Tuesday, 16 July 2024

How to Get There from Bangkok

By Air (1 hr. from Bangkok)

Domestic airlines (Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, Air Asia, Orient Thai Airlines and Nok Air ) operate several daily flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. A one-way flight takes about one hour. There are also regular domestic flights between Chiang Mai and other major cities in Thailand and international flights to and from some major Asian destinations, e.g. Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, run by Thai Airways International and other foreign airlines.

For taxi : สนามบินเชียงใหม่

By Bus (10-11 hrs from Bangkok)

Several ordinary and air-conditioned buses leaving daily from Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal (also known as Mo Chit) on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road. Most air-con buses leave between 20.00 and 22.00 hrs. and it takes about 10-11 hours to reach Chiang Mai. There are also private buses which can be conveniently booked in other tourist-oriented places in Bangkok. But the public buses from the Northern Bus Terminal are generally more reliable.

For further details, call the Northern Bus Terminal, 0 2936 2852 to 66, 0 2936 3666

For taxi : Northern Bus Terminal สถานีขนส่งหมอชิต

By Car (8 hrs from Bangkok)

There are two routes to go to Chiang Mai.

  • First, take Highway No. 1 (Phahonyothin Road) and turn to Highway No. 32 (Asia Highway) passing Ayutthaya, Angthong, Nakhon Sawan, then by Highway No. 117 to Phitsanulok and by Highway No. 11, from Lampang, Lamphun to Chiang Mai.
  • Second, from Nakhon Sawan, take Highway No. 1, passing Kamphaeng Phet, Tak and Lampang to Chiang Mai. The two routes cover nearly the same distance, about 696 kilometres.

By Train (11-12 hrs from Bangkok)

Express and rapid trains leave for Chiang Mai from Hualamphong Station several times daily and the trip takes about 11-12 hours for express trains. It is highly recommended to reserve seats well in advance, especially for sleepers. During long holidays like Songkran and New Year, it is not uncommon to find that all the sleepers of all trains are already filled up two months beforehand.

For details, call the State Railway of Thailand, 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2220 4444 (RSVN), 0 2220 4334, 0 2621 8701 or Chiang Mai Railway Station, 0 5324 2094, 0 5324 5363 to 4.

For taxi : Hualamphong Station สถานีรถไฟหัวลำโพง