Overnight Train from Suvarnahumbi airport to Chiang Mai - which train station is closest?
14th October, 2006
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We will be arriving at the new airport at 4:05PM from Cambodia and wish to take the overnight first class train which departs at either 6:00PM or 7:35PM to Chiang Mai the same day.
 Which train station should we book our tickets from [Don Muang or Hualamphong], and how long do you think it will take to get to the train station from the new Suvarnahumbi airport [i.e., will we make it on time?]
 We plan to take the train on November 3rd. Should we book tickets now, or can we wait until we arrive in Thailand October 26th?
#1 Posted: 14/10/2006 - 10:53
Welcome to Travelfish!
You may get the 7:35pm, but I'd say highly unlikely for the 6pm. Arriving at 1.05pm from Cambodia, so you'll need to clear customs etc -- lets say your out of the airport by 5pm -- which puts you on the road spot on the run-up to peak hour. That said, unless trafic is in melt-down mode you should get to Hualamphong for 7.30
I'd book the train from Hualamphong rather than Don Muang.
October 26th should be ok -- but there's no guarantees! I guess if you leave it till the 26th and trains are full you can always go up o te day train the next day, or else get a night bus.
Another thought -- perhaps look into flying to Chiang Mai on a flight connecting with your AirAsia flight -- saves you messing around with the trains and you're in Chiang Mai same night that way -- Nok Air are great and pretty cheap -- as is Air Asia + the earlier you buy the ticket the cheaper it is.
Hope that helps
#2 Posted: 15/10/2006 - 19:38
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