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Posted by pirmelenge on 21/9/2013 at 00:42

Hi! I'm wondering if its better to buy train tickets in advance from a travel agent/website or just show up at the station the day of travel? I'll be traveling a popular route - Bangkok to Chiang Mai.

Thanks for any info!

Molly

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Posted by somtam2000 on 21/9/2013 at 00:58 admin

Best to buy in advance if you can -- especially if you're after a sleeper train on that leg and are travelling in high season. Most just try heading down to the station a day or so beforehand and buy the ticket then -- as there are a few trains a day should be able to get something. If you but through a travel agent in Bangkok, expect a small surcharge.

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Posted by caseyprich on 21/9/2013 at 03:50

If you know the day you're departing may as well buy the tickets in advance to save yourself the any possible hassle. The surcharge isn't that much and they can deliver the tickets directly to your hotel.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 21/9/2013 at 05:31

Note that the northern 1/3 of that line is currently closed for maintenance until at least November-1. They provide connecting bus service for that section, but it might not be so nice transferring to a bus at 2-5am as is the case with most sleeper trains.

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Posted by altmtl on 21/9/2013 at 05:56

Some agents surcharges can sometimes be between 200 - 300 baht. Make sure you know the real price of the ticket beforehand. I wouldn't call that a small surcharge! It was so much better when you could just book your ticket online via thairailticket.com

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Posted by somtam2000 on 21/9/2013 at 06:12 admin

Yah true - surcharge does vary considerably & tks @Captain - forgot about the closure.

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Posted by altmtl on 21/9/2013 at 10:57

re: closure: http://www.thailand-blogs.com/2013/09/14/travel-guide-bangkok-chiang-mai/

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Posted by pirmelenge on 21/9/2013 at 12:22

thanks everyone for the information. i'll be traveling that route after the closure (well, hopefully, you never know how long things will really take!) i understand thailrailticket.com no longer offers train tickets to buy but is thailandtrainticket.com a good source to buy from instead?

thank you :)

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