Bangkok Airways, Thai AirAsia and Thai Smile operate daily direct flight from Phuket to Chiang Mai. The Green Bus Company also operates direct bus services from Phuket to Chiang Mai.
Flight schedule: Phuket to Chiang Mai
Click on the Phuket – Chiang Mai link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Phuket - Chiang Mai ฿ 1,917–3,277 1h 45m – 2h 5m|
Flights to Chiang Mai depart from Phuket International Airport, Mai Khao, Thalang District, Phuket 83110.
Chiang Mai Airport
Flights from Phuket land at Chiang Mai International Airport, 60 Mahidol Rd, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200.
About Wat Chedi Luang
Wat Chedi Luang is the ‘Temple of the Great Chedi’ and is located within the ancient walled city of Chiang Mai. The temple gets its name from the large pagoda structure, known as a ‘chedi’ in Thai, in the centre of the temple. Construction of the chedi began in 1395 and took 80 years to complete. The original structure is believed to be been somewhere between 82 and 85 metres tall and housed the famous Emerald Buddha statue (which you can now see at Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok) in one of it four niches from 1468 to 1551. Disaster struck in 1545 in the form of an earthquake which partially destroyed the great chedi. The chedi which stands today is the result of reconstruction work carried out in the early 1990s.
As well as the central chedi, the temple has a number of other interesting buildings which are well worth visiting:
- Main Viharn: A large temple built in 1928 with an impressive facade housing a large standing Buddha statue.
- Second Viharn: A smaller assembly hall with elaborate wooden carving on its front facade.
- Sao Inthakin: Chaing Mai’s city pillar shrine is located within Wat Chedi Luang having been moved to the temple from another location in Chiang Mai in 1800. Women are not allowed to enter this building.