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Bangkok - Chiang Mai trains - late running

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Bangkok - Chiang Mai trains - late running

Recently all sleeper trains between Bangkok and Chiang Mai have been arriving at these cities up to 4 to 5 hours late. This is due to slow running over the washouts - up to 10 - in the northern hilly regions, and also extensive track renewal - the old wooden spiked sleepers are being replaced by concrete sleepers and pandrol clips. This info. has not been reported on Seat61 or the Thai Railway websites. However many passengers arriving at Chiang Mai recently have been reporting arriving very late with some resulting complications in joining tours, elephant camps, or arriving late at accommodations etc.

Typically trains 51 / 52 have been taking 19 hours to do the complete trip.

Edited: 17 October 2012, 02:28
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1. Re: Bangkok - Chiang Mai trains - late running

Thats a big delay but not so unusual in the wet season. Even in perfect conditions many of the trains arrive late.

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2. Re: Bangkok - Chiang Mai trains - late running

Chris

Lateness on trains is a perennial problem.It sounds like they have a bit of an excuse this time.

I went to Kanchanaburi 5 days ago and the train was 1.5 hours late. Not bad for a 2.5 hour journey!

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3. Re: Bangkok - Chiang Mai trains - late running

It is a good reason to take a flight whenever possible. We took a train to Surat Thani a few weeks ago and it arrived almost 2 hours late and as a result missed a ferry connection.

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4. Re: Bangkok - Chiang Mai trains - late running

Late runnng trains! In Thailand, surely not LOL.

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5. Re: Bangkok - Chiang Mai trains - late running

I have a train arriving in Bangkok at 8.30 and need to checkin at 1pm for aflight at BKK at 3pm.

Should I be worried? is there still delays like 4-5hrs in in February?

Please help as if there is a problem , I really should look at alternatives , I am flying in 3 days

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6. Re: Bangkok - Chiang Mai trains - late running

jaybhayani

It should be OK, but you never know. If it is running late get off at Don Muang station, which is opposite the airport, and get the free shuttle bus from DMK to BKK.

Alan

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7. Re: Bangkok - Chiang Mai trains - late running

Thanks Alan.

I was coming to the same conclusion. I saw posts on thaivisa.

Also posted on there similar question.

Next time I will fly or stay in Bangkok for a night.

Cheers

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8. Re: Bangkok - Chiang Mai trains - late running

Thanks Alan.

I was coming to the same conclusion. I saw posts on thaivisa.

Also posted on there similar question.

Next time I will fly or stay in Bangkok for a night.

Cheers

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9. Re: Bangkok - Chiang Mai trains - late running

Thanks Alan.

I was coming to the same conclusion. I saw posts on thaivisa.

Also posted on there similar question.

Next time I will fly or stay in Bangkok for a night.

Cheers

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10. Re: Bangkok - Chiang Mai trains - late running

Thanks Alan.

I was coming to the same conclusion. I saw posts on thaivisa.

Also posted on there similar question.

Next time I will fly or stay in Bangkok for a night.

Cheers