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bangkok to chiang mai

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bangkok to chiang mai

whats the best way to get there? we don't want to spend too much time traveling from place to place, considering bus or plane. Generally how much $ does it cost to take a bust to chiang mai from bangkok and how long does it take?

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1. Re: bangkok to chiang mai


If you go to Morchit , which is tbe name of the northern bus station in Bangkok there are buses every couple of hours and from several bus companies. Cheapest is about 450 baht and the more expensive buses about 900 baht. The difference in type of bus is slightly more leg room. More important is the time of arrival. Many buses drop passengers off at a small bus station several kilometers outside Chiang Mai city and you have to pay about 150 baht for a pickup truck to take you into the centre. The trip takes about nine hours, so work out a good arrival time. No point arriving at 5am with nobody around and places locked up until about 7 am .

There are also tourist buses for foreigners only that you can book from Khaosan Road travel agencies, but there have been many thefts from luggage stored under the bus. ( Local guys sleep in the luggage area.) Be very careful and keep all valuables on your knee with you( not even on the floor) if risking these tourist only buses.

Leicester, United...
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2. Re: bangkok to chiang mai

A flight on a low cost carrier can cost a similar amount to a luxury bus ticket. Even full service carrier Thai Airways have one way fares as low as Thb 1,000.

Flight time about one hour plus of course hanging around at the airport before your flight.

CM airport is very near to the city and a taxi transfer to most of the downtown hotels will take less than 20 minutes and cost less than Thb 200.

Edited: 09 June 2018, 01:51
Leicester, United...
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3. Re: bangkok to chiang mai

Not possible to edit typo, TG minimum fare that I have seen Thb 1,200 not 1,000.

Brisbane, Australia
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4. Re: bangkok to chiang mai

Definitely fly. If you can pick up a fare in an Air Asia sale, you can get it very cheap.


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5. Re: bangkok to chiang mai

I agree with Caroline. Fly. Lots of flights per day. Look at skyscanner for flights and schedules. Book direct with the airline.

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6. Re: bangkok to chiang mai

Robin C - The Arcade Bus Station is within Chiang Mai city, not several kilometers outside. It is a couple of kilometers from what tourist call the "old city", but Chiang Mai is much more than just the old city section.

By the time you add in shuttles to/from either the airport or bus terminal, check in, etc, a flight will take about half the time of a bus. Flights are going to be more expensive, but your limited vacation time is worth money too (especially if like many Americans you paid a fair amount in airfare to enjoy just a few days). I would choose a flight over a bus.

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One thing people don't factor in saying flights are almost as cheap as bus is cost of one nights lodging

If take the overnight bus you do not have to pay for room for that night

If you fly then have to pay for room once you get to Chiang Mai as only an hour flight.

so depending on room could save 1,000 to 2,000 baht unless backpacking then only a couple hundred or less for room

I have been using Sombat tours for all of my travels to the north. They have their own bus terminal near Mochit BTS much more coinvent than going to the main Bus station Mochit

YOU can buy your ticket by phone a couple weeks or days before traveling. You call the English speaking

number to book ticket. They will give you price and a reference number. then you go to the nearest 7/11 and pay within 24 hrs. 7/11 will give you receipt on the day of your travel go to ticket counter and redeem for your ticket. So much easier than going to the big bus station on day of traveling and trying to find the right bus and time and availability.

This is only for booking when you are already IN Thailand.

Stockport, United...
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8. Re: bangkok to chiang mai

"If take the overnight bus you do not have to pay for room for that night".

So if you fly you don't lose a night of your holiday and as said by op they don't want to use too much time.

Most people don't go on holiday to save money.

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9. Re: bangkok to chiang mai

I always get the overnight sleeper train, a fun experience in its own right and relatively cheap.

Leicester, United...
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10. Re: bangkok to chiang mai

'Overnight sleeper' - would that be an oxymoron?

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