There are two ways to travel overland by public transport from Hua Hin to Chiang Mai:
- Train (changing trains in Bangkok)
Of the two options the fastest is to take a direct bus.
Bus Times to Chiang Mai
There are currently two daily direct bus services from Hua Hin to Chiang Mai which you can book online.
|Hua Hin||Chiang Mai||Service||Cost||Company|
|17:30||07:30||VIP 33||1,220 THB||Sombat Tour|
|18:15||08:15||VIP 33||1,220 THB||Sombat Tour|
- By direct bus the journey from Hua Hin to Chiang Mai is scheduled to take 14 hours.
- Sombat Tour uses a VIP 33 bus on this route with reclining seats and on board toilet.
Train Times to Chiang Mai
There are no direct trains from Hua Hin to Chiang Mai. You can, however, change trains in Bangkok from the Southern Line, which runs from Hua Hin to Bangkok to the Northern Line, which runs all the way from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
- Train times from Hua Hin to Bangkok:
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- Train times from Bangkok to Chiang Mai:
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- Buy train tickets from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
Buy Tickets to Chiang Mai
Use the Search Box below to buy your ticket from Hua Hin to Chiang Mai.
- For train, bus and minivan tickets from Hua Hin to Bangkok change the destination of the journey to ‘Bangkok’.
- For train, bus and flight tickets from Bangkok to Chiang Mai change the origin of the journey to ‘Bangkok’.
Bus stop in Hua Hin
Bus services from Hua Hin to Chiang Mai depart from the Hua Hin Sombat Tour Bus Station, 888 Phet Kasem Rd, Tambon Hua Hin, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand.
Train Station in Hua Hin
Hua Hin Railway Station is located 900 metres walking distance from Hua Hin Beach.
Bus Stop in Chiang Mai
Sombat Tour bus services from Hua Hin to Chiang Mai terminate at Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3.
Train Station in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Railway Station is located 2.5 km by road from Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.
Things to do in Chiang Mai
One of the reasons why Chiang Mai is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand, despite having no beach, is because of the large number of things to do in and around the city. Chiang Mai is an old city, established in 1286, with a rich culture distinct from the culture in the Centre and South of Thailand. A lot of the ancient buildings, particularly temples, in Chiang Mai have been preserved as the city has not experienced the rapid industrialisation and modernisation that took place in Bangkok during the 20th Century. Chiang Mai is also on the edge of some fantastic mountainous countryside and you do not have to travel far from the city centre to reach thick jungle and traditional villages.
Amongst the most popular activities in Chiang Mai are:
- Visiting the temples in the Old Town: Within the confines of the old walled town of Chiang Mai there are a number of major Lanna style temples most notably Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang.
- Visiting Doi Suthep Temple: Located 16 km to the north west of Chiang Mai Old Town, Wat Doi Suthep is probably the most famous and most interesting of the temples in Chiang Mai. The temple itself is fantastic and the views over the city are equally good.
- Visiting Chiang Mai Zoo: Located just to the north of the Old Town, Chiang Mai Zoo is a great place to visit particularly for children. You can travel around the large site either by bus or monorail as well as on foot. The zoo has a large of animals, particularly good is the collection of animals, reptiles and birds from South East Asia.
- Visit an Elephant Park: There are several large and well run elephant sanctuaries fairly close to Chiang Mai city which have jungle settings and rivers for the elephants to bathe in, such as the excellent Maesa Elephant Camp.
- Shopping at the Markets: Chiang Mai has many entertaining night markets. The most famous of these is the Sunday Walking Street market which takes place on the main street of the Old Town every week. For shopping on other nights of the week try either the Anusarn Market or the nearby Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.