A Train to Chiang Mai

Friday, August 19, 2011

We were in Bangkok longer than expected because we were trying to figure out t-shirt printing and design while we were in town. When we ordered the shirts, we were ready to move on. Except the trains were sold out because many people were traveling for New Years. It was a big relief when we finally boarded a train for Chiang Mai.

We rode on a sleeper train to Chiang Mai that travels overnight. The train seats unfold into small beds and overhead beds fold out of the ceiling. A curtain pulls around each bed for privacy from the aisle and other travelers. It was quite cozy and comfortable, though I stayed up much of the night reading, working on a cross-stitch, and listening to music in my little cubby. I felt like a kid in a fort.

In the morning, I was one of the last to fold up my bed back into a seat. I hurried to catch some of the lush green view and do some reading before we arrived at our destination. A train ride just isn't a train ride without a book and some gazing out the window. 

The great thing about overnight trains is that the trip flies by. Before we knew it, we were in Chiang Mai, the cultural center of Thailand. We'll share that next.

- Julia

A curtain pulls around each bed (top and bottom) for privacy during the night.

18 comments :

  1. Me encantan!! La última es mi preferida. Se siente!!

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  2. Thai train is sooooo old. I'm Thai and I have never really tried spending a night on a train.

    Anyway, I love Chiangmai :) Looking forward for the the next post :)

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  3. I have yet to go on an overnight train but it sure sounds and looks so romantic.

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  4. i love train photos. :) and sleeping on a train is something i've always wanted to do, looks like a great adventure. i love the scenery out your windows, those photos are breathtaking. :)
    -Tina

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  5. Nice photos. Lots of staring out the window, defintely gives you a sense of the ride. Well done!

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  6. Not sure I could fall asleep in that train, but I do find trains SO peaceful!

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  7. been loving the thailand photos so far and excited to see the rest! on another note, i've been reading your blog for a few months now and would love to know how you two overcame the language barrier in all these countries!

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  8. train travel is one of my very favorite ways to get around, the hubby and i have take the train a couple of times, one of the best trips was from charlotte to nyc.. beautiful scenery, i wish so much that it was not so sky high expensive in the U.S. );

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  9. these are gorgeous, guys! really wish we took some more train shots...

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  10. There is such magic in train travel, I took this train in 97 and I'm looking forward to an overnight journey on the Penang to Singapore line next month. How are things back home?

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  11. my last train experience was horrible, it was super humid in Ukraine and our kids kept giving me trouble.

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  12. amazing photos!!! what a really cool experience and i totally agree with you that a train ride really isn't a train ride with a good book and some lookin out the window!

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  13. these photos made me cry. i took that train so many times when i lived four hours north of chaing mai.

    my heart so often aches for that/there.
    thank you.
    xxx

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  14. I love the pictures! Next month I will be on a train for 32 hours going to India. Your blog has helped me out alot :)

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  15. Oh my goodness. Love the views. Even though we get so many pretty views here in WA it just looks completely different and cooler knowing it's not WA out those train windows. Love the pic fourth from the bottom...

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