at the end. There was a tv screen on the back of every seat with movies and tv shows to pick from. I got locked in the bathroom because the door was super sticky. USB charging ports at every seat. The bus arrived 2 hours early. Overall great expereince
★★★★★ Feb 20, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
It was a very nice trip, train was so clean,nice and new.. its only abit cold at night time
★★★★★ Feb 20, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
I took the overnight 2nd class sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiangmai. It was comfortable, clean and got to sleep very well. I highly recommend!
★★★★★ Feb 20, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Se Nevers take de bus because se try to cancel .but i Nevers c ant do it
★★★★☆ Feb 20, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The beds are not large enough for people longer then 1.90 M. The music was very loud. The lights were very bright during the night. Overall iT was a very good trip And accomodation. We arrived as sceduled!
★★★★★ Feb 20, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 19, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 19, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
1st rate service from 12Go.asia & tickets booked in plenty of time. Train carriage old but scrupulously clean as was all bedding, sheets, pillow cases etc. Staff polite & friendly. Did not expect much from food (served in our 1st class compartment, but it was absolutely excellent). Lastly a word of thanks to The man in seat 61 who directed us to 12go & explained the pros & cons of the different trains!
★★★★☆ Feb 19, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Its a basic overnight no frills train trip that gets you to Chiang Mai close to scheduled time.
★★★★☆ Feb 19, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 19, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Feb 19, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great trip! Train was 1 hour late arriving/ leaving Bangkok, but that was to be expected. Conditions in the train are excellent! Besides a grumpy train attendent (just bad luck, others where great), the trip was perfect!
★★★★★ Feb 19, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 19, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 19, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)

News @ Chiang Mai

28 February 2017

The governor of Bangkok has announced that the first section of a Skytrain line extension will launch on 1 April 2017. Aswin Kwanmuang said the southern stretch of the Sukhumvit Green Line will be extended from the current terminus at Bearing Station to Samrong at Sukhumvit Road Soi 80.

24 February 2017

Thailand’s main airport operator has proposed building a rail link at Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport. The president of the Airports of Thailand (AoT) says that the link would connect the facility’s two passenger terminals, car parks and hook up to the capital’s urban rail system via the as yet unopened Red Line.

23 February 2017

The government of Thailand says it would like to see a natural Chiang Mai Province attraction listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site in question is a gorge officially known as Pha Chor but nicknamed the Thai Grand Canyon.