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: 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 ฿ 534–988 9h 50m – 13h 20m|
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.
Arrival in Bangkok
Bus services from Chiang Mai terminate at 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. 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. 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 revealing items of clothing.
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.