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1. Posted by Aiza (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Hi,

We'll be arriving in BKK on 6 feb by plane b4 going down to Chiangmai on that evening either by train or bus. Just want to get some advise the best transportation to chiangmai. Should i go there by train or bus.

Where could I find a bugdet guesthouse in chiangmai which the most convenience to the night market. I also wish to do jungle trekking in Chiangmai.

We are heading back to BKK after stay 3 - 4 nites in ChiangMai for Chatuchak weekend market. Do anyone has any recommendation other best places for shopping in Bangkok.
TQ

2. Posted by Yan (Full Member 27 posts) 9y

between the bus and train, i'd suggest an overnight train to Chiangmai (thus saving on one night's accomodation). there are different coach classes to choose from to fit your budget.

accomodation-wise, www.travelfish.org has a pretty comprehensive list of guesthouses for budget travellers. you may want to find one that is located within the Old City walls as that quite centralised.

most guesthouses offer the usual jungle trekking or elephant riding or river rafting tours, so i doubt you will have a problem signing up for one. perhaps other travellers will have some feedback regarding the reliability of the various tour agents.

3. Posted by Chada (Full Member 118 posts) 9y

Buses will take you 8-9 hours plus the worries about you baggage and sore back.

Overnight train costs almost 1,000 Baht or higher, one way, and takes about 10 hours. Almost the same prices as those low cost airlines, such as:

www.nokair.co.th
www.airasia.com
https://secure.abatravel.net/ort/en_index.php

the third one above, OneTwo-Go, is provided with fixed prices, i.e. 1,350 Baht net, one way, per one person, while Nok Air and Air Asia's prices go like stock market, the earlier you buy the better price you get. You can also buy them on-line. For Nok Air, you can even book your seats on line, after you've settled the payment and obtained the reservation codes.

It takes 50 minutes for flying between Bangkok and Chiangmai.

4. Posted by Chada (Full Member 118 posts) 9y

Hmm.. sorry,.. I forgot this. This is about the railway:

http://www.railway.co.th/timetable/N_N.html

5. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 9y

It's actually UP to Chiang Mai ... minor detail !!! Heaps of cheap guesthouses and travel agents in China. Ask around in Bangkok before you leave for Chiang Mai.

6. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 9y

Quoting Wocca

It's actually UP to Chiang Mai ... minor detail !!! Heaps of cheap guesthouses and travel agents in China. Ask around in Bangkok before you leave for Chiang Mai.

ooops ... I'm not in China at the moment should read Chiang Mai

7. Posted by Chada (Full Member 118 posts) 9y

http://www.chiangmai-online.com/buarawong/

This place is pretty decent and not so far away from the Night Barzaar. However, it is rather for those who prefer quiet and simple life style. There won't be bars or night life events around that area in the evening.

In Bangkok, apart from Chatuchak Weekend Market, you can try Suanlum Night Barzaar which is close to Lumpini Park, not so far away from Silom/Sathorn. There are also other things to see there than just shopping.
http://www.bangkoksite.com/PlacesToSee2/SuanlomNightBazaar1.htm

Silom Road at night (after 20:00 hrs.) is another good place to do shopping but you have to be extra-careful there. Street venders are a bit tricky. A single guy, or guys in group, may get dragged into those GoGo bars if they fail watch over themselves carefully.

I heard there are many things to see and buy Kao Sarn Road at night also, but I've never been there.

8. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 9y

Khao San has something for just about everyone

9. Posted by gemini82 (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Quoting Chada

Overnight train costs almost 1,000 Baht or higher, one way, and takes about 10 hours.

NO! we paid 270 baht for a overnight train for TWO persons from ayuthaya. (185 each). ayuthaya is 1,5 hours from bkk, and the train there costs 30 baht each. There are sin nice temple ruins there. worth the extra stop !

But remeber this is third class, unconftrable, but you meet many interesting people.

We met a school class from bangkok, and got invited to camp with them in Chiang Mai.

10. Posted by Chada (Full Member 118 posts) 9y

Oh, I was talking about the prices of First Class Sleepers, not ordinary over-night ones. Check the URL in Post #4, pls.