While on our way back from a vacation in Denver (which was about a 24 hour train ride), I literally slept the whole way back. But it wasn’t in a sleeper car. A normal seat, very uncomfortable, but I was tired. I hope to one day ride in a sleeper car, I think that’d be a lot more enjoyable. The privacy, the comfort, being able to wake up from a nap without having some kid turned around in his seat staring at you (this didn’t happen to me but I’m sure some people can attest to this).
I’m actually planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via sleeper car from Bangkok. I found rates online and they seem very reasonable. I am looking forward to seeing the countryside via this method of transportation. = ) 7 years ago
On the sleeper train from bangkok to chiang mai. I actually got a decent sleep, although we had to fight them for blankets and the food was awful. 7 years ago
Was expensive but it was on my list too. Look into the California Zephyr from Denver, CO to Reno, NV (or the Coast). It goes through the scenic parts during the day and hits the less attractive desolate areas during the night. (Leaves Denver about 8 a.m., arriving in Reno at 11 the next morning). It is this way both directions (heading East and heading West)
People were very friendly – one lady had brought her photo albums and I spent a half hour reminsicing with a complete stranger. The smile in her eyes as she turned the pages was worth it.
Food was awful and accomodations not terribly comfortable but I read a good Sherlock Holmes mystery, played cards with friend and listened to music as the world went by. Arrived relaxed. 8 years ago