The Coffee Train Express – and the delightful garden at the Royal Train Garden Resort.

For years I have passed this steam locomotive while driving on the road up the mountain to Samoeng. I don’t know why I never went in to have a look because every time I feel astonished to see that impressive giant iron steam engine placed on a piece of the railway here in the mountain very far from any real rail connection..

Well, now it is a pretend train just like the little Thai girl said inside the cafe. But her grandfather added, it is a real train but modified to be a restaurant. From the sign of the passenger car, you can choose if you are travelling from Bangkok to Chiang Mai or from Bangkok to Hat Yai. Maybe in the days of covid, we need that kind of fantasy when we restrict ourselves from real travelling. Sitting in a cafe sipping coffee or ice tea and imagining we are on our way.

Passenger car at the Royal Train Garden Resort
Inside the passenger car

I was just surprised by how much more there was to it. After enjoying coffee on the train we took a quick stroll through the fern and orchid garden and then out on the small pond to enjoy views of water lilies and green rice paddies. The coffee shop is part of a resort, and the restaurant by the pond also have tremendous views of the terrain.

This is so close to our house so I wouldn’t dream of booking a night to stay here. So I cant speak about the accommodation but the compound is built in a way that you can come here and enjoy it for some hours. It’s tranquil and has some great photo spots, again it is a place of high ambition to try to attract people to shoot those perfect photos for Social Media. A very instagramable place.

While you are up here why not take a look at the remarkable White Pagoda, still under construction but a future sightseeing highlight in Chiang Mai.

You locate The Royal Train Garden Resort on Google Maps here.

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