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General Knowledge

Trains to and from Northern Thailand

Yes there are Thai trains from Bangkok to Chiang Mai but no further north.

They have a official website of the "State railway of Thailand" or Thai train system that is pretty good. http://www.railway.co.th/english/index.asp

There you will find all the information you need as far as facts and costs go but here I want you to have some basic hints.

With discount airlines offering cheap flights The first class is more expensive than some special offer by airlines. As well the time difference makes me take flights now.

Since the former government leader had a "family member" who officially owned a airline the budget of the railway seems to be stretched a lot, as well as it has been used for free rides for vote collecting (buying) so is not as wonderful as it once was.

So I only recommend now second class sleepers, air conditioned cars. Take lower berths if you wish to sleep. as upper berths are smaller and the light does come in the top berth very well. Ask for berths in the middle of the car away from the toilet and the between cars doors that slam while you try to sleep or on a auto opener which is not so quiet.

Also choose a rail car not so close to the engine if possible, one for engine noise, as all cars on slower trains  crash into the one before it causing a bang.. bang... bang every time they stop or start from stations along the route.

I am told the first class is a wonderful way to spend the honeymoon but I have no personal experience with that car.

Chiang Mai to Bangkok train timetable

Chiang Mai Railway Station
Charoen Muang road,
(053) 24-4795, (053) 242094, (053) 245364

TrainDepartureArrivalFare
Rapid 06.45 21.10 281
Sprinter 08.45 20.25 611
Express 14.50 05.30 541
Special Express 16.30 6.40 791/881 (top/bottom)
Special Express 17.50 7.00 791/881 (top/bottom)
Sprinter 21.00 9.10 611

Hualampong Railway Station www.railway.co.th

Bangkok to Chiang Mai train timetable

TrainDepartureArrivalFare
Sprinter 08.30 20.30 611
Rapid 14.30 05.30 271
Special Express 18.00 07.15 791/881 (top/bottom)
Sprinter 19.20 07.40 611
Special Express 19.35 09.45 791/881 (top/bottom)
Express 22.00 12.45 541

 

There are 20 day passes for non residents as well.

Lamphang

lamphun-wat phra that hariphunchai-01     
       ited in mid-town, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai was built during the reign of King Arthitayarat, a descendant of Queen Chamthewi some 800 years ago.A principal landmark is the 46-metre tall golden Chedi which contains a hair of the Lord Buddha, having nine-tiered umbrella, made of gold weighing approximately 6,498.75 grams...

Chiang Rai

      on the bank of the Kok River within town area, contains what is believed to be the oldest Holy Relic even before King Mengrai built Chiang Rai. Doi Chom Thong has been a sacred site for aextremely long time. The site was surely reverenced as the home of local spirits before Buddhism arrived in the area.

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