That SUPER cheap train ride


I spent just a quick weekend in Bangkok in August 2014. I was there on a layover before heading over to Cambodia and Vietnam for the next four months. I spent the weekend walking through the streets and hopping around with no real goal in mind. Unfortunately, my bag was lost and of course I was mad at myself for not having packed extra clothes or a toothbrush in my carry on – so I felt a bit helpless. I stayed at a hostel across the street from the train station. I was planning on going the budget route and would take a 7 hour train ride from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet for 48 baht – which is about the equivalent to $1.30. Then I would cross the border and take a bus the rest of the way to Siem Reap. I was a bit nervous as I would have to wake up at around 4am, head to the train station, hope that I would actually get on the right train, and make the border crossing. As soon as I arrived at the train station I met a Dutch girl about my age who was making the same trek. It’s always nice to meet someone who can watch your bags when you gotta pee. The third class train was such an experience. It was slow, uncomfortable, and very beautiful.

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