It’s our last day in Bangkok, so we packed up our earthly possessions to head out for Hua Lamphong train station.

Sending up a silent prayer to the Airbnb gods so our host wouldn’t complain about the permanent buttery pancake smell we left after breakfast, we made our way to the station to pick up second class overnight sleeper tickets with air-conditioning.

The main waiting area of Hua Lamphong train station.
The main waiting area of Hua Lamphong train station.

An Ode to Train Station Fried Rice

The station was a cacophony of vagrants, huge tour groups and backpackers hastily buying last minute water bottles and snacks for the long 13 hour train ride. I need to take a minute and give special thanks to the master fried rice chef in the questionable food court who expertly cooked up some delicious takeaway for the arduous journey.

Lady…
Don’t cha know we love ya? Sweet lady
Dear mama
Place no one above ya, sweet lady
You are appreciated
Don’t cha know we love ya?

– 2pac, “Dear Mama”

Northern Thailand or Bust

Our accommodations for the evening.
Our accommodations for the evening.

The train departed the station about ten past 6pm, during which a cordial attendant served complimentary water bottles and train officials checked our tickets. A little over an hour or so into the night, the same attendant slowly made her way down the car to convert the seats into bunk bed sleepers. Most of the ride was spent listening to my Wanderlust Spotify playlist and reading Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five between bouts of restless slumber. I’m just trying to live my most authentic life here, guys.

Next Stop – Chiang Mai

One of the many stops along the way to Chiang Mai.
One of the many stops along the way to Chiang Mai.

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The beds weren’t terrible, but I wouldn’t say they were very comfortable either. In summation, they weren’t terribly comfortable. About an hour or so before reaching our destination, passengers began rousing from their sleep– some to gather their belongings and others to grab a cup of morning coffee in the adjoining food car.

While it wasn’t necessarily the best night’s sleep I’ve had, the train ride from Bangkok to Chiang Mai was a unique experience that I’m glad we did. A quick and convenient plane ride just can’t beat that feeling of waking up to a sun rise over the mountains and countryside of Northern Thailand.

Peace & Blessings!