Matt has been trying to sell me on the finer points of overnight develop travel, for quite closed to fourth dimension now. Luckily, nosotros dodged that bullet inward Vietnam because they were sold out. But, this time, no such luck. We booked 2 “first class” cars on the overnight develop from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, in addition to what a sleepless opportunity it was!
All aboard! Our develop departed at 5:00, inward the evening, in addition to was due to brand it inward Bangkok at 7:00 the adjacent morning.
This was our pocket-sized compartment. We genuinely had adjoining rooms, though. So, that was nice.
H5N1 pocket-sized sink inward the corner.
The couch made out into bunk beds, to a greater extent than on that later.
We did bask the scenery, for almost the 2 hours of daylight nosotros had left.
Looks comfy, doesn’t it?
She had improve salve closed to of that slumber for nighttime, she’s going to demand it!
We decided to teach explore the train, in addition to kill closed to time. This was the hallway inward the rootage aeroplane car, the cabins were to the left.
And walking betwixt cars was almost similar having your ain person balcony, at that topographic point was in addition to thence piddling keeping y’all from genuinely beingness outside.
H5N1 babe could receive got fallen through the gaps nether the doors! The girls loved the unsafe adventurousness of this, in addition to seeing the the world whiz by.
Yes, all kinds of gaps…It’s a practiced affair they had the alarm sign on the door! Haha!
We ended upward inward the dining car, in addition to decided nosotros mightiness equally good consume to kill closed to time.
They genuinely had a fairly large menu, but seafood? On a train? I passed.
There were closed to chefs cooking the nutrient at the pocket-sized kitchen inward the back.
Matt ordered the cashew chicken in addition to curry set. He said it genuinely wasn’t also bad. I was all the same pretty sum from our cooking class, in addition to thence I didn’t eat. The girls idea that the pump shaped rice was so fancy!
Neither of them cared for the “orange juice”.
This was the 2d aeroplane car, only manifestly bench seating in addition to also a few sleeper beds behind the piddling curtains. These cars were heavily filled amongst lots of immature backpacker, twenty-somethings. There was a real potent “odor” inward this car.
After exploring the balance of the train, I genuinely became grateful to encounter our cabin again. Now to abide by the bathroom….
I was expecting the worst, in addition to certain enough, I got it! You position your feet on the ribbed surface area in addition to squat. Ummm… no. Luckily at that topographic point was also a western option.
I was definitely no longer inward the province of the heated lav seat, but at to the lowest degree it was a seat! The annoying affair almost this bathroom, was that it was also a shower room. So, every time I went, I had to wipe downward the topographic point amongst lav paper, in addition to thence equally non to sit down inward water. But, I approximate the upside to that was that it kept getting rinsed off in addition to seemed fairly clean.
Is it bedtime, yet? I constitute it real hard to pass a sum 24 hours without wi-fi. Maybe I should unplug to a greater extent than often….
Around 7:30 that evening, a human being came inward to brand upward our beds. He was friendly in addition to real quick. All the bedding seemed surprisingly clean, in addition to for that I was real grateful.
The girls idea this was five-star accommodation’s, in addition to quite exciting! They said they’ve ever wanted to slumber on a top bunk. I approximate dreams create come upward true.
This was easily i of the worst nights’ slumber of my life. The develop did not lull y’all to sleep, quite the reverse inward fact, amongst the stopping, starting, develop whistles, in addition to round-the-clock-announcements. It was i of those nights where y’all aspect at your sentinel in addition to can’t believe that solely xxx minutes had passed, or that y’all all the same had half dozen hours to go! (Though, inward a way, it was better than beingness stuck on a long, transcontinental flight. At to the lowest degree y’all could lay down.)
Well, nosotros finally made it to Bangkok, whew! And no, I wasn’t nearly equally vivid eyed in addition to bushy tailed equally the girls are inward this picture.
Now, to board i to a greater extent than develop for our lastly destination, the beach town of Hua Hin.
We got closed to interesting snacks,
in addition to a mackerel filled lunch. (Smoked mackerel or sweetness in addition to sour mackerel, accept your pick!)
Is this a joke?!
Wow, after iv to a greater extent than hours, nosotros made it! (A auto tin forcefulness out create this part inward 2.5 to three hours, past times the way).
This is the famous in addition to historic Hua Hin develop station inward Thailand, in addition to it was beautiful.
I was SO gear upward for closed to beach fourth dimension at this point. This excursion took almost 24 hours! Not worth it, particularly when the regional discount airlines are in addition to thence cheap. (Sorry, honey.) Besides, I mean value I’m only also former for overnight develop adventures, I’ll function out that to the immature backpackers. Strangely enough, Matt keeps using the phrase “next time”, when discussing hereafter develop travel. WHAT!?!?