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Overnight train Bangkok to Chiang Mai

  • Paddy1888

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    Anyone any up dates on the repair work on the over night train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

    #1 Posted: 15/10/2013 - 15:07

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  • Geer1

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    Supposedly closed till Nov 1 if they meet schedule.

    #2 Posted: 15/10/2013 - 15:23

  • Paddy1888

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    Thanks

    #3 Posted: 15/10/2013 - 15:25

  • Ariarenee

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    I took the overnight train to bus a few nights ago - it was very easy. Take the train from Bangkok to uttaradit (it is not the last stop the train makes, it's the second to last so make sure you set an alarm or ask to be woken up). From the train station take a 30b taxi to the bus station. The bus is around 250b and takes 4 hours to chiang Mai. I took the 20:10 train, got to uttaradit around 530am and caught the 605am bus to chiang Mai.

    #4 Posted: 17/10/2013 - 01:42

  • Paddy1888

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    Cheers ariarenee I'm arriving in bangkok on the 13 th of november and planing to get the train around 15th to make the lighting of the lanterns in chaing mi hopfuly the repairs are done by then. Ps would I need to book a hostel in advance in Chang mi for the 16th our would it be ok to walk in and book on the day I arrive.

    #5 Posted: 17/10/2013 - 02:56

  • Chaverbe

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    We just heard that the train is not finished yet. Now they're talking about 30th of november, possibly 30th of december. Don't know if it's accurate information, but wanted to share the knowledge.

    Nevertheless, as said above there is the train + bus option which is said to work properly.

    #6 Posted: 4/11/2013 - 04:41

  • dolicadol

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    @Ariarenee

    Could you please describe this train trip to uttaradit.
    Is that a sleeping train and was it full of travelers??
    Can I go from ayutthaya with this train?
    How much is the price and do I must make a reservation?

    Were at uttaradit station lots of tuk tuks or was empty?
    Where did you buy tickets for the bus till chiang mai?

    Any help will be so much appreciate.
    Thank you.

    Paddy, we are also going to chiang Mai for the festival

    #7 Posted: 4/11/2013 - 08:32

  • Paddy1888

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    Hi dolicadol I'm thinking of just staying in a hotel for one night when I arrive in bangkok (have a good rest after all the traveling ) then flying to chain Mai the next day would save a lot of hassle. What date do you's arrive on ?

    #8 Posted: 4/11/2013 - 09:02

  • dolicadol

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    We are going on the 13.11. to chiang mai.
    But we don't know how. I was thinking about flying but the night train is must do on that route so now I am searching every option to do something similar.
    Please be notice that ALL flights from chiang Mai to bkk on 18th of November are sold out. We bought tickets and the price was really BIG!! So if you need to book hotels or flights do it now!

    #9 Posted: 4/11/2013 - 09:58

  • Captain_Bob

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    The northern portion of the Northern Line won't be back in business until at least December 1st. State Railway of Thailand will provide bus service for the last part of the journey, included in your ticket price.
    http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/transport/376383/northern-track-reopening-delayed

    Problem is thousands of tourists, mostly Thais*, come up to Chiang Mai for the Loy Krathong festival. It's officially November 16-18, but crowds start arriving a few days prior so trains and flights will probably be pretty full next week. Bus from MoChit is likely your best bet.

    *Actually they will probably be outnumbered by Chinese this time ;-)

    #10 Posted: 4/11/2013 - 10:52

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  • vailamph

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    Call me slow and confused but I'm not totally clear on the options during this bummer "no train to Chiang Mai " crisis.
    let's play true or false and I may be able to wrap my brain around it -

    - As of right now until at least Dec 1st there are trains going both ways between Sila and Bangkok. true or false?
    - If true...
    SRT will put me on a bus for 3 hrs from Chiang Mai to Sila where I will board a train. true or false?

    - Either way...
    There are overnight buses from Chiang Mai to Bangkok with seats that recline enough to actually be sort of okay to sleep on. True or False?

    Thanks folks

    #11 Posted: 4/11/2013 - 22:16

  • vailamph

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    Call me slow and confused but I'm not totally clear on the options during this bummer "no train to Chiang Mai " crisis.
    let's play true or false and I may be able to wrap my brain around it -

    - As of right now until at least Dec 1st there are trains going both ways between Sila and Bangkok. true or false?
    - If true...
    SRT will put me on a bus for 3 hrs from Chiang Mai to Sila where I will board a train. true or false?

    - Either way...
    There are overnight buses from Chiang Mai to Bangkok with seats that recline enough to actually be sort of okay to sleep on. True or False?

    Thanks folks

    #12 Posted: 4/11/2013 - 22:19

  • Paddy1888

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    Everything very straight forward on Bangkok train/bus to Chiang Mai but very exhausting would rather of took a flight. Ps Bangkok not the place for me but love Chiang Mai looking forward till the lighting of the lanterns to night.

    #13 Posted: 18/11/2013 - 05:04

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