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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.

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. 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 159,950 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

May 21, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
The coordination and pickup of our tickets was so easy! The train was fantastic, we all really enjoyed getting to experience it.
May 21, 2018
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Staff were attentive and extremely pleasant. A pleasure to deal with them. The facilities in 1st class exceeded our expectations (travelling as couple).
May 21, 2018
train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Verry comfortable sleeping on the lower bed! Beds are clean and toilet is okay!
May 20, 2018
train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Its very easy to get your booked tickets. Just come out of makkasan and on your way to mrt station pick up yhe tickets from the ground floor from the 12goasia office.
May 20, 2018
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Train was good and we arrived on time. Attendants were helpful and provided good service. Wifi was spotty, but otherwise okay (not fast though, but recognized that one is travelling through the countryside).
May 20, 2018
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Great service, helpful staff. Food could be improved upon. Air conditioning very good but need extra blankets. Would recommend. Nice way to travel.
May 20, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Ticket pickup was incredibly easy. Most of the railway staff was friendly as we have come to expect from the people here-the attendant that made the beds was a little less friendly-but efficient. Sleeper was softer than our first 2 lodgings in bankok
May 19, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Have used 12GO before - will use again - service good - efficient - reliable. Thnxs
May 19, 2018
train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
Expected much more for first class sleeper. They handed you orange juice (which was awful) to then find out that you had to pay for it later. The food was terrible so I recommend eating beforehand and packing some snacks and then eating once off the train. Our train was also an hour late leaving and therefore an hour late arriving. Facilities were very old and not kept in great condition. Overall still an interesting experience to travel through Thailand.
May 19, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Receiving my tickets was so easy! The train ride was very comfortable. I practically fell asleep in Bangkok and woke up to a beautiful view in Chiang Mai
May 19, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★☆☆☆
The mattress is too hard! We sleep not much hours. The food that we have ordered was good.
May 19, 2018
train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Sanitory not very clean, But good breakfast and beautiful girl in the car.
May 18, 2018
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
We would have given a 5star review, but getting ripped off on the food and beverages left us with a bad impression. We order 2 orange juice (which were awful) and a coffee (which was lousy) and a tea (which was decent) and were asked to pay 340 Thai Baht (equivalent to $15 Canadian). Brutal! Everyone should be made aware of this scam on an otherwise great train experience.
May 18, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Good experience - no complaints.
May 17, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
12GoAsia ticket pickup was very easy and convenient - great service. The sleeper train seat and bed conversion were good - a long 14 hour journey after an hours delay but preferable to any bus scenario and temperature OK. The only downsides were light getting above the curtain in the top bunk and the toilet a bit odd with ejection onto tracks.
May 17, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Picking up the tickets was incredibly easy. Train was late to leave the station in Bangkok. Bunks were comfortable and good onboard was tasty
May 17, 2018
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Everything was perfect, train was clean attendant were very friendly. Nice trip and we can recommend it to everyone.
May 16, 2018
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Train ride was perfect. We Ha a first class cabin for 2p. Only meals not that good. We had Breakfast, to expensive for what you get.
May 15, 2018
bus Express, Diamond Tour
★★★★★
Process to get our tickets in exchange for the 12go voucher was more straightforward than expected. We walked to the counter and they were already sitting there with my name on them. Bus left 30 mins later than its scheduled departure time but we expected as much following the reviews on here so didn’t mind. It flew by, seats very big and comfy and also recline. WiFi worked very well the entire time. I was a bit apprehensive about the food stop being a vegetarian, however there was a vegetarian option and it was delicious! Definitely would take the bus again if had to do it again. I would point out though that where we were sitting there were no USB charging points, I don’t know if this was the same for other passengers or just because of where we were seated though.
May 15, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
12go made it super easy to buy and collect the tickets before our train departure. It was raining outside, so they even gave us a free rain jacket! Strongly recommend!
May 14, 2018
train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
First trip from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Extremely comfortable beds that converted really well to seats. Food was okay.
May 14, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Good. We both slept half of the trip
May 13, 2018
train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
The private room photos made me think that i also had a private toilet,but no, there 2 toilets for the wagon and both smell bad, also the train need better maintainance the air ducts have a lot of dirt
May 13, 2018
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Nice experience. Perfect on time. First class sleeper is comfortable for 2 persons. I slept in one bed with my son, but that was really too small.
May 13, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
That was a very goog experience. Of course the trip is long, almost 14 hours. Anyway, you can meet many people from many countries, and that was quite interesting!
May 13, 2018
train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
If you understand that this is an Asian train and not Euro rail and accept this, then the trip is really very good. On time, economical and a great way to see some of the countryside. Dealing with 12go Asia, is very easy and efficient, we will certainly use them again.
May 13, 2018
train #109 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
This trip gets the highest possible rating, thanks to an older Thai lady who told us stories and insisted on buying samples of her favourite foods for us from the vendors on the train. The train itself was clean, the seats/beds were comfortable, and the bathroom was an experience.
May 12, 2018
bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK)
★★★★★
Doesn't really get better for a coach trip. There was even wifi! The seats go almost all the way back and there are blankets. Managed to get a few hours decent sleep!
May 12, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Great journey and pretty unique experience. However, the AC carriages were freezing overnight, and there was no possibility to dim the lights on the carriage, so bring a sleeping mask or pull the covers over your head. Staff were fantastic and happy to help with anything.
May 11, 2018
train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Traveling to Chiang Mai with 12Go was a seamless and wonderful experience. They arranged a nice train for us for a (assumedly) fair price. The office to pick our tickets was closed for our 8:30AM trip so 12Go quickly emailed me saying they would leave my tickets with the security guard. What I feared would be a complicated situation turned out to be no hardship whatsoever. Will certainly travel with them again if life calls for it!
May 11, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Great service!!
May 11, 2018
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Had whole 1st class room to myself. Trip was great. I highly recommend it
May 11, 2018
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Everything was great. Service was expceptional, lots of smiling Thai ladies and I had the most amazing sleep. Food was better than I expected it to be; however I didn’t realise that was at additional cost (not a problem for me as it’s still much cheaper than being in London aha). We departed within 3 minutes of our departure time and I stepped off the train at the exact arrival time that was printed, so an extremely prompt, on time! The ONLY downside for me was that due to travelling alone I was unable to use the onboard shower/toilet facility without leaving my cabin unattended as the lock was internal only. I was able to was using the sink in my room when I woke up but holding onto my wee was a little uncomfortable! Overall though, an excellent trip and I would highly recommend it if trying to figure out how to get between BK-CM. Happy travelling!
May 11, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Very comfortable sleeping on the train. Clean toilets and service very good. Only complaint is the seats have no lumbar support.
May 10, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
super comfy, really nice and funny trainhost
May 10, 2018
train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
They woke us up at 5am and was on your case every 5 minutes to buy extra tea, cofee and food a Bit annoying really
May 10, 2018
train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Awesome! Get a lower bed so you can have a window to see outside when you wake up :) worth the extra 80 baht
May 10, 2018
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Amazing train ride. First class sleeper is definitely worth it. Relaxing and not as bumpy as other trains I’ve been on. This is the #9 train btw. However, since this is the night time, don’t expect amazing views or so. You will get a few hills in the morning when reaching Chiang Mai though. There’s a shared shower, and 2-3 restrooms. Your tv in the room will also show the status of each of those. Heads up, not much for non Thai speakers to watch on the tv. Room includes a power port, and each bed area a USB port.
May 10, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
There was a hair in the food, when replaced it was the same plate :( train journey was great though
May 10, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Hassle free. easy booking and ticket pick up. As I booked late got an upper bunk. Only reason not a 5 star as lights are situated over each upper bunk. As a tip bring eye coverings to block out light.
May 9, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Awesome except 2 things: 1- they don't turn the lights off (bring an eye mask), 2- they aircon the hell out of the train (bring a jumper)
May 9, 2018
bus Express, Diamond Tour
★★☆☆☆
1. Delayed start of journey 2. Toilet always locked, flush doesn't work 3. Late stop for lunch, no vegetarian food
May 9, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Staff were great, tickets were easy to find and retrieve. Only complaint is I'm too tall to sleep on a train,
May 9, 2018
bus Express, Diamond Tour
★★★★☆
Fab staff. Felt safe Along the way. Bus was late but its Thailand! Leather seats slightly uncomfortable for long distance.
May 9, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Subliminal!
May 9, 2018
train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Couchette 1ere classe... très bien dormi même si la climatisation était très forte. Prévoyez un pull... mais très bon voyage, pas de retard ! On était ravis !
May 8, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Comfy beds. Really nice views in the morning. Would recommend
May 8, 2018
bus VIP, Lignite Tour (PK)
★★★★☆
The facilities are great. It is like going Business Class on a plane!!! ????????????However nobody speaks English. One more thing, please put the digital clock on the wall to the true time. What was shown was 4 hours behind time.
May 8, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Booking side of things was very easy. 2nd class sleeper was ok but bed a bit short for tall people. Food ok and cheap but nothing special.
May 8, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Train left and arrived on time , very clean and comfortable- helpful staff, would use again.
May 7, 2018
train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Clean train, alright for comfort, food was ok apart from mackerel stunk the whole cart out. Got a bit cold at the end of the journey as air con kept same temp even tho the sun had set. All round good trip tho with amazing scenery
May 7, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
It was awesome! So nice to be able to sleep on a bed, they were comfy!
May 7, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Nice trip with 2nd class ac sleeper. Staff was friendly, nice clean sheets and blankets - beds better than expected. Arrived well rested after the 14 night train ride
May 6, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
A very special journey. It is a long ride - 13 hours in total - but quite cheap. Safety is good, so no worries there. We had an upper and lower berth, but if we would travel again we would take 2 lower berths. The upper berths are very cold with the airconditioning (take warm clothes with you!), there is no window and the lights shine through the curtains. The lower berths have more space and a window. Sleeping is quite difficult, because of the bumpy tracks. The food onboard is quite expensive and not very good - best if you take something with you. Hence, I would recommend this trip, though not on a weekly basis :)
May 6, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Really clean train, perfect for the price but it’s really cold with the a/c and the coffee is WAY to expensive (80 TBH) for a really small coffee
May 6, 2018
train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★☆☆☆
Good but not enough
May 6, 2018
train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
We expected more for first class costing nearly €100. Negative - The toilet was a squat toilet and was very dirty and smelly, no soap or towel so you had to go back to your room to wash hands. The lady from the restaurant cart was quite rude when we said we didn’t want any food. We were given a bottle of water but would have expected some food as part of first class during a 12 hour journey. Dinner and breakfast could be purchased. Positive - train was punctual, arriving in Chiang Mai at around 9am. The beds were made for us and were reasonably comfortable. A large towel was given as a blanket. The sleep was as good as could be expected, on and off due to the movement of the train and noise around the train. We had a private cabin for two people which made it extremely secure for our belongings. Overall - slightly disappointed, but definitely glad we chose first class for security, wouldn’t want to imagine what second or third class are like!
May 6, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
Looked different to pictures on website. Otherwise was comfy enough and on time!
May 6, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Wij hebben rond 18,00 de trein gepakt van Bangkok naar Chiang mai. Dit hebben wij gedaan omdat deze nieuwer is als de rest. De trein was super netjes, niet te koud en geen herrie. De trein werd ontzettend vaak gepoetst, er was dan ook geen beestje te vinden in de trein
May 5, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
The train was clean and beds were comfortable. It left and arrived on time. Only issue was the fact that you cannot dim the train lights, so it is very bright all night on the top bunk. (2nd class)
May 5, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Great trip from Bangkok to Chiang Mai! The process to obtain my ticket with the emailed voucher was simple, and the journey was fantastic. The bus was very spacious and comfortable - had USB charging ports at seats - provided blankets, and snacks. Very smooth trip and great value for the price. Thank you!
May 5, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Excellent! beyond my expectation. However A/C cabine is too cold to sleep
May 4, 2018
bus Express, Diamond Tour
★★★★★
Great service!
May 4, 2018
train #9 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
This was definitely over my expectations!! Really clean and chic train, no doubt worth the money. I think the most surprising thing was how modern and, once again, CLEAN the toilets were! And they refilled with toilet paper and paper towels all the time. Just lovely. Only complaint I would have is that they do not turn off the lights, luckily I had a sleeping mask with me. And that the beds are rock hard, but I didn’t expect a big comfy bed either :) I do think these kinds of trips are all about the expectations, so don’t expect a 5 star super duper amazing train and everything will be okey :D
May 4, 2018
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★☆☆☆
food on board was horrible , no beverages available . Aircon poorly maintained and badly ventilated cabin
May 3, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Toilets were rough but hey it's Thai. Beds were short but sleepable. Food was overpriced. The ride was fine, slept about 8hrs on and off. I would not recommend the upper berth ( no window short headspace). 2nd class was fine enough can't imagine 14hrs in 3rd.
May 3, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Good experience. Pleasant staff
May 3, 2018
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★★
We travelled 1st class with 2 adults and 2 teenagers and the experience was great, from picking up the tickets, which was very easy. At the train we had connecting cabins and we enjoyed our trip a lot, although food was not good and the airco at night was too cold.
May 3, 2018
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Great train to spend the night to chiangmai
May 2, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Comfortable and relaxing journey, would highly recommend!
May 2, 2018
train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Superb service. Train ride was incredible but bring an eye mask,ear plugs, pants & long sleeved shirt as they leave the lights on all night & the air conditioning is set to freezing.
May 2, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Good experience. The only problem was the air conditioning ... I was feel freezing all night.
May 2, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
It was a nice and unique way to travel through Thailand