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Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city by population size. Anchored in the North at the foot of the mountains, it is a real beauty. The people of Chiang Mai are friendly and smiling. You will find far fewer tourists than in the south of the country; but still sufficiently attracted by the wealth of the city and also the opportunities to take massage or cooking classes.
If you really want to live your stay Thai and you have time, please take the night train to Bangkok to Chiang Mai 13 hours of road, but we do not see the time passing.
The train in Thailand is a good means of transport, especially over long distances such as southern Thailand, the North and the extreme Northeast (Nong Khai). Note that the trains are slow and always late (except at the beginning). In stations, the staff at the counter speaks English. At the station, get train schedules in English (it’s free and very convenient). From Bangkok is not too much of a problem, return is more random, so book your tickets 3/4 days in advance. The best market is the ordinary train (one class), then there are rapids and express, and special express that you must add a supplement to the ticket price. There are three types of classes:
– The third class overcrowded, often with wooden benches … it’s very cheap but do not use for journeys of more than six hours, otherwise your back will recall, by cons, it can be the opportunity to meet people, especially if you speak a little thai. – The second class is better with the choice between a wagon with fan or air conditioning (extra charge), padded seats … some trains have surprisingly comfortable berths (of course fee), then you will have to choose between a berth “lower” and “upper” … the cheapest is the “upper”, but hardly more low price, it is better to take a “lower” … in the hot season, the cars quickly suffocating .. . By cons, for wagons with air conditioning, nights are frigid. Especially when you are in “upper”: you have the air conditioning right on the face (and the curtains do not hide from the light). Attention sleeper trains (sleepers) are rare, they are very popular, book at least a week in advance to Chiang Mai (this is true in tourist season) to the South and the Northeast, 2 or 3 days is enough . In addition, officers from the State Railways traveling in overnight trains, so no security worries. – Finally, the first class is very comfortable, but much more expensive. These are cabins for two people, with air conditioning etc … Only lines for the South and those from Chiang Mai feature.
To get around the city there is a choice between: – the Tuk-Tuk, which is expensive in the long run with races that are trading between 50 and 100 baht depending on the distance and the time of day. Negotiations can begin by dividing the price by 2. – red collective taxi, also called Sonthaw (meaning “two schools”) or silor (meaning “four wheels”). The race costs 20 baht per person if you stay in the city. The taxi drops different clients following the route that defines and adjusts requests. – The scooter, rents between 150 and 250 baht a day (depending on the model and capacity). A book of the 2 regulars wheels. Insurance is included but minimal. It is better to leave a copy of your passport and a security deposit to the lessor rather than the original passport because in case of damage to the scooter may bother. By the way if something abyss it is better to repair itself at its own expense in the many small garages in the city, if not the landlord will knock you out with whimsical quote. – The taxi-meter, rare, one finds some but given the short distances it is not necessarily the best choice – the bus, there are some lines, this is the cheapest means of transport is still necessary -it know where you are and where you are going. – On foot, there are passages protected by traffic lights that is activated with a button, it’s not a guarantee that the traffic will stop but it’s better than nothing. As against most sidewalks are not suitable for walking, often narrow and congested poles, plants, garbage cans, lampposts, of various brands, holes …
Note: To stop a tuk-tuk or taxi we place on the curb arm outstretched, palm down and hand stirred down 2 or 3 times.