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.
#3 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
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.
#4 neosho has been a member since 13/8/2008. Posts: 386
18 hours? Nightmare.
#5 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
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
#6 davina1947 has been a member since 19/9/2009. Posts: 4
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
#7 neosho has been a member since 13/8/2008. Posts: 386
I am flying back to the States next month. The trip from hell. I dread it already.
#8 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
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.
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.
#11 neosho has been a member since 13/8/2008. Posts: 386