A tranquil journey from Bangkok to Chaing Mai on the sleeper train

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Travellers looking to get away from Bangkok’s busy streets are drawn to the charming city of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, which entices them with its calm beauty and rich cultural legacy. Chiang Mai tucked away amid lush vegetation and foggy mountains, provides a peaceful haven from the bustle of big-city life.

For many tourists from Southeast Asia, taking the sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is one of the most well-liked routes. Even though it could take longer than flying, living with locals and taking in the beauty of the early morning light are experiences that are well worth the extra mile.

Which station to head too

Instead of leaving from the historic Hua Lamphong station, visitors now leave from Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal Station in the Chatuchak neighbourhood to catch the sleeper train to Chiang Mai. The new station is conveniently accessible from several parts of Bangkok, while not being in a popular tourist destination.

Guests vacationing in the Khao San Road region have access to multiple modes of transportation. Although it would cost a little more, a Grab car would offer the easiest and fastest route. As an alternative, passengers can go from Kong Salak to the Rongrian Pin Mongkhon Kansueksa station on bus 203, and from there they can connect to the Skytrain at Bang Yi Khan.

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From there, take the Blue Line for a quick metro journey to Bang Sue MRT Station. From there, walk for five minutes to Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Station. This choice, meanwhile, might not be as practical for people who are hauling large bags.

Train choices

Travellers have flexibility in their itinerary with five distinct trains leaving Bangkok for Chiang Mai every day. The train that leaves the station the earliest is at 8.30am and the latest is at 10pm. Travellers especially like the sleeper or overnight train experience because it not only offers accommodation for the night but also a more affordable way to enjoy the ride. As one of the newest trains in the fleet with first-class A/C cabins, the number 9 train is frequently chosen. Its electric train engines add to the trip’s calmer, more tranquil atmosphere.

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The sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai travels a distance of more than 750 km. Although train No. 7 departs in the morning and takes the least amount of time 11 hours, trains No. 9 and No. 13 are suggested for those who want to spend the duration of the night. It’s important to remember that because third-party agents typically add their commission on top, prices at the Bangkok Train Station are typically lower than those found online.

Train prices

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Travellers can choose to eat at the onboard eating cart, which serves a variety of foods and beverages when they board the train. For those who haven’t brought their snacks, it’s a convenient option, even though pricing could be a little more than at local convenience stores. The food cart offers travellers food options till it closes at 10pm and reopens at 5am. Meals can be ordered and delivered straight to First Class cabins.

After you arrive

Travellers can select from a variety of transportation choices to go to the old town, which is home to the majority of the attractions and restaurants, once the train arrives at Chiang Mai Train Station, which is situated in Wat Ket, Mueang Chiang Mai District.

A common choice is to ride in a Songthaew, Chiang Mai’s primary public vehicle, a bright red pickup truck. Travellers who are riding in a group may encounter some extra stops when other passengers are dropped off at other locations.

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For those looking to escape the bustle of the big mango, Chiang Mai is a must-visit location because of its tranquil beauty and rich cultural legacy. A further thrilling and adventurous experience is provided by the overnight train ride from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, which lets visitors take in the ever-changing scenery and the local way of life.

When you arrive into Chiang Mai you will need things to do so check out the Top 8 things to do in Chiang Mai


Jimmy Donovan

Jimmy, currently with The Thaiger, translates his global journalism experience to bring insights about Thailand to life. Originally from St Albans, England, he now calls Bangkok home, where he focuses on delivering nuanced socio-political stories. His robust skill set and commitment to truth have established him as a trusted voice in journalism.

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