By public bus it takes 12 hours to travel from Bangkok to Fang. The alternative to travelling the whole way by bus would be to fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and then take a bus from Chiang Mai to Fang.
Bus Timetable from Bangkok to Fang
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|Bangkok - Fang ฿ 750–768 12h 30m – 13h 10m|
Departure from Bangkok
Bus services from Bangkok to Fang 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 Fang
Bus services from Bangkok to Fang terminate at Fang Kalaya Market.
About Travel to Fang
Fang is a small town, of about 25,000 permanent residents, located approximately 150 km by road to the north of Chiang Mai and close to the border with Myanmar. Fang town itself is not a major tourist destination. Travellers come to Fang because it’s the major transport hub for the surrounding area. Fang has a small cluster of hotels, shops, restaurants and a Sunday night market, which is the liveliest it gets in this small isolated town. On the north side of the town there are several small temples located in low hills which are pleasant to walk if you have a few free hours. Wat Chong Pan is the most ineteresting of these temples. Wat Chong Pan features a Burmese style temple with a characteristic green and gold multi-tiered roof.
The main reason people come to Fang is to visit the surrounding mountainous countryside. To make the most of the area you need to hire transport, and there are plenty of travel agents and tour companies in Fang who will help you with that, at relatively value for money prices. The three main local attractions are:
- Doi Ang Khang: This is a 1,928 metre high mountain close to the border with Myanmar. The area has a long history of being a wild and dangerous area controlled by warlords from China and neighbouring Shan state who control the opium production and trade in the area. There is, however, little evidence of that type of thing going on now and travellers can visit safely. As well as ascending to the top of the mountain, there are places to eat and drink, a Chinese style village, and an agricultural project initiated by King Rama IX specifically to encourage the local hill tribes to grow something other than opium poppies.
- Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park: This 500 square kilometre national park contains lots of hills covered in forests, including large clusters of teak trees. The main attraction of the park are its hots springs and 30 metre high geyser which erupts every 30 minutes. Also popular is the ascent of Pha Hom Pok mountain, which is 2,285 metres high. You can hirw tents and guide, as well as a driver and a guide, from the park’s visitor centre to spend the night camping on the summit to see fog fill the valley below in the morning.
- Chiang Dao: Located between Fang and Chiang Mai, Doi Chiang Dao mountain is a spectacular limestone hill with angular sides. Treeking is popular here and the area is inhabitated by 6 diffeerent hill tribes.