By bus it takes 10 to 11 hours to travel 673 km from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Travelling by bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is between 1 and 4 hours quicker than travelling by train depending upon which service you take.
Bus Timetable to Chiang Mai
- Click on the Bangkok – Chiang Mai link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Bangkok - Chiang Mai 9h 30m – 13h|
Where to get the Bus in Bangkok
Bus services to Chiang Mai depart from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal at 798 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand.
Arrival in Chiang Mai
Bus services from Bangkok terminate at Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station at Soi Kaeo Nawarat 5, Tambon Wat Ket, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand.
About Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Thailand. There are lots of reasons for this popularity. For one Chiang Mai is a smaller and more relaxed city than Bangkok with a city centre population of around 131,000 compared to 8.2 million in Bangkok. Chiang Mai is also a quieter city without the industry and commerce of the capital. Chiang Mai is also very cheap, with great value for money in terms of hotels, restaurants and bars. Chiang Mai also has a very long history having been established as the capital city of the ancient kingdom of Lanna in 1296.
The city itself is located on the Ping River in valley surrounded by large hills. The city has an old town surrounded by a gate and a city wall large parts of which are intact. Chiang Mai is best known for its temples, over 300 of them, most famous of which are Wat Doi Suthep located on a hill overlooking the city and Wat Phra Singh which is inside the old city and believed to have been established in 1345 AD. Chiang Mai is also a lively town with an exciting nightlife. Chiang Mai has a thriving music scene with live music played in bars around the city every day of the week and a Sunday Nigh Market in the Old Town which draws large crowds to market stalls on the main street and to eat from market stalls set up within the grounds of several temples within the old town.