The largest city in Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is an excellent place to get to know Thai culture and history. The city is also easily reached from Bangkok by road, rail, and air.
How To Get From Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai International Airport is one of Thailand’s busiest, with hourly flights from Bangkok. But you can also get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok via bus and train:
- All available Bangkok to Chiang Mai routes
- Bangkok to Chiang Mai flights
- Bangkok to Chiang Mai train routes
- Bangkok to Chiang Mai bus routes
- Bangkok to Chiang Mai taxi routes
|Flight Bangkok - Chiang Mai ฿ 1,660–6,290 1h 15m – 6h
|Bus Bangkok - Chiang Mai ฿ 651–1,016 8h 55m – 17h 21m
|Taxi Bangkok - Chiang Mai ฿ 9,614–16,091 8h – 10h
|Train Bangkok - Chiang Mai ฿ 278–1,138 10h 10m – 13h 50m
|Flight Don Mueang Airport - Chiang Mai ฿ 1,377–2,185 1h 10m – 1h 20m
|Taxi Don Mueang Airport - Chiang Mai ฿ 9,900–14,960 8h – 9h 25m
|Taxi Suvarnabhumi Airport - Chiang Mai ฿ 8,800–24,024 9h – 10h
About Chiang Mai
With easy transport links and a mix of culture and historical sites, Chiang Mai is an essential addition to any Thailand travel itinerary. It’s Northern Thailand’s largest city, with a good mix of the urban and the natural, and makes a good hub for exploring this part of the country.
There are over 300 temples, many of which are in the Old City, and Nimmanhaemin Road is the best area for eating and nightlife. A lot of the most popular hotels are clustered around the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.
See our Chiang Mai Quick Guide for details.
Where To Stay In Chiang Mai
There are accommodation option for every price bracket in Chiang Mai, including the luxurious Anantara Chiang Mai Resort and Spa, the three-star Golden Bell Hotel, and the Sleep Guesthouse in the budget range.
See our Chiang Mai Quick Guide for more recommendations.
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Things To Do In Chiang Mai
In addition to the many temples, Chiang Mai is great for outdoor activities. You’ll find Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s tallest mountain, and the Bua Thong Waterfalls, both an hour or two outside the city. Chiang Mai is also surrounded by dense jungle, ideal for adventuring, and is also one of the best places in Thailand to see elephants.
See our Chiang Mai Quick Guide for a rundown of things to do.
Bangkok to Chiang Mai Map
Chiang Mai is roughly 700km north of Bangkok, close to the border with Myanmar. The flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes roughly 70 minutes and the Bangkok to Chiang Mai train takes 10 hours, give or take. See our Thailand Map page with highlights of the best places to visit in Thailand.