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After reading loads of reviews about how to travel to Southern Thailand, without flying, we decided to try the overnight train from Bangkok to Surat Thani. Being able to book online was a bonus, and we chose to travel first class (not ‘posh’ by British standards!!) because we could book 2 connecting cabins, each with bunk beds: girls in one, boys in the other! To say I was apprehensive and the kids were excited is an understatement! Having read tales of cockroach-infested cabins, delayed or cancelled trains, missed stops, dirt and grime, robbed baggage and filthy loos, our expectations were fairly low. Arriving at the station in good time, we were able to soak up the busy station’s atmosphere, and observe the buzz of different people coming and going, sitting on floors, hanging out in archways and eating street food.

Armed with bug spray, water and wipes, we were ready for our 17:05 departure!

Shown to our cabins, we were pleasantly surprised by the space. Jake (as most of you who know him will have already guessed!) did a quick wipe around to remove seat and handle grime, but we didn’t expect spotless so laughed it off!

Each cabin had one seat that flipped up to produce bunk beds. The train stewards did this for us around 8pm.

Before the train set off, a lovely lady from the dining car came to take our food order, which was later delivered to our cabin.

Fed, watered and ‘beered’, our beds were set up and we were ready for bed…night night! We hoped to see Surat Thani in 12 hours time, and that’s precisely what we did (wow, myth debunked, Thai trains can run on time!).