Bus times from Chiang Mai to Bangkok

By bus the journey from Chiang Mai to Bangkok is scheduled to take between 9 hours 50 and 10 hours 55 minutes depending upon which bus service you use. You can also travel direct from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by plane and by train.

Bus Timetable from Chiang Mai to Bangkok

Click on the Chiang Mai – Bangkok link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.

Chiang Mai - Bangkok ฿ 651–1,016 9h – 15h
  •   Standard 07:30, 16:30, 18:00
  •   VIP 16:30, 17:00, 19:10, 20:00, 20:15, 20:45
  •   Express 07:30, 10:00, 18:40, 19:45, 20:20, 20:30
  •   VIP 24 16:30, 20:05
  •   VIP 20 19:00, 21:30
  •   Express 42 09:00
  •   VIP 31 07:30, 20:30
  •   Express 40 13:30, 18:10, 20:10, 21:10
  •   First Class 09:30, 19:46, 20:01, 20:15
  •   Gold Class 19:15, 20:10, 20:30

Bus Stop in Chiang Mai

Bus services to Bangkok depart from Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 2 on Soi Kaeo Nawarat 5, Tambon Wat Ket, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand and Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3 which is across the road from Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 2.

Google Map of Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station

Arrival in Bangkok

Bus services from Chiang Mai terminate at Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal.

Google Map of Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal

Grand Palace in Bangkok

The Grand Palace in Bangkok occupies an area of approximately 218,400 sqm surrounded in its entirety by a defensive perimeter wall, which is 1,910 metres long.

History of the Palace

Construction of palace commenced in 1782 as the new residence of the Kings of the Chakri Dynasty. The palace remained the political and administrative centre of government in Thailand until 1925. Over that time the palace grew and many new buildings, in a variety of sizes and styles, were added to the Grand Place by successive kings.

Opening Hours, Admission Fees and Dress Code

The Grand Palace is no longer the permanent residence of the Thai royal family and visitors are permitted inside from 08:30 until 16:30 pretty much every day of the year and the entrance fee is 500 THB. Visitors are not permitted to wear shorts, vests or other items of revealing clothing.

Grand Palace in Bangkok
Grand Palace in Bangkok
Four Sections to the Palace

The Grand Palace is split into four distinct quarters:

  • Outer Court: Historically used for ministries of government, management offices for the royal household and barracks for the royal guards.
  • Wat Phra Kaew: The temple of the Emerald Buddha, which was formerly the private chapel of the Royal Family.
  • Middle Court: The largest section of the Grand Palace itself divided into three groups of Throne Halls built at different times over the period during which the palace was used as the main residence of the Royal Family.
  • Inner Court: An area used exclusively by the King and the women of the Royal Court. Sons of the King also lived inside until they reached puberty. This part of the temple is still off limits to visitors.

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