By bus it takes 13 hours 30 minutes to travel from Roi Et to Chiang Mai.
Bus Timetable from Roi Et to Chiang Mai
Click on the Roi Et – Chiang Mai link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
Bus Stop in Roi Et
Bus services to Chiang Mai depart from Roi Et Bus Station, 8/4, Bus Terminal, 2nd Floor, Tawapiban Road, Tambon Nai Mueang, Amphoe Mueang Roi Et, Roi Et, 45000.
Arrival in Chiang Mai
Bus services from Roi Et terminate at Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 2 (Chiang Mai Arcade), Wat Ket, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50000.
History of Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai has had a turbulent history from the point of its founding in 1292 until the time it become formally and practically incorporated into the Kingdom of Siam (later renamed Thailand) in the early 20th Century.
Before the construction of a railway line joining Chiang Mai to Bangkok in the 1920s, Chiang Mai’s remoteness from the population centres of the time in Central Thailand and proximity to the neighbouring countries of Burma, Laos and China meant that control of the area frequently changed handed, and wars and dynastic power struggles were frequent. Lots of different peoples and different cultures have left their mark on Chiang Mai both physically, in terms of its architecture, and culturally, particularly in relation to local dialect and cuisine.
The earliest large settlement in Chiang Mai appears to have been the Wa people, an ethnic group believed to have originated from an area bordering what is modern day China and Myanmar. Chiang Mai as it is known today was formally established as the capital of the newly formed Lanna Kingdom (Kingdom of a Thousand Rice Fields) at the end of the 13th Century. Invaders from Myanmar then took control of the Lanna Kingdom in 1556. In 1776 the King of the Thonburi Kingdom (the western side of Bangkok was a separate kingdom in its own right at that time) helped the Lanna King drive out the Burmese invaders.
After King Taksin of Thonburi was removed from power by the ruler of Ayutthaya, who went on to become King Rama I of Siam, Chiang Mai’s economy grew as did the city in the relative peace of the new Kingdom of Siam and Chiang Mai become increasing integrated into the new country of Siam until the point the Kingdom of Lanna was formally incorporated into Siam in 1909.