The bus from Chiang Mai to Bangkok needs 11 hours for the distance of 700 km. To see a little more of the country, we would like to drive during the day.
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We take the bus for 9 am and are lucky. Our seats in the first row on the top floor offer a good view.
The first part of the route is already known to us. It leads over the mountains to Lampang. But there is always something new to discover. A gigantic golden monk appears behind the woods, approximately 30 km south of Chiang Mai at Ban Klang. It is the Golden Monk of Lamphun.
Lamphun (Haripunjaya) was the former capital of the Mon Kingdom and the precursor of the Thai kingdoms. Around 1300, King Mangrai of Lan Na conquered it by a cunning.
In Lampang, we make a brief stop. Here we have a small meal for the voucher included in the ticket price. Afterward, the route leads south to Tak. Again and again, we pass sales stalls along the street. The vendors sell clothes, food, pottery, and flowers, and plenty of religious artifacts such as ghost houses for the front yard.
Shortly behind Tak, at Wang Chao Market, we cross the Ping River and pass Kamphaeng Phet, its historical park became an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1992. Kamphaeng Phet was an important border town to Burma, both for Sukhothai and Ayutthaya. Here are the teak woods that extend to the northern borders of the Thai empire.
We cross the Chao Phraya at Nakhon Sawan. The Chao Phraya leads from here through the central lowland plain of Thailand and flows behind Bangkok into the gulf of Thailand. The Chao Praya is formed by the two tributaries Ping and Nan, that merge at Nakhon Sawan.
We pass to Lopburi and Ayutthaya and head towards Bangkok. The denser population immediately manifests itself. The motorways get broader and broader and the traffic increases. It does not last long and we are in the first jam.
Meanwhile, the darkness is breaking in. In time, you can only see red and white moving lights, which remind illuminated snakes. Yet, boosts are always possible. Shortly before Bangkok is a Tollway that runs on the first floor above the highways.
As we approach the bus terminal Nord Mochit, the terrain takes the form of a large construction site. A new stretch for the Skytrain is being built and huge concrete beams reach into the air. At the same time, one also has built a new station for MRT (Metro).
Despite the long journey by bus from Chiang Mai to Bangkok we arrive quite relaxed and make our way to our hotel.
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