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Chiang Mai Information

  • Getting to Chiang Mai

    Travel by Train, Plane and Bus


    As a gateway to northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is easily accessible by air, rail and bus. Several domestic and international airlines have direct flights to Chiang Mai International Airport, including low-cost carriers, such as Nok Air, Air Asia and One-to-Go. Travelling by train is also convenient, with a range of options from overnight sleeper trains to express trains, which depart from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Station around the clock. The slowest but also the cheapest, buses can be an ideal transport mode for the more adventurous soul, as the quality of your journey lays pretty much in the hands – and whim – of the unpredictable driver.

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  • Chiang Mai International Airport (CMX) is host to a large number of international and domestic flights daily. Connections include flights from Singapore, Taiwan, Laos and Myanmar. The most common route to Chiang Mai, however, remains through Bangkok. There are numerous daily flights from the capital to Chiang Mai on a variety of airlines. Air Asia and One-Two-Go have begun running a number of budget flights. Tickets for these flights should be booked online at least three weeks in advance.

    Chiang Mai Airport is a well-run modern facility as befits the second most important city in Thailand. It has a simple layout, with two conjoined terminal buildings, each dedicated to international or Read More...

    Travel by rail is a popular option with budget travelers and is a nice way to enjoy the lush greenery of the Thai countryside. Trains run directly between Bangkok’s Hua Lumpong Train Station and Chiang Mai. The journey takes about 12 hours but evening trains feature comfortable bunks with or without air-con.

    Expect to pay between 600-1,000 baht for a train ticket depending on the level of comfort you want. First Class includes a private, air-conditioned compartment with its own bathroom, while Second Class consists of fold-out upper and lower bunks. Lower level bunks are slightly larger and more comfortable to sleep in. There is a food service car located Read More...

    Busses run roughly every hour from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, departing from Bangkok’s Mo Chit Station and arriving at Chiang Mai’s Eastern (main) Bus Terminal. The first departure of the day is at 05:30 and the last is at 22:00. The journey takes about 10 hours to complete and there are a variety of busses available, with the VIP busses being the by far the most comfortable.

    Air conditioned busses are readily available but bundle up as the Thais like their air-con freezing cold. Also be prepared to endure noisy films (in Thai) all night long.

    Another option is to rent a car in Bangkok and drive yourself to Chiang Read More...

    Chiang Mai Airport is located a short distance from the city center and Songthaew and tuk-tuks are readily available to provide taxi services outside the terminal building. Expect to pay 100 baht for a taxi to most destinations in the city, while the return trip to the airport costs about 50 baht. Many hotels will arrange free transfer to and from the airport. Check with your hotel to see if they provide such a service. Read More...

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