On my way to ⛰☀🚆🚅🚈🚞
By #traveling by train in Thailand, you can discover the Thai countryside behind the windows. If you want to #enjoy the scenery, it is better to travel in the 3rd class. It is less comfortable and doesn't have air-con but the #cars are windowless, a good thing when you consider that the windows in the upper classes are often to dirty to let you see clearly the outside. The other major benefit of traveling bu #train in Thailand, is the contact with the population. The vast majority of passengers are Thai and they often offer to share fruits or other food they have purchased with others passengers. A generosity that we very rarely see in Western countries but here it is natural. You often do great encounters on the train even if the #communication is not always easy. For whoever really wants to know Thailand and Thai people, taking the train is an experience to live. The ballet of vendors with their platters of kebabs, chicken wings, bottles, drinks, cashew nuts, rice cakes ... is funny to watch. No need for a dining car, they bring you everything you need on a plate. Everything is at 10 to 20 bahts. At least in 3rd class. In first class, depending on the duration of your trip, you have one or more meals included in the ticket price, no vendors are allowed to get in the cars and there is a train attendant in each car. Be careful before boarding on a train, make sure it is yours, it may be the exact time of your train departure but the train is not yours. #Train punctuality is quite relative in #Thailand. At all train #stations of the cities frequented by tourists, you have a #Tourist Police or the TAT (Tourism Authority Thailand ) desk which will inform you. Otherwise, ask the other passengers if the train goes where you want to go. You can show them your ticket or try to talk to them in Thai. For instance "rod faï nee paï tee Chiang Mai maï khrap"means "Does this train go to Chiang Mai?". Replace "khrap" by "kha" if you are a woman and #Chiang Mai with the name of the city you want go to. Note that it is not usually necessary to book your tarain tickets in advance except for the night trains and Super Express trains.