By direct bus service the journey from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Ratchasima is scheduled to take 13 hours. The quicker, but more expensive, alternative travelling the whole way by bus is to fly to Bangkok and then take a bus, train or another plane to Nakhon Ratchasima.
Bus Times from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Ratchasima
There are currently 3 direct bus services a day from from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Ratchasima available to book online.
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Chiang Mai Bus Station
Bus services from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Ratchasima depart from Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3.
Nakhon Ratchasima Bus Station
Bus services from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Ratchasima terminate at Nakhon Ratchasima Bus Terminal 2.
About Travel to Nakhon Ratchasima
Nakhon Ratchasima is the main city of a province of the same name.
Nakhon Ratchasima City
Nakhon Ratchasima is one of Thailand’s larger cities with approximately 200,000 people living in the city centre and over a million permanent residents in the wider metropolitan area. The city has a wide range of amenities including a public zoo, a large water park, and range of shopping malls including branches of Terminal 21 and Central Plaza.
What the city centre does not have, however, is any major tourist attractions. The two most popular place to visit in Nakhon Ratchasima City are its municipal park (Suan Rak Park) featuring a shrine to Lady Mo, who is a local hero for organising resistance against an occupying army from Laos, and Wat Pha Narai Maharat, which features a man made island.
Khao Yai and Khmer era temples
The more interesting places to visit Nakhon Ratchasima Province, however, are located 1 to 2 hours by road from the city itself. The most popular of which are the massive Khao Yai National Park, and the tourist attractions in and arround Pak Chong, such as Farm Chokchai. Also of interest are the Khmer era temples built in the province, most notably those in the Phimai and Phanom Rung Historical Parks.