Chiang Mai Province

Popularly known as the Rose of the North, Chiang Mai is blessed with stunning natural beauty and unique indigenous cultural identity. Found by King Mengrai the Great as the capital of the Lanna Thai kingdom by merging the various city-states in the region in 1296. Today Chiang Mai is the economic, communications, cultural and tourism centre of Northern Thailand. About 700 kilometres from Bangkok, Chiang Mai is situated on the Mae Ping River basin some 310 metres above sea level. Surrounded by high mountain ranges, it covers an area of approximately 20,107 square kilometres. The terrain is mainly jungles and mountains, parts of which are within national parks which are still fertile and verdant with plentiful flora and fauna. There are many sites and locations where tourists prefer to visit to study the lifestyle of the tribal people who live on high hills.



a) 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 kilometres.

b) From Bangkok drive to Nakhon Sawan and then take Highway No. 1 passing Kamphaeng Phet, Tak, Lampang, and Chiang Mai. This route is 696 kilometres.


The 10-hour journey from Bangkok can be made on air-conditioned buses start from the Northern Bus Terminal, contact Tel. 1490, 0 2936 2852-66, 0 2936 3670 or for more information. Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station, Tel. 0 5324 1449, 0 5324 2664

  • The private coaches to Chiang Mai served daily such as Tanchit Tour Tel. 0 2936 3210-4,
  • Cherdchai Tour Tel. 0 2936 0043,
  • Nakhon Chai Air Tel. 1624, 0 2939 4999 ext. 1125,1126,
  • Wiriya Tour Tel. 0 2936 2827, 0 5324 7007,
  • New Wiriya Tour Tel. 0 2936 2205,
  • Sombut Tour Tel. 0 2792 1444,
  • Rungprasert Tour Tel. 0 2936-3638 0 2941 8833,
  • Siam First Tour Tel. 0 2954 3601,
  • Indra Tour Tel. 0 2656 3451

There are services from Chaing 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 8.00 a.m.-10.00 p.m. For more information, contact Tel. 1690, 0 2220 4444, Chiang Mai Railway Station Tel. 0 5324 2094, 0 5324 5363-4


The Bangkok-Chiang Mai daily flights are operated by:

Chiang Mai Airport Tel. 0 5327 0222-3, 0 5392 2100 A Bangkok-Chiang Mai charter flight route operated by Minor Aviation Limited Tel. 0 2792 9400

Getting Around

For relative short distance you can take a tricycle (Sam Lor). Short rides within the city cost between 30-50 Baht while longer rides will cost more.

Tuk-Tuks: (three-wheeled motorised taxis) are also popular for short and quick journeys. Fares must be bargained in advance.

Taxi Service: The metered fare is standardized, with the starting rate from 35 Baht and price is go up by distance and timing.

The most common means of transport is a “See Lor” (literally “four wheel”) or “Song Theao”. They all are red-coloured and look like pick-up trucks but with a roof over the back. They pick up as many passengers as they can and drop them off as the drivers reach their destinations. To go by “See Lor”, simply tell the driver your destination. Fares range from 20-30 Baht according to the distance.

Distances from town to neighbouring districts

Neighbouring districtsDistances
Mae Rim8 kilometres
Saraphi10 kilometres
San Sai12 kilometres
San Kamphaeng13 kilometres
Hang Dong15 kilometres
Doi Saket18 kilometres
San Pa Tong22 kilometres
Mae On29 kilometres
Doi Lo34 kilometres
Mae Wang35 kilometres
Mae Taeng40 kilometres
Samoeng54 kilometres
Chom Thong58 kilometres
Chiang Dao68 kilometres
Hot88 kilometres
Phrao103 kilometres
Doi Tao121 kilometres
Chai Prakan131 kilometres
Wiang Haeng150 kilometres
Fang154 kilometres
Mae Chaem156 kilometres
Kalayaniwattana167 kilometres
Mae Ai174 kilometres
Omkoi179 kilometres

Distances from Chiang Mai to other provinces

Other provincesDistances
Lamphun21 kilometres
Lampang92 kilometres
Chiang Rai182 kilometres
Phayao222 kilometres
Mae Hong Son349 kilometres


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