The adventure began with a 30-minute delay. I can’t complain because we still landed safely in Bangkok. With the recent unconcluded tragedy of MH370, safety is all that matters. Besides, the fluffy clouds are so fun to watch that you’ll just feel jovial during the entire flight.
I am excited to do this trip because it’s going to be my first time to do cross-country travel via train. Yeah, I haven’t tried the Singapore-Malaysia train ride. My planned route is plane from SG to Bangkok, train from Bangkok to Vientiane, bus from Vientiane to Vang Vieng, another bus to Phonsavan, and another bus to Luang Prabang, then a 2-day slow boat trip along the Mekong river towards Pak Beng and Huay Xai. From Huay Xai, it’s going to be another bus ride to Chiang Mai. From Chiang Mai, I’ll fly to Kuala Lumpur and fly again to Singapore.
The first day turned out to be smooth sailing. I managed to meet my Thai friends, had an authentic Thai food for lunch. I was able to squeeze in a 2-hour massage in my officemate’s spa which is 10 minutes away from the railway station. I should have stayed a day longer here in Bangkok. Anyway, there’ll surely be another chance to travel here.
The train left on time, 8PM to be exact. There are dunkin donuts and KFC around the railway station so don’t fret if you haven’t had food in your stomach. I read from forums and blogs that it’s best to stock water and food during the trip because the train doesn’t have an in-house mini-store. I bought a big bottle of mineral water and two sandwiches. I can survive with just light food for dinner.
From Don Mueang airport, you can take bus 29 to reach the Bangkok Central Railway station, aka Hua Lamphong mrt station. My friend Jayti picked me up from the airport so I am not sure how much the bus ticket costs. My train ticket was bought in advance by my other friend, Tonge. I paid 775 Baht for the 8PM, second class upper bed sleeper. The bedsheet and pillow are clean. They were still warm when the train assistant prepared our beds.
I should arrive in Nong Khai at 7:45 am.
Expenses for this day:
775Baht – Train ticket
300 baht – massage
100 baht – tip to the therapist
57 baht – evening snacks