Thai AirAsia, Nok Air, Thai Smile, Thai Lion Air, Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways all operate daily flights from Chiang Mai to Bangkok.
Flight schedule from Chiang Mai to Bangkok
- Click on the Chiang Mai – Bangkok link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Chiang Mai - Bangkok ฿ 1,556–4,452 1h 15m – 1h 25m|
|Chiang Mai - Don Mueang Airport ฿ 1,377–2,479 1h 5m – 1h 20m|
Chiang Mai Airport
Flights to Bangkok depart from Chiang Mai International Airport, 60 Mahidol Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200.
Flights from Chiang Mai arrive at both Don Mueang Airport, 222 Vibhavadi Rangsit Rd, Khwaeng Sanambin, Khet Don Mueang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10210, Thailand and Suvarnabhumi Airport, 999 Soi Mu Ban Nakhon Thong 1, Nong Prue, Bang Phli District, Samut Prakan 10540.
Wat Traimitr in Bangkok
Wat Traimitr is better known as the Temple of the Golden Buddha on account of the the 5,500 kilogram solid gold Buddha statue which is on display at the temple. The Buddha atatue, which is called the Phra Phuttha Maha Suwan Patimakon, is believed to be the largest solid gold Buddha statue in the world. The story of how the Buddha statue came to be at what was a small and not particularly important temple in Bangkok sounds like a far fetched fictional tale, except that in this case it is most likely true, in part at least. The Phra Phuttha Maha Suwan Patimakon statue had been held inside another small temples in Bangkok since the reign of King Rama I (1782 to 1809) before being moved to Wat Traimitr in 1955. According to the legend the statue had been covered in layer of clay to hide the gold from the Burmese who invaded Ayutthaya in 1767, where the statue previously resided. On the order of King Rama I many Buddha statues where brought to Bangkok after 1782, when it was established as the new capital, to protect them from future invasions. Apparently the clay disguise fooled even the people who brought the statue to Bangkok, and the many monks who looked after it thereafter, despite its massive weight. The conclusion to the tale is that when the statue was moved to Wat Traimitr in 1955 it was dropped and the clay covering was partly destroyed showing the gold underneath.
Up until 2008 the massive gold statue was displayed in a very unimpressive concrete building. This has all changed as Wat Traimitr now features a very impressive four storey Mondop, with the Phra Phuttha Maha Suwan Patimakon displayed on the top floor. A Mondop is a square based building with a pyramidal top. Entry to the top level level costs 40 THB per person. The second and third levels features museum style displays about the statue and the China Town area of Bangkok where the temple is located. Entry to the second and third levels costs an additional 100 THB per person.