Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen | Bus times and tickets

By bus it takes around 11 hours to travel from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen.

Bus Timetable from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen

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

Chiang Mai - Khon Kaen ฿ 669–986 9h 45m – 12h
  •   Express 09:30, 09:31, 12:00, 16:00, 19:00, 19:01
  •   VIP 24 19:30

Bus Station in Chiang Mai

Bus services from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen depart from Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3.

Google Map of Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3

Bus Station in Kaen Khon

Bus services from from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen terminate at Khon Kaen Bus Terminal 3.

Google Map of Khon Kaen Bus Terminal 3

About Travel to Khon Kaen

Khon Kaen is one of the four major towns in the North Eastern Region. Khon Kaen City itself has no major tourist attractions and relatively foreign visitors come to the city as a consequence.

Transport Hub

Khon Kaen is, however, an important regional transport hub with a busy out of town long distance bus station, an airport and train station on Thailand’s Northern Eastern Railway Line which connects Nong Khai, on the border with Laos, to Bangkok. Khon Kaen is also the nearest large town to the Ubolratana Dam, Phu Wiang National Park and Phu Kradueng National Park.

Khon Kaen Bus Terminal 3
Khon Kaen Bus Terminal 3
Staying Overnight in Khon Kaen

Khon Kaen does though have a good range of value for money hotels, bars and restaurants. The most lively part of the city centre in the evenings, and where most of the Western style bars and foreign food restaurants are located, is in the streets around the Pullman Khon Kaen Raja Orchid Hotel.

Tourist Attractions in Khon Kaen

The four best known points of interest in Khon Kaen are:

  • Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon: A large city centre temple complex best known for its 9 storey pagoda.
  • Khon Kaen National Museum: City centre museum displaying a range of artefacts found in the region.
  • Wat Chai Si: Located 20 km to the west of Khon Kaen city centre this temple has some notable old wall murals.
  • Wat Pa Saeng Arun: This beautiful temple, 3 km from the city centre, is a great example of the North Eastern Thai style of architecture.

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