Travel from Rayong to Chiang Mai

By bus the journey from Rayong to Chiang Mai is scheduled to take from 14 to 17 hours depending upon which bus service you take.

Bus Times from Rayong to Chiang Mai


There are currently 3 direct bus services a day from from Rayong to Chiang Mai available to book online.

RayongChiang MaiServiceCostCompany
14:1507:30Gold Class฿ 1,006Nakhonchai Air
16:3007:05Gold Class฿ 932Nakhonchai Air
17:3008:05Gold Class฿ 935Nakhonchai Air

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Rayong Bus Station


Bus services from Rayong to Chiang Mai depart from Rayong Nakhonchai Air bus station.

Rayong Nakhonchai Air bus station

Chiang Mai Bus Station


Bus services from Rayong to Chiang Mai terminate at Chiang Mai Nakhonchai Air bus station which is close to Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 2.

Google Map of Chiang Mai Nakhonchai Air bus station

About travel to Chiang Mai


Chiang Mai is the largest and most important city in the Northern Region of Thailand. It’s also arguably the most interesting city in Thailand after Bangkok, and very popular with tourists as a consequence.

The historic centre of Chiang Mai, contained on four sides by a moat and the remnants of a city wall, is a relatively small area covering approximately 2.5 square kilometres. Within this compact zone of the city visitors are within walking ditance of some of Thailand’s most interesting temples including Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh, as well as lots and lots of guesthouses, small hotels, restaurants and bars. There is so much to see and do in the centre of Chiang Mai it will keep most visitors entertained for 2 to 3 days.

Mae Sa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai
Mae Sa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai

There are many more things to do in Chiang Mai outside the historic centre. A short distance to the east of the old town you come to the Ping River. Along the part of the river in Chiang Mai city there are many bars and restaurants. In particular the part of riverside area near the Chang Klan Road has some larger hotels, more bar and restaurants, and several night markets. These night markets are a popular feature of Chiang Mai as they become lively in the evenings with people coming not so much to shop as to eat and drink, and there is often live music and performances of traditional Thai dance provided as free entertainment.

Beyond the city there are even more things to see and do. The countryside around Chiang Mai is hilly and heavily forested. To enjoy the hills, and the views across the Chaing Mai Valley, we recommend a trip to Doi Suthep Temple. Doi Suthep Temple is a famous hilltop temple located 16.7 km to the north of Chiang Mai city centre. For a trip into a more lowland forested area we recommend going to Mae Sa Elephant Camp, which is located 30 km by road from Chiang Mai. Mae Sa Elephant Camp has a good record in relation to animal wlefare and a fantastic riverside location in a heavily forested area. There are also hill tribe village you can visit near Mae Sa Elephant Camp.

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