Train to Chang Mai
Kevin and I got off the plane to Bangkok from Guangzhou and we wanted to head up north right away. We managed to take the local bus to the train station (crazy bus paying system). Of course when we made it to the train station it was late and there were no tickets available. We kept pestering them and finally they let us go third class (I guess no foreigners take this so they don’t even offer it). The best part was that Bangkok to Changmai in a bus is about 500 baht, but third class was only 150 baht (6 canadian dollars) for 700 kilometers. When we got on the train, we realized why no foreigners took it. This overnight train just had benches and there were people everywhere on them. We squished into a bench and tried to sleep all night sitting up. That proved to be very ineffective. There is always a tradeoff when going travelling for cheap – money vs. sleep.