We are merely 48 hours into Chiang Mai, and we are already packing our bags for Bangkok.
Little thoughts of Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is actually a nice place to travel but most of the attraction are outdoor activities that requires overnight stays such as elephant ride and jungle trekking.
Why are we leaving early?
We’ve explored the markets, skipped temples and museums, tasted local food and visited the clubs and red light district, so our trip for Chiang Mai is almost complete – and is time to leave.
The only regret is that we haven’t get to indulge in the culture and experience it ourselves. In this place, we feel like tourist than locals. We didn’t wander far from tourist spots because it rained the entire time when we are here.
I want to sleep on the train
This time, we are leaving in style – we are traveling to Bangkok on a sleeping train.
No more bus for us please I really going to break my back if I continue to take more bus rides.
So in our 30 days back pack trip, we’ve travelled by airplane, all sorts of buses, many types of tuk tuks, cars, motorbikes, boats, and now train.
The only regret is we didn’t travel cross city with motorbikes
Keeping track of expenses
We have been keeping our expenses in excel sheet daily, so from time to time we need to keep in check that the figures are still within budget. If you are traveling in group this is very essential.
Also, make sure you double check the figure to avoid any misunderstandings!
We have plenty of time to kill before our train departs. Many hours in between check out time and train departure so we have to carry our backpack around the city and find a place to chill.
Burget King’s pork burger
Once again the two men has dared among themselves to have more meal than required. One simply has to say "hey let’s eat burger" and both must enter the restaurant premises without asking much question.
This is pure muscular instinct between men and no reasons is required and I have no fucking idea what am I writing about.
My cholesterol level
Behold, double pork cheeseburger with bacon. LDL cholesterol level shoots up the roof, but we die happy.
I did a medical check up before departing for this trip and doctor says I need to be careful with my cholesterol level, especially LDL (bad cholesterol) because I had too much animal fats in my diet.
I’d die for pork lards anytime. lol
The train ride
Good ol’ fashion traveling, baby!
The train ride from Chiang Mai to Bangkok takes 17 hours, for 900baht (RM90). The train starts at 5pm and arrive Bangkok 10 am in morning.
Me sleeping on bed.
The sleeping train experience
You get a personal compartment. It’s comfortable and I’m glad I fit into the compartment perfectly. Was expecting an inclined seats throughout the trip (those seats killed my back so bad), it was a delight to see we were given a complete bed with blankets and clean bed sheets!
The sleeping train is a double decker. I took the lower bunker with window view while Shannon stares at the ceiling’s light whole night long, lol.
Enjoying the view outside with a cup of hot coffee.
It turns dark not long after we get on the train and we immediately say good night to next compartment’s travelers. who is trying to start conversation with us but we were too tired from yesterday’s party so we went to bed at 7pm, lol.
This is how it looks like in midnight 2am.
Everyone’s asleep or maybe do naughty things in compartments, we never know.
I slept at 7pm and woke up at 8pm, feeling refreshed and I pulled up my iPad and laptop to get some work done while Shannon finishes his remaining book. Went back to sleep again in 2am.
What I did when everyone else is sleeping (and lots of time to kill)
I sink into deep thoughts. (uiseh)
Closed my eyes and recalled all the fun time and things we’ve learned and did in our travels. I am truly lucky to be able to do extensive travel and experience a small part of the world. Also lucky to have a travel partner that’s equally chi sin like me (one month office leave for him, wei!)
The world is really big and we have much to explore. I am truly blessed and lucky to be able to experience all of these. I am also planning for next travel – I think I’m bitten by travel bug.
Good morning, Bangkok
In the morning, the train in-house kakak cleans the bed for you and the bed converts into comfortable seats again.
Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand!
To be continued at tomorrow’s post. Check out the rest of the 30-days Indochina blog posts here.
Where am I now?