Route 1: Drive on Highway No.1 (Phahonyothin) and turn left to Highway No.32 (Asian
Highway) which passes Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Ang Thong, and Nakhon Sawan, then
take Highway No. 117 to Phitsanulok and Highway No. 11 to Lampang, Lamphun and Chiang
Mai. The total distance is 695 kilometres.
Route 2: From Nakhon Sawan, take Highway No. 1 passing Kamphaeng Phet, Tak, Lampang,
and Chiang Mai. Total distance is 696 kilometres.
By Bus - From Bangkok
There are ordinary, 2nd class and 1st class air-conditioned buses leaving for Chiang
Mai daily (8.00 a.m. to 09.00 p.m.) from the Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit
2 Bus Terminal). Call 02 936 3600, 02 936 2852, and 02 937 8055 for a more updated
bus timetable. Private buses, which can be conveniently booked in tourist-oriented
places in Bangkok, are also available. However, the public buses from the Northern
Bus Terminal are generally more reliable. The journey takes about 10-12 hours, depending
When in Chiang Mai
If you travel to any districts in Chiang Mai, use Chang Phuak Bus Terminal located
on Chotana Road, Tel. 053 211 586. Destinations include those located along the northern
route (Highway No. 107) which passes through Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, Chiang Dao, Chaiprakan,
Fang and Mae Ai. Some buses continue to Tha Ton, the northern-most province of Chiang
If you wish to travel outside the province, use Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station. Contact
Tel: 0 5324 2664 for a more updated bus timetable. Destinations include Golden Triangle,
Mae Sai, Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai, Nan, Phayao, Phrae, Lampang, Lamphun, Phitsanulok,
Sukhothai, Mae Hong Son (both old and new routes), Mae Sot, Mae Sariang, Khon Kaen,
Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat), and Udon Thani.
Express and rapid trains operated by the State Railways of Thailand leave for Chiang
Mai from Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Station six times a day from 8.00 a.m.-10.00 p.m.
The trip takes about 11-12 hours for express trains. For more information, contact
Tel. 1690, or 02 223 7010, 02 223 7020. Chiang Mai Railway Station, Tel. (053) 24
2094, 244 795, .247 462 245 363-4