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Posted by Red on 4/7/2006 at 12:38

Could someone please tell me if there is anyway of getting from Kanchanaburi to Chiang Mai, without going back to Bkk then on to Chiang Mai.
Thank you.

#1 Red has been a member since 22/5/2006. Posts: 46

Posted by exacto on 4/7/2006 at 14:20

hi red,

it is possible, but it might not necessarily be worth it. you can catch a minivan from kanchanaburi to ayutthaya, then train or bus it from there up to chiang mai. the cost is a pricey 350 baht or so.

you could also take a regular bus from the kanchanaburi bus station to suphanburi, and then connect from there to ayutthaya and onwards.

how were you hoping to get to chiang mai? was it by train? i ask because from kanchanaburi, you could catch the daily minivan from kanchanaburi that takes you back to khao san road. it departs at about 1330 or so and costs in the 130 baht range. that would give you plenty of time to get over to the hualamphong train station for an onward overnight sleeper train up to chiang mai.

sorry, i know that isn't exactly the info you wanted, but unless i was planning on spending several days in ayutthaya or sukhothai en route, i'd personally just head back to bangers before continuing to chiang mai. it will be cheaper and easier that way. good luck.

#2 exacto has been a member since 12/2/2006. Location: United States. Posts: 2,840

Posted by Red on 5/7/2006 at 10:17

Thanks exacto,
Yes we where planning to go by overnight train to chiang mai.
I guess it makes more sense and sounds easier to go back to bkk then onto cm and a lot less hassle than what you descibed for me.
My hubby and I are in our late 40's and we have only ever been out of Australia once to Vietnam last year for 3 weeks,and he tends to get a bit toey if things aren't worked out before hand, boy is he in for a shock.LOL :)
Ah, to travel to exotic places!!
What great fun.
Once again Thanks very much

#3 Red has been a member since 22/5/2006. Posts: 46

Posted by exacto on 5/7/2006 at 13:58

hi again red,

that overnight train to chiang mai is lots of fun, and you might even consider booking a first class compartment (it would be just the two of you in a comfy and cozy space) for that trip.

it looks like you might enjoy taking the minivan back to bangkok from kanchanaburi. it will drop you in the khao san road area, but the best part of that option is you'll be picked up at your guest house in kanchanaburi. just confirm your departure time with your guest house the night before you leave.

you could also take the train back to bangkok from kanchanaburi, but that train arrives at a different station than the trains that go to chiang mai, so you'd need to take a taxi over to the other train station. plus, if memory serves, that would cut the timing pretty close.

in any case, have a great trip. getting there is half the fun, right? cheers.

#4 exacto has been a member since 12/2/2006. Location: United States. Posts: 2,840

Posted by wix on 9/7/2006 at 08:30

There are buses that go from Kanchanaburi direct to the Northern Bus Terminal in Bangkok. That saves the hassle of getting from the Southern Bus Terminal to the northern one.

#5 wix has been a member since 13/5/2005. Location: Taiwan. Posts: 1

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