By bus the journey from Chiang Mai to Mahasarakham is scheduled to take around 13 hours.
Bus Timetable from Chiang Mai to Mahasarakham
Click on the Chiang Mai – Mahasarakham link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Chiang Mai - Mahasarakham ฿ 722 12h 35m|
Bus stop in Chiang Mai
Bus services from Chiang Mai to Mahasarakham depart from Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3, Wat Ket, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50000.
Bus stop in Mahasarakham
Bus services from Chiang Mai to Mahasarakham terminate at Mahasarakham Bus Terminal.
About travel to Mahasarakham
Mahasarakham is the capital city of Mahasrakham Province. The city’s population of around 40,000 permanent residents is outnumbered by the large number of students in universities and colleges located within and near Mahasarakham. The largest of these is Mahasarakham University which typically has more than 40,000 students enrolled in courses every year. These educational facilities have helped transform Mahasrakham from being one of Thailand’s least developed towns, into a thriving small city with cinemas and shopping centres.
Mahasarakham is located right in the centre of Thailand’s North Eastern Region, which is seldom visited by foreign tourists and consequently the city has very few hotels and restaurants catering specifically to foreign visitors. For those wanting to eat Western style stayle food and drink in a Western style bars the choices are limited; the small number of such establishments that Mahasarakham once had closed down during the pandemic. For a lively evening out the best option is to head to one of the bars popular with univeristy strudents in the centre of the city or close to main campus of Mahasarakham University. The range of tourist attractions in Mahasarakham Province is also limited:
- Ku Mahathat: Khmer style building dating back to around the 16th Century. The main structure which is still standing is believed to have been used as a hospital.
- Phra Ming Muang Buddha: A Dvaravati style Buddha image carved from red standstone. The statue is located at a temple about 14 km from Mahasarakham city centre.
- Ban Nong Khuean Chang Handicraft Village: Also located about 14 km the city, Ban Nong Khuean Chang Handicraft Village produces distinctive silk, cotton and other fabric products for sale using largely traditional methods.
- City Shrine Of Maha Sarakham: 19th Century shrine built by Mahasarakham’s first ruler following it’s independence from the larger nearby city of Roi Et.
- Wat Nong Hu Ling: Unusual temple with an Ordination Hall shaped like a boat. Wat Nong Hu Ling is located 16 km by road to the South East of Mahasarakham city centre.