Bus times from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai

By bus the journey from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai is scheduled to take 11 hours 30 minutes.

Bus Timetable from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai


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

Chiang Mai - Nong Khai ฿ 1,097 11h 30m
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Departure from Chiang Mai


Bus services from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai 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 Bus Terminal 2

Arrival in Nong Khai


Bus services from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai terminate at Nong Khai Bus Terminal, 910/128-129, Moo 10, Soi Sansoen, Prachak Road, Nai Mueang, Mueang Nong Khai District, Nong Khai 43000, Thailand.

Google Map of Nong Khai Bus Terminal

About travel to Nong Khai


Nong Khai is a fairly large city with over 140,000 permanent residents spread across the metropolitan area. The city centre is pleasantly located on the banks of the Mekong River which separates Thailand from Laos. Nong Khai itself has few notable tourist attractions save for the Sala Keaw Khu, which is a large sculpture park featuring enormous Buddhist images.

The main reason foreign visitors to come to Nong Khai is to travel overland to Vientiane in Laos. If you do plan to stay overnight in Nong Khai before travelling onto Laos the next morning the city has some good hotels, bars and restaurants which cater well for foreign visitors. In the evening time the most lively part of Nong Khai is the pedestrianised riverside promenade area, particularly on Saturday night when the weekly riverside market takes place.

Nong Khai has a railway bridge and a road bridge to Laos
Nong Khai has a railway bridge and a road bridge to Laos

From Nong Khai there are two ways to travel to Vientiane. The most popular option is to take the commuter bus across the Thai Lao Friendship Bridge and then take a bus or taxi from the Lao side of the river onto Vientiane city.

The other option, which is less stressful in terms of long queues at immigration, is to take a train from Nong Khai Railway Station to Thanaleng Railway Station in Laos. Trains to Laos depart every day from Nong Khai at 07:30 and 14:45. The journey by train takes 15 minutes and costs a fixed rate of 20 THB per person one way. From Thanaleng Railway Station you can take a taxi or shared minivan to take you into Vientiance city centre.

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