I will fly to Bangkok on the 16th of January, we will arrive on the 17th. Due to the Protest we wanted to leave out Bangkok in the beginning of the trip and see how the situation develops. Now our Plan would be to take a train to Chiang Mai directly after our arrival. We would have a window of appr. four hours to get from the airport to Hualamphong station to catch our train. I think the easiest way would be to take the airport link to makkasan station and change to the MRT there (petchaburi station).
However two things bother me:
1. Is it really reliable, that MRT and Airport Link will be operational during the "hot phase" of the protestes
2. Petchaburi Intersection is one of the points the protesters want to shut down (according to the list in the news). Is it even possible to change the trains there (and cross the intersection, with luggage)?
The only other way would be to take a taxi or a public bus. Is there any way of predicting, how long that would take to hualamphong? Taking about an hour for immigration, we only have three hours to make the way...
Thank you for your help!