One of my friend is going to Thailand next month she want to travel to North of Thailand by train I suggest her to book the train ticket and book hotel with Siam One Travel agency which I was satisfied with them services last time.She then contact them they send her the price plus post shipping fee as they will send the ticket to her home so she will has ticket and have nothing to worry if she goes and buy there and have no ticket as it's peak season or better to go and buy when she is there???
#1 wawa83 has been a member since 3/12/2008. Posts: 2
I’m not sure about this really because I have only ever bought a ticket direct from the train station. My friends did use a tour agent right outside the station when we went to Ko Samui.
I guess if the price is right and you can book the ticket in advance I can't see a problem with it.
your friend could also buy her ticket online with www.thailandday.com. They will deliver the ticket to where she is going to stay in Bangkok. I had no problem doing this if I'm in a rush and can't get to the train station
Is your friend planning on immediately leaving for Chiang Mai or is she going to see Bangkok for a few days?
If she is planning on blowing off Bangkok make sure she has enough time to get to the train station. Too many tourists for some reason want to avoid Bangkok and end up with more problems than they expect.
Here is a link on train travel for Thailand.
If you stay in Bangkok for a few days I think you can get your train ticket. I imagine that she will be trying for the sleeper car, that is the one that is hardest to get. I have booked that sleeper with one day notice during other months. Last month I booked a train to Hat Yai in the morning and left that same evening around 10 p.m. (Regular seat not the sleeper.)
Bangkok is worth a visit, get your train ticket while you are seeing the city. Even a local downtown travel agency can get a train ticket for you after you get to the city. If she was planning on getting a regular seat that is easier than a sleeper. She could also take a bus if she wants.
For Bangkok get a hotel near the Skytrain. The Skytrain has a connection with the subway at the Asok stop. Take the subway to the train station if you want.
Other links you can look at:
When you purchase a plane ticket, train ticket using a credit card you may also be charged a fee when purchasing that item from a foreign country.
I like the Montri Hotel in Chiang Mai . Right at the Thapae Gate, lots of restaurants near that hotel. Also, several travel agencies for booking tours and treks.
Remember that there are two airports in Bangkok if you decide to fly to Chiang Mai . Some local flights fly from both airports, these airports are not close together.
January is high season and you really need to book the ticket now and not wit until you are in Bangkok. This is especially true if you want a sleeper. there is NO WAY that i would travel without taking a sleeper, and I certainly would not travel that distance by bus. I enjoy my creature comforts too much. Take the train to Chiang Mai, and then take a bus to Udon or better still to Vientiane in Laos.
The Suriwongse Hotel Is good .It is close to everything and near the night market.I got a good rate and booked online at the link below
There are two airports in Bangkok if you are going to fly to Chiang Mai .
#6 asianetwork has been a member since 22/1/2009. Posts: 1