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Pulling into Bangkok HuaLampong train station, on a night sleeper from Chiang Mai, 4 hours late for the third consecutive time – I finally had had enough, travel rant time. What I don’t get is why trains across the ‘developing world’ (I hate that term, but to simplify things I’m going with it right now), pull into their stations consistently late. When I refer to consistently late, not only do I mean that they are late 100% of the time (which they almost invariably are) but what perplexes and frustrates me in equal measure is that they equally late every time.

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Late again? You must be f*cking joking...

For example, this bloody night sleeper from Chiang Mai is due in Bangkok around 7.00am. Anything before 8a.m and I’d be pleasantly surprised, however they pull into Bangkok around 9.30am every single time they run the journey. Every single time. And the same can be said for buses and trains throughout South East Asia, and Africa.


So I’d like to address whatever genius organizes theses schedules, if your time states 8pm-8am and you run the journey every day BUT the train/bus pulls into the station at 11am every day then change your f*cking schedule.


You know you’re not gonna arrive at 8am, the driver knows it, everyone in the departing and arriving station knows it. Why keep saying you will arrive at that time?! It makes your transport look unreliable and it pisses off your customers, namely me! Say you arrive at 10am, and when you arrive at 10am then you’ve got it right, imagine that! Amazing. Or, on the off chance that hell freezes over, you might once arrive at 8am and you know what? Everyone on the train/bus will be delighted they made such good time. Not stop bloody lying to me, change the schedule and don’t be a retard. Thanks.

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4 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Travel Rant: Late Trains and Buses

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  3. this article brings up a lot of bitter-sweet memories I got taking train from my lovely home-town to Jakarta when I was studying – I’m from Indonesia, and now residing in Singapore. The ticket said it would reach Jakarta at 16.07 – see how meticulous that timing is? it’s not 16.10, or 16.05, it’s 16.07!
    but I would consider myself terribly lucky if I could reach Jakarta by 17.00… most probably it would only reach the destination station by 18.00 🙁

    one time I had to catch an 8 PM flight and the train only reached Jakarta at ard 6 PM, imagine the anxiety and how near I was to a cardiac arrest in the taxi that took me to airport (it took ard 45 mins – 1 hour from the train station to airport, or longer if there’s traffic jam, and in Jakarta, traffic jam is already part of lifestyle). Luckily I could reach airport at a few minutes after 7 PM and I was able to check in… pheww…

    1. missed flights are no fun at all, i missed one to korea a couple of months ago – and replying on a train to be ontime to make a flight is a horrible experience, i feel ur pain!

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