At around 7:20 pm, I head to the train platform. I’m glad I went when I did as the train was already sitting there and people had boarded even though it didn’t leave until 7:35 pm.
I find my car 11 and then head to my seat. I find someone sitting in it and they have spread their stuff out all over the top and bottom bunk. He tells me I should just take the other half. So I sit there once everyone has boarded and we leave the station.
A little while later they come around and check tickets. Then a guy comes around to change your seat into a bed. They put a mattress on the seat and put a sheet on it, give you a pillow and pillow case and then you get a blanket in a bag.
The employee tries to figure out what is going on with the seat situation. The guy tries to explain but the employee doesn’t speak much English. I show my ticket for my seat. The guy is still trying to claim the other bottom bunk even though he paid for the one above me. It costs slightly more for the bottom then the top.
It turns out people who were getting on the train later had bought the other side top and bottom. This guy still process to lay down on the other side until the other people get on the train. Then he moves to his correct bunk.
They offered dinner and breakfast on the train. If you wanted breakfast you have to order it at night.
Overall I enjoyed the overnight train. I did sleep some. It was very cold on the train. It also rained overnight so the bathroom area got wet as I guess the roof leaks.
I knew that sometimes the train runs late due to other traffic on the tracks. The 500 mile trip was supposed to arrive in about 13 hours at around 8:40 am but it was about 10 am when we arrived.
I got off the train and tried to find a place to exchange money for smaller bills as I had 20 baht and 1000 baht bills. Luckily the ticket window was able to exchange 1000 baht for a smaller amount. Then I went in search of a taxi to take to my guest house. I found a red truck taxi. These are shared so the driver went in search of other passengers but never found any so I had a direct ride and the whole thing to myself.
I was planning on dropping my bags off and going out to explore but as soon as I said I was there to check in they took me to a room and said they would check me in later after I rested. I thought that was very nice of them.
I took a shower and laid down to relax.