How to get from CHIANG MAI to PAI?

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How do you get from Chiang Mai to Pai in Thailand? You can travel by tourist minivan/bus or private car/taxi.

Minivan – Chiang Mai to Pai 
 Taxi/Car – Chiang Mai to Pai
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Book Tickets / Taxi to Pai

    • Pai in Thailand (Mae Hong Son Province) – this is one of the possible places to visit from Chiang Mai. In the past, the small town of Pai and its surroundings was a less frequented destination, mostly for backpackers. Today, this place is quite a famous tourist place surrounded by nature, so it is suitable for easier trips to the surroundings, boat rides or visiting caves. Pai itself, located in a mountainous area, does not offer as many sights as Chiang Mai. But it still has its charm, but tourism has changed this place considerably. Pai offers a range of cheap accommodation in the city from hotels to guest houses, but also in the countryside (bungalows or luxury resorts). Occasional parties in the city are no exception and tourists come there almost constantly. There is no train or direct flight between Chiang Mai and Pai in Mae Hong Son, so the only option is to travel by road – by bus, minivan, taxi or on your motorbike.
    • You can book tickets for minivan/minibus from Chiang Mai to Pai with 12go.asia icon-external-link-square

From Chiang Mai to Pai you can travel by minivan/minibus, taxi or motorbike.

    • Travel distance from Chiang Mai to Pai in Mae Hong Son Province is about 130 km by road (the fastest route). The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Pai is to travel by minivan / minibus. Traveling by minivan from Chiang Mai to Pai takes about 3-3.5 hours and one-way ticket costs about $6/pp (you can use your ticket in your mobile phone). Minivans are fast and cheap, it is the most used form of transport to Pai in Mae Hong Son. Another option is to use a private taxi / car or minivan for a group of more people. Traveling by private taxi or car takes about 3-4 hours and you can also depart directly from Chiang Mai Airport or from the city and also directly from the hotel. Private taxi / car from Chiang Mai to Pai costs about $122-155 (vehicle). There are modern cars, SUVs and minivans for up to 9 people. More adventure travelers can also travel to Pai on a motorcycle. If you want to get back from Pai to Chiang Mai you can use the same transfer method you arrived here, minivans to Chiang Mai run several times a day. Minivan tickets and private taxi / car from Chiang Mai to Pai can be booked easily online in advance. From Pai you can also travel to Bangkok.

How do you get from Chiang Mai to Pai?


1. MINIVAN / MINIBUS from Chiang Mai to Pai

    • from Chiang Mai to Pai you can use comfortable, modern minivans/minibuses
    • it is the most cheapest and fastest way how to get from Chiang Mai to Pai
    • bus company from Chiang Mai to Pai: Prem Pracha
    • travel by minivan/minibus from Chiang Mai to Pai costs about $6/pp
    • travel by minivan/minibus from Chiang Mai to Pai takes about 3-3.5 hours
    • minivans depart from Chiang Mai Arcade 2 and arrive to the city center of Pai (Wiang Tai)
    • Book tickets for minivan/minibus from Chiang Mai to Pai online on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
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Minivan/Minibus of Prem Pracha from Chiang Mai to Pai (photo: 12go.asia).


2. Private TAXI/CAR from Chiang Mai to Pai

    • from Chiang Mai to Pai in Mae Hong Son you can travel by private taxi/car or minivan
    • modern, comfortable minivans and private cars or SUVs for 2-4 + 9 people
    • travel by private minivan/taxi or car from Chiang Mai to Pai takes about 3-4 hours
    • private taxi company from Chiang Mai to Pai: Jed Yord, Glassflower
    • private transport taxi can be used also from Chiang Mai Airport or from your hotel in the town
    • private taxi and minivans to Pai cost about $122-155 (whole car, minivans for up to 9 people)
    • it is the most comfortable way of transport, but it is one of the most expensive
    • Book private taxi/car/minivan from Chiang Mai to Pai online na 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
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Private taxi/car of Jed Yord from Chiang Mai to Pai (photo: 12go.asia).


icon-info-circle Faqs – Travel route from Chiang Mai to Pai:

How and where to book tickets or taxi/car from Chiang Mai to Pai?

    • You can book tickets and private transport from Chiang Mai to Pai online on 12go.asia.
    • read all the information about the transfer and tickets, it is recommended to print the ticket

How long does it take to get from Chiang Mai to Pai?

    • To get by tourist minivan/minibus from Chiang Mai to Pai takes about 3-3.5 hours.
    • To get by private taxi/minivan, car from Chiang Mai to Pai takes about 3-4 hours.
    • Travel on motorbike from Chiang Mai to Pai takes about 5 hours (according to your stops, driving speed).

What is the travel distance from Chiang Mai to Pai?

    • Travel distance from Chiang Mai to Pai is about 130 km by road (the fastest travel route).

How much does it cost to get from Chiang Mai to Pai?

    • Travel by minivan/minibus from Chiang Mai to Pai costs about $6/pp.
    • Travel by private taxi/minivan or car to Pai from Chiang Mai costs about $122-155 (vehicle).

What private transfers to Pai are available?

    • Transport by private car, taxi or minibus is the most comfortable and fastest but the most expensive way of transfer to Pai from Chiang Mai. There are various minibuses or modern new cars and also SUV jeeps for 4 people. These cars from Chiang Mai city or airport can be booked online in advance.

Is it possible to travel by train to Pai from Chiang Mai?

    • No, you can not travel by train to Pai because there is no railway between these cities.

Is there a direct flight to Pai from Chiang Mai?

    • No, you can not take a direct flight because there are no flights between Chiang Mai and Pai.

What is the cheapest way of transport to Pai from Chiang Mai?

    • The cheapest transport option to Pai from Chiang Mai is to travel by minivan / minibus, tickets cost $6/person.

How do you get back from Pai to Chiang Mai?

    • From Pai back to Chiang Mai you can get the same way you arrived in Pai. Throughout the day there are several minivans and the possibility is a private transport (taxi, car, minivan) or on your motorbike. Prices for minivan tickets are the same as for Pai.

Where to stay in Pai, what are the possibilities?

    • The offer in and around Pai has grown considerably and covers the needs of all travelers. There are therefore various cheaper hotels, guest houses in the city and in the surrounding countryside also nice bungalows or cottages, but also luxury modern resorts. Prices are adequate to the offer, cheaper and more expensive. It is better to choose accommodation further from the town center, see these best deals > Book Hotel/Resort or Bungalow in Pai.

Bus / Minivan Schedule – Timetable – Chiang Mai to Pai + Tickets:

FULL UPDATED SCHEDULE to Pai – CLICK HERE

Bus Schedule - Chiang Mai to Pai

Departs in Chiang Mai

Arrival in Pai

Prem Pracha

06:30

09:30

Prem Pracha

07:30

10:30

Prem Pracha

08:30

11:30

Prem Pracha

09:30

12:30

Prem Pracha

10:30

13:30

Prem Pracha

11:30

14:30

Prem Pracha

12:30

15:30

Prem Pracha

13:30

16:30

Prem Pracha

14:30

17:30

Prem Pracha

15:30

18:30

Prem Pracha

16:30

19:30

Prem Pracha

17:30

20:30

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Horse riding – one of the tourist attractions in Pai in Thailand.
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Surroundings around Pai city in Thailand.


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