Train travel from Bangkok to Chang Mai
can you tell me the best way to book train travel from bangkok to chang mai, can this be done on the day, or should I pre-book, also should I book it at the station, or through a travel agent?? same goes for a hotel, is it wise to pre-book or will I be able to get accommodation when I get there?? How should I pay for travel/hotel cash or card?? I was told not to use credit cards in thailand as there are so many scams!!!! should I be concered???
Any suggestions for Beaches in the south, I thought maybe Krabi, so maybe would think of flying from chang mai, but will probably travel back to Bangkok by bus/train from here, any suggestions where to stay to break the journey up, again re hotels, should I book ahead, or just arrive, I am trying to make the holiday as flexible as possible, and not just staying for the sake of having made a booking with hotel. Again should this be booked with card, ie: with agents in Changmai/Bangkok??
On arrival back to Bangkok, would like to see Bridge over River Kwai, and maybe have 1/2 nts there
Will 3 weeks be ok for this trip, want to enjoy it, and not feel as though we are dashing all over the place.
finally any useful tips would be appreciated.