22:00 PM on a second class night train to Chiang Mai, stuffy sleeper cabin filled up quickly with backpackers and locals mixed up. This trip is going to be 15hr ride if no hiccups happen.
Fan cooled cabin charges around 530Baht($19) for upper bunk and 580Baht for lower ones.
Bangkok’s Hualamphong train station, platform 10, you can board the train from around a hour and half before the departure time. If checked out the guest house early in the morning to catch the night train, there is a luggage keeping place in the train station(10Baht per bag a day).
When choosing a sleeper bunk, paying 50Baht more and getting the lower bunk is a wise choice as the upper one has no window and very narrow bed, and the hot air stays up by the ceiling that makes the sleep very sweaty.
Prices are extremely cheap.Three boiled eggs for 20Baht, a pack of fried rice for 30Baht, so don’t go ordering meals to the train conductor.
Knowing how to catch a songtaew determines how to enjoy in Chiang Mai as there is no public bus system here. Literally meaning ‘two rows’ songtaew is a partially covered, converted pickup(or ute) truck for everyday moving.
Stop one, state your destination, and if driver says yes, hop on, finally pay the fare when you get there. There is no fixed fare though, it requires lots of haggling skills if you want to pay what locals pay. The trick I use is not to ask fare to the driver, just hop on and get the fare information from the passengers on board, and prepare exact amount of money when I pay, walk away.