Bangkok temple and train to Chiang Mai


It was bittersweet to leave my hostel today, because it had such a cool vibe and was in a great location. I may stay there again on my way back to Japan in a couple weeks because so far it’s been my favourite hostel yet.
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As for Bangkok, not sure how I feel about the city. I didn’t get to see a lot of it, so maybe when I’m back I’ll give it another chance. I won’t miss the traffic and noise though!
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Before I left Bangkok, I wanted to visit the famous Golden Buddah while I had some free time
It was was conveniently located a ten minute walk from the Bangkok Railway Station so I headed there after taking the metro.
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It was beautiful as expected and of course crawling with vendors at the entrance trying to sell stuff. I applaud the effort, but no thanks!
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After purchasing a ticket for 40 baht, I headed up the stairs to the floor. After taking off my sandals, hat and sunglasses, I entered into the temple. It was so beautiful with gold adornments everywhere, trance like music and perfect natural light.. despite the amount of people inside, it was a peaceful environment.
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After spending a bit of time there, I headed to the rail station to grab some lunch and wait for the train. I must say I was happy to head to a quieter place for the next few days, Chiang Mai. It’s located in Northern Thailand and I took the train there, a quick jaunt of only 15 hours! I took a 2nd class upper berth in a sleeper car and it was such an authentic experience.

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A bunch of backpackers were on with me, so we chatted and compared travel tips. This time it was people from Holland, Switzerland and Columbia. As food vendors walked up and down the aisles selling their goods, I looked out at the beautiful scenery for a few hours and read my travel guide. The sunset was amazing, and having open windows blowing the country air into the cabin was a refreshing change from the smog in Bangkok.

For dinner I headed to the dining car and had a chicken, veggie and rice dish with hot peppers. It was good but not nearly as tasty as the street food I’ve had.

At around 7pm, they brought down the beds and I headed up to the top to chill out for a bit. I popped a Nytol and it worked it’s magic.
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I actually managed to sleep pretty well for the duration of the train ride. Something about the rocking motion and white noise created by the train. The Nytol helped too!

At 4am, I was woken up by the conductor saying we had arrived in Chiang Mai. The girl I met from Holland and I shared a ride to our respective hostels, with me being dropped off first. Of course the office is closed until 7:30am so I had some time to kill. I walked to 7/11 to grab a drink and snack, headed back to the hostel and found a place to chill out until the office opens.
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Hopefully once the office opens I can get into the room, have a quick nap and start my day. Until then, I’m glad I have my iPad and have found an outlet to plug in my phone.

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