Dreaming of a White Christmas? Why not try making your holiday in Thailand a reality by travelling on the infamous Northern Railway. Situated between the mountainous region of Chiang Rai and the plains in the north, this train runs from Bangkok to Nakhon Minh City in Thailand’s largest city. The journey takes approximately 2 to 3 hours and features the country’s gorgeous scenery.
A formidable challenge
Taking the reins from the wildly popular spouse of river trips in the neighbouring country of Cambodia, the Northern Railway is considered one of the world’s formidable barges. Not only does it feature surprises for the confident traveller such as the famous courtyards, lushreef forests and waves of blue as far as the eye can see, it is also a memorable experience for those who are looking for a challenge. Run by an impressive company of local Nepalese staff, the train is part of the experience and a worthwhile addition to the Cambodian experience.
Journey through the mountains
Most trips to Thailand’s mountain regions begin in the capital, Bangkok. If you’re one of the many travelers who worship at the snow-capped peaks of the country’s highest mountains, you’ll be well rewarded by a change of pace. The journey on the Northern Railway takes you to Khao Yai National Park, a notable spot in the country’s southeast region. The park is a notable spot in a region crowded with tourists, featuring impressive peaks and valleys, a stunning waterfall and other nats. It’s a peaceful haven from the urban bustle of this capital. Once you’ve arrived at Khao Yai, you can easily make your way to the next station at phummu town.
Journey to the west
The journey on the western section of the Northern Railway takes you to the hill station of Chiang Mai. From there, you can take a bus to your next station, the historic town of Chiang Rai. The journey is comfortable and familiar, despite the changes in scenery. As a major centre of culture and industry in the region, Chiang Mai is a great place to immerse yourself in Thailand’s traditional Thai life. The scenery is lush and tropical, as trees and flowers of the planet burst through the soil to intertwined furrows.
Another part of the northern stretch of the line is the bamboo forest at Bantayan, during which you can take a quick dip in the natural water source dating back to World War II. From there, the train winds along the undulating paths of the mountainous terrain, passing villages and sleepy townships as it moves from the plains to the mountains. The track passes through forests, hamlets and streams, always moving inland. After 12 kilometers, the train arrives in the hills and you can begin the journey on aéere, which means it has stopped.
The northern section of the line continues around the hills and jungles, eventually entering the Valley of the Kings. For the next half of the journey, the train takes you through rice terraces, which you may spot when the train is in view. Before the last carriage of the morning train, you will encounter a procession in the town of Chiang Mai, to which you must trek to experience the sight. Trains in Chiang Mai travel on a Sunday, and the line ends at the moat around the shrine of Phra Singh, which you can’t explore on foot.
The world’s longest track
The world’s longest track extends from Sibu to Tambon Sar moving spray foam rigs for sale, and revealing details of the Northern Thai World Order and its mysterious red and white towers. The concrete structures and aura of the towers are irresistible, but the offering can only be compared with a handful of worship centers in the world that forge ahead each in their own Torchlight Adder.
The river medians lined with shops and lakes, and the ten traditional temples in the vicinity of each other, form a grand landscape. You can still see in your minds eye the image of the dragon in the center of the valley, in the same place where the three Svayings were conducted.
In the morning or evening, if you are lucky and the weather is clear, you will be able to see the red dragons that dart around the trees. Their vibrant color will surely captivate and finish off your day.
When visiting Thailand, it is inevitable that you will be stunned by the warm hospitality of the people in the primeval towns and villages. For any foreigner, being able to realize the reality of the country’s ancient history and culture is an enormous experience. Located on the eastern end of the Thai Peninsula, Chiang Mai is surely a place to not just visit, but to be enthralled by.
The Northern Golden Triangle with its towering snow-covered mountains is the most northern point of Thailand.