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Traveling from Sukhothai to Chiang Mai Around Songkran

Posted by jc1257 on 14/2/2012 at 03:13

My current itinerary plan has me traveling between Sukhothai and Chiang Mai in the days before Songkran. The problem is that when I look at the Thai railway site, all of the trains appear fully booked between Chiang Mai and Phitsanulok (the closest train station) for the 2 weeks before Songkran. During that same time, I can get tickets from Bangkok to Phisanulok or for the whole trip from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, but the portion between Chiang Mai and Phitsanulok is booked up.

Should I have any trouble booking transportation between the two Sukhothai and Chiang Mai during this time? I'm fairly flexible and can go to either city first, so I might be trying to make the trip as early as April 5.

Any help would be awesome. I don't want to get stuck in Sukhothai for 2 weeks or have to skip Chiang Mai.

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Posted by Tilapia on 14/2/2012 at 07:36

Take a bus. Lots of them from Sukhothai and Phitsanulok .

You can also go from Uttaradit, which you can get to if you take a songthaew from either Sukothai or Phitsanulok to Sawankhalok, and then take the special single line train from the station at Sawankhalok. This little train only goes between Sawankhalok and Uttaradit. From Uttaradit, you can grab one of many buses.

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Posted by captainbkk on 17/2/2012 at 02:32

do not bother with that sideline-just 1 train/day.
BUS is the way to go-ev hour via a much quicker route and it is as it is-when its all full you stand-among a few 100 Thai. Not anyone will go all the way-ever been on a bus? Try to ask at busst, when you get off on arr which bus STARTS at Sukh-most likely to be able to book or grab seats-most bypass, come from further and may be pretty full on those days. By now there may also be those tourist minivans-you book at your placeyoustay and theyll pick you up.

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Posted by neosho on 17/2/2012 at 19:08

Take the VIP bus. Check the schedule and ticket when you first get to Sukhothai. I did a round trip from Chaing Mai on a scooter one time. The girl I was with said she didn't need a map. She NEEDED a map. It was an interesting week though. :)

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