Bus or train for such travel?
And how much would it cost for bus or train?
Also, is it better to buy the tickets from the guesthouses or from the bus station?
p/s: Anyone tried Ben guesthouse (From LP) in Chiangmai? OR eagles guesthouse and banana guest house? Heard rather unflattering reviews for the latter two places.
#1 DShan has been a member since 9/7/2006. Posts: 17
In either direction, from CM to BKK or from BKK to CM there are several trains per day and dozens and dozens of buses. I prefer the train to the bus, because it is more comfortable and safer, particularly if you do the overnight trip. The overnight sleeper train is a wonderful adventure too, and a second class sleeper car berth will cost you about 800 baht per person for a lower berth in an air con car, and perhaps as little as 600 in a fan car. (Prices increased in early July) Check the State Railways of Thailand website for prices and departure times.
Bus is a bit cheaper than the train.
There are also a few start-up low-cost airlines flying the CM to BKK route, so have a look at those before you book. Any travel agent can assist you with booking your tickets, help you compare prices, etc. But if you prefer, buying a ticket at the station is easy enough too. But if you need to travel on a specific day, then you'll want to book at least a few days in advance.
Sorry, I haven't tried any of the guesthouses you mention above, so can't help with feedback. Have you checked the listings here on the site for those places? Many guesthouse listings include reviews from fellow travelfishers. One place in Chiang Mai we stayed and would definitely recommend in CM Blue on Moon Muang Soi 6. Look at the listing for details.
Thanks for the info.
Checked the listings but could not find too many reviews on those. Saw CM Blue review but it has only double rooms so don't think I will go for that.
#3 DShan has been a member since 9/7/2006. Posts: 17
I'm staying in CM Blue at the moment and I'm pretty sure they have more than just doubles; there was a group of four staying in a room together the other night. How many beds do you need?
I took the daytime train (special express 8.30am) from Bangkok; it was pretty comfortable and included at-seat lunch plus two snacks with drinks, which I hadn't expected. As you get into the hills the scenery is pretty cool, and you do get a good view. It was however 1.5 hours late arriving due to some sort of breakdown in Bangkok - I don't know how common this would be.
Still, I much preferred it to a bus journey.
#4 pauljaymes has been a member since 10/7/2006. Posts: 75
Single traveller here so I'll only need one bed.
Sounds like train travel is pretty interesting! I'll have to search through the timetables again. Planning to take an overnight transport from Chiangmai to Bangkok.
#5 DShan has been a member since 9/7/2006. Posts: 17
CM Blue's doubles are very good value at 250B, even for one. I doubt you'll get a semi-decent single for much less than 200B here..... location is pretty good too.
#6 pauljaymes has been a member since 10/7/2006. Posts: 75