How to get to Bangkok from Chiang Mai

Getting to Bangkok from Chiang Mai

Getting from Chiang Mai to Bangkok overland is easy and straightforward. There are direct trains linking the terminus of the northern line of the state railway of Thailand with Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok. Numerous buses connecting the northern capital with major provincial centers around the country depart throughout the day from the Arcade Bus Station. If you travel by car, exit Chiang Mai via Route 11 and switch to Route 1 at Lampang. Depending on the means of transport you choose, the whole journey lasts anywhere between 9 and 14 hours.

From Chiang Mai to Bangkok by bus

Buses between Chiang Mai and Bangkok are frequent. The route is served by a number of companies, so you have a wide choice of the operators and type of buses. Buses take about 10 hours to reach the capital making several stops en route at large gas stations with a number of forecourt operators including 7/Eleven or Jiffy convenience stores, Amazon coffee shops and the like. There are toilets on board and at the gas stations, too.

Buses from Chiang Mai to Bangkok depart form the Arcade Bus Station which is located east from the Old City, some three km away. You can get there by tuk-tuk or songthaew. There is a in-city bus station in Chiang Mai, too, which is connected with the larger Arcade Bus Station by songthaews.

In Bangkok, buses arrive to the Northern Bus Terminal, Morchit. Note that it is located at the outskirts of the city, and if you arrive late in the evening – e.g. with New Viriyayanyon Tour 7am–5pm bus at THB643 or Bangkok Busline 10.30am–8.30pm bus at THB551 – make sure you have your accommodation booked as it is not a good idea to cruise around in the dark in a hope to find a good place to sleep.

There are a lot of night buses departing from Chiang Mai between 6pm and 8pm, all arriving to Bangkok between 4.30am and 6am. These include Bangkok Busline at 6.35pm (arrives at 4.35am), 7.15pm (5.40am), 8pm (6.25am) and 8pm (6.00am) at THB551, THB643, THB857 and THB551 correspondingly and a 7.30pm (5.55am) Lignite Tour bus which cost THB643. The most expensive are VIP24 buses which have 3 seats in a row instead of usual four and thus provide you with more space. The cheapest ones are standard express buses which are also ok, but may feel a bit too cramped for a Western traveller. VIP buses offer a good balance between the price you pay and the level of comfort you get.

There is also a VIP36 bus by Thai Sriram which departs from the Old City in Chiang Mai and goes straight to Khao San Road in Bangkok. Tickets cost THB650. It is highly recommended to book this bus in advance as it is extremely popular with the backpackers who plan to stay in Khao San area in Bangkok.

From Chiang Mai to Bangkok by train

The northern railway line, which connects Chiang Mai to Bangkok, is the busiest one of the whole Thai railway network. Trains leave throughout the day providing you with a wide choice of options to get from the northern capital of Chiang Mai to Bangkok. The railway journey from Chiang Mai to Bangkok takes from eleven to 14 hours and may be as smooth as silk or a real nightmare – depending on which ticket you book. So before booking a particular train double-check which kind of seats you are about to buy.

Note: Please note that even with the first class sleeper you will not get a brand-new coach, but it will nonetheless be clean and quite comfortable, and the service is normally very good, even though the staff do not speak English at all or speak minimal English.

The best way to travel from Chiang Mai to Bangkok is with a night first or second class sleeper. Berths in Thai trains are wide and each of them in equipped with curtains which pull together and provide you with enough privacy for you long journey. The two most convenient departures are train #14 at 5pm and train #2 at 6pm. #14 arrives to the Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok at 6.15am and has a second class AC sleeper at THB1081 and a first class single sleeper which is the most luxurious way of a railway travel in Thailand. Tickets cost THB2253 and which is a great investment taking into consideration the duration of the trip.

Train #2 is the most popular choice to travel from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. It has normal second class AC sleepers and women-only second class AC sleepers at the same price of THB1081 and a first class AC sleeper double occupancy at THB1073. It reaches Hua Lamphong by 6.50am.

There is one more sleeper, #52, which leaves Chiang Mai at 3.30pm and arrives to the capital at 5.25am. The schedule is a bit inconvenient, but a lower price for a second class AC sleeper somehow compensates (THB1021).

Tip: If you wish to have more space, book a lower berth in a sleeper as it is nearly half wider than the upper one. If you are travelling with a baby, the lower berth is your best choice.

Two morning trains, #102 at 6.30am and #8 at 8.50am, offer seats only. #102 is the slowest (the trip from Chiang Mai to Bangkok lasts nearly 15 hours!) and the cheapest one (THB591) from the bunch, but it has only fan coaches and we do not recommend taking it if you have other options available.

Train #8 is the fastest train between Chiang Mai and Bangkok and covers the whole distance in 10½ hours. It has second class AC seats only and can be considered, too, especially because it gives you a great chance to admire the country-side scenery by daylight – well, and do some people-watching of your fellow passengers.

Tip: As a rule, there is a dining carriage in the train, but to make thing ever easier for passengers – oh yes, you are in Thailand! – food vendors patrol the carriages, so snacks and refreshments are never in short supply. Note though, that it is illegal to sell any alcoholic beverages on the train.

From Chiang Mai to Bangkok by plane

Astonishingly low airfare from Chiang Mai to Bangkok offered by several budget airlines has already made many of the most ardent buffs of buses and trains to set eyes on air travel. Cutting travel time from Chiang Mai to Bangkok from 12 hours to 1½ hour, low cost carriers do a really great job.

One of the latest additions to the low cost carries scene in Thailand, an associate of the Indonesia-based Lion Air company, Thai Lion Air makes 10 daily flights between Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Tickets cost from THB1000 to THB2000 per person and include 15 kg of checked-in luggage and 7 kg of cabin luggage. You can depart from Chiang Mai as early as 6.50am to reach Bangkok by 8.20am. The last flight from Chiang Mai is scheduled at 10pm sharp.

Chiang Mai International Airport is located only a couple of kilometers southwest of the old city and is easily reachable by tuk-tuks, songthaews and taxis. The fare from many locations in the city to the airport is even lower than the fare from the airport to the city and is usually about THB100. One of the four busiest airports of the country, Chiang Mai Airport has ATMs, post office, medical service, restaurants and all other services a traveler may fancy.

In Bangkok Lion Air is based in Don Mueang International Airport to the north of the capital. It is connected with the city by airport shuttle buses (routes A1 and A2). A1 terminates at Morchit bus terminal calling en route to Morchit BTS. A2 heads to Morchit BTS first and then proceeds to Saphan Kwai BTS, Ari BTS, Sanam Pao BTS and finally reaches the Victory Monument (THB30). Travel time depends on traffic and is from 60 to 80 minutes. There are commuter trains between Don Mueang airport and Hua Lamphong train station, 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 3.10am till 10.15pm.

Are you sure you have seen enough of the North?

A three-hour drive from Chiang Mai to Pai is not for faint-hearted – or those with a weak stomach. But if you survive 762 turns from Chiang Mai to Pai (yes, you have read it right – seven hundred sixty two), you will be rewarded with an incomparable quiet beauty of the Pai Valley and a laid-back vibe of once lost-in-the-middle-of-nowhere village which even today, with hundreds of tourists cruising its streets daily, still preserves that old-school, comfy air of a small secret paradise. Book your journey from Chiang Mai to Pai with Prem Pracha VIP24 bus for THB195. They have buses every hour from 6.30am till 5.30pm. There are minibuses plying the same route, but in a big bus you are less likely to suffer from nausea.

Prem Pracha also operates one bus a day from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son, which is further northwest from Pai. Mae Hong Son is a chilled-out destination and a great place to admire less visited waterfalls, pumper yourself in local mineral mud spas or get acquainted with tribal culture. Prem Pracha bus departs from Chiang Mai at 9pm and reaches Mae Hong Son at 2.15am; tickets cost THB378.

Chiang Mai to Bangkok @ train, bus, flight Sep 30, 2017

65 trips (THB 641 — 12,650)

From Chiang Mai to Bangkok by train

06:30
Chiang Mai
21:10
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
14h 40m
Instant Refund
฿ 641
× 2 = ฿ 1,282
 
08:50
Chiang Mai
19:25
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
10h 35m
Instant Refund
฿ 891
× 2 = ฿ 1,782
 
15:30
Chiang Mai
05:25
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
13h 55m
Instant Refund
฿ 1,071
× 2 = ฿ 2,142
 
15:30
Chiang Mai
05:25
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
13h 55m
Instant Refund
฿ 831
× 2 = ฿ 1,662
 
17:00
Chiang Mai
06:15
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
13h 15m
Instant Refund
฿ 1,131
× 2 = ฿ 2,262
 
17:00
Chiang Mai
06:15
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
13h 15m
Instant Refund
฿ 1,753
× 2 = ฿ 3,506
 
18:00
Chiang Mai
06:50
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
12h 50m
Instant Refund
฿ 1,903
× 2 = ฿ 3,806
 
18:00
Chiang Mai
06:50
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
12h 50m
Instant Refund
฿ 1,291
× 2 = ฿ 2,582
 
18:00
Chiang Mai
06:50
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
12h 50m
Instant Refund
฿ 1,291
× 2 = ฿ 2,582
 

From Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3 to Bangkok by bus

21:30
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
08:30
Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13, Bangkok
11h
฿ 911
× 2 = ฿ 1,822
Only 4 seats left!
21:50
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3
08:50
Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13, Bangkok
11h
฿ 873
× 2 = ฿ 1,746
Only 4 seats left!

From Chiang Mai town to Bangkok by taxi

PGS
Any
Chiang Mai town
Time
Bangkok any hotel
9h
Refund
฿ 11,500
  vehicle, all incl
PGS
Any
Chiang Mai town
Time
Bangkok any hotel
9h
Refund
฿ 12,650
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai town
Time
Bangkok any hotel
9h
Instant Refund
฿ 11,750
  vehicle, all incl

From Chiang Mai train station to Bangkok by taxi

Any
Chiang Mai train station
Time
Bangkok any hotel
9h 40m
Refund
฿ 12,500
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai train station
Time
Bangkok any hotel
9h 40m
Refund
฿ 11,000
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai train station
Time
Bangkok any hotel
9h 40m
Refund
฿ 10,500
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai train station
Time
Bangkok any hotel
9h 40m
Refund
฿ 10,200
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Chiang Mai train station
Time
Bangkok any hotel
9h 40m
Refund
฿ 10,000
  vehicle, all incl

From Chiang Mai Airport to Don Mueang Airport by flight

#SL527
06:10
Chiang Mai Airport
07:25
Don Mueang Airport
1h 15m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,095
× 2 = ฿ 2,190
 
#SL525
06:50
Chiang Mai Airport
08:05
Don Mueang Airport
1h 15m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,660
× 2 = ฿ 3,320
 
#FD3417
07:25
Chiang Mai Airport
08:40
Don Mueang Airport
1h 15m
Instant
฿ 2,602
× 2 = ฿ 5,204
 
#DD8301
07:45
Chiang Mai Airport
08:50
Don Mueang Airport
1h 5m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,865
× 2 = ฿ 3,730
 
#FD3438
08:25
Chiang Mai Airport
09:40
Don Mueang Airport
1h 15m
Instant
฿ 1,830
× 2 = ฿ 3,660
 
#DD8303
08:40
Chiang Mai Airport
09:45
Don Mueang Airport
1h 5m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,864
× 2 = ฿ 3,728
 
#SL523
09:45
Chiang Mai Airport
11:00
Don Mueang Airport
1h 15m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,470
× 2 = ฿ 2,940
 
#FD3446
10:15
Chiang Mai Airport
11:20
Don Mueang Airport
1h 5m
Instant
฿ 1,830
× 2 = ฿ 3,660
 
#DD8307
10:45
Chiang Mai Airport
11:50
Don Mueang Airport
1h 5m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,864
× 2 = ฿ 3,728
 
#SL507
10:55
Chiang Mai Airport
12:10
Don Mueang Airport
1h 15m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,470
× 2 = ฿ 2,940
 
#FD3436
11:15
Chiang Mai Airport
12:35
Don Mueang Airport
1h 20m
Instant
฿ 1,602
× 2 = ฿ 3,204
 
#DD8311
12:30
Chiang Mai Airport
13:35
Don Mueang Airport
1h 5m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,865
× 2 = ฿ 3,730
 
#SL509
13:05
Chiang Mai Airport
14:20
Don Mueang Airport
1h 15m
Instant 15kg
฿ 995
× 2 = ฿ 1,990
 
#FD3448
13:35
Chiang Mai Airport
14:50
Don Mueang Airport
1h 15m
Instant
฿ 1,602
× 2 = ฿ 3,204
 
#SL511
14:00
Chiang Mai Airport
15:10
Don Mueang Airport
1h 10m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,470
× 2 = ฿ 2,940
 
#DD8313
14:25
Chiang Mai Airport
15:30
Don Mueang Airport
1h 5m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,864
× 2 = ฿ 3,728
 
#FD3434
14:35
Chiang Mai Airport
15:50
Don Mueang Airport
1h 15m
Instant
฿ 1,602
× 2 = ฿ 3,204
 
#FD3442
14:50
Chiang Mai Airport
16:05
Don Mueang Airport
1h 15m
Instant
฿ 2,602
× 2 = ฿ 5,204
 
#SL513
15:00
Chiang Mai Airport
16:25
Don Mueang Airport
1h 25m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,095
× 2 = ฿ 2,190
 
#DD8315
15:25
Chiang Mai Airport
16:30
Don Mueang Airport
1h 5m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,865
× 2 = ฿ 3,730
 
#FD3426
15:50
Chiang Mai Airport
17:10
Don Mueang Airport
1h 20m
Instant
฿ 1,375
× 2 = ฿ 2,750
 
#DD8317
16:10
Chiang Mai Airport
17:20
Don Mueang Airport
1h 10m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,864
× 2 = ฿ 3,728
 
#FD3440
16:25
Chiang Mai Airport
17:40
Don Mueang Airport
1h 15m
Instant
฿ 1,375
× 2 = ฿ 2,750
 
#FD3432
17:35
Chiang Mai Airport
18:50
Don Mueang Airport
1h 15m
Instant
฿ 1,602
× 2 = ฿ 3,204
 
#SL515
17:55
Chiang Mai Airport
19:15
Don Mueang Airport
1h 20m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,470
× 2 = ฿ 2,940
 
#DD8319
18:10
Chiang Mai Airport
19:15
Don Mueang Airport
1h 5m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,764
× 2 = ฿ 3,528
 
#SL517
18:45
Chiang Mai Airport
20:05
Don Mueang Airport
1h 20m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,470
× 2 = ฿ 2,940
 
#FD3430
19:55
Chiang Mai Airport
21:10
Don Mueang Airport
1h 15m
Instant
฿ 1,375
× 2 = ฿ 2,750
 
#DD8325
20:40
Chiang Mai Airport
21:45
Don Mueang Airport
1h 5m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,764
× 2 = ฿ 3,528
 
#SL519
20:45
Chiang Mai Airport
22:00
Don Mueang Airport
1h 15m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,280
× 2 = ฿ 2,560
 
#FD3444
21:15
Chiang Mai Airport
22:30
Don Mueang Airport
1h 15m
Instant
฿ 1,375
× 2 = ฿ 2,750
 
#DD8327
21:55
Chiang Mai Airport
23:00
Don Mueang Airport
1h 5m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,663
× 2 = ฿ 3,326
 
#SL521
22:00
Chiang Mai Airport
23:15
Don Mueang Airport
1h 15m
Instant 15kg
฿ 995
× 2 = ฿ 1,990
 
#FD3428
22:40
Chiang Mai Airport
23:55
Don Mueang Airport
1h 15m
Instant
฿ 2,602
× 2 = ฿ 5,204
 
#FD3420
23:40
Chiang Mai Airport
00:55
Don Mueang Airport
1h 15m
Instant
฿ 1,249
× 2 = ฿ 2,498
 

From Chiang Mai Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport by flight

#PG222
06:55
Chiang Mai Airport
08:15
Suvarnabhumi Airport
1h 20m
Instant
฿ 2,429
× 2 = ฿ 4,858
 
#TG103
10:05
Chiang Mai Airport
11:25
Suvarnabhumi Airport
1h 20m
Instant
฿ 2,263
× 2 = ฿ 4,526
 
#PG216
10:10
Chiang Mai Airport
11:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
1h 20m
Instant
฿ 2,138
× 2 = ฿ 4,276
 
#PG224
12:00
Chiang Mai Airport
13:20
Suvarnabhumi Airport
1h 20m
Instant
฿ 2,138
× 2 = ฿ 4,276
 
#PG907
14:40
Chiang Mai Airport
16:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
1h 20m
Instant
฿ 2,138
× 2 = ฿ 4,276
 
#TG111
15:10
Chiang Mai Airport
16:20
Suvarnabhumi Airport
1h 10m
Instant
฿ 2,263
× 2 = ฿ 4,526
 
#PG226
16:40
Chiang Mai Airport
18:00
Suvarnabhumi Airport
1h 20m
Instant
฿ 2,138
× 2 = ฿ 4,276
 
#PG220
19:00
Chiang Mai Airport
20:20
Suvarnabhumi Airport
1h 20m
Instant
฿ 2,636
× 2 = ฿ 5,272
 
#TG117
19:20
Chiang Mai Airport
20:30
Suvarnabhumi Airport
1h 10m
Instant
฿ 2,263
× 2 = ฿ 4,526
 
#TG121
20:50
Chiang Mai Airport
22:10
Suvarnabhumi Airport
1h 20m
Instant
฿ 2,014
× 2 = ฿ 4,028
 
#PG228
21:05
Chiang Mai Airport
22:25
Suvarnabhumi Airport
1h 20m
Instant
฿ 2,138
× 2 = ฿ 4,276
 

Adventures @ Bangkok


Grand Palace and Wat Po with transfer to restaurant, 9 seater van.
฿ 1,840
5h
PGS
Grand Palace and Wat Po with transfer to restaurant, 9 seater van. 00:00
Thai Massage Experience Training and Ascetic self-Stretching (Rue-si Datton) Course - 2 day
฿ 8,500
2d 1h
Watpo Thai Traditional Massage School
Thai Massage Experience Training and Ascetic self-Stretching (Rue-si Datton) Course - 2 day 08:00
Package set 4
฿ 6,000
1h
Bangkok Shooting Range
Package set 4
Thai Massage Experience Training and Ascetic self-Stretching (Rue-si Datton) Course - 1 day
฿ 5,500
8h
Watpo Thai Traditional Massage School
Thai Massage Experience Training and Ascetic self-Stretching (Rue-si Datton) Course - 1 day
ABC Weekend and Local Floating Market tour
฿ 2,400
6h
Amazing Bangkok Cycling
ABC Weekend and Local Floating Market tour 09:00
Entrance Fee with Rides Only
฿ 850
7h
Dream World
Entrance Fee with Rides Only 10:00

Passenger reviews out of total 28,624 passengers traveled with us on this route

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Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
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★★★★★ Sep 25, 2017 (train #10 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways) :
Safe and pleasant way to travel from Chiang Mai to Bangkok
★★★★☆ Sep 25, 2017 (bus VIP20, Sombat Tour)
★★★★★ Sep 24, 2017 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Great way to travel. Comfortable and clean. We went to the restaurant car for dinner and although the food didn't look like much it was quite tasty.
★★★★★ Sep 24, 2017 (train #8 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Comfortable train with good food service. Interesting range of scenery over length of trip.
★★★★★ Sep 22, 2017 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Sep 21, 2017 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
We travelled in first class and would have rated it 5 stars if it wasn't for the smell of the fuel exhaust. It made me naseous and the only time we got fresh air was when we were at a train stop. Somehow the fumes did not come in when we were at a stop. Other than that it was great. It has a shower and wifi although the wifi was extremely slow...more like 1G or 2G max. Food was available to be ordered on the touch screen so that was convenient.
★★★★★ Sep 18, 2017 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Amazing train with great facilities.... Had a wonderful night travel
★★★★★ Sep 17, 2017 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Sep 17, 2017 (train #14 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
My trip from Chiang Mai to HL was smooth. The security at the entrance and checkin were very helpful. The staff were funny and helpful - do keep in mind that they want to make the beds early! Even though I had my own 1st class cabin, he tried making my bed at 5:30. I'm very tall and said no, thank you. He said he'd come back at 9 and came back at 7:30 and insisted on making it then. The ride and sleep wasn't bad at all. I'd definitely ride the railways again. My Tip* bring ear plugs and snack.
★★★★★ Sep 16, 2017 (train #10 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways) :
Was comfortable, clean and the attendant was very helpful. Thanks!
★★★☆☆ Sep 14, 2017 (train #52 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
We had a good trip that met our expectations. The food was fine. The bathrooms were pretty basic, but they were serviceable. The berths (both upper and lower) were comfortable and we had a good sleep. I enjoyed the chance to see the country-side. Overall it was a good experience and a real bargain, especially when you consider that it was not necessary to book a hotel for an evening.
★★★☆☆ Sep 13, 2017 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
The toilet and shower could be cleaner, the shower is not so well organized No where to put the dry clothes or your towel.
★★★☆☆ Sep 13, 2017 (train #8 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
It was very cold at car 3, even though we informed the staff there. My husband ended up getting a cold. We both weren't feeling well after the trip. The train was on schedule- leaving and arriving. The departure was little late must be because they needed to have one of the passengers out of the train, escorted by the police. We had good snacks in the morning and afternoon, and lunch. Maybe in booking tickets, a choice of two meals would be better. Like which one of the two meals would the passenger choose. We had the same lunch Hua Lamphong-Chiangmai and vice versa Chiangmai-Hua Lamphong. The train was clean even though old. Overall, nice experience for someone who likes adventure, and not bad for first-timers. Thank you so much. Steve&Christy, USA&Philippines
★★★★☆ Sep 12, 2017 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★☆☆☆ Sep 11, 2017 (train #14 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Staff refused to give us a blanket unless we let him make our beds. What are we, toddlers? (It was probably so that we wouldn't see that the mattresses were moldy). People came to our locked door 3-4 times trying to pressure us into buying over-priced snacks. You have to figure out for yourself when it's your stop - no announcements in English (I know it's Thailand, not America/England, but still very inconvenient for us). The trash bin was screwed shut, and there was no bin. Some of the sinks were clogged and full of dirty brown water - the staff didn't even attempt to fix them - if you got one of those cabins, it's your problem I guess... No wifi. No drinking allowed.
★★★★☆ Sep 11, 2017 (train #10 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Sep 11, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air)
★★★★★ Sep 10, 2017 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very good service. Train was clean. The menu is not really good would be perfect add some fruit
★★★★★ Sep 10, 2017 (train #52 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Awesome trip! Staff were very friendly and efficient. I hadn't noticed how long the trip was!
★★★★★ Sep 10, 2017 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Great train driving on time and the facilities in the first class are good.
★★★★★ Sep 9, 2017 (train #8 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
My train was the day train ftom Chiang Mai to Bangkok. Everything worked well, train staff was friendly and train was nicely on schedule. Getting tickets via 12Go Asia was very easy and service in their Bangkok office was good and friendly.
★★★☆☆ Sep 8, 2017 (train #14 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Cockcroches in room. Air conditioner cannot be adjusted so we were feeling cold in room.
★★★★★ Sep 8, 2017 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Sep 7, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai AirAsia)
★★★★★ Sep 7, 2017 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
As expected, comfortable, slept on/off in private cabin on lower sleeper. Bit cold because of AC., if vegan bring your own food. No delays.
★★★★★ Sep 6, 2017 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Great service , fantastic cabin - only down was food available was not great but we didn't expect too much
★★★★★ Sep 4, 2017 (train #10 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways) :
Loved the overnight train. Food served is pretty good considering. The staff are always friendly and helpful. It certainly helps booking middle of carriage. Best way to cover the distance between the two cities. The #9 up and #10 back are new and clean. Toilets a bit squishy but no problem. 12Go has been our lifesaver this trip
★★★★☆ Sep 3, 2017 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
A great way to travel. Less hassle than flying, you see more of the countryside and also save on a nights accommodation. Very comfortable and food could be ordered via a touch screen in the cabin although don't expect nothing more than basic microwaved ready meals. There was also a bit of a restaurant a few carriages away but only serving I think the same food.
★★★★★ Sep 1, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Airways)
★★★★★ Aug 28, 2017 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Great journey. No problem at all with the ticket pick-up.
★★★★★ Aug 27, 2017 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
The only thing was the cold we had in the cabin.
★★★★★ Aug 26, 2017 (train #14 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
We had a perfect train trip back to Bangkok. Thank you so much for taking care!
★★★★★ Aug 24, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai AirAsia) :
Easy and cheap
★★★★☆ Aug 24, 2017 (train #10 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways) :
The train was comfortable and on time. Me and my friends slept the whole trip, since our wagon was quiet and the beds very cozy. The only problem was the air conditioning, very high. We, as the other passengers, had to cover ourselves with jackets and scarfs. I highly recommend to bring along with you warm clothes in order to sleep well. The wi-fi didn't work very well, especially while crossing the galleries, and you can find it only in the restaurant wagon.
★★☆☆☆ Aug 24, 2017 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Aug 24, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai AirAsia)
★★★★☆ Aug 22, 2017 (train #14 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train departed on time. The aircon was set too cold!!! The food offering was not to our taste and since it is a set menu, you only had a choice of 4 meals. Luckily we had been told it was probably better to bring your own food, which we did. Other than that, the trip went very smoothly. We had No.14 train with lower bunks. Beds were made up just on dark, so you could no longer see much of the surrounding countryside. The beds were comfortable, though a touch too short as I am 1.83mt tall and I would estimate the bed was 1.7mt long. However, I curled my legs a bit and was comfortable. That is another thing I have ticked off the "Bucket List".
★★★★☆ Aug 21, 2017 (train #8 Class II AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Aug 21, 2017 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
We vonden de eerste klasse in de nieuwe nachttrein echt geweldig! Ultraschone stoelen en top service! Wij hadden twee cabines met een tussendeur waardoor het echt superruim was! Aanrader!
★★★★★ Aug 21, 2017 (train #10 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Aug 20, 2017 (train #52 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Trains are really easy to use.
★★★☆☆ Aug 19, 2017 (train #14 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Got on train with little money as all ATMs in area were out. No food on board without cash. Not happy.
★★★★★ Aug 19, 2017 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Aug 19, 2017 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Aug 18, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai AirAsia) :
No problem with this flight
★★★★★ Aug 18, 2017 (train #14 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Exelent, valuable service. No complains. Highly recomendable.
★★★★☆ Aug 18, 2017 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The AC is too cold
★★★☆☆ Aug 18, 2017 (train #10 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways) :
The beds were fine and it was pretty quiet, the lights were on all night though which made it so hard to sleep and they woke us up 2 hours before Bangkok which was highly unnecessary.
★★★★★ Aug 18, 2017 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The entire experience was amazing and I would definitely recommend the overnight train to anyone going form Chiangmai to Bangkok. The staff was really helpful and the beds are so comfortable!
★★★★☆ Aug 16, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air)
★★★☆☆ Aug 16, 2017 (train #52 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Straightforward journey but arrived in Bangkok 2 hours later than stated, despite leaving Chiang Mai on time. Comfortable but very warm without the AC. I'll definitely pay the little extra next time for that.
★★★★☆ Aug 15, 2017 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Aug 14, 2017 (train #14 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train #14 was such a big difference compared to train#10 from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. It was the same price but very old and facilities were outdated. If I knew the difference, I would of paid extra!
★★★★☆ Aug 13, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air) :
Very little leg space
★★★★☆ Aug 13, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air) :
Nice comfortable flight, left on time, inexpensive. Very good for the price.
★★★★☆ Aug 13, 2017 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Een leuke ervaring om met de trein te reizen. We hebben de heenreis 2e klas en de terugreis 1e klas gereisd. Bij 1e klas heb je een eigen ruimte wat fijn is. Het nadeel is dat je bij eerste klas meer last hebt van het schommelen van de trein omdat de bedden anders zijn opgesteld. Het is leuk om een keer mee te maken. Maar voor een volgende keer pak ik een binnenlandse vlucht.
★★★★★ Aug 13, 2017 (train #14 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Great trip Excellent booking system and ticket pick up
★★★★☆ Aug 12, 2017 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Aug 10, 2017 (train #14 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Due to late booking the train we wanted was fully booked. The train we booked was an old diesel. Beds were comfortable but there was a lot of noise by staff walking on and off and leaving the doors open all the time. On top airco failed to work at night.
★★★★★ Aug 9, 2017 (train #52 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Good , confortable friendly staff and affordable
★★★★☆ Aug 9, 2017 (train #8 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Windows quite dirty, so you can't get a nice view. We left on time but arrived an hour late. The ride was so bumpy it was nauseating to read. That said, the train got us where we needed to go! And the staff was friendly. They served lunch.
★★★★☆ Aug 9, 2017 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Een hele belevenis! We sliepen in een 1e klas coupeetje. Zeker de moeite om voor 1e klasse te kiezen. Je ziet hier namelijk helemaal op je gemak. Het is zeer luxueus en proper. Het personeel helpt je waar nodig in hun beste Engels. De bedden worden opgemaakt rond een bepaald tijdstip. Het slapen in de trein lukt redelijk. Vergeet zeker geen extra pulletje mee te nemen want in het begin staat de airco zeer koud. Tip: wij reisden verder naar Cambodja via de kleinere luchthaven van Bangkok, Don Muang. Handig meegenomen de trein stopt aan deze luchthaven.
★★★★☆ Aug 8, 2017 (train #14 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Good prompt emails with all steps for ticket pickup given in great detail. The train was about 30min late leaving and my carriage smelled as if gas fumes were coming in, so that is my only complaint.
★★☆☆☆ Aug 8, 2017 (train #14 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Aug 8, 2017 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Tickets were easy to pick up at Bossotel next to trainstation of Chiang Mai. Restaurant had enough choice for food and drinks, not too expensive. We could order by touchscreen in our first class coupe and have it delivered. In first class are only 2 beds available in one coupe, and we were with our 8 year old son. He had a seat, but no bed, no pillow, only a blanket, once the 2 beds were made up, he had to sleep with one of us in a one person bed: not enough space. The AC was incredibly cold! Only 15 degrees Celcius, we couldn't change the temperature and had to put all on our long sleeves and pants to keep warm. So when you are with 2 adults and 1 child, please make sure you book a bed for 3!
★★★★★ Aug 7, 2017 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very well organized, we could sleep through the night, remember to take a sweater since air conditioning is strong. Very clean and comfortable and the best, you do not end up at the airport but in the middle of the town. A very good experience, we travelled this way several times with our kids. Everybody was happy.
★★★★★ Aug 7, 2017 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Perfect
★★☆☆☆ Aug 5, 2017 (train #14 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Overall the trip was average and above, Cleanliness Good, Staff - language issue but friendly, Food - No Halal so we could not eat, Comfort - Good, value for money - Better if you get the new train (#10).
★★★★★ Aug 5, 2017 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Aug 5, 2017 (train #52 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Aug 5, 2017 (train #52 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Nice train with clean sheets and good cool AC temp, though the 12go agents at bossotel didn't have my ticket ready until 1-2 hours before the train (whereas the ticket says you can pick it up day of the train)
★★★☆☆ Aug 4, 2017 (train #52 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
Easy enough, but would definitely choose aircon instead of a fan and the train needs updating. Cockroaches and squat toilets not good!
★★★★★ Aug 4, 2017 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
The train was fantastic, clean, efficient, wifi, water. It arrived late, but it didn't matter as it was so comfortable. We did pay, however, for the double cabin.
★★★★☆ Aug 4, 2017 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Train on time. First class sleeper. Very comfortable
★★★★☆ Aug 4, 2017 (train #52 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
the bus is much much better. the train looks scary and needs a lot of maintenance works
★★★★☆ Aug 3, 2017 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Comfy and plenty of space but PLEASE turn the lights out at night, otherwise it is impossible to sleep
★★★☆☆ Aug 2, 2017 (train #14 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Train 14 1st class sleeper cabins comfort is ok. Take the 1st class if you can afford it, you will get 2 persons compartment and air conditioning, while 2nd class will lack room for luggage, is noisy (everyone in the car sleep together (or listen to each other's music). Beware that everything the attendant will "give" you is not for free, not even the orange juice they will kindly serve you when getting in the train without telling you the price, and will come hours later reclaiming 80 bahts for each. Food in the restaurant car is horrible and extremely expensive (160 baths for a pack of chips). Plan some take away food before your departure ....
★★★★★ Aug 2, 2017 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Een echte belevenis, voor de 1e klasse gekozen en dus een eigen coupé. Toch fijn om een eigen ruimte te hebben. Het is wel vrij koud, de bedden zijn redelijk hard en door het geschommel slaap je natuurlijk minder dan normaal, maar dat is het zeker waard.
★★★★★ Aug 2, 2017 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Perfect very new and clean trains (nr 10), cleaner as in the Netherlands! (Beds 1.85 m) Good service on board, such as water, restaurant wagon. Too much light in the night. They wake you up 90 min before arrival. There was also a police officer with a gun, sleeping in our wagon. Employee was friendly and wrote down busstation in Thai Nice way of travelling, large seats
★★★★★ Aug 2, 2017 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very good facility. At first you will sit at the lower berth whether you buy the upper one. At night the staff will kindly prepare the bed for you, and you can have a good tight sleep there. The canteen serves good foods with acceptable price(below 100 baht). The restroom is clean and modern. Great experience!
★★★★☆ Aug 2, 2017 (train #14 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The number 14 Express isn't a fast train. It's an express because it doesn't have as many stops, so don't think you'll be zipping through the Thai countryside at a rate of knots, you won't. We booked because the friends we were travelling with hadn't had the experience of the sleeper train and they were impressed on the whole. The staff were helpful, the food was good,(when did that happen? We'd always had to buy from the people who get on and off at the stops.) and the beds were clean. We wanted to get off at Don Muang, which threw them a little and we ended up not getting off there at all, but getting off at the next station. However,it was only a 50 baht taxi ride back to the airport. The scenery you see on board is amazing, try to look out of the back door as you go over bridges, and my kids loved their compartments. And to the man who had the tool dropped on his head, in my experience on Thai sleepers the staff always ask you to get up and stand back when they are making the beds, so why were you sat underneath him?
★★★☆☆ Aug 1, 2017 (train #14 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Not one of the newer trains. Reasonable nights sleep. Evening meal more than enough for one
★★☆☆☆ Aug 1, 2017 (train #52 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways) :
My previous sleeper train experience was a lot better than this one. I was assigned to the the lower bunk - It was so hot! - The fan didn't reach me during the night so I hardly slept. The worst part was that there were hundreds of insects crawling all over me - from small tiny insects to mosquitoes.. I didn't experience this at all on my previous trip so not sure why this happened now. Otherwise the rest was fine. Staff was good.
★★★★★ Aug 1, 2017 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
It was a new train. Very comfortable and clean. Kind staff.
★★★☆☆ Jul 31, 2017 (train #52 Class II Sleeper Fan, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 30, 2017 (train #8 Class II AC, Thai Railways)
★★☆☆☆ Jul 30, 2017 (train #14 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
#14 needs updating. Dirty, old, many stops which doesn't feel "express" and makes sleeping difficult. Toilet is sqwatting only. Food is extra and very mediocre. Staff is friendly.
★★★★★ Jul 29, 2017 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The personen for our beds was very fast with making the beds. Clean train and also toilet. Ac a bit to cold for us.
★★★★★ Jul 29, 2017 (train #10 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very nice train. Very clean, great service. There was a lovely food cart with great prices. Toilets were clean.
★★★☆☆ Jul 29, 2017 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
It was lovely trip in 1st class sleeper. Maybe some softer mattress topper. Bed very hard
★★★★☆ Jul 29, 2017 (train #14 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★☆☆ Jul 29, 2017 (train #14 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
We where traveling on the old train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. Compared to New New one this was very old ;-) clean but old. The bed where ok
★★☆☆☆ Jul 28, 2017 (train #10 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Inside was incredible cold. Termometr on screen shows 14 degrees
★★★★☆ Jul 27, 2017 (train #52 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Eveething is good organised but the train was a freezer, so cold
★★★★☆ Jul 27, 2017 (train #8 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Train trip was good and sevice for snacks and drinks also. Only bad comment was that the a/c was extremely cold and we all ended up sick. Should advise travellers.
★★★★☆ Jul 27, 2017 (train #14 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 26, 2017 (train #8 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
It was a comfortable 11 hour-trip from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, clean cars, good meal for lunch and beverages, enough place and an impressive landscape. And a nice view from the drivers place of the train. Air condition was just right, not too warm and not too cool. And all for a very attractive price. Best thanks to Thai railway - and to 12go for easy booking and ticket delivery !
★★★★★ Jul 26, 2017 (train #52 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
A true experience. A must do if you are traveling in Thailand. Beds were set up a bit early (8:30 PM) but I must say they were pretty comfortable. So all in all value for money; comfortable trip AND saving a hotel room AND see more of the Thai landscape all for one price.
★★★★★ Jul 26, 2017 (train #14 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jul 26, 2017 (train #14 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great fun, very clean, beds comfortable. Read about thai trains running very late but ours was only 15min. Wanted to get off at the airport and was woken up by the friendly train man just before we were due to arrive-great service. such easy journey- will def use it again. As for 12go asia- cannot recommend them high enough. Very good service, quick to respond and our first choice of train was full they messaged me and offered alternative options. Very happy.

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