I’ll be completely honest, I’m not a fan of Bangkok. It has it’s moments but mostly I find it too busy and too alike the traffic congestion in London. It doesn’t really do Thailand justice. A few people may disagree with me and that’s fine, that’s just my personal opinion. 🙂
We stayed in Bangkok for three nights after flying over from Bali. As usual, I was very sad to be leaving Bali again. It’s one of my favourite places and wish I could of stayed longer. It was especially good this time because my Mum and her partner came out to meet us. We all had a great time and I really didn’t want it to end. We also didn’t have one single drop of rain!
We didn’t get up to much in Bangkok because it poured down with rain every day. Our ponchos definitely got a good rinse and unfortunately so did we, when we accidentally left them at our hotel. We went to the Paragon Mall cinema to watch IT and that’s all we got up to really. It was a great film and one I have been desperate to watch since it came out. For about £5 each we saw the film and had a bucket of popcorn to go with it. At home your looking at almost £20 just for the film ticket.
We weren’t really sure where our next destination was going to be after Bangkok. We had a few places in mind but in the end, we settled on getting the night train to Chiangmai. The last time I was in Thailand was two years ago and I was on a tour. So although I’ve done it all before, it was all arranged for me. I had to do a fair bit of googling of how’s and where’s before we bought our tickets. The easiest and most sensible way is just to go to the train station yourself and buy the ticket in advance. Also, take your passport with you. Buying the ticket was very quick and the staff at the train station speak fantastic english. I read online that a lot of people get tour companies to get their ticket which is fine if you don’t want to go to the station, but you will have to pay a commission fee. I like having the peace of mind of getting it myself… oh and saving a bit of money of course.
So we checked out of our hotel at 12 o’clock. Ate lunch, went to the gym, twiddled our thumbs and did a lot of mindless scrolling on social media. Finally 5 o’clock came around and we were getting in the taxi for the train station.
I like to be early especially when it comes to travel so we did arrive an hour and a half before we needed to. I would rather that than miss the train any day.
We boarded and found our seats really easily. About an hour after travelling the staff came around and prepared the beds. I got the top bunk and it was surprisingly comfortable. I don’t really sleep on the train, I cat nap. Every so often we’ll go across a really bumping area so you’re constantly being shaken awake. Also they keep the bright lights on all night. Next time I’ll bring a sleeping mask.
We now arrived in Chiangmai and settled into our guesthouse. After last nights napping I’m ready for a snooze. So that’s the plan for this afternoon then we will explore the city a little later on today.