By bus it takes 14 hours 45 to travel 765 km from Chiang Mai to Sakon Nakhon. The alternative to travelling all the way by bus is to fly from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani and then take a considerably shorter bus journey from Udon Thani to Sakon Nakhon, or flying from Chiang Mai to Bangkok and then taking another flight direct from Bangkok to Sakon Nakhon.
Bus Timetable: Chiang Mai to Sakon Nakhon
Click on the ‘Chiang Mai – Sakon Nakhon’ link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Chiang Mai - Sakon Nakhon ฿ 828 13h 40m – 14h 45m|
Where to get the Bus in Chiang Mai
Bus services to Sakon Nakhon 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.
Arrival in Sakon Nakhon
Bus services from Chiang Mai terminate at Sakon Nakhon Bus Terminal 2, That Na Weng, Mueang Sakon Nakhon District, Sakon Nakhon 47000.
Temples in Sakon Nakhon
There are two major temples in Sakon Nakhon: Wat Phra That Choeng Chum and Wat Pha Suttawas. Wat Phra That Choeng Chum is the most popular of the two temples. Wat Phra That Choeng Chum is famous for its 24 metre high chedi which, according to local legend, is built on the footprints of four incarnations of the Lord Buddha. The chedi was constructed in the 17th Century and was built on top of a smaller chedi built by the Khmer people in the 10th Century which marked the same spot. Wat Phra That Choeng Chum has also a superb shrine hall with a 13th Century Buddha statue and an elaborate congregation hall also built near to the chedi.
The other temple in Sakon Nakhon which attracts a lot of visitors in Wat Pha Suttawas. Wat Pha Suttawas is famous because of its association with Ajahn Mun Bhuridatta Thera. Ajahn Mun Bhuridatta Thera is a famous Thai Buddhist monk who came to the temple to die in 1949. Many Thai Buddhists believe that Ajahn Mun Bhuridatta Thera, who lived a spartan adult life in forest temples, achieved enlightenment and the temple is frequently visited by devotees. The temple has some interesting displays of the few objects Ajahn Mun Bhuridatta Thera owned. The main temple building is also very impressive, and unusual.