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No trains Bangkok > Chiang Mai mid September - end October?

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No trains Bangkok > Chiang Mai mid September - end October?

Just came across this on http://www.thailandtrainticket.com/.

Apparently due to maintenance the no 1 & 13 trains have been cancelled, some others will run as far as Sila-Art station, then a bus the rest of the way.

How far from Sila-Art is Chaing Mai?

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1. Re: No trains Bangkok > Chiang Mai mid September - end October?

About 230km by road, 3-4 hours in the bus I would think.

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2. Re: No trains Bangkok > Chiang Mai mid September - end October?

Of course there is no guarantee they will finish the maintenance work when they say they will. I don't plan on buying any train tickets till the line is fully operational again.

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3. Re: No trains Bangkok > Chiang Mai mid September - end October?

Yes, trains 1, 2, 13, 14 have been cancelled from 16 September to 31 October 2013, but other trains are running with bus replacement for the Uttaradit-Chiang Mai section.

Train 107 (departing Bangkok 20:10) and 107 (Bangkok depart 22:00) will still run, arriving Uttaradit at 05:07 and 06:41 respectively, with bus connection onwards to Chiang Mai.

Trains 51 & 107 have had extra air-con sleepers attached for this period.

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4. Re: No trains Bangkok > Chiang Mai mid September - end October?

Thanks for the useful update from Man_in_Seat_61. We will travel from BKK to Chiang Mai in middle of Oct and prefer the train. Is there any change in the timetable of other still-running train routes? It said that they have free bus from Sila Art to Chiang Mai. Any bus from Chiang Mai to Sila Art ? Thanks again.

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5. Re: No trains Bangkok > Chiang Mai mid September - end October?

Buses will run both ways, connecting Chiang Mai and Sila Art stations.

Edited: 12 September 2013, 00:31
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6. Re: No trains Bangkok > Chiang Mai mid September - end October?

The 22th of September we were going to go from Bangkok to Chaing Mai by overnight train. So, should we go by train to Uttaradit from Bangkok and then by bus to Chiang Mai, or should we go to Chiang Mai directly by bus from Bangkok?

Edited: 16 September 2013, 11:49
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7. Re: No trains Bangkok > Chiang Mai mid September - end October?

I would fly. 45 minutes. Almost as cheap.

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8. Re: No trains Bangkok > Chiang Mai mid September - end October?

I was planning to take the overnight train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok on 18th November. Does anyone on here have any thoughts on the likelihood of the engineering works overrunning based on past experience?

Thanks in advance.

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9. Re: No trains Bangkok > Chiang Mai mid September - end October?

Any idea if the buses from Sila At to Chiang Mai have toilets?

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10. Re: No trains Bangkok > Chiang Mai mid September - end October?

I did read on the Bangkok Post a while ago that so few people were taking the train now that minivans were being used for the Uttaradit to Chiang Mai section. If this is still the case they don't have toilets but I am sure they will make a stop somewhere.