Bus times from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Phanom

By bus it takes 16 hours 15 minutes to travel from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Phanom.

Bus Timetable from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Phanom

Click on the ‘Chiang Mai – Nakhon Phanom’ link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.

Chiang Mai - Nakhon Phanom ฿ 1,005 15h 25m
  •   Express 19:30

Bus Stop in Chiang Mai

Bus services to Nakhon Phanom 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.

Google Map of Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station

Arrival in Nakhon Phanom

Bus services from Chiang Mai terminate at Nakhon Phanom Bus Station.

Google Map of Nakhon Phanom Bus Terminal

Reasons to travel to Nakhon Phanom

There are two main reasons why foreign travellers come to Nakhon Phanom. The first reason is that it is close to the 3rd Thai-Lao Friendship which is the closest access point from Thailand to Savannakhet in Laos. The second reason is that Nakhon Phnom is the closest major town to That Phanom, which is the location of one of the most important temples in Thailand, Wat Phra That Phanom.

Wat Phra That Phanom is famous for its 57 metres tall white and gold chedi believed to contain the breastbone of the Lord Buddha brought from India to That Phanom by a monk who could fly just a few years of the Lord Buddha died.

Wat Phra That Phanom near Nakhon Phanom
Wat Phra That Phanom near Nakhon Phanom

Nakhon Phanom is also somewhere worth visiting in it’s own right. The local government and tourist board have started to develop Nakhon Phanom as a tourist destination. One of the more successful initiatives have been the installation of a very pleasant cycle lane from the town to the 3rd Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge which runs along the Mekong River past most of the town’s historical buildings. The views across the river to the hills of Laos are fabulous.

Another initiative has been the installation of a shrine to the mythical Naga on the riverfront in the centre of the town. The Naga are mythical beasts which are believed to live at the bottom of the Mekong River travelling there via the portal to another realm which is located at Wat Kham Chanot temple in Udon Thani.

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