Perfect destinations for leisurely three-day weekends that will recharge your batteries without breaking the bank.
The former capital, declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1991, offers a wealth of old temples, a laid-back style of life and the famous Sukhothai noodles. There are 11 trains a day making the six-hour journey from Bangkok to Phitsanulok Station (B964/B1,164 for first class upper/lower bunks, B449 for air-coned sprinter). Only 59km away from Sukhothai, the station is only a quick bus ride away from your final destination.
Going to Hat Yai to get a taste of some SouthÂern flair is also a popular route (B1,394/ B1,594 for first class). The famous Vegetarian Festival at the end of Sep/beginning Oct draws a fair share of onlookers and particiÂpants. The sprinter train leaving from BangÂkok gets you there fastest, leaving at 10:30pm and arriving at 12:30am the next day. At B675 for second class, you get seats that can lean back.
With its lush natural surroundings and cool mountain air, Chiang Mai boasts more than enough sights and activities to keep all sorts of travelers occupied. There are six trains departing daily from Hua Lamphong, with the express overnighter leaving at 6pm and arrivÂing at 7:15am the next morning. If you want to travel in relative comfort go for the first class sleeper (B1,253/B1,453 upper/lower bunks). The second class sleeper is also availÂable at B791 for upper and B881 for lower bunks. There’s also a hosted four-day trip featuring visits to attractions like Doi Inthanont, Doi Suthep and the Royal Project site at Mae Rim for B7,000.