There are two ways to travel by public transport from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai:
- By bus.
- By taking a flight from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani and then continuing onto Nong Khai by train or bus.
Travel by bus is the cheapest option. A ticket for a direct bus service costs approximately 40% of what it does to fly from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani and then take a connecting bus or train to Nong Khai. However the journey by bus takes around 8 to 9 hours longer than it does to fly to Udon Thani and take a bus from there.
Bus Times from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai
There is a single bus service a day from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai available to book online.
- The journey by bus from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai is scheduled to take 11 hours 30 minutes.
Flight times from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai (via Udon Thani)
Nok Air and Thai AirAsia operate flights from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani which is near to Nong Khai.
|Chiang Mai - Udon Thani ฿ 1,529–2,770 2h 50m – 1d 3h 5m
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Chiang Mai Bus Station
Direct bus services to Nong Khai depart from Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 2. Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 2 is located 3.4 km from the Tha Pae Gate on the other side of the river. If you staying in the old town, or the riverside area near Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, you will need to take a tuk-tuk or songthaew to get to the bus station.
Location of Chiang Mai Bus Station
Arrival by bus in Nong Khai
The Orsuksa Tour bus service from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai terminates at Nong Khai Bus Terminal.
Nong Khai Bus Terminal is located in Nong Khai town centre 700 metres from the Indochina Market and 1.1 km the White Inn Nong Khai. It is a fairly long way from Nong Khai Bus Station to Nong Khai Train Station (4.4 km) and further still (5.1 km) to the Thai Immigration Office where you need to go for a exit stamp from Thailand before you cross the Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge.