Bangkok To Chiang Mai

Overnight sleeper train from Bangkok in 1st class. Although do, dear reader, take any visions of Orient Express, gourmet food and butler service away from your imagination. Instead, just think rip-off prices for the worst food we’ve had on the holiday so far, a maximum speed of 30mph, slightly grubby windows, squeaky bunk-beds and German backpackers playing Fat Boy Slim loudly at 7am.

However, scenery from dawn onwards was good, the train was only 2 hours late (making 16hr train ride in total) and did manage to get us out of Bangkok into the more chilled out Chiang Mai with its cookery courses, elephants, markets and hill trekking.