LUANG PRABANG to CHIANG MAI — Bus, Flight, Train?

How to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai – Thailand. How to travel from Luang Prabang in Laos to Chiang Mai in Thailand?

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From Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai you can travel by plane or bus.

    • Chiang Mai – northern Thailand, digital nomads, fresh air, tourist attractions, various amazing temples or pagoda, nature. Lots of travelers in Laos continue also to Thailand. And Chiang Mai is one of the most visited cities in northern Thailand by foreign travelers. Luang Prabang belongs to the one of the most visited places in Laos and also from Luang Prabang you can travel to Chiang Mai in Thailand. But if you travel by land, eg. by bus, it is good to know, this route can take by bus about 22 hours. The best way how to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai is to take a direct flight by Lao Airlines. Direct flights to Chiang Mai from Luang Prabang cost about $120-140/pp. You can also take a flight to Bangkok and from Bangkok you can travel by bus, train or plane to Chiang Mai.
    • Book bus e-tickets+flights from L.Prabang to Chiang Mai on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square or Baolau icon-external-link-square

You can also travel from Vientiane in Laos to Chiang Mai.

    • If you travel in Laos it is good to travel also to Vientiane, about 25 km from Thai-Lao border. Vientiane is also very interesting place for tourists and travelers in Laos and in Vientiane you can also take a bus to Chiang Mai or flight to Bangkok. There are also trains from Nong Khai (about 25 km from Vientiane) to Bankgok and from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. You can cross the border from Vientiane in Laos to Nong Khai in Thailand by local bus or private taxi. But there is no railway between Luang Prabang and Chiang Mai. From Bangkok there are various sleeper trains and tourist buses, direct flights to Chiang Mai (private transfers or taxi/car also available). You can book and buy very easily these tickets and flights from Luang Prabang (or Vientiane) to Chiang Mai online on Baolau or 12go.asia. From Chiang Mai you can travel by tourist bus/taxi to Chiang Rai – another popular site in the north of Thailand.

How do I get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai?


1. BUS from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai

    • travel by bus from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai takes about 20-22 hours
    • airconditioned tourist buses
    • bus companies from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai: Naga Travel, Naluang
    • one-way bus ticket from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai costs about $40-45/pp
    • Book and buy bus e-tickets from L.Prabang to Chiang Mai + schedule on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
    • you will receive your bus e-ticket to Chiang Mai by email, ready to print or carry in your smart phone/tablet and present at the ticket counter of the station before boarding the bus in Luang Prabang
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Bus from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai by Naluang (photo: 12go.asia).


2. FLIGHT from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai

    • there is a direct flight between Luang Prabang and Chiang Mai
    • the fastest and most comfortable way how to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai
    • it is a little bit more expensive way of transportation
    • flight time from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai is only about 1 hour
    • price of the one-way flight is about $120-140/pp
    • airlines from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai: Lao Airlines
    • if you do not search your flight, try to search and book a different date
    • Book and buy your flight from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai on Baolau icon-external-link-square
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Direct flight from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai is the most fastest option of transfer.


3. TRAIN from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai?

    • It is not possible to travel by train from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai because there is no railway between these cities. If you want to travel by train you have to travel from Luang Prabang to Vientiane, from Vientiane to Nong Khai in Thailand and in Nong Khai you can travel by train to Bangkok and from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. There are sleeper trains from Nong Khai to Chiang Mai via Bangkok.
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Wat Ban Den in Chiang Mai.

Baolau – Search, book, buy tickets + flights

– Baolau sells the train, bus, ferry tickets and flights mainly for Vietnam (+Cambodia and Laos, Thailand…)
– flights of Vietnamese Airlines, VietJet Air, Jetstar, as well as flights to neighbouring countries
– ferry/boat tickets in Vietnam (eg. ferry to Cat Ba, ferry to Phu Quoc, ferry to Phnom Penh, ferry to Quan Lan…)
– tickets for train or bus travel routes in Vietnam (Da Lat to Hoi An, Lao Cai to Hanoi, Da Lat to Hanoi…)
– the price of tickets depends on the official price of transport company
– acceptable online train e-ticket in your mobile phone in Vietnam (I recommend to print a ticket)
– you can select a seat or berth in the train
, read also frequently asked questions on Baolau

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

– 12go sells the bus, train, ferry tickets and flights mainly for Thailand (+tickets for Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia)
– from 2018 you can book train tickets for China online (Shanghai to Nanjing, Shenzhen to Guangzhou, Shanghai to Suzhou…)
– ferry/boat tickets in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, eg. ferry to Vung Tau, KohPhangan, Koh Samui
, Koh Kood, Koh Phi Phi
– tickets for the most frequented railway routes in Thailand – Bangkok > Chiang Mai, Bangkok > Surat Thani, Bangkok > Kanchanaburi..
– if you buy train tickets for Thailand over 12go.asia, you have to pick them in the office: Bangkok (DOB building) or Chiang Mai (Bossotel)
– 12go can deliver these train tickets in Thailand, more information about trains in Thailand
– you can use an online train ticket in Vietnam in your smart phone or tablet (not in Thailand)
– if you buy a ticket of private trains in Vietnam to Lao Cai on 12go.asia or Baolau (Orient Express, Sapaly…), you must pick it up at the station
– read any other additional information, when you order a ticket

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Rice teraces in Chiang Mai.
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Lantern festival in Chiang Mai.
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The elephants in Chiang Mai.
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Hilltribe in Chiang Mai in Thailand.


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

How long does it take to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai?

    • Travel by plane from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai takes about 1 hour – direct flight.
    • Travel by bus from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai takes about 20-22 hours.

How to book and buy tickets + flights from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai?

    • Book and buy tickets+flights from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai online on 12go.asia or Baolau.
    • You can change your route, e.g. Luang Prabang > Vientiane, Vientiane > Nong Khai…

How much does it cost to travel from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai?

    • Travel by plane from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai costs about $120-140/pp – direct flight.
    • Travel by bus from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai costs about $40-45/pp.

What is the best way of transport from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai?

    • The best and fastest way of transport from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai is to travel by plane. There are direct flights between Luang Prabang and Chiang Mai or various flights with stopover in Bangkok – the capital of Thailand.

What is the cheapest way of getting from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai?

    • The cheapest way of transport from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai is to travel by tourist bus.

Is there a train from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai?

    • No, there is no direct train from Luang Prabang in Laos to Chiang Mai in Thailand. But you can travel to Vientiane, cross the broder to Nong Khai in Thailand and from Nong Khai you can travel by train of Thai Railways to Bangkok and from Bangkok you can take a train to Chiang Mai.

Is there a private taxi from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai?

    • No, there is no private taxi to Chiang Mai from Luang Prabang. But you can travel to Vientiane, cross the border and go to Nong Khai. From Nong Khai you can travel by private taxi/car to Bangkok and from Bangkok you can take another taxi to Chiang Mai. It is the most expensive option of transfer in Thailand.

How to travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?

    • From Bangkok to Chiang Mai you can travel by various ways, there are tourist buses, trains of Thai Railways, direct flights of various airlines or private taxi. The best and comfortable way is to take a direct flight. Read this: How to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?
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HOSTEL BY BED in Chiang Mai (photo: Agoda). 15 best cheap backpacker hostels in Chiang Mai.
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Pyur Otel in Chiang Mai (photo: Agoda). 15 best cheap/budget hotels in Chiang Mai – Thailand.
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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 tickets or flights from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai + Schedule:

(You can change your travel route, e.g. Luang Prabang to Vientiane, Vientiane to Chiang Mai…)


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