Night trains

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Night trains Reviews

tintin1234 tintin12…
3 reviews
Night Trains in Thailand! Jun 22, 2011
After going from Bangkok to Phi Phi via bus (sat right next to the toilet..big mistake!!!) i opted for the over night train back. I was surprised how comfortable it was, i had a bottom bunk with air con.

I loved the fact that when you stop at the stations people run on with soup, and tea etc....was fun to watch.

It doesn't cost that much more than the bus, but the comfort levels are much higher, i just cant believe i didn't do it both ways!!
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Liselore_Verschuren Liselore…
252 reviews
Travel while you sleep Jul 15, 2005
China is HUGE, and if you want to see as much as possible on a budget, the night trains are ideal. They are always on schedule, reasonably clean and practical, because you sleep and travel at the same time. There are three classes: ‘soft seat’, ‘hard sleeper’ and ‘soft sleeper’. Sometimes there is also a hard seat class.

A ‘soft seat’ means you have a seat that (I think) reclines a bit less than a seat on a plane (economy class). I myself have experience with the ‘hard sleeper’, this is an open, six bed compartment, Two sides of the compartment have three beds beneath each other.

If you are tall, don’t take the top bed, you WILL get stuck! The ‘soft sleeper’ is a compartment with four beds (two bunk beds) and you can close the compartment.

There is usually also a dining cart, and there are toilet- and washing facilities, but this is all very basic. The bedding of the ‘hard sleeper’ is not bad. A sheet sleeping bag is nice to have, but since most people on the train only take off their shoes and go to sleep in their day clothes, it’s not that big of a deal.

In the evening everybody in the hard sleeper compartments sits on the bottom beds, even if they only have tickets for higher beds. There are lots of opportunities to mingle and Chinese travelers (who rarely speak any English) are very curious to know everything of western travelers. Pictures from your parents, friends, pets and other trips are always welcomed with great enthusiasm.

Around 21.30 most people go to their beds, lights usually go out around 22:00. Bring a flash light if you want to read after lights go out.

There’s no need to worry you might oversleep, you’ll wake up from the stumbling of other travelers. Since most night trains arrive at their final destination very early (around 7:30/ 8:00), it’s best if you have booked a hotel ahead, and have an early check-in. This way you can have a breakfast and a shower (and a nap, if it has been a sleepless night) as soon as you arrive at the hotel.
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