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Booking overnight train to Chiang Mai

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Booking overnight train to Chiang Mai

My wife and I will be taking an overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. We would prefer train 13 to see more on the approach to Chiang Mai. I have seen information that train has only single berth sleeper compartments. Is it possible to book a two-berth sleeper for that train? if not, are there adjoining berths connected by a door? How do I make sure we are together in our booking? Does the number 1 train offer much opportunity to see the landscape heading into Chiang Mai? How can I make sure we share a berth on that train?

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1. Re: Booking overnight train to Chiang Mai

This from Man in Seat 61 website:

"Train 13/14 Bangkok-Chiang Mai is an exception, as it has an ex-Japanese 1st class sleeper, which (uniquely for Thailand) has single-berth compartments, see the photos below. There are no 2-berth compartments on this train, but pairs of adjacent single-berth compartments have a connecting door, so berth 1 can be connected to berth 2, berth 3 to berth 4, and so on.

Trains 13 & 14 Bangkok-Chiang Mai have an ex-Japanese sleeping-car: Unlike all the other trains, trains 13 & 14 between Bangkok and Chiang Mai have an ex-Japanese Railways first class sleeping-car, which has 10 single-berth compartments. So if you book first class as a couple on this particular train, you'll get two separate single-bed compartments, there are no 2-berth compartments. The attendant will make up a mattress & bedding on the flat bed you see here,"

You will have to go through a booking agency and can ask them for connected berths. Royal Exclusive and Asia Discovery are both, currently, reliable agents:



If you can't sleep in the same room, you might as well just book 2nd class, which is no less comfortable and you still have to share toilets.

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2. Re: Booking overnight train to Chiang Mai

My wife and i caught train no1 last year and was about 5 hours late getting into Chiang Mai which let us see much of the mountain passes and scenery.Thai trains are notoriously late so i dont think it would be much difference between the two . (we had a first class cabin )

Have a good trip

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