Getting to and from Chiang Mai
Getting to Chiang Mai by Car
Driving from Bangkok takes approximately 8 hours and is best by one of the following routes:
Route 1 :
Drive on Highway No.1 (Phahonyothin Road)
and turn left to Highway No.32 (Asian Highway) which passes Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Ang Thong, and Nakhon Sawan;
then take Highway No. 117 to Phitsanulok and Highway No. 11 through Lampang and Lamphun to Chiang Mai. The total
distance is 695 kilometers.
Route 2 :
Follow route 1 to Nakhon Sawan and then take
Highway No. 1 through Kamphaeng Phet, Tak, and Lampang until you arrive in Chiang Mai. The total distance is 696
Getting to Chiang Mai by Bus
From Bangkok there are ordinary, 2nd class, and 1st class air-conditioned busses leaving throughout the
day from Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) for Chiang Mai (8.00 a.m. to 09.00 p.m.)
Call 02 936 3600, 02 936 2852, and 02 937 8055 for an updated bus timetable.
Private buses, which can be conveniently booked in tourist centers in Bangkok, are also available.
However, the public busses from the Northern Bus Terminal are generally more reliable. The journey
takes approximately 10 - 12 hours, depending on traffic.
From other provinces, including Mae Sai, Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai, Nan
, Phayao, Phrae, Lampang, Lamphun,
, Sukhothai, Mae Hong Son, Mae Sot, Mae Sariang, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat), and
Udon Thani, there are direct busses that service the Chiang Mai.
Getting to Chiang Mai by Plane
Domestic airlines, including Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, Thai AirAsia, and Nok Air, operate several
flights daily between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Depending on where you are flying from, one of these airlines
can also fly you directly to Chiang Mai from Mae Hong Son, Pai, Chiang Rai, and Koh Samui.
From international destinations, visitors can fly directly to Chiang Mai on a number of domestic and international
air carriers. While these routes are subject to their economic viability for individual airlines, it is usually
possible to fly directly to Chiang Mai from Kuala Lumpur, Luang Prabang, Singapore, Vientiane, and Yangon.
International airlines servicing Chiang Mai from those destinations include Silk Air, Lao Airlines, and Mandalay Air.
Getting to Chiang Mai by Train
Express and rapid trains operated by the State Railways of Thailand leave for Chiang Mai from Bangkok’s
Hua Lumphong Station six times a day from 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. The trip takes about 11-12 hours on an
express train. For more information, contact tel. 1690, or 02 223 7010, 02 223 7020. Chiang Mai Railway
Station, Tel. 0 5324 2094, 0 5324 4795, 0 5324 7462.
Getting Around Chiang Mai
To/From the Airport
Songtaews (red pickup trucks with benches in the covered flatbed portion of the truck) are the most common
means of transportation in Chiang Mai. Passengers can hop in and out as they wish. Simply tell the driver
the destination and negotiate the price before boarding. Fares range from 10-20 baht depending on the
distance, considerably more for long rides up to Doi Suthep, where the songtaew will wait for you to
explore and then return you to town, stopping at various sights, such as the zoo, along the way if you