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Udon Thani to Ubon Ratchathani by bus

Posted by davina1947 on 19/9/2009 at 03:52

We will be in Udon Thani in March 2010 we want to travel to Ubon by bus, is there a bus straight through or do we have to change somewhere. Also can we get a train from Ubon to Chiang Mai?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 19/9/2009 at 09:14 admin

Yes there are direct buses from Udon Thani to Ubon Ratchathani.

Train from Ubon to Chiang Mai would be via Bangkok (or close to as you could change at Ayutthaya -- I'd go all the way back to Bkk.)

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Posted by MADMAC on 19/9/2009 at 12:16

I took the bus from Yaso (originating in Ubon I believe) to Udon... not a lot of fun. Way over-crowded, very hot... long and slow. But it did get me there (in about five hours). Hopefully your bus is better.

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Posted by neosho on 20/9/2009 at 10:12

I just took the bus from Chiang Mai to Ubon last week. 18 hours. VIP bus so not so crowded, good seats etc. 893 baht which included 2 meals. I have taken the train from Ubon to BKK which I think was about 350 baht. Once again it was the better train. Leaves at 3pm and gets into Bkk at 11pm. Can't say about coming down from Udon. Sorry.

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Posted by MADMAC on 20/9/2009 at 12:16

18 hours? Nightmare.

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Posted by davina1947 on 22/9/2009 at 01:55

Thanks for the info, really helpful. Anyone have any info on toilet facilities on trains to Bkk and Bkk - Chiang Mai. Also anyone had any experience of The Rocket paddle steamer from Dhaka - Khulna in Bangladesh

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Posted by neosho on 22/9/2009 at 09:31

If you ride the better trains and busses there should not be a problem with toilets. Rode a sleeper train in china one time and the toilet had 2 bricks for feet and you squatted over a hole in the floor. That ended up quite messy by the next morning.
Madmac...18 hours was a long time. A few drinks and pills, I can manage to sleep most of it. LOL

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Posted by MADMAC on 1/10/2009 at 22:16

I am flying back to the States next month. The trip from hell. I dread it already.

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Posted by Caripito on 1/10/2009 at 22:40

My experiences with sleeper trains in Thailand have been great.
I recommend bottom bunk for comfort.
Check out what others have been saying about flying.
I flew from Chang Mai to Krabi via BKK for U$100.00. That was in 2006 I believe.
From what I am reading about flying on this same message board, it is a lot less expensive now.

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Posted by Caripito on 1/10/2009 at 22:41

I fly from Seattle to HCMC via Narita. Though I am excited about my upcoming trip I dread the 20+ flight.

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Posted by neosho on 2/10/2009 at 08:30

Madmac...The trip to the states IS the trip from hell. I went home in May to see family. I am from Missouri and on return from the first flight to when I landed in Chiang Mai....37 hours. They have changed all the flights around because of the recession. I had 3 different connections just to get to LA. 9 hours over what used to be a 3 1/2 hours. Enjoy your visit.

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