There are three options to get from one end of Thailand to the other. Bus, plane or train. Not being in any sort of time crunch but wanting something more comfortable than a bus, we opted for the overnight train that would take us from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Boarding at 6:10 pm and arriving at 8:30 am we were in for a long night. But the experience of an overnight train and the price tag of around $30 each trumped any discomfort in our mind. But being on a train for that long can be...well, long. Here are some things that kept me from losing my mind.
|The bathroom. Aka changing area. Notice the hole goes straight to the tracks.|
Also, on a safety note, getting to know who's around you can help you judge how safe your belongings are if you decide to leave them in order to walk around. Of course, use your best judgment and precautions but this worked for us.
TIP: if you're traveling alone, these are great for protecting your bag while you're sleeping or away from your pack.
3. Dress in layers. We paid a few extra dollars for the air conditioned cabin and I can tell you with certainty that they used those dollars well. When we got on, we were scrambling to put on all the layers we could find. But as soon as the beds were set up and the curtain was closed, we were roasting.
|The seats rearranged to make top and bottom bunks. Please notice the seat belts that acted as guard rails. I feel safe...|
5. Bring ear plugs and an eye mask. Trains are noisy. Duh. And when you don't have a cabin to yourself, you fall victim to hearing everyone's conversations around you in addition to all the expected noise and clatter of the train itself. Also, the main lights of the train stay on all night. And while there are curtains blocking off your bed, the top bunk still gets a steady stream of light in, making it look like daytime.
|Our bottom bunk where hubs slept|
TIP: book early! It may have been since it was around Lunar New Year and still in peak season but we tried to book tickets for this train months in advance and the first class private cabins were already sold out. Luckily, we were able to get tickets in second class but those were close to being sold out as well.
Any tips to surviving long trips?
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