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Udon Thani to Ubon Ratchathani by bus

  • davina1947

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    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?

    #1 Posted: 19/9/2009 - 03:52

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    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.)

    #2 Posted: 19/9/2009 - 09:14

  • MADMAC

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    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 Posted: 19/9/2009 - 12:16

  • neosho

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    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 Posted: 20/9/2009 - 10:12

  • MADMAC

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    18 hours? Nightmare.

    #5 Posted: 20/9/2009 - 12:16

  • davina1947

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    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 Posted: 22/9/2009 - 01:55

  • neosho

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    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 Posted: 22/9/2009 - 09:31

  • MADMAC

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

    #8 Posted: 1/10/2009 - 22:16

  • Caripito

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    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.

    #9 Posted: 1/10/2009 - 22:40

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

    #10 Posted: 1/10/2009 - 22:41

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  • neosho

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    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 Posted: 2/10/2009 - 08:30

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