Our first stop in Thailand was Chiang Mai. Instead of taking a 1 hour 20 min flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, we decided to slum it on the overnight train, spending 12 hours each way. Flying would have definitely been an easy way out, but the train did provide us a whole new experience and perspective on things. The train was incredibly SLOW; even the bus takes about 10-11 hours. China would never tolerate this kind of nonsense. At 431 km/hr, their fastest train would get you there 2 minutes faster than the plane does. At least we got our ‘third world’ experience we were looking for.
We had booked seats on the 2nd class sleeper train, which meant listening to everyone else snoring through the curtains, and having to restrain oneself should one become too ‘gassy’.
Bed being made for you.