There are some experiences in Thailand that you know probably aren’t going to be that much fun. Taking the night train from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai is one of them. But let’s be honest, you can’t go to Thailand without taking a night train. Just don’t expect much sleep on the train!
Reasons to travel on a night train in Thailand:
- Saves money on accommodation
- Makes the most of your time in Thailand by traveling during the night
- It is very cheap and as I mention it will save you a nights accommodation
- Taking the night train in Thailand is fun!
Reasons not to travel on a night train in Thailand:
- Sleeping on a Thai night train is pretty much impossible
Where do you get the train to Chiang Mai from:
If you are traveling from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai you will take in from the only station in Ayuttaya. You can’t miss it as it is such a small place.
Many people travel to Chiang Mai from Bangkok if you skip Ayuttaya. I really wouldn’t though as it’s well worth spending half a day there to explore the temples. In Bangkok just hop in a Tuk Tuk and get the driver to drop you off.
The station at Ayutthaya has a place you can pay a small amount to store your bag while you explore the temples. Then you just pick it up before you get your train.
How much does the night train from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai cost?
Our train tickets cost 766tbt for the top bunk and 856tbt for the bottom, but this was a few years ago so I’m sure it’s a little bit more now. there is a price difference in the bottom bed is bigger. If you have a preference let them know when booking. Do Make sure you get your ticket early in the day as they do sell out or better yet book online here.
My Journey on the night train from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai
My travel buddy Laura was ill and so as soon as we got on the train she asked for them to convert the bed so she could sleep. Watching this was enough to make my journey. Take a look at how the seats convert on the night train here.
I wasn’t ready to sleep just yet so I headed to the restaurant carriage to get some dinner and chill for a while. The food was great and they have a set menu (called a set) on offer until 11 pm. the price is pretty reasonable, about 120 tbt for soup, 2 meals, rice, fruit and a drink.
Then it was bedtime, I’m not going to lie it freaked me out a bit as it reminded me of being back on board a ship in my bunk, but it was comfy. I really struggled to sleep, I’m not sure if it was the noise or the movement but I didn’t sleep. The next morning the porter came through and woke anyone up who was still sleeping 1 hour before we got to Chiang Mai. In each of the carriages, you will find a sink and two toilets where you can freshen up.
Top Tip: There are 2 toilets in each carriage, one is a traditional Thai hole in the floor toilet and one is a western sit down the toilet. So if you don’t fancy the hole in the floor on a moving train wait for the other one.
Arriving in Chiang Mai
It can be a little bit overwhelming when you arrive in Chaing Mai, as it is everywhere in Thailand! You will be greeted with lots of people shouting taxi and trying to take you to different accommodation. I would advise going straight to the information desk. Get a map of them and then if you haven’t booked anywhere to stay grab a coffee at the little cafe look over the map and get your bearings.
The food there is pretty amazing, be sure to check out this post What to Eat in Chiang Mai so you don’t miss out on some of the culinary delights the city has to offer. If you are looking for accommodation in Chiang Mai then you need to take a read of this great accommodation guide!
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- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
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