How to get from HO CHI MINH to CHIANG MAI?

How to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai
How to get from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Chiang Mai?  You can travel by combination of bus, train and plane.

 Flights to Chiang Mai
 Bus/Train to Chiang Mai
Tickets to Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is the starting point for exploring northern Thailand.

    • Chiang Mai is the economic and tourist center of northern Thailand, it is about 700 km from Bangkok and has over 150,000 inhabitants. There are over 300 temples, including Wat Phra Singh of the 14th century. The city is an excellent starting point for excursions such as elephant, orchid, snakes or butterflies, or to Doi Inthanon Mountain (2565 m above sea level). The 1676-meter-high Doi Suthep Mountain is also a frequent destination with spectacular views of the city. Northern Thailand is mainly a mountain area with good climate. Chiang Mai City is one of the centers of digital nomads in Thailand. Chiang Mai has also an interantional airport and railway station. There are various way how you can travel from Saigon to Chiang Mai in Thailand – by land via Cambodia or travel by plane. The most cheapest option how to reach Chiang Mai from Vietnam is to travel by land, but this option takes a lot of time.
    • Book your tickets + flights from Saigon to Chiang Mai online on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square or Baolau icon-external-link-square

From Saigon to Chiang Mai you can travel by plane, bus or bus+train.

    • Travel distance from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai in Thailand is 1215 km by plane and about 1500 km by road. The best and fastest way how to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai in Thailand is to travel by plane. There are direct flights (direct flights are limited) or flights with stopover in Bangkok. Direct flight from Saigon to Chiang Mai takes about 2 hours and flight with stopover in Bangkok takes about 5-11 hours. But you can also travel by land, by bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Cambodia (Phnom Penh or Siem Reap) + bus from Cambodia to Bangkok + by train or bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Travel by bus+train via Cambodia takes a lot of time, it is a good option only if you want to visit Cambodia. Travel by bus via Cambodia and Bangkok takes about 32-36 hours. You can book bus/train tickets or flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai (+bus tickets via Cambodia) online. From Chiang Mai you can also travel to Chiang Rai.

How do I get from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai?


1. FLIGHTS from Ho Chi Minh City to to Chiang Mai

    • there are direct flights from Saigon to Chiang Mai or flights with stopover in Bangkok
    • the best and fastest way how to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai
    • airlines: Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific, VietJet Air, Nok Air, Air Asia, Thai Airways, Thai Lion Air, Bangkok Air
    • flight time from Ho Chi Minh to Chiang Mai (with stopover) is approximately 5-8 hours
    • the price of the one-way low-cost flight from Saigon to Chiang Mai is about $70-200/pp
    • airport in Ho Chi Minh City: Tan Son Nhat Int. Airport
    • airports in Bangkok: Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Mueang Airport
    • airport in Chiang Mai: Chiang Mai International Airport
    • the plane is the fastest but sometimes can be the most expensive way of the transfer
    • Book your flight from Saigon to Chiang Mai online on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square or Baolau icon-external-link-square
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Flight from Saigon to Chiang Mai is the most fastest option of transfer.


2. BUS + TRAIN From Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai 


A) From Ho Chi Minh City to Cambodia (Siem Reap, Phnom Penh)

If you want to travel by bus to Chiang Mai from Saigon, first you have to take a bus to Cambodia via Bavet border crossing. There are tourist buses or minivans from Saigon to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. Travel by bus from Saigon to Phnom Penh in Cambodia takes about 6-7 hours.

B) From Cambodia or Vietnam to Thailand (Bangkok)

From Phnom Penh or Siem Reap you can travel by another bus to Bangkok in Thailand. Buses from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap go via Poipet border crossing. From Aranyaprathet (5 km from Poipet) you can also travel by train to Bangkok.

C) From Bangkok to Chiang Mai (bus, train, flight)

From Bangkok you can take anorther bus to Chiang Mai. Travel by bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes about 9-11 hours. Travel by bus via Cambodia to Thailand is the cheapest option of transfer, but it is not comfortable and takes a lot of time.

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Sky Train and traffic in Bangkok – Thailand.


How to travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?


1. BUS from Bangkok to Chiang Mai 

    • lots of buses all the day go on this route from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
    • travel distance from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is 700 km
    • bus travel takes about 10-12 hours, comfortable, modern and air-conditioned buses
    • bus companies Bangkok to Chiang Mai: Bangkok Busline, Lignite Tour (PK), New Viriya…
    • price of the one-way bus ticket from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is about $15-24/pp
    • buses depart from the Morchit Bus Terminal in Bangkok

2. TRAIN from Bangkok to Chiang Mai 

    • about 8 trains of Thai Railways all the day go on this route from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
    • train travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes about 12-14,5 hours
    • 1st Class Sleeper, 2nd Class AC seats only, 2nd Class Sleeper AC or FAN, Class II Ladies Only, 3rd class aircon+nonaircon
    • price of the one-way train ticket is about $22-33/pp, 1st Class Sleeper – $50/pp
    • trains go from Hua Lamphong Station in Bangkok
    • if you buy train tickets for Thailand at Baolau, you have to print these tickets!
    • if you buy train tickets in Thailand on 12go.asia, you have to pick them in the office of 12go.asia: Bangkok (DOB building) or Chiang Mai (Bossotel), more info about trains in Thailand

3. FLIGHT from Bangkok to Chiang Mai 

    • lots of airline companies operate on this route from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
    • airlines from Bangkok to Chiang Mai: Nok Air, Air Asia, Thai Airways, Thai Lion Air, Bangkok Air, Thai Smile
    • to use a flight is sometimes cheaper then train connection
    • flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes about 1-1.5 hour
    • planes fly from Don Mueang Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok
    • Book tickets or flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai online on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square or Baolau icon-external-link-square
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The buddhist temple in Chiang Mai – Thailand.

Baolau – search, book, buy tickets + flights

– if you buy train tickets for Thailand at Baolau, you have to print these tickets!
– Baolau sells the train, bus, ferry e-tickets, flights mainly for Vietnam (+ tickets for Cambodia and Laos)
– bus tickets of various well-known companies (Futabus, Mai Linh, Hoang Long, TheSinh Tourist, Sapa Express…)
– ferry tickets for Vietnam, Cambodia…, eg. ferry to Cat Ba, ferry  to Quan Lan, ferry to Phu Quoc, ferry to Phnom Penh
– tickets for travel routes in Vietnam (Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai, Lao Cai to Hanoi, Hue to Ninh Binh…)
– you can choose a seat or berth in the train in Vietnam
– the price of tickets or flights is from the official price of transport company or airlines
– you can use online train e-ticket in your mobile phone in Vietnam (I recommend to print a ticket)
– read in the order any other information about ticket
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read also frequently asked questions on Baolau

12go.asia – search, book, buy tickets + flights

– 12go.asia sells the train, bus, ferry e-tickets mainly to Thailand (also tickets for Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Cambodia)
– bus tickets for Vietnam, Thailand… (eg. Mai Linh, Hoang Long, TheSinhTourist, Hung Thanh…)
– ferry/boat tickets in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, eg. ferry to Vung Tau, Koh Rong, Koh Phangan, Koh Kood, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Tao
– tickets for the main routes in Thailand, eg: Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Bangkok to Surat Thani, Bangkok to Krabi
– you can not use an online train e-ticket in Thailand, you have to print it (12go can deliver these train tickets)
– you can use an online train ticket in Vietnam, more info about trains in Thailand
– you can choose a seat or berth in the train in Vietnam
– information about 12go.asia read in article about transportation in Vietnam
– if you buy a train ticket in Baolau or 12go for tourist trains in Vietnam to Sapa (Orient Express, Sapaly…), you must pick it up at the station
– if you buy train tickets in Thailand on 12go.asia, you have to pick them in the office: Bangkok (DOB building) or Chiang Mai (Bossotel)

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Mountains in the north of Thailand.
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Wat Chedi Luang is a buddhist temple in the historic centre of Chiang Mai.
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Yi Peng lantern festival in Chiang Mai.
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Buddhist statues in the temple in Chiang Mai.


icon-info-circle FAQ + TIPS – Travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai:

How to book and buy tickets or flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai?

    • You can book tickets and flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai on 12go.asia or Baolau.
    • You can also book another tickets or flights, Ho Chi Minh > Siem Reap, Siem Reap > Bangkok…

How long does it take to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai?

    • Travel by bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai (via Cambodia) takes about 32-36 hours.
    • Travel by bus+train from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai (via Cambodia, Bangkok) takes about 30-40 hours.
    • Travel by plane (direct flight) from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai takes about 2 hours.

What is the travel distance from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai?

    • Travel distance from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai is about 1215 by plane and about 1500 km by road.

How much does it cost to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai?

    • Travel by bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai costs about $35+/pp.
    • Travel by bus+train from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai (via Cambodia, Bangkok) costs about $40+/pp
    • Travel by plane (direct flight) from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai costs about $70-200/pp.

What is the best way of transport from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai?

    • The best and fastest way of getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai in Thailand is to travel by plane. There are direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai (but it is limited) and various flights with stopover in Bangkok.

What is the most cheapest way of transport from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai?

    • The most cheapest way of transport from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai in Thailand is to travel by bus via Cambodia and Bangkok.

Is there a direct tourist bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai?

    • No, there are no direct tourist buses from Saigon to Chiang Mai. It has 3 steps if you want to travel by bus to Chiang Mai. Bus from Saigon to Cambodia, bus from Cambodia to Bangkok and bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.

Is there a direct train from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai?

    • No, there is no direct train from Saigon in Vietnam to Chiang Mai in Thailand.

Where to go and travel from Chiang Mai?

    • From Chiang Mai you can travel to Chiang Rai by tourist bus or private taxi. It takes about 3 hours. You can book bus tickets from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai on 12go.asia / Baolau. You can also travel by van to Pai.

What to visit in Chiang Mai?

    • You can visit various tourist places in Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai Zoo, Night Safari, Wat Chedi Luang temple, Wiang Kum Kam the Underground Ancient City, Doi Inthanon National Park or Doi Pui Tribal Village and National Park…
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Anantara Chiang Mai Resort (photo: Agoda). 15 best luxury / boutique hotels + resorts in Chiang Mai.

icon-arrow-circle-right Book your bus/train tickets or flights from Saigon to Chiang Mai + Schedule:

(You can change your departure or arrival place, eg. Ho Chi Minh > Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh > Bangkok…)


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