The overnight express sleeper train to Chiang Mai has always been popular. It’s even more so now because of the new carriages from China. If you want to go on it you will have to wait until at least the new year as it is fully booked. I was lucky to be able to ride it on Sunday night at the invitation of the Minister of Tourism. We took the 2nd Class sleeper. The lower bunk was 881 Baht and the upper bunk was 791 Baht. The train left Bangkok at 6:10pm and was scheduled to arrive in Chiang Mai at 7:15am the next morning. The following are the photos that I tweeted live during the trip.
The new sleeper carriages to Chiang Mai look good & are comfortable so far. Very clean too. But please note, no smoking or alcohol allowed pic.twitter.com/hWL3JukCEu— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) December 11, 2016
At each end of the carriage there is a monitor showing your present location & next station. As you can see, it's also a chilly 22°C inside pic.twitter.com/MySLbOeg11— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) December 11, 2016
The dining carriage on the express train to Chiang Mai. Meals are supplied by 7-Eleven. I had green curry with fried rice & fried egg. 60B pic.twitter.com/Q6iSaRmhSd— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) December 11, 2016
Good morning from the Chiang Mai sleeper train. Outside temperature is 18°C. We've already passed Lampang. Expected to arrive at 7:21am pic.twitter.com/yUKcGSnCLP— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) December 11, 2016