Bangkok to Chiang Mai @ train, bus, flight Jan 26, 2017

73 trips (THB 534 — 5,077)

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
10 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
 
#9
Thai Railways
18:10
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
07:15
Chiang Mai
13h 5m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,703
× 2 = ฿ 3,406
 
#13
Thai Railways
19:35
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
08:40
Chiang Mai
13h 5m
food WC aircon steward
฿ 1,131
× 2 = ฿ 2,262
 
#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
Only 9 seats left!
#51
Thai Railways
22:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
12:10
Chiang Mai
14h 10m
food WC steward
฿ 831
× 2 = ฿ 1,662
Only 4 seats left!

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 Khao San Jolly Travel to Chiang Mai by bus

Jolly Travel
18:00
Khao San Jolly Travel, Bangkok
05:00
Red Brick Chiang Mai (Old City)
11h
snack food WC aircon TV steward
฿ 598
× 2 = ฿ 1,196
 

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
฿ 2,109
× 2 = ฿ 4,218
  available
#TG1150
Thai Airways
06:25
Don Mueang Airport
07:40
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 4,364
× 2 = ฿ 8,728
  available
#FD3437
Thai AirAsia
06:35
Don Mueang Airport
07:55
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,375
× 2 = ฿ 4,750
  available
#DD8302
Nok Air
06:50
Don Mueang Airport
08:00
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,109
× 2 = ฿ 4,218
  available
#FD3443
Thai AirAsia
08:20
Don Mueang Airport
09:40
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,602
× 2 = ฿ 5,204
  available
#SL504
Thai Lion Air
08:35
Don Mueang Airport
09:50
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,599
× 2 = ฿ 3,198
  available
#DD8306
Nok Air
09:05
Don Mueang Airport
10:15
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,903
× 2 = ฿ 3,806
  available
#SL506
Thai Lion Air
09:40
Don Mueang Airport
10:55
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,599
× 2 = ฿ 3,198
  available
#FD3435
Thai AirAsia
10:30
Don Mueang Airport
11:50
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,023
× 2 = ฿ 4,046
  available
#SL508
Thai Lion Air
10:50
Don Mueang Airport
12:05
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,789
× 2 = ฿ 3,578
  available
#TG1154
Thai Airways
10:50
Don Mueang Airport
12:05
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 4,364
× 2 = ฿ 8,728
  available
#SL510
Thai Lion Air
11:30
Don Mueang Airport
12:45
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,599
× 2 = ฿ 3,198
  available
#FD3447
Thai AirAsia
11:35
Don Mueang Airport
12:55
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,023
× 2 = ฿ 4,046
  available
#FD3441
Thai AirAsia
12:25
Don Mueang Airport
13:45
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,784
× 2 = ฿ 3,568
  available
#DD8312
Nok Air
12:40
Don Mueang Airport
13:50
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,903
× 2 = ฿ 3,806
  available
#SL512
Thai Lion Air
13:40
Don Mueang Airport
14:55
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,789
× 2 = ฿ 3,578
  available
#DD8314
Nok Air
13:40
Don Mueang Airport
14:50
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,903
× 2 = ฿ 3,806
  available
#FD3433
Thai AirAsia
13:45
Don Mueang Airport
15:05
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,784
× 2 = ฿ 3,568
  available
#FD3445
Thai AirAsia
14:50
Don Mueang Airport
16:10
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,784
× 2 = ฿ 3,568
  available
#SL514
Thai Lion Air
15:05
Don Mueang Airport
16:20
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,599
× 2 = ฿ 3,198
  available
#FD3431
Thai AirAsia
15:45
Don Mueang Airport
17:05
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,784
× 2 = ฿ 3,568
  available
#SL516
Thai Lion Air
15:50
Don Mueang Airport
17:05
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,599
× 2 = ฿ 3,198
  available
#DD8318
Nok Air
16:30
Don Mueang Airport
17:40
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,800
× 2 = ฿ 3,600
  available
#FD3439
Thai AirAsia
16:55
Don Mueang Airport
18:15
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,784
× 2 = ฿ 3,568
  available
#DD8316
Nok Air
17:05
Don Mueang Airport
18:15
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,903
× 2 = ฿ 3,806
  available
#TG1158
Thai Airways
18:15
Don Mueang Airport
19:30
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 4,364
× 2 = ฿ 8,728
  available
#SL518
Thai Lion Air
18:30
Don Mueang Airport
19:45
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,789
× 2 = ฿ 3,578
  available
#DD8324
Nok Air
19:00
Don Mueang Airport
20:10
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,903
× 2 = ฿ 3,806
  available
#FD3425
Thai AirAsia
19:30
Don Mueang Airport
20:50
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,023
× 2 = ฿ 4,046
  available
#SL520
Thai Lion Air
19:40
Don Mueang Airport
20:55
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,789
× 2 = ฿ 3,578
  available
#SL522
Thai Lion Air
20:10
Don Mueang Airport
21:25
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,789
× 2 = ฿ 3,578
  available
#DD8326
Nok Air
20:25
Don Mueang Airport
21:35
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,903
× 2 = ฿ 3,806
  available
#FD3427
Thai AirAsia
20:35
Don Mueang Airport
21:55
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,784
× 2 = ฿ 3,568
  available
#FD3429
Thai AirAsia
21:25
Don Mueang Airport
22:45
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,784
× 2 = ฿ 3,568
  available
#FD3419
Thai AirAsia
21:40
Don Mueang Airport
23:00
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,023
× 2 = ฿ 4,046
  available
#SL524
Thai Lion Air
21:50
Don Mueang Airport
23:05
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,789
× 2 = ฿ 3,578
  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
฿ 2,422
× 2 = ฿ 4,844
  available
#TG2168
Thai Airways
07:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
08:10
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 3,258
× 2 = ฿ 6,516
  available
#TG102
Thai Airways
07:50
Suvarnabhumi Airport
09:00
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 1,899
× 2 = ฿ 3,798
  available
#TG104
Thai Airways
08:45
Suvarnabhumi Airport
09:55
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,159
× 2 = ฿ 4,318
  available
#PG270
Bangkok Air
09:45
Suvarnabhumi Airport
11:05
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 20m
WC aircon steward
฿ 5,077
× 2 = ฿ 10,154
  available
#WE160
Thai Smile
10:20
Suvarnabhumi Airport
11:35
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,422
× 2 = ฿ 4,844
  available
#WE180
Thai Smile
11:20
Suvarnabhumi Airport
12:35
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,422
× 2 = ฿ 4,844
  available
#TG110
Thai Airways
13:15
Suvarnabhumi Airport
14:25
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,159
× 2 = ฿ 4,318
  available
#WE182
Thai Smile
14:05
Suvarnabhumi Airport
15:20
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,200
× 2 = ฿ 4,400
  available
#WE164
Thai Smile
15:40
Suvarnabhumi Airport
16:55
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,422
× 2 = ฿ 4,844
  available
#TG2164
Thai Airways
15:40
Suvarnabhumi Airport
16:50
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 3,098
× 2 = ฿ 6,196
  available
#TG116
Thai Airways
17:20
Suvarnabhumi Airport
18:30
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,159
× 2 = ฿ 4,318
  available
#TG120
Thai Airways
18:40
Suvarnabhumi Airport
19:50
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,159
× 2 = ฿ 4,318
  available
#WE166
Thai Smile
19:50
Suvarnabhumi Airport
21:05
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 3,089
× 2 = ฿ 6,178
  available
#TG2166
Thai Airways
19:50
Suvarnabhumi Airport
21:00
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 3,458
× 2 = ฿ 6,916
  available
#WE176
Thai Smile
22:20
Suvarnabhumi Airport
23:35
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 15m
WC aircon steward
฿ 2,756
× 2 = ฿ 5,512
  available
#TG2176
Thai Airways
22:20
Suvarnabhumi Airport
23:30
Chiang Mai Airport
1h 10m
WC aircon steward
฿ 3,678
× 2 = ฿ 7,356
  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 69,321 passengers traveled with us on this route

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★★★☆☆ Jan 20, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train was 2 hours late. Sleeping bunks had food crumbs. Some staff were friendly while others were not.
★★★★★ Jan 20, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 20, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train 4 hours late. Top berth cold and uncomfortable. Restaurant car barely fit for human habitation. Food is lousy. Toilets are disgusting. Baggage storage inadequate. Watch out for the orange juice scam because that is all it is! Next time, in the unlikely event there is a next time, I will refuse to pay and report the whole incident to the railway police! The 12go.asia service was great.
★★★★☆ Jan 20, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Good trip! Blankets, free water and snacks, toilet and entertainment on their WiFi network, you just can't use the wifi for surfing or social media and ride was a bit bumpy, overall very happy though!
★★★★★ Jan 20, 2017 (bus VIP, Bangkok Busline) :
It was a lot nicer than what I was expecting or had heard of from horror stories. The crew was super nice and super courteous. There was water, snacks, a food stop included in the bus ride, (not great food, but not the worst). there was an entertainment system, with movies in English. The seats were comfortable, the bus was cold yes, but really I have been in a hot stuffy bus before and being cold is way better than getting car sick because of the heat. So just dress warm. It was a really enjoyable 9 hour ride from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. The bus was slightly late arriving, but like 20 minutes, that's nothing. I would take this bus again happily.
★★★☆☆ Jan 20, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
The train was delayed by 1.5hour, none of the staff could tell us when it'd actually arrive. Then when we finally get settled in, the labels aren't clear on the seats and a few of us laid in the wrong bunk. So after FALLING asleep the guard made us all change beds. The ride itself was smooth, if you're laid back you should be fine. Not too comfortable but just enough. Good food for dinner and breakfast!
★★★☆☆ Jan 20, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Bed was too small for me. Didnt fit
★★★★★ Jan 20, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 20, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★☆ Jan 20, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train was a little late but watching the countryside was worth it.
★★★★★ Jan 19, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very nice expirience
★★★★★ Jan 19, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
They got me the ticket I wanted. All went smoothly!
★★★★★ Jan 19, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train no. 9 2nd class lower berth 20 a good choice. Very friendly staff. Avoids hassle of flying. Real travel.
★★★☆☆ Jan 19, 2017 (bus VIP24, Bangkok Busline) :
Onboard service was great and so was the meal. Bus is very comfortable and onboard service entertainment was impressive (movies were in original language as well) I'm only giving it 3 stars because I've booked a more expensive bus in order to get to Chiang Mai at 7.30am and the bus arrived at 5.30, meaning I had to wait over 3 hours for my hostel to open.
★★★★★ Jan 19, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Cheap, comfy, free water and food, fast!
★★★★★ Jan 19, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
cheap, clean, fast and good
★★★★★ Jan 18, 2017 (bus VIP24, Bangkok Busline) :
Great experience! Clean bus, comfortable seats, monitors with films and music, blankets and pillows. You get also a lot of food and drinks in the bus and there is one stop after 4 hours, where you get warm meal also for free. The only bad thing was - the aircondition was too freezing.
★★★☆☆ Jan 18, 2017 (train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Could not see trough the window (broken/dirty). Reading light did not work. Too little food. Stuff friendly. No big delays.
★★★★★ Jan 18, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 18, 2017 (train #5 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train was very nice! I was very impressed! The mats for the beds were pretty hard and I could have used an extra pillow. Also if the lights could be dimmed that would have been great. However, I had a great experience and would definitely ride again!
★★★★★ Jan 18, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The 2nd class overnight train was a perfect way to travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. I slept way better than expected (could have been the jet lag) and was in Chiang Mai and hour or so after I woke up!! If you can, try and get the bottom bunk. Also, picking up the ticket across the street was straight forward and efficient. Would definitely do it again!
★★★★☆ Jan 18, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Purchasing and collecting tickets was all very straight forward. We really enjoyed the journey it was a real experience. We were very comfortable and slept better than we expected. Definately a great alternative to flying.
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 18, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Service from 12Go was faultless. Office was easy to find. All trains were at least 2 hours delayed that night. Shops closed and no toilet after 10pm. After 3 hours waiting they told us that the train was broken and wouldn't go. However, no official announcement was made and lots of travellers probably waited for more hours. We got money back without any problems at the station and spent the night at the airport to take first plane out to Chiang Mai. An adventure, for sure! Would have preferred to take train, though...
★★★★☆ Jan 17, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK)) :
Amazing bus all round, fantastic for the price. Only thing I can say is the attendant was noticeably rude to anyone not Thai.
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 17, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Te Rain Good butacas it was three hours late. I never recomend it!!!
★★★★☆ Jan 17, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 17, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Great service from 12go Asia! Very comfortable train, with hot showers! Will definitely book again.
★★★★★ Jan 17, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 17, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Really nice bus ride! Airconditioned, enough space, also for longer legs. You get drinks, food, and a blanket. There is a toilet too. At 1 o clock we made a 30 min stop, there you could eat and go to the toilet.
★★★★★ Jan 17, 2017 (bus VIP, Siam First) :
Great way to travel! Reclining seats, air-conditioning, TV monitors, snacks, and overall great staff! No, the staff doesn't speak English, but they were very kind and helpful! Would definitely used them again!
★★☆☆☆ Jan 16, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Train had a delay of 4 hours. Information supplied on station was wrong all the time + all the shops were closed so there was no food or water. The train itself was supposed to be the new nighttrain but it was the old one. Service from 12go.asia was excellent!
★★★★☆ Jan 16, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
It was perfect to travel on the lower berth. But my friends took the upper and there were some inconveniences - it was cold because of the aircon and not dark as they do not switch the light all night. We also saw a cockroach :)
★★★★☆ Jan 16, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai AirAsia) :
Good flight. Courteous staff. Flight on time. Would recommend flying with Air Asia.
★★★★★ Jan 16, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train 13 from Bangkok to Chiang Mai with a lower bunk was such a welcome relaxing change after 3 days of flying from the US. This is not to be missed. The scenery in the morning is wonderful as you approach Chiang Mai. All train personnel were helpful and courteous. The beds are comfortable and cozy.
★★★☆☆ Jan 16, 2017 (train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Cheap & stress free way to travel but unfortunately the train was dirty from previous journey The staff were polite and the food left a lot to be desired but would probably travel this way again
★★★★★ Jan 16, 2017 (bus VIP24, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★★ Jan 16, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Fantastic service. Very reliable and efficient. I struggled to locate the office but a quick call and I received excellent directions from the lady who took my call. Upon arrival everyone was very friendly and organised. Highly recommend. Can't fault this service from 12GoAsia. Train was fine - basic but more than enough for a backpacker to get some sleep up to Chiang Mai. Breakfast was offered on carriage which was ok - more than we expected as we came prepared with food. Dan was enough, air con wouldn't have been necessary as did cool down at night. Train on time and crew were helpful, friendly and attentive.
★★★★★ Jan 16, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jan 16, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train departed 30 mins late and arrived almost 2 hours later than scheduled. General condition good. We were in 2nd class sleepers, good to sleep. Reasonable place to store things. Bathrooms poor. Dining coach minimum acceptable. Crew gentle. Don't accept orange juice offered, it's not complimentary but they tell you it is. Almost 2 dollars. General experience good
★★★★☆ Jan 16, 2017 (bus VIP, Bangkok Busline) :
Cheap and a fairly quick ride. Had one 20 min stop to grab snacks, stretch, etc. It definitely gets cold. They provide one blanket but I should have dressed warmer, still a little cold, bring something for your head the a/c blows straight down. Also, not sure what paying for VIP status got me. Seemed no different than anyone else's experience. Other than that it was a pleasant experience. I would ride again.
★★★★★ Jan 16, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 16, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Had a great trip! More than enough space to sit or sleep! You have 2 usb plugs for loading your phone. A great neckpillow on the chair, also a blanket. Nice snacks and drinks you get. I didn't have a train experience yet but I read it is less faster than the bus! (And cheaper) the staff is really friendly, a.c. was not that bad! took of at 20.35-21.00h and arrived round 6.15-7.30h. But the delay wasn't bad at all because it was early anyway! ;) Greetings from J. From Holland
★★★★★ Jan 16, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great experience. Met some great people, had amazing conversations. Bed was comfy and clean.
★☆☆☆☆ Jan 16, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Excellent customer service from go travel. Train was disappointing. Very very dirty. Expensive food. Disgusting unclean toilet. Constant jerking of carriage so got no sleep. 5 hours late so a full half day wasted. What a disappointment!!!!
★★★★★ Jan 15, 2017 (train #5 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great overnight experience with very clean and cozy train...
★★☆☆☆ Jan 15, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train departed 3 hours late and arrived 5 hours late. Top bunk was very narrow and cold. Hardly slept due to constant vibration of the carriage. Train stopped many times which woke me up often. The Go Asia staff were very helpful when collecting tickets and got a small refund as top bunks are cheaper than what I'd booked. No complaints about Go Asia just Thai trains rubbish, again.
★★★★☆ Jan 15, 2017 (train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Left 8min late, arrived 38min late But AC worked well, clean, provided tea/coffee, snacks, and lunch :)
★★★★☆ Jan 15, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Pick up of tickets was very smooth and simple. The train itself was nearly two hours late departing, but made up all but 45 minutes over night. Our first class cabin was very comfortable. Plenty of nice, clean toilets available and even a shower. Food was cheap and edible.
★★★☆☆ Jan 15, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The ride itself was really well done. Sheets and bedding were obviously clean. Yes it's loud and they don't turn off the lights so bring a sleep mask some ear plugs, but I thought it was very easy to get a good nights rest. It is in fact freezing if you're in an AC car, so do make sure to have socks and a sweatshirt. The breakfast food was pretty tasty. I got the rice porridge. It's pretty expensive though. The staff while very efficient and involved are not very friendly and speak barely any English. The trip itself was a 4 or 5 but I rated it a three because we were delayed four hours and there was pretty much no customer service. We were all at the Bangkok station until 2 AM, the restrooms were all locked, and pretty much no information was available. The announcements in English were pretty much indistinguishable from the Thai ones.
★★★☆☆ Jan 15, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Excellent service by 12Go. Easily picked up our train tickets from the DOB building opposite the train station. It got me from A to B but the train was dirty, I felt very unclean sleeping on it. Toilet is horrible (straight onto the train tracks!)
★★★★★ Jan 15, 2017 (bus VIP24, Bangkok Busline) :
Very professional and caring. Highly recommend
★★☆☆☆ Jan 15, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
The train arrived late and finally got into chiang mai 5hrs late. Tea was fine but breakfast was awful, cold. 1st class cabin only had 1 positive and that it was a private cabin if travelling alone or in s group go for 2nd class. Train was noisy at night so not great sleep and the toilet was not the most pleasant I've used. I'm glad I travelled by train for the experience but won't be in a rush to do it again.
★★☆☆☆ Jan 15, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Although service was wonderful train ran over 4hrs late...top bunk was very cold due to aircon proximity. Very difficult to actually get much sleep
★★☆☆☆ Jan 15, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12go service was wonderfull! But the train... it was 4hrs late, so I've arrive to Chiang Mai 4hrs later. Thanks to this, I lose half day of my trip.
★★★★★ Jan 15, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK))
★★★★★ Jan 15, 2017 (bus VIP24, Bangkok Busline) :
Really nice way to get to chiang mai from bangkok. Would have preferred the #9 train 1st class but you need to book that really in advance. For a last minute booking this was really nice and convenient.
★★★★★ Jan 15, 2017 (bus VIP, Bangkok Busline) :
Best bus journey I've been on! Super comfortable! Staff very polite/efficient! Get water/juice & snacks! The seats recline with blankets & screens to watch movies! Only thing is it gets a bit chilly if your travelling at night as the airccon is super cool. Best value for money. Arrived on time. Great experience.
★★★★☆ Jan 14, 2017 (bus VIP, New Viriya) :
The bathrooms reeked...could smell them inside the bus....other than that the service lady was nice!
★★★★☆ Jan 14, 2017 (train #5 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very nice beautiful new train. The only thing I would suggest is either turn the lights off or have a dim light when people are sleeping. If you are on the top sleeper, the light is super bright in your eyes.
★★★★★ Jan 14, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air) :
Great experiences with no problems.
★★★★★ Jan 14, 2017 (train #5 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Little cold but nice new train, decent sleep, and right on time!
★★★☆☆ Jan 14, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Everything was on time. The triain is old, and the inside hasn't been maintainted 100%, more like 65%. However, you do get a bed with pillow and blanket. The windows go down and you can stick your head out to take in the beautiful scenery. Considering the price, it's exactly what you should expect. It's a great experience. I'd definitely recommend, but I'll try and get 1st class next time.
★★★★★ Jan 14, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★★ Jan 14, 2017 (train #5 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 14, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
It's pretty good! Clean train. Only negative is they don't turn the lights off at night.
★★★★☆ Jan 14, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Everything really good, snacks, water, nice staff, pillow, blanket, fully reclining seats. Minus 1 star for wifi not working.
★★★★★ Jan 13, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper Deluxe, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 13, 2017 (bus VIP24, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★☆ Jan 13, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jan 13, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK)) :
Overall, it was more than doable. The seats reclined and had leg rests; since we'd purchased our tickets online, there was no waiting at all, even though there were lots of people at the station; and it said in the fine print that the AC would be blasting, so no surprises there. The reason I'm rating it 3 instead of 4 stars is because, due to my seat's location, I had to smell the full intensity of people's excrement whenever they used the bathroom. I don't know if the bus line can do anything at all about that, but it made for a less than pleasant trip. My husband sat in the very back with our other daughter and never smelled a thing, so I guess as long as you book seats on the bottom, the top front, or the top back, you're good! Everything else was just as the fine print said it would be, and the ride was cheap. The lady who worked on the bus was nice. I'd do it again.
★★★★☆ Jan 13, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK))
★★★★★ Jan 13, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★★ Jan 12, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Good & fast!! Nice train ride in 2nd class..
★★★★☆ Jan 12, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 12, 2017 (bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK))
★★★★★ Jan 12, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Clear, helpful and great communication. Very hassle free means of booking a train ticket.
★★★★★ Jan 12, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Booked 1st class sleeper from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Enjoyed the seclusion of the cabin. There are several charging options for devices...electrical outlet and usb. I used the shower while traveling - the water was luke warm and low pressure, but very nice to have access during the ride. We placed order for food and drinks through the screen, after waiting an hour we asked about status and the porter refused to deliver. Once we walked through six train cars to the dining car, we were informed that our order was no longer available. I believe this was a personnel issue, since other reviews stated they had items delivered. Just clarify with porter so you don't wait too long and miss out on good options.
★★★★☆ Jan 12, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
It was faily good trip since I slept through the night. The noise is quite loud and of course it is shaky AND don't expect a good toilet condition but the staffs were professional in doing their job like making bed for us. I wouldn't order breakfast again in the train though. It's not really good for 180B. Overall I think it's worth taking the night train for this price.
★★★★☆ Jan 12, 2017 (train #5 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 12, 2017 (train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 12, 2017 (train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 12, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★★ Jan 12, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Smile) :
Flight was on time, the flight attendants were very nice. It was a very smooth experience
★★★★★ Jan 12, 2017 (train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 12, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★★ Jan 11, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Fantastic trip, very comfortable, would definitely recommend, amazing for the price!
★★★★☆ Jan 11, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Confortable bus Very cold the A/C Nobody speaks english
★★★★★ Jan 11, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
#13 2nd class BKK -> Chiang maiにのりました。 車両は古いですが結構ちゃんと寝ることができました。 座席のクッションと敷いたマットのおかげてちょうどよい柔らかさでしたし、 シーツも綺麗です。 他の旅行者で眠れない、うるさい、劣悪だの書いている人がたまに居ますが、そんなこと無いです。 自分の居た6号車は食堂車の隣ですが特に食事の押し売りも無かったです。 モバイルのAC充電コンセントは三ヶ所通路にありました。 とても良い経験でした。 12go.asiaでは簡単にTicketの受取ができました。  関係はないですが、DOB Buildingの近くでは悪質な客引きがいつもいます。 今回見たときも同じ客引きが居ました。親切な通りがかりの人を装っています。 観光地などの行き方を教えるふりして閉まっているなどとウソを言い、 グルのTUK TUKに載せ高額なツアーを押し売りします。気をつけて下さい。
★★★★★ Jan 11, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★★ Jan 11, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
I booked the 2nd class sleeper on train 13 and boarded at Ayuthaya. The conductors were helpful at telling people where to stand before the train arrived so I got into the right car and my sleeper was set up for me immediately after boarding. The train was clean. I did not see any cockroaches that other reviewers have mentioned. The air conditioning was comfortable and not too cold. I had the bottom bunk. There were still some top bunks available but better to book ahead if you want the bottom. It has more room and is more comfortable and convenient. Train arrived in Chiang Mai 50 minutes late which was better for seeing the scenery anyway. 12togo Asia service was good and received a 40 baht refund. You can get there from the train station via underground walkway in Bangkok.
★★★★☆ Jan 11, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 11, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Absolutely worth it. Very helpfull friendly service, good funny and wake driver, temperature not too cold, a warm sheet, a snack, bottle of water, a comfortable seat space, and a busstop after 3,5 hours, where you get a free hot thai meal with your ticket. Would definitely do it again! M. from Munich
★★★★☆ Jan 11, 2017 (train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Seating was great. Surprisingly roomy. Food was an added bonus, as was the coffee, however would bank on eating it as your main meal!! Take snacks and enjoy the scenery.
★★★★★ Jan 11, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
12 Go was a great service. Office is easily found across the street from the train station. We took 1st class sleeper no. 9 train to Chaing Mai. It is brand new. You can order coffee from your car and they bring it to you! They make up the beds with extra cushions and sheets. My husband had the best sleep ever! Right on time. No issues. Very comfortable. Had seen some prior reviews about lighting and air conditioning, but everything can be turned off. Absolutely no issues.
★★★★☆ Jan 11, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
El servicio muy bueno, asientos muy cómodos. Nos dieron comida y mantas . Lo único malo es que el baño estaba sucio y con olor
★★☆☆☆ Jan 11, 2017 (train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very cold . Lights weren't switched off at night. And the length of the bed was probably 1.80.. and i am 1.76.... for people who are longer it can be a problem.
★★★★☆ Jan 11, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★☆ Jan 10, 2017 (train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
12go gave perfect service. The Special Express night train was cheap 800 baht 2nd class airco sleeper. Had a good sleep. Buy food before boarding, it's "expensive" on board.
★★★★☆ Jan 10, 2017 (train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Air conditioning a little too cool
★★★★★ Jan 10, 2017 (train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Great service and compartment was roomy and very comfortable. I managed to sleep solidly for 6 hours (ear plugs and eye mask helps a lot) Can get cold so wear some warm clothes

News @ Chiang Mai

18 January 2017

Yangon’s council has announced that a new downtown evening market zone is being set up to help ease the city’s traffic woes. The new market will be on 52nd Street and the council is hoping to attract 130 stallholders.

12 January 2017

Bangkok’s Grand Palace is set to close for two days next week to enable funerary rites for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej to take place. A government spokesperson noted that the Royal Household had mandated the two-day closure to enable ceremonies to mark 100 days since the king passed away.

30 December 2016

Thailand’s government ministers have announced the formation of a railway network regulatory department. The inner cabinet has decided to establish a Rail Transport Department which will be independent of the State Railway of Thailand.