Enjoy a ride across the Thai countryside on an overnight train from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya. Board the train at Chiang Mai Railway Station, located on the east bank of the Ping River in the city (abt 2.5km east of the old city). Usually about 14 daily trains run through here on any given day, with an estimated 1million passengers passing through annually. This station has been operational since 1922. The journey takes about 11.5hrs, but invariably gets delayed. Arrive next day at Ayutthaya’s Train Station, Ho Rattanachai..located in Phranakhon Sri Ayutthaya, just across the river from the town centre. A long distance service includes First Class travel – Private cabins for 2 persons with a lower and upper bed; air-conditionning 24×7; a little water fountain, and each compartment has its own wash basin. Food and drinks can be purchased on board, while room service is often available on select services. Alternatively, Second Class travel provides upholstered seats which convert into bunks; a shared bogey for 4 persons per cabin with a lower and upper bed, clean sheets and curtains for privacy. Food and drinks can be purchased on board. Highly advisable to carry a good book, playing cards, an ipod, and perhaps a game of scrabble/board game. However, the flip-side is that toilets are shared in both Classes.
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