What is it about train travel that is so alluring? Is it just a harking back to simpler days? Is it just another manifestation of the retro thing?
I hadn’t been on a train in donkey’s years, but having done the Ghan last year I now found myself sitting in one of the 1st class cabins on the Bangkok-Chiang Mai overnight train.
Ok, it sounds a bit poncey to be in 1st class. I sure as hell can’t afford it on an aeroplane, but at my great age I really can’t see me doing the all-in-together-in-one-big-happy-party of a second class carriage.
Besides, the trip cost me 2430 Thai baht to have a compartment all to myself. That’s about $US75. Why would you not, especially given that it avoids a night‘s accommodation?
So it is that I’m sitting in a well-appointed little room as we rattle and sway … Read more