Darjeeling Limited-esque

I took an overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, and all I could think about the whole time was Wes Anderson.

'chief steward'

my train & ‘chief steward’

darjeeling train and 'chief steward'

darjeeling train and ‘chief steward’

I love Wes Anderson’s movies, I think he’s the most creative, brilliant, weird director (and Houstonian!). I LOVED using the sleeper train (Thai Railway’s First Class Sleeper; instead of The Darjeeling Limited). I left Bangkok at 7:35pm and arrived in Chiang Mai around 9am the next morning.

train car hallway

train car hallway

last car view

last car view

I had a private room:

sitting setup

my seating setup

darjeeling limited private cabin

darjeeling seating setup

I ordered dinner, and they brought it to my room. Soup, duck curry, chicken vege stir fry, rice, banana – only $4:

soup, duck curry, chicken vege stir fry, rice

my dinner

darjeeling dinner

darjeeling dinner (this scene is so awesome)

Then the ‘chief steward’ came in and setup my room into bunk beds:

sleeping style

my sleeping style

darjeeling limited sleeper

darjeeling sleeping style

I could lock the door, had a little sink with mirror, electrical outlet, lights, curtains, and could control the temperature in my cabin. I was awake before sunrise, so I walked to the last car in the train and watched the scenery from the tail end:

last car view - sunrise

last car view – sunrise

through the natl park and mountains

through the natl park and mountains

When the sun was up, I had a really scenic, nice view the rest of the trip into Chiang Mai out my window:

countryside

countryside

khuntan station

khuntan station

passerby

passerby

cute building

cute building

train dogs

train dogs

station stop

khuntan station stop

field

field

darjeeling view

darjeeling view

Also, the night before, I took a picture of my ghost:

ghost me?

ghost me? totoro real.

I had breakfast before we disembarked the train (was gross – but only $3):

breakfast

breakfast

Another The Darjeeling Limited association – I’m totally starting to identify with Adrien Brody’s character in the movie, when he says, “I’m gonna go pray at another thing.”😂 BECAUSE: I’m so sick of seeing temples. I mean, they’re colorful/beautiful, ornate/impressive, are historic/hold obvious importance, and each are unique/significant in their own right… all of which I appreciate. But I’m tired of being around them and tired of being around the hordes of people that are always around them.

Too many temples in a small amount of time = temple overload. I will still tour some of them (particularly the freebies) – I like seeing how the architecture changes from country to country and century to century. Saul Good(man)!☺️

darjeeling bike

Next up: I’m gonna go pray at another thing (in Chiang Mai)

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