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Bangkok-Chiang Mai... Which Train?

Medellin
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Bangkok-Chiang Mai... Which Train?

Hello everyone, i just saw that the best train to travel to Chian Mai is the one that leaves a 7:35, but this was written in 2007, so it's kind of out to date.

In the online Time table Train, there are 5 classes of trains:

ORDINARY (ORD)

DIESEL CAR (DRC)

RAPID TRAIN (RAP)

EXPRESS TRAIN (EXP)

SPECIAL TRAIN (SP EXP)

Which one do you recommend to travel by night?

Thanks!!!

Kamphaeng Phet...
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1. Re: Bangkok-Chiang Mai... Which Train?

You have two choices you can take Tain #1 or #13. Both are SP EXP which just means less stops and faster travel. Really comes down to what time you want to get into Chiang Mai. Most of the trip your going to be asleep anyway so you wont be missing much....

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2. Re: Bangkok-Chiang Mai... Which Train?

Train #1 departs BKK at 1800hrs and arrives Chiang Mai at 0715hrs

Train #13 departs BKK 1935hrs and arrives CM 0945hrs

Both offer 1st and 2nd class sleeper compartments.

We have some pics of our train trip from BKK to CM and return on the link below.

www.bobandjanette.com

Happy & safe travels

Bob

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3. Re: Bangkok-Chiang Mai... Which Train?

I prefer the later one #13, as I like the mountain scenery through which the train travels near Lampang.

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4. Re: Bangkok-Chiang Mai... Which Train?

I also prefer the I prefer the later one #13.

It normally arrives late into Chiang Mai.

That way you do not have to pay accommodation for the night having to travel at night.

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5. Re: Bangkok-Chiang Mai... Which Train?

Avoid the upper berths especially if you are 'height challenged' like myself. I also especially dislike the closeness to the ceiling on the uppers, if you suffer claustrophobia forget it.

Medellin
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6. Re: Bangkok-Chiang Mai... Which Train?

Thanks a lot!!!!

Another question... do you know where can i Book it Through the internet? or how can i do it so i' ll have the tickets in advance.

Thanks!!!!

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7. Re: Bangkok-Chiang Mai... Which Train?

If you want to book in advance, try this website:

http://www.thairailwayticket.com/default.aspx

Tony

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8. Re: Bangkok-Chiang Mai... Which Train?

It really comes down to personal preference. We're taking a sleeper train from Penang to Bangkok, but we've decided to take the DRC - which is mostly a daylight train - from Bangkok to Chiang Mai as we'd like to "see the countryside".

And you can book it via the internet directly with Thai Railways. Send an email to passenger-ser@railway.co.th in the following format:

> Please can you reserve for me:

>

> Journey: Bangkok to Chiang Mai

> Date: XXX

> Train number: XXX

> Departure time: XXX

> Class of travel: XXX

> Passengers names: XXX

It takes them about 3-4 working days to respond, but they will reserve your tickets for pickup at Hualamphong on the day of travel. I am not sure if they will reserve 1st class sleepers this way or not.

Medellin
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9. Re: Bangkok-Chiang Mai... Which Train?

Thanks a lot for all your comments.

I tried to book the first class but is not available online, do know if is hard to find the First Class on the # 13 Train, 2 or 3 days before the journey?

There is any agency nearby Banglamphu area or is only available on the counters?

Thanks a lot,

Miguel

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10. Re: Bangkok-Chiang Mai... Which Train?

On http://www.seat61.com/Thailand.htm you should find a link to a company who will book first class tickets for a 400 Bt fee (I think) and have them delivered to your hotel. Have not tried this, so can't vouch for it.