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Chiang Mai Province is situated in Northern Thailand some 700km North of Bangkok. There are various ways of getting there. From Bangkok, it's a 70-minute flight, or 11hrs by bus or 12hrs by overnight train.

By Air
Located less than 10 minutes’ drive from the city center the Chiang Mai International Airport consists of a Domestic and an International terminal in a single building. Roughly 130 flights both Domestic and International fly in and out each week. The following airlines operate direct in and out of Chiang Mai International Airport.

Thai Airways International – Daily flights between Bangkok - Chiang Mai takes 1.10 hours. You can book the seat by calling this number: 022800060, 026282000, 02356111 or go to website: www.thaiairways.com

Bangkok Airways – flights between Bangkok - Sukhothai - Chiang Mai. You can book the seat by calling this number: 022655555, 022655678 or go to website: www.bangkokair.com

Orient Thai Airlines – flights between Bangkok - Chiang Mai. Contact 1126 or go to website: http://www.flyorientthai.com/

Nok Air – Daily flights between Bangkok - Chiang Mai and Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son and Bangkok – Loei - Udon Thani - Chiang Mai every Friday and every Sunday. Go to website: www.nokair.com

Air Asia – Daily flights between Bangkok - Chiang Mai. Contact 025159999 or go to website: www.airasia.com
A list for more the individual airline websites will give current flight schedules and costs.



Air Mandalay

Bangkok Airways

China Airlines


Lao Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Silk Air

Thai AirAsia

Thai Airways International

Nok Air



By Train
Chiang Mai's train station is located on the eastern side of town, though like the airport getting there is no more than a 10-minute drive to the Chiang Mai city center. There are at least six trains daily from Bangkok to Chiang Mai from 8.30am till 10.00pm. Likewise at least six trains daily from Chiang Mai to Bangkok from 6.30am till 9.00pm. Journey times vary from 12 to 15 hours depending on the number of stops. Train fares vary from as cheap as 300THB ($9USD) for a 3rd class upright seat up to 1350THB ($40USD) for a first-class sleeper, with various levels in between. As train transport is popular, it is advisable to make an advanced booking. Prices may change so it is advisable to check before you book.

To find out more about Train Travel around Thailand you should check out the excellent and detailed How To Travel by Train in Thailand website or go to www.thailandtrainticket.com


By Bus
There are two Bus Stations in Chiang Mai, one for long distance travel and one for local travel predominately around the Chiang Mai province.

Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station handles daily long distance trips, such as hourly buses to Bangkok. Both government and private buses operate from here. The arcade is located in the north-east part of the city on the eastern end of Kaew Nawarat Road near the super highway intersection. Call 053-242664 to check schedules. Prices for trips from Chiang Mai to Bangkok vary from 200THB to 500THB, depending on with or without air-conditioning. The air-conditioned VIP buses are the most comfortable. Most trips take around 11hrs. Buses usually run from 6.00am till 10.00pm. In reverse, buses leave Bangkok for Chiang Mai from the Mor Chit (often spelt Moh Chit or Mo Chit) Bus Station in the Chatuchak Market area. Prices may change so it is advisable to check before you book.  

For local bus travel go to the Chang Phuak Bus Station. Near Chang Phuak Gate on the north side of the old city. Tickets can be purchased on the day. Buses from here service many local towns including Ban Watchan, Bo Sang, Chiang Dao, Chiang Rai, Chiang Saen, Chomtong, Doi Tao, Fang, Hod, Lamphun, Mae Hong Sai, Mae Jo, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, Om Koy, Peangloung, Prao, San Kamphaeng, Samoeng, Tha Ton

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Chiang Mai Points of Interest


Doi Suthep Temple

The temple is often referred to as "Doi Suthep" although this is actually the name of the mountain where it's located. It is a sacred site to many Thai people. The temple is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the city of Chiang Mai. From the temple, impressive views of Chiang Mai can be seen. The original founding of the templeremains a legend and there are a few varied versions.The temple is said to have been founded in 1383 when the first stupa was built. Over time, the temple has expanded, and been made to look more extravagant with many more holy shrines added. A road to the temple was first built in 1935.

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The Royal Park Rajapruek

In 2006 the Royal Thai Government, through the Department of Agriculture, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives organized the International Horticultural Exposition at the Royal Agricultural Research Centre, Chiang Mai, for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne and His 80th Birthday Anniversary. The Cabinet, in order to extend the success of the exposition and to make use of the International Horticultural Exposition area for maximum benefit, has authorized the Highland Research and Development Institute (Public Organization) to manage the area since December 11, 2009 as a learning center for botanical agriculture and the site for agro-tourism and culture at the international level of Thailand. Subsequently, His Majesty the King has graciously given the name of this area as “The Royal Park Rajapruek” since January 23, 2010.

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Wat Phra Singh

There are several magnificent and very old temples within the walled old city of Chiang Mai, with the Wat Phra Singh being one of the most attractive. The temple, which is also known as “The Monastery of the Lion Buddha” or “The temple of the Lion Buddha” is an active temple, with hundreds of monks and novices living there. The Wat Phra Singh houses a number of highly revered and very old Buddha images. The Wat Phra Singh dates back to the 14th century when Chiang Mai was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, and is one of the finest examples of classic Lanna style temple architecture in Northern Thailand.

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Pang Chang

In Chiang Mai, there are plenty of elephant sanctuaries or Pang Chang where visitors can enjoy showering elephants in the swamp or observe how the hauling equipment’s are mounted on their backs. Elephants in logging operations and elephant shows are open daily. Tapae Mae Ta-man is in Mae Taengdistrict. Pang Chang Mae Taeng is located in Mae Taeng district and can be reached from the similar route to Tapae Mae Ta-man. It is 9 kilometers from the entrance and just opposite Mae Ta-man temple. To get there, drive along Highway No. 107 for 43 kilometers, then make a left turn and continue for 7 kilometers.

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