Leaving Bangkok we decided we wanted to do it the cheapest and safest way. Our lonely planet guide book told us that if we didn't want to get our stuff stolen we needed to take a bus from the bus station rather than our hostel or a travel agent easy enough it would seem. So we map-quested our way to the bus station and realized that we could take the city bus there (for about 20 cents what a deal!). So we left a good two and a half hours before our bus was scheduled to leave the station. We left our hostel and began looking for the proper bus stop. It was a little tricky to find the right one since the signs were all in Thai. However we found what we thought was the right stop. After about one and a half hours on the bus we were stuck in stand still traffic in the middle of china town. We decided that it would be much faster to walk. When we got off the bus we realized that we did not know where we were walking to. We asked a taxi driver how long it would take to get to the station... And we were not going to make it on time. We stopped at a hotel for a much needed beer and to regroup and decide what we were going to. We saw on our map (yes we now know how to sort of use those) that the train station was not to far from where we were. We decided to walk through china town towards the train station. Courtney was the tallest person there and she has blonde hair. That combined with our huge packs got us lots of attention and weird stares from the locals. We also noticed only near the end of our walking adventure we were walking on the wrong side of the road. Don't worry there is a happy ending to this story. We ended up finding the train station! We booked a sleeper train to Chiang Mai from there.
We boarded the train and were finally on the right track (no pun intended). On the train Kate had to go to the bathroom this was very difficult since it was a squatter toilet on a moving train. Kate had a lot to drink that day so she went to battle the bathroom again. Finally Courtney got up enough courage to brave the bathroom. However she used the bathroom directly across the way from the one Kate used and found it no problem at all since it was the girls "normal toilet" and Kate had been using the mens bathroom. Kate was fairly upset that is until we found the bar on the train. It was a delightfully tacky surprise with flashing Christmas lights and bad pop music remixes (there is ni escaping beiber fever). Needless to say we stayed there for a while. After a few drinks we went to bed a woke up in Chiang Mai! Yes we are surprised we made it there too.