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Distance covered today: 0km
Distance traveled from Guangzhou: 3,256km
Distance remaining to Singapore: 1,848km
Fact of the day: State Railways of Thailand (SRT) operates trains on 4,070 km of railway tracks.
The lads were up and going early due to their noon flight to Singapore. Despite being drunk from the previous night’s party, Qinyao managed to pull himself up in time for buffet breakfast with us.
Train name/number: International Express Train 35
Dep: Bangkok 14:45 (GMT +7)
Arr: Butterworth 12:55 (GMT +8)
Distance covered: 1,161 km
Time taken: 22h10m
Cost: 1,120 THB (2nd Class Air con sleeper upper berth)
An approximate map
The train carriage was newer and nicer than the non-aircon carriage which I took from Nong Khai. I would spend most of the time reading Malcolm Gladwell‘s Outliers. The train caterer went around to take orders for the meal service but I decided to give it a miss because I didn’t have enough Baht (150 THB for dinner) and I had enough food to last me the journey.
After dinner, the attendant came and made the beds. I was lulled to sleep by the rickety sounds made by the rails and tracks.