By bus the journey from Chiang Mai to Yasothon is scheduled to take 15 hours.
Bus Timetable from Chiang Mai to Yasothon
Click on the Chiang Mai – Yasothon link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
Chiang Mai Bus Stop
Bus services from Chiang Mai to Yasothon depart from Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3, Wat Ket, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50000.
Yasothon Bus Stop
Bus services from Chiang Mai to Yasothon terminate at Yasothon Bus Terminal, Nai Mueang, Mueang Yasothon District, Yasothon 35000.
About travel to Yasothon
There are three different way you can travel by public transport from Chiang Mai to Yasothon:
- The fastest of these three options is to fly from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani, and then to take a bus from Chiang Mai to Yasothon. The flight time from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani is around 1 hour, and the bus journey from Udon Thani to Yasothon takes approximately 5 hours, making a total travelling time of 6 hours, although you will spend at least an hour waiting to board a flight and then more time connecting between the flight from Chiang Mai and the bus to Yasothon.
- You can also travel most of the way by train, although the route is an indirect one. The first stage of the journey by train is to travel by train from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya which takes 9 to 13 hours depending upon which train you take. The second stage of the journey is to then take a train from Ayutthaya to Ubon Ratchathani, which takes 7 to 11 hours depending upon which train you take. The third stage of the journey is to travel by road from Ubon Ratchathani to Yasothon, which takes roughly 90 minutes. By train the journey therefore takes at least 16 hours not inlcuding connection times.
- The only way to travel direct by public transport from Chiang Mai to Yasothon is by bus, which isn’t as fast as flying but is considerably cheaper especially when you consider the need to use a taxi to travel to the airport in Chiang Mai and from the airport in Udon Thani to the bus station.
Yasothon is a town with just over 20,000 permanent residents that receives very few tourists, except that is for the third weekend in May every year when the town hosts Thailand’s largest Bun Bang Fai (Rocket Festival). The Bun Bang Fai is a traditional event where home made rockets are fired into the sky in the hope of ensuring a good level of rainfall to fill the rice paddies in preparation for transplantation of seedling from nurseries to the field where they grow to maturity.
Yasothon’s Bun Bang Fai is a 3 day event where music, dancing and parades (and the consumption of lots of rice whiskey) culiminates in the main event on a Sunday of firing the rockets. If you go to the Bun Bang Fai we advise staying well back from the rockets as they are large and frequently explode at ground level or misfire, sometimes horizontally, injuring both rocketeers and bystanders.