The 12-hour overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai can be both a relaxing and alluring. The daytime view varies as much as the Thai landscape; jungle, mountain, grassland and farmland. Unlike the buses that whiz through the highways, the open door train cars put the passengers into the scenery. The train cars are much nicer than most other South East Asian railways but it is well worth getting a sleeper seat rather than a recliner. First class passengers are given clean-sheeted bunk bedding for two in a lockable room. Second class sleepers are fine with most travellers. A bar serves cold beer and the potent SangSom rum. There are a number of express trains daily from Bangkok's northern line train station where one can make their own bookings if not through a travel agency.