Chiang Mai and its surroundings is one of the preferred destinations for most tourists visiting Thailand.
Capital of the north of the country, Chiang Mai is perfect to spend a few days, know the main attractions of the city and thanks to its excellent communications continue your route through the rest of Thailand.
To help you better plan your visit to Chiang Mai and to better fit your next destination, we leave you all the possible combinations to know how to go from Chiang Mai to any point in the country.
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MAIN CONNECTIONS FROM CHIANG MAI
From Chiang Mai you can comfortably go to the following destinations in Thailand:
HOW TO GET FROM CHIANG MAI TO PAI
If your idea is to go to Pai you can do it by bus. From the Arcade Bus Station there are daily buses and mini vans that connect both towns.
How to get from Chiang Mai to Pai
HOW TO GO FROM CHIANG MAI TO CHIANG RAI
If your idea is to go from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai you can do it by bus too. Buses leave every day from the Arcade Bus Station between the two destinations.
How to get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai
HOW TO GO FROM CHIANG MAI TO SUKHOTHAI
From Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station there are buses leaving every hour from both cities with the option to travel at night with the Vip Bus. The journey takes about 5 – 6 hours.
You can also go to Sukhothai from Chiang Mai by train + bus. From Chiang Mai you can go by train to Phitsanulok and from Ali continue by bus to Sukhothai (they leave every hour and last 1 ? hours)
How to get from Chiang Mai to Phitsanulok by train (option 12go)
How to get from Chiang Mai to Phitsanulok by train (Baolau option)
HOW TO GET FROM CHIANG MAI AYUTTHAYA
If your idea is to get to Ayutthaya from Chiang Mai the best way to do it is to travel by train, especially at night, in the famous sleeper trains.
How to go from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya by train (option 12go)
How to go from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya by train (Baulao option)
HOW TO GET FROM CHIANG MAI TO BANGKOK
If your idea is to go to Bangkok you can do it either in comfortable buses (Vip Bus) or you can travel by night train or by plane (direct flight).
How to go from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by bus or train (option 12go)
How to get from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by bus or train (Baolau option)
How to get from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by plane
HOW TO GO FROM CHIANG MAI TO PHUKET
If your idea is to go to Phuket from Chiang Mai the most comfortable and fastest way is by plane. Between both locations they operate direct flights with the main low cost companies in the country.
Cheap flights to Phuket
HOW TO GO FROM CHIANG MAI TO KRABI
To get to Krabi , Ao Nang, Railay, Phi Phi or Koh Lanta from Chiang Mai comfortably and quickly, it is best to do so by plane. Every day there are direct flights between both destinations.
Cheap flights to Krabi
HOW TO GO FROM CHIANG MAI TO SURATTHANI
If your idea is to go to Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui or Khao Sok from Chiang Mai it is best to fly to Suratthani.
Cheap flights to Suratthani
HOW TO GO FROM CHIANG MAI TO HAT YAI (KOH LIPE)
If your idea is to go to Koh Lipe from Chiang Mai it is best to take a direct flight to Hat Yai to continue by bus to the coastal town of Pak Bara and there take the ferry to Koh Lipe.
Cheap flights to Hat Yai
During the high season you may have problems with train seats as well as finding very expensive prices for your flights. Our advice is to make your reservation as soon as possible.
If you plan to travel to the south of Thailand by plane you can buy your transfer and ferry tickets to the main islands along with your plane ticket. Both Air Asia and Nok Air give you these options through their websites.
Try to combine your departure from Chiang Mai with the night buses and trains. This will not only save time but also save you a night’s accommodation.