It was time to leave Bangkok and make a move up to Chiang Mai. We read that it is best to cover the 688km via train. Although we already bought our tickets the previous day, we didn’t manage to get sleeper tickets, which means we had around 13 hours on normal seats ahead of us. At night. Means we needed to get something stronger for the long ride. And I found something.
A bottle of Ploy Siam Rice Wine. The 8 percent strong wine came in a big bottle with a half women half ostrich looking creature on the label. It was clear and slightly yellow. The aroma was sweet and reminded me of cider but still had a clear rice note to it. It tasted not as bad as expected—slightly sour and a lot like a dry sparkling wine but a bit sweeter. At the beginning. The more I drank of it, the worse it tasted. It somehow developed a rice-flavoured slightly bitter aftertaste to it. We couldn’t finish the whole bottle and it was a good decision not to. I don’t know if it was the rather stressful ride on the train or the cheap (35 baht) rice wine but I started to get a headache half way to Chiang Mai. I just hope the north of Thailand has some better drinks to offer.