Advanced Booking Needed on Overnight Bus/Trains from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?
Replies: 25 - Last Post: Nov 1, 2012 1:15 AM Last Post By: a_zen_s
Oct 7, 2012 8:53 PM
Oct 7, 2012 11:03 PM
after reading this and all the helpful info on seat61i'm thinking the sleeper train and get the ticket there n then at the station. first time i've seen the trains from thailand. they look pretty impressive.
being centrally located means if there aren't tickets, it's easy to return back to a hostel as backup plan too
i'll aim there for early afternoon and get the number 1.
Oct 7, 2012 11:49 PM
Oct 8, 2012 4:25 PM
Oct 8, 2012 7:09 PM
19There's a fair chance you will get a ticket, but nothing in this life is certain, so if you definitely want a berth on that particular day then I'd be booking on-line. Also, if you are travelling alone and you don't buy both berths, it may be a little awkward being cooped up in a 1st cabin with a complete stranger. Id recommend 2nd class in that case.
Oct 8, 2012 11:00 PM
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Oct 27, 2012 5:19 PM
Nov 1, 2012 1:15 AM
25when i arrived in bangkok yesterday, i headed to hua lamphong to buy a ticket a day early to be safe. to my horror, all of the afternoon trains were completely sold out. the only tickets available were 2nd class no air con for a 12:45 train that gets into chiang mai 04:15. i.e. almost booked out a day in advance. i got them to check the following day - the same too.
checking the current day (even though i knew i wouldn't travel on it), there were strangely 50 tickets in each class (i.e. loads). with more probing i was told that if i turned up the following day and checked at 10am, there will likely be tickets, because people can change them.
yesterday i got a 12:45 ticket as insurance (bad train, i'd lose time, but gets me to where i want at a decent time) and this morning i turned up and there were tickets available for the 18:10 train (i.e. the good one). i got second class, lower berth, with air con. exchange fee was 50 THB and i had to make up the difference in cost.
so, the 10am "exchange" is quite important. that seems like the best time to get a ticket.
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