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From Hua Lamphong to Chiang Mai by train

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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.

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.

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.

Passenger reviews out of total 138,673 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!
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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.

Nov 18, 2018
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
Highly recommended Bus depart on time, good service. snack, coffee and tea are served on bus. Around midnight they stopped and you have a meal 20mins (included in ticket). The best is comfortable seat and always smile of service woman
Nov 18, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Too cold when curtains not closed. Too bright all night. Excellent staff, very clean and well run service.
Nov 18, 2018
bus VIP 24, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Fairly comfortable journey (the roads are bumpy so despite the wide, recling seats, it’ll never be totally easy to sleep) that passed swiftly and we didn’t regret opting for the bus over the plane/train. Take the advice of other reviewers and take extra layers, an eye mask and maybe ear plugs for the best chance of sleep.
Nov 17, 2018
train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways
★☆☆☆☆
Egen I got this offer of reviewing my trip I am still on the train. Have been sitting in Mae Tha, 50 km from Chiangmai For 3 hours now. And not a single message, prognosis, nothing. The conductor walks around saying “accident” and shows terrible pictures from a car accident on his cell phone. Maybe we’ll be out of here before midnight - or not.
Nov 17, 2018
train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★☆☆☆
Cockroaches everywhere and the beds were not clean
Nov 17, 2018
train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Had a very good night, clean bed, not too cold, not too warm. Staff was nice.
Nov 17, 2018
train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★☆☆☆
1.Semi rude stuff without basic English 2.Dirty toilets 3.Overpriced and burnt coffee 4.Delayed 5.Filty matteras, albeit clean bed sheets Ps guys, it is more than evident then 12go.asia is operating as the middleman skimming additional profit from customers.If you do care about customer experiance, let the National Trains sell tickets directly.Otherwise you make a bad impression of the country.
Nov 17, 2018
train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
2nd class sleeper, I slept like a baby (in short bursts waking up crying). Had a great view from my lower berth. You get a well needed blanket (A.C is on full speed), lights is on in the cart too so might need something to pull over your head if you're easily distracted by the light. Only real negative for me was the expensive not very good breakfast that you didn't have to buy but I did anyways. 4/5 banana pancakes
Nov 17, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
Better than what we had before in Thailand. But the meal was a cup of milk and it was too cold. Still ok for comfort and not smelly like many others
Nov 17, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Train was clean and comfortable.
Nov 17, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Very good journey. The air conditioning feels cold when you first get on train and you may need some socks and a fleece but when you are enclosed in your bunk with curtains drawn you will warm up quickly! Also be aware the lights are not turned off so you may want eye shades if this bothers you.
Nov 17, 2018
bus Express, Diamond Tour
★★★★★
Amazingly comfortable seats. Such a smooth ride. Highly recommend!
Nov 17, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Very convenient and hassle free
Nov 16, 2018
train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways
★★★★★
perfectly arranged!!
Nov 16, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Clean and comfortable train!
Nov 16, 2018
bus VIP, Lignite Tour PK
★☆☆☆☆
I booked 3 VIP seats but I was given regular seats. This is horrible and 12Go.ASIA service is also horrible because there is no support number. There is no one to complaint about it. 12Go.Asia is hiding behind the internet. Took my money and I did not get what I paid for.
Nov 16, 2018
bus VIP, Siam First
★★☆☆☆
My husband's seat would not recline. Driver was all over the road. Bathroom reeked of urine for majority of the trip and the smell eventually crept upstairs to second deck. Bus was EXTREMELY cold. Stewardess was helpful.
Nov 16, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Very good trip, most comfortable. BUT many people were cold because the air conditioning was too high. Also the toilets should be cleaned or some disentfectant put down every hour or two because the smell was awful. I know this is difficult but it needs more attention please! Otherwise great Many thanks
Nov 16, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Nice train! A lot of space, also for your backpacks. Also nice that we could pick up our tickets at the office from 12go asia (it is across the train station, so perfect!)
Nov 16, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Overall, comfortable ride. Toilet was not clean. Bed was short for a tall person
Nov 16, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Good trip!
Nov 16, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Great ride. Can get a little chilly so bring a long sleeve/sweater. Pack lots of snacks and some entertainment. Be prepared for a hole in the ground for a toilet.
Nov 16, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
Good
Nov 16, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Really excellent trip - highly recommend. The whole process was smooth and easy - booking, great instructions for ticket pickup, train no. 9 was spotless, helpful staff, decent breakfast, comfortable beds in 2nd class with AC. I had a great sleep even - very impressed
Nov 15, 2018
bus VIP, Lignite Tour PK
★★★★★
Very comfortable and good leg space (I’m 2m tall). Good drinks/snacks. And food at rest stop was fast but good also!
Nov 15, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Process was seemless with 12goasia. Would recommend using them. Train experience was good. Only complaints are that the beds are a little hard and the lights do not turn off but otherwise, good experience and would do it again.
Nov 15, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★☆☆☆
Upper bed lock was broken. Every time I had to get out for the restroom my bed bunk just launched up. I had to wake my partner up to hold down the bed and click it back. This sometimes took more than 5 attempts. This happend every single time I left the bed. Pretty annoying.
Nov 15, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Great way to get around, really affordable! Train is bumpy but a great experience. Suits the slightly shorter people of the world
Nov 15, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
I had a nice ride. The people are friendly. But I advise to take lower bed. More comfortable end better and you can see something through the window in the morning. Greetings Frankie from Belgium
Nov 15, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Honestly it was the best sleep I've had so far in Thailand. The AC definitely works. My only complaint was the lights being on at night. Even in the lower berth this makes it impossible to see anything out the window on night run. It'd be nice if they turned them off.
Nov 15, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Easy collection of my ticket, and the train was the nicest I had been on. Would recommend. Very good staff and service - and clean
Nov 14, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Very good trip, I would recommend it to others. They lose 1 star beacause of the light, it was still on after 11pm. Take the train, it is very relaxing, good to read a book and rest.
Nov 14, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Smooth and well coordinated. From the online experience to picking up the voucher and then on the train. Highly recommend!
Nov 14, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
Quite strong Asian stereotyping from the crew member. Requested for both lower berth but didn’t fulfill us eventually.
Nov 13, 2018
train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Great trip
Nov 13, 2018
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
Great VIP bus service
Nov 13, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Comfortable nice good food.perfect
Nov 13, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Overall a good journey but the seats are a little uncomfortable when upright and the lights are kept on all night so I would recommend an eye mask if you are sleeping in an upper berth.
Nov 13, 2018
train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
They dont provide or sell water Cleaner and better toilets
Nov 13, 2018
train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
Sleeper train was an experience! Last night dinner was cold overpackaged to look hot but was not and very slow service so pleased we took our breakfast. First class was not really as it made out to be.
Nov 13, 2018
bus VIP, New Viriya
★★★★☆
Comfortable, maybe too strong ac, smell from toilet, very quick
Nov 13, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Everything perfect! May be a little bit cold in the night cause of the A/C
Nov 13, 2018
bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel
★★★☆☆
As we have red bad reviews of this service, we had really low expectations. And rightly so. Waitress — she looked tired. They give us water and snacks, blankets. Buss company — Bangkok bus lines are not amongst most comfortable buses. So this trip was ok. Not great, but also not bad.
Nov 12, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
The top sleeper has too much light as the curtains don’t block out any light at all, and some power would be nice :)
Nov 12, 2018
bus VIP 27, Sombat Tour
★★★★☆
Good and relaxed trip, friendly staff. Plenty of space in the bus. Would be nice if they gave information in English about the foodstop, otherwise 5 stars.
Nov 12, 2018
train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
The air conditioning was to hard. Food not so good but the rest was comfortabel
Nov 12, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Everything arranged and excellent information on our changes
Nov 12, 2018
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
We slept in first class. Perfectly clean room. Toilets we shared with the other people were clean. There was Also a shower but we did not use them. The beds are quite hard/firm The food offered at night (which is not included in the price) is nice. Breakfast not really Staff is nice too
Nov 12, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★☆☆☆
(Upper bed) + Timings were good - aircon wat too cold upstairs - the light was way too bright and could not sleep well at all (normally easy sleeper)
Nov 12, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
overall was a better experience than i imagined. lots of legroom and bus wasn’t even full so i had a row to myself. operator provided water and a snack. it is pretty cold on the bus with the ac but blanket provided. only bad remark is we left an hour later. it looked like they were waiting for passengers
Nov 12, 2018
train #109 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
Train is not as good as the reviews say. It is really a very old train. General appeareance is disapointing once you are in the train.
Nov 11, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Travelled save and comfortable. Staff is very nice and helpful.
Nov 11, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
We read a lot of reviews before taking the bus. A lot of the negatives revolved around cold AC, noise, and late departures. We knew what we were getting ourselves into, so we came with low expectations, we prepared for the trip, and it was perfectly OK. If anyone is expecting business class service, you will be disappointed. Taking the bus is cheap and faster than the train, so it has to have a downside somewhere. This being said, our experience wasn't bad at all. No issues with loud music/TV or smelly toilets. The lights were off for most of the trip, except for when the bus stopped. The food is bad but you just have to bring your own. It's not that problematic. It's all about having the right expectations, which we did. It wasn't very comfortable but it was OK. Both my girlfriend (who was 5 months pregnant for the trip) and I slept the majority of the way. It took 11 hours but it was safe. It was a little late but it was very cheap (and we paid the VIP trip). I would do it again if I had to. Definitely a better option than flying, which is 4× more expensive (5× xith luggage) but not 4x better. I imagine the train is a decent alternative but again, it's 1,5× more expensive and by personal accounts of fellow travellers, not 1,5× better.
Nov 11, 2018
train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
All ok . Good servicè ticket!
Nov 11, 2018
train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
Sleeper cabin was clean and the bunk bed comfortable. Toilet was kept clean. The not so good part was that the train was noisy as we had a compartment above the axle. So sleep was not coming easily as we felt the noise from it. Food service was great but was to expensive. And I prefer to sit in a chair at the table and not sitting on the bottom bunk close to the floor...so not confortable and not big enough table for two people eat at the same time...
Nov 11, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Tidy, quick and on time
Nov 11, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
Bed was surprisingly comfy, air con pretty good too. Didn't sleep much as it's a bit bumpy, but so nice not to be stuck in an upright chair. Food ok, and brought direct to you, or you can go to dining car. Staff very friendly and helpful.
Nov 11, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
It was a great experience. Bathrooms were clean at the beginning but then the garbage was dirty and was never cleaned. Otherwise very enjoyable and comfortable.
Nov 11, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
It's worth to do once, but 12-14 hours on train can be taxing. If you are massive and overweight, the toilets are like being inside of a jack-in-the-box crammed inside. Staff very friendly. Trains clean and modern.
Nov 11, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
De reis met nachttrein nr9 2e class viel heel goed mee. Wij gezin met zoon van 5 gebruikte de twee onderste bedden en lieten het bovenste bed onbeslapen. Het enige nadeel is het licht dat constant blijft branden. Neem een oogmasker mee! De temperatuur was OK en niet koud zoals wij overal lezen. ( Ik heb in mijn bloot bovenlijf zonder deken geslapen)
Nov 10, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
excellent service
Nov 10, 2018
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★☆☆☆
The bed and matras was to thin and to hard. Other than that everything was ok
Nov 10, 2018
train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Good experience. Thank you!!!
Nov 10, 2018
train #9 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Great safe trip !! Very clean went on an women cart only ! Felt safe even tho men are allowed to walk through. Bring snacks or they have food on train for you to buy
Nov 10, 2018
train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
12go made the booking really easy, ticket pickup from opposite the station was sorted in less than 5 mins and got free water, we went the day before the trip to make sure we had no issues. Waitress is friendly but a bit pushy with trying to sell food and drink, warning... orange juice you get given at the Hua Lampang is not free but they don’t tell you that. We took our own snacks as read the food was bad. Bathroom was a bit smelly and the train is showing it’s age, the back of the chair in 1st class becomes the top bunk and the armrest sticks into your back when trying to sleep. Bottom bunk was quite comfy though and the guy making the beds was quick and friendly. Highlight was waking up to the northern Thailand countryside.
Nov 10, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
That was a great adventure ???? office staff was very professional and helpfull. Thank you very much ????
Nov 10, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★☆☆☆
The train was very clean which was a plus. The main down side for me was I booked 2 bottom berths, got messed around and ended up with 2 upper which wasn't great as the bright lights were kept on the whole night and I didn't sleep.
Nov 9, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Clean, comfortable, fast, good price, meals included!
Nov 9, 2018
train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
Older train.
Nov 9, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Journey was great, the free meal was not so good
Nov 9, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
It was really easy to buy the tickets online via 12go - we bought about a month in advance and got 2nd class sleeper seats with AC. We collected the tickets on the morning of the journey from the 12go office which is opposite the station. The train was clean and had nice air con - felt a little chilly at first but got used to it. Once we were moving, the staff quickly moved down the carriage, making our seats into bunk beds with clean linen, pillow case and blanket and hung up curtains for privacy. The bed was surprisingly comfy and cosy. I’m only small so was fine for me but I think maybe a little squished for a 6ft+ male. The toilets weren’t amazing - one was a squat but if you walk down to the other end of the carriage they had regular toilets. The journey was a little bumpy but felt safe. I only slept for 4 out of the 13 hours but I am a light sleeper and was happy just to be comfy and lying down, not forced upright in a bus/plane seat. The train felt safe and friendly - no alcohol allowed which meant there weren’t any rowdy groups which could have really ruined the trip. The train left exactly on time at 19:35 but arrived at 9:00 - 20 min later than planned - not too bad for such a long journey. The staff were nice in waking up anyone who was still asleep at about 8am and a lady was taking tea/coffee orders in the last hour or so of the journey. Tips: I would recommend trying to get a lower bunk as you’re not directly blasted by the air con and not below the light, which is on all night obviously for security reasons. Try to wake up about 7am to get some awesome views of the jungle in the morning! Charge your electricals before your journey or bring a power bank - there is the odd plug socket which we were lucky enough to be next to, but it seemed there were only 2/3 per carriage which held about 30-40 beds.
Nov 9, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Smooth journey, comfortable reclining seats with foot rest. Blanket, pillow, water and snacks provided. Only reason it’s a 4* and not a 5* is because all of the announcements were done in Thai with no English translation which was an issue at pit stops etc when at least half of the bus were not Thai.
Nov 9, 2018
train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
Very long, 13.5 hours after train never made it to the top of the mountain. Had to stop and reverse back top the bottom. Have another engine connected and have another go. Seats in train were hard and slippery, so it was hard to get a comfortable position. We were in second class so the best seats possible.
Nov 9, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Quick and effective!!!
Nov 9, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
Bed very comfortable but toilet was so filthy I couldn’t bring myself to use it. Made for an unpleasant experience. No wifi, no power for charging. Staff were all kind though. Train arrived 40 minutes late
Nov 9, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
It was very clean and comfortable, I only would’ve like if they turn off the lights for sleeping.
Nov 9, 2018
bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
It was 30 minutes late. Beside that it was a good ride
Nov 9, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Comfy bed, (2nd class) great trip!
Nov 8, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Very comfortable journey on a very clean train. Bathrooms are clean and there's even an on-board restaurant. It's easy to sleep as the train rocks you. The lights are on all night, but u found that if you're tired, you will sleep. Great alternative to flying, great overall experience. Would recommend.
Nov 8, 2018
train #51 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
The longest sleep I ever had! I live the train. It's not luxury, but it's worth the adventure. And it's punctual too.
Nov 8, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Great train, modern and clean, bed is comfortable. Bring an eye mask as lights stay on throughout. Great way to meet people as well!
Nov 8, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Nice beds, comfortable, friendly staff. Few remarks: with the AC on all the time it could get cold and the lights were on all night so without sleeping mask it's hard to sleep
Nov 8, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Nice train and on time
Nov 8, 2018
train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★☆☆☆
Vip- sleeper Claas Die Zugfahrt selber war okay. - leider ein sehr alter Zug. Gleich nach Ankunft im Abteil reichte uns die Zugbegleiterin Früchte, Wasser und Orangensaft. Es ereilte auch gleich die Frage nach Kaffee oder Tee am Morgen. Danach reichte man uns eine Menü Karte mit Dinner Vorschlägen und deren Preise. Wir lehnten ab. Keine Nennung der Preise für die uns bereits gereichten Sachen. Am Morgen weckte man uns dann mit Kaffee und Tee und 2 Brownies. Wir dachten noch guter Service. Ca. 1 Std vor Ankunft in Chiang Mai kam dann die Servicekraft/ Zugbegleiterin und wollte abkassieren. 2x Früchte,2x O' Saft, 2x Kaffee und 2x Brownies = 480 Baht Da wir ausser den Kaffee nichts getrunken oder gegessen hatten, ging alles zurück und wir bezahlten unseren Kaffee für 120 Baht. Natürlich ohne Beleg. Also... Achtung alles was einfach - ohne Worte ins Abteil gereicht wird, wird später abkassiert - bis auf das Wasser. Der Service sollte besser frühzeitig darauf hinweisen, dass alles später bezahlt werden muss. Das ist nicht das, was man von einer staatlichen Eisenbahn erwartet. Euch allen eine schöne Fahrt
Nov 8, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Great trip. 12go Asia were awesome.
Nov 7, 2018
train #7 Class II AC, Thai Railways
★★☆☆☆
The service was great and the food was ok but I have to give it two stars because cockroaches were constantly crawling past along the walls so I think that speaks to the cleanliness of the train.
Nov 7, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
I didn’t like that we were forced to buy breakfast that wasn’t very good and a bit pricey but other than that it was good
Nov 7, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
The experience was enjoyable but like other reviewers we found that the lights being left on all night seriously prevented getting much sleep. Even wearing an eye mask I only got a couple of hours sleep on the top bunk. This was disappointing as was otherwise a fun experience.
Nov 7, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Easy to buy and pick up tickets followed by a great trip, no complaints
Nov 7, 2018
bus VIP, Lignite Tour PK
★★★★★
Great supply! Recommend to others!
Nov 7, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Great sleeper train, clean and very good service.
Nov 6, 2018
train #9 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Nice and clean sleeper. Great service. Recommended for a transfer from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. The only negative point is that the food was cold when served and that was a shame because the taste was good.
Nov 6, 2018
train #51 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Exactly, what we expected - due to the outdoor temperature of course the wagon was warm in the beginning and due to, the construction of course there is neither much space nor a window in the upper bed. Beds were clean and pretty comfortable. We had quiet fellow travellers in our wagon so nothing to complain about. It was easy to pick up the tickets we booked online and the staff in the Hua Lamphong office was very friendly. The route was very nice and it's really worth getting up to look out of the window by daylight. There were some breakfast options available in the train, unfortunately not much choice for vegetarians - some fresh fruits would have been a nice surprise.
Nov 6, 2018
train #13 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways
★★☆☆☆
We saw a few bugs in our cabin and bathroom. The food was terrible, wouldn’t bother. Basic bed over night
Nov 6, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
Very good trip by train from bangkok to chiang mai :) beautifull view for sunrise
Nov 6, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Trip was ok. Matras was very hard
Nov 6, 2018
train #9 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★☆
Nice and clean, arrived on time. Temperature was a bit cold and lights stay on all night
Nov 6, 2018
train #109 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★☆☆
All operators are very kind and helpful. The journey is a nice experience. Quality of the ride is average, meaning bumpy, noisy and quite some stops. Bed textile is very clean.
Nov 5, 2018
train #13 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways
★★★★★
It was a great trip. Nice lower bunk. Plenty of privacy. The staff at 12AsiaGo were very professional and helpful. Wonderful service...it sure was great not to have to stand in line to get the ticket! Thanks 12Asia Go.
Nov 5, 2018
bus VIP 31, Sombat Tour
★★★★☆
Great bus, very comfortable seats but unfortunately the constant talking from the rude stewardess on the loudspeaker will interrupt your sleep over and over again. She does not like tourists and she makes sure that you notice that. Sombat Tour deserves 5 stars but the stewardess ruins the whole trip.

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