CHIANG MAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Domestic flights direct to Chiang Mai:
Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) offers direct domestic flights from Bangkok, Phuket, KohSamui, Krabi, Trat, Mae Hong Song, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Pai, UdonThani and UbonRatchathani.
International flights direct to Chiang Mai:
Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) offers direct international flights from Singapore, China, Malaysia, Burma, Korea, India, Maldives, Cambodia, and Laos.
FROM BANGKOK to CHIANG MAI
Various daily flights and times from Suvarnabhumi International Airport, and Don Muang Domestic Airport. Flight time is just over one hour. Upon arrival you will likely have taxi touts approach you. You can either go through them or via the counter desks. Taxi meter is the usual mode of transport from the airport into town. (Approximately 120 baht).
Chiang Mai Train Station is located approximately 3 km from the city centre. The journey takes on average around 12 hours, with a total distance of about 700 kilometers. Overnight sleepers are available (if you choose the overnight sleeper, we recommend you book bottom bunks. Much roomier, and more comfortable. There are no individual compartments, except in first class). Food and drink is available on board, at a reasonable price and served at your seat (meal and drink is typically under 100 baht). Train prices vary depending on class of travel (anything from a few hundred baht up to approximately 1500 baht). Tuk-Tuk’s (motorcycle rickshaw), and Songtaews (red taxis) are the usual mode of transport from the train station into town and can be found easily outside of the main station (approximate cost: Songtaew: 50 baht; Tuktuk: 100 baht)
There are various companies running regular bus routes (usually hourly) from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Most often than not they leave on time, so best to be on time! They vary in comfort from budget to VIP, and the journey takes approximately 10 hours. Upon arrival in Chiang Mai you will depart at Arcade Bus Station which is located approximately 3 km from the city centre. Be pre-warned that as soon as you depart the bus, you will be bombarded by drivers looking for business. You can either negotiate a price with one of these Tuk-Tuk drivers (approximately 100 Baht) or walk past them and find a red Songtaew (price approximately 50 baht, but you will have to wait until the songtaew is full of passengers before leaving).
Approximately 800km, the road once clear of Bangkok traffic can be relatively free of heavy traffic. Goods vehicles and buses usually travel the route at night, so a daytime journey may actually be a better choice. Plus, driving during daylight hours will be a much safer trip. The main route is by expressway, so a straight-forward drive, with plenty of motorway services and garages on route.