How I Got Lucky in Mo Chit Station

I’ve read from an inflight magazine a couple of months back that Chiang Mai is the best place to celebrate the Songkran Festival (Thai New Year). So when I decided I was gonna travel to Thailand to celebrate Songkran, there was no way I was gonna settle for anything less than the best. I knew I was headed straight to Chiang Mai as soon as I set foot on Thailand. Sadly, while I was doing a little bit of research, I found out that all modes of public transportation from Bangkok to Chiang Mai were fully booked by then. And to say, I did my research about 2 weeks before the celebration. For those of you who don’t know, Songkran is celebrated from April 13-16 each year.

Anyway, when asked where I’m going instead, the answer was plain and simple “to Chiang Mai. Where else?”. I just had to be there by hook or by crook. So the day after I arrived in Bangkok, I took my chances and headed to the Mo Chit station the terminal for Buses going to Northern Thailand.

Mo Chit Station

Mo Chit Station

Immediately, my first tinge of luck started. I didn’t have any soap or shampoo with me so I was gonna shed some Baht for that. And when you’re travelling on a tight budget, every penny counts. But then after a short walk from the 1st building to the next where the ticketing offices were, I passed by a crowded area where people were handing out free stuff. And what’s better than free stuff? Well, free stuff handed out by pretty Thai ladies.

First, one of them handed me bunch of shampoos…

Pretty L'Oreal Girl

Pretty L’Oreal Girl

 

And I didn’t have enough sleep the night before, another lady gave me free coffee…

I couldn't read the brand but it sure tasted as sweet as her smile!

I couldn’t read the brand but it sure tasted as sweet as her smile!

Then a pair of gorgeous girls handed me some mosquito repellents. They probably knew I was going to Chiang Mai to celebrate Songkran…

Thanks for keeping the mosquitoes away ladies...

Thanks for keeping the mosquitoes away ladies…

 

But that wasn’t the best part of my luck yet. I went to check on the government buses and just like my research suggested, both 3pm and 9pm schedules were fully booked. This means that I had to check on the private companies. I was ready to pay a much higher price than the regular buses. By then I still wasn’t sure if they had any seats left. So, among all 20-or-so windows, I chose 17 for some reason. This was the window for Sombat Tours. When I asked the lady at the counter, she showed me the seating chart and just like a light at the end of a tunnel, I saw a single white speck. It was the very last seat for the 3pm bus. Without hesitation, I booked the seat and as they say, the rest is history!

My ticket to Chiang Mai! and no, that is not an error. I'm writing this now from the future. In the year 2556

My ticket to Chiang Mai! and no, that is not an error. I’m writing this now from the future. In the year 2556

 

And now, after more than 9 hours of travel from Mo Chit, here I am in Chiang Mai bragging to you about my luck while resting my tired feet in my own little bed after a long 1st day of the Songkran Festival. I might call it luck but being here right now, I feel like luck has nothing to do with it. I was destined to be here!

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  1. Lakbay Diva says:

    ermehgerd preha mi ka beauty anang mga bayhana bradddddddddd!!!!!!!! atay ka niiiiiiiiiiiiiiceeeeeeeeeeeee whoooooohooooooo!!!! suya much!!!!!!! lami-a puniton na brad nya ikuyog sa songkran nya pa suoton og nipis nga sanina nya bas-on agurooooooooyyyyyyy!!!! πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› destined jud ka mameet na sila hahahaha

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