DIY Guide : Going to Chiang Mai from Bangkok

In this blog, I’ll share with you the basic DIY guide for going to Chiang Mai from Bangkok. But if you aren’t convinced enough if the long ride is worth visiting this place, you may want to read on for more…

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Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Activity in Chiang Mai
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Free Entrances over temples in Chiang Mai
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“The Giant” the nest restaurant in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, the second biggest city of Thailand next to Bangkok – this relaxing and quiet side of Thailand is something to look after as well. With its various places and site to see and explore, food and restaurants that are definitely hard to resist plus activities that should really be part of your Thailand Bucket List.

HOW TO GO TO CHIANG MAI?

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Monchit Bus Terminal in Bangkok (look for your counter based on the voucher ticket emailed to you)
  • There are actually various ways to travel all the way to Chiang Mai depending on your budget, you time allotted and your adventure you’d want to achieve!!! (*hahahaha! and I go for the adventure)

FROM MANILA :

  • There is no direct flights from Manila to Chiang Mai, what you can do is ride a plane from Manila to Bangkok.
  • And from Bangkok you may take a flight to Chiang Mai or you may travel via train or bus
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Jam-packed of tourists in Monchit Terminal

FROM BANGKOK :

  • Coming from Bangkok, I booked a bus ticket in advance via https://12go.asia/en this is very reliable and it is better to check this site first to plan the rest of your itinerary.
  • You have the option to ride via TRAIN (*which will take around 12 hours travel time)
  • Or take a sleeper bus (*travel time is 10 hours, like what I did)
  • Trust me, that tickets over this site gets fully booked in no time!!!
    • I was actually aiming for a train ride, as it sounds pretty more interesting going to Chiang Mai but then after checking it out – it was already sold out
    • I booked then for a bus ticket instead in a sleeper bus
      • It cost THB 570, Php 894, USD 16
      • Travel time is 10 hours
    • The bus ride comes with a CR, an outlet for you to charge your device, they also provide a blanket for everyone and the bus is really comfortable to begin with
    • If you are to select a seat over the bus I recommend for seat 9B and 9C where you can sleep really properly the entire time
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Welcome Chiang Mai!!! it was 10 hours of bus ride

You wouldn’t really mind the travel time as everybody is sleeping and resting as well. The next thing we knew we were in Chiang Mai ❤ ❤

You get to save 1 day of accommodation as well if you follow this same itinerary as I have.

RELATED : Chiang Mai Travel Guide : 4D/3N Itinerary, Activities, Budget

SUMMARY OF EXPENSE / ITINERARY :

BANGKOK TO CHIANG MAI

TIME                               REMARKS                                                AMOUNT

7:30AM      TRAVEL TO GIANT IBIS TERMINAL VIA TUKTUK                              USD 1

7:45AM       TRAVEL FROM GIANT IBIS TO BANGKOK VIA BUS                USD 32 / PHP 1,600

4:15PM           ARRIVAL IN BANGKOK

4:30PM           TRAVEL TO MONCHIT BUS ARCADE VIA GRAB CAR                 THB 200

5:00PM          SECURE TICKETS FROM BOOKING VIA 12GO ASIA              THB 566/P2500

6:00PM          DINNER                                                                                                THB 60

8:00PM          TRAVEL TO CHIANG MAI (10 HOURS)

6:00AM         ARRIVAL IN CHIANG MAI

This itinerary and guide blog post is part of my 12D/11N Indochina Backpacking Escapade.

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GOING BACK TO BANGKOK FROM CHIANG MAI?

  • We booked thru the same bus company  via www.12GoAsia.com  with the time that is most fitting from our itinerary
    • It cost THB 570, Php 894, USD 16
    • Travel time is 10 hours
  • Took a grab car ride to Morchit Terminal
  • Secure the physical ticket in exchange of the printed voucher that was sent via email
  • there were stopovers in between but we were sleeping hardly I cannot recall that we even stopped at one point hahahaha!!

The next thing I’ll know, we were back in Bangkok!!! and in time for the Songkran New Year.

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TO MORE TRAVEL DESTINATIONS. – XOXO

 

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