Getting to Chiang Mai: By Car
From Bangkok drive on Highway No.1 (Phahonyothin) to Highway No.32 passing the provinces of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Ang Thong and Nakhon Sawan, then take Highway No.117 to Phitsanulok and drive on to Highway No.11 to Lampang, Lamphun and Chiang Mai. The route is 695 kilometers. From Bangkok drive to Nakhon Sawan and then take Highway No.1 passing Kamphaeng Phet, Tak, Lampang and Chiang Mai. The route is 696 kilometers.
The 12-13 hour journey from Bangkok can be made on air-conditioned buses start from the Northern Bus Terminal, contact Tel. 0 2936 2852, 0 2576 5599 or www.transport.co.th for more information. Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station, Tel. 0 5324 1449, 0 5324 2664. There are services from Chiang Mai's Chang Phueak Bus Terminal to various districts in Chiang Mai. Buses ply along the Northern route Highway No. 107 passing through Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, Chiang Dao, Chaiprakan, Fang and Mae Ai. Some buses continue to Tha Ton. Local city buses ply between Chiang Mai and Lamphun on Highway No.106. Chang Phueak Bus Station Tel. 0 5321 1586.
The State Railways of Thailand operates daily services from Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong). Trains leave for Chiang Mai daily from 08.00am-10.00pm. For more information, contact Tel. 1690 (24 hrs), 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020 or www.railway.co.th Chiang Mai Railway Station Tel. 0 5324 2094.
The Bangkok-Chiang Mai daily flights are operated by:
Thai Airways International
Tel. 1566, 0 2628 2000, 0 2288 7000
Orient Thai Airlines
Chiang Mai Airport
Tel. 0 5327 0222-3
Distances from Chiang Mai to other provinces.
Lamphun 21 kilometers
Lampang 92 kilometers
Chiang Rai 182 kilometers
Phayao 222 kilometers
Mae Hong Son 349 kilometers