Chiang Mai is well served when it comes to transport links. Buses, trains and planes run daily so you really have no excuse to visit this fasinating city and region.
Express and rapid trains leave for Chiang Mai from Hualamphong Station several times daily and the 750km trip takes about 11-12 hours for the express trains. Try to get the overnight sleeper train. We also highly recommend reserving 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.
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, and costs around 2000 baht one way. There are also regular domestic flights between Chiang Mai and many of the other major cities in Thailand. In addition 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.
Thai Airways (Tel:1566 or 0-2280-0060) operated daily flights from Bangkokto Chiang Mai and flights from Chiang Mai to other northern Thai cities.
Bangkok Airways has 2 daily flights connecting Chiang Mai with Bangkok. In addition, they have daily flights servicing the Chiang Mai-Sukhothai route. For more information, contact their Bangkok office on tel. 02 265 5555, 265 5678
Overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Airport
VIP Bus to Chiang Mai
Phuket Air offers 2 daily shuttle service flights from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai with YS-11 aircraft. The journey takes only 40 minutes and the flight times are at 07.30 a.m. and 6.00 p. m. For more information, call Bangkok Office 66 2679-8999 or Chiang Mai Office 66 5392 2118-9
Nok Air call 1318 or visit www.nokair.co.th for reservations. Apart from Bangkok-Chiang mai flight, the airlines also operate flights between Chiang mai and Udon Thani twice aweek.
Orient Thai Airlines, call 02 267 2999
Foreign Airlines :
Air Mandalay operates flights between Chiang Mai and Yangon on Sundays and Thursdays. Contact 053 818 049 (Chiang Mai office)
Mandarin Airlines operates flights between Chiang Mai and Taipei three times a week on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. For more information call, 053 201 268-9 (Chiang Mai office)
Lao Airlines operates flights on the Chiang Mai Luang Phrabang route three times a week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Call 053 223 401 (Chiang Mai office),
Silk Air operates flights between Chiang Mai Singapore three times a week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Call 053 276 459 053 276 495 (Chiang Mai office)
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
Last but not least is the car. It is popular to rent a car drive up to Chiang Mai from Bangkok. Once you have cleared the traffic chaos of Bangkok, the open roads up to Chaing Mai are just wonderful. The journey takes about 7-8 hours but it is best to break up the trip with a few stops on the way. This is a overview of how to get there, but get a good road map, and plan a few attractions on the way. From Bangkok drive on Highway No.1 (Phahonyothin) to Highway No.32 passing the provinces of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Ang Thong, and Nakhon Sawan, then take Highway No. 117 to Phitsanulok and drive on to Highway No. 11 to Lampang, Lamphun and Chiang Mai. The route is 695 kilometres. Option 2 From Bangkok drive to Nakhon Sawan and then take Highway No. 1 passing Kamphaeng Phet, Tak, Lampang, and Chiang Mai. The route is 696 kilometres.