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first or second class sleeper train for Bangkok -Trang??

  • knot01

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    Hi,
    Any advise or comments on Thai train classes?
    We are going next month from Bangkok to Trang, then to Railey.
    Just wondering which class will be better? Is first class cabin just with two beds or 4?? Can you lock your cabin ? Has the second class bed any privacy, I mean any kind of screen, curtains??
    How safe is second class?? I have read that this is just seats converts into beds at night time.
    We are going to go this route next month, March the 10th, will train be busy and full of people, or not really?
    Any advises warm welcome!!!!! ( this is our first visit to Asia.)

    #1 Posted: 23/2/2009 - 20:34

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  • khunwilko

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    I believe that the 1st class deal is a cabin with 2 bunks - I had some friends did the journey in December - they reckon first class is well worth the money

    #2 Posted: 25/2/2009 - 14:12

  • Tilapia

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    Second Class sleepers have curtains that close across the berths. You can see photos of them at this website ...

    http://www.seat61.com/Thailand.htm

    From my experience, security has never been an issue.

    Second Class does, as you said, consist of seats that convert to beds. There is also an overhead bunk that pulls down from the ceiling. The porter will do all that for you. He'll make your bed, and fluff your pillow if you want him to. The sheets are always clean, and the mattresses are, as far as I'm concerned, quite comfy. It's not Europe, but you can't beat the price.

    For me, the good thing about Second Class, non a/c, is that it is fairly social, comfortable, and cheap. Plus, you get the drop-down window. In 2nd. Class with a/c, the windows do not come down. But, this makes things a lot quieter.

    For a first time overnight trip, I'd go with the 2nd. Class non-a/c for the social aspect more than anything else. But if you prefer privacy then you'd be better off in 1st.



    We are going to go this route next month, March the 10th, will train be busy and full of people, or not really?
    Any advises warm welcome!!!!! ( this is our first visit to Asia.)

    #3 Posted: 27/2/2009 - 22:05

  • Tilapia

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    Ooops ... I forgot to erase the bottom part of my last post. See what happens when you get interrupted at work?!

    I doubt that the trains will be too packed going that way unless there is a big holiday. It's definitely no longer high tourist season.

    Have fun.

    #4 Posted: 27/2/2009 - 22:07

  • knot01

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    thanks Tilapia, will definitely go 2nd class!!
    cheers

    #5 Posted: 28/2/2009 - 04:08

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