SLEEPER TRAIN CARRIAGES

by Richard Barrow

These are the new sleeper carriages that can be found on a number of routes across Thailand now. I took these pictures on Train No. 9 from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in November 2016. You can find these carriages on the following routes from and to Bangkok: Chiang Mai (9/10), Ubon Ratchathani (23/24), Nong Khai (25/26) and Hat Yai (31/32). It is much cleaner, quieter and comfortable compared to the older carriages still being used on the other routes. Each seat has its own power socket so you can charge your phone. The only downside is that the curtains don’t block out all of the light. If you are tall like myself, you might prefer to have the lower bunk. These are slightly more expensive as there is more room, but they sell out first. In general, you will need to book these sleeper carriages several weeks in advance.

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