The best way to travel from Pai to Chiang Mai is to take the reliable Prem Pracha minivan service. This service has an excellent safety record as the drivers are very experienced in driving the windy road from Pai to Chiang Mai.
Bus Times from Pai to Chiang Mai
There are currently 12 Prem Pracha minivan services a day from Pai to Chiang Mai available to book online.
- The journey by minivan from Pai to Chiang Mai is scheduled to take 3 hours 55 minutes.
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Pai Bus Stop
Prem Pracha minivan services to Chiang Mai depart from Pai Bus Station.
Chiang Mai Bus Stop
Prem Pracha minivan services from Pai to Chiang Mai terminate at Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 2.
Chiang Mai Old Town
Chiang Mai’s Old Town area is square, approximately 1.5 km wide, surrounded by a moat and in places the remnants of a very old city wall.
History of Chiang Mai
When the city was founded in 1296 as the new capital of the Lanna Kingdom the area was under threat of attack from Burmese forces as well as possible invasion by the Mongol army which had recently taken control of China. Chiang Mai’s city defences were an integral part of the new city’s design and what remains of them creates a distinct border between the original historic centre of the city and the other newer parts of the lively city of Chiang Mai.
Hotels in the Old Town
The Old Town area has a lot of guesthouses and a smaller number of boutique hotels, with the larger and more modern hotels located in other parts of the city, particularly the nearby riverside area. Many foreign visitors to Chiang Mai choose to stay outside at the Old Town and visit during the day to see the historical sites and on Sunday night to visit the Walking Street Market.
Tourist Attractions in the Old Town
The main attractions to see in Chiang Mai’s Old Town are its temples, and there are lots of them. The most popular are:
- Wat Phra Singh: 14th Century temple with large golden stupas and some impressive temple buildings.
- Wat Chiang Man: The first temple to be built in the new city of Chiang Mai. The elephant chedi at the temple marks the spot where King Mangrai camped whilst the city was bring constructed.
- Wat Chedi Luang: This is the temple of the Great Chedi, which although partially collapsed following an earthquake in 1545 is still very impressive. This large temple complex features a wide range of different architectural styles and points of interest, including the City Pillar shrine.
- Wat Lok Moli: Fantastic small wooden Lanna style temple with an historic chedi behind it.