Travel from Huay Xai to Chiang Mai

By direct bus service the journey from Huay Xai to Chiang Mai is scheduled to take 18 hours 30 minutes.

Bus Times from Huay Xai to Chiang Mai


There are currently 2 services a day from Huay Xai to Chiang Mai available to book online.

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07:0015:30$23 USDMekong Transfer
14:0004:00$23 USDMekong Transfer
  • Passengers on the Mekong Transfer service from Huay Xai to Chiang Mai will change vehicles once on route to Bangkok.

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Huay Xai Bus Stop


Mekong Transfer services from Huay Xai to Chiang Mai commence with a hotel pick up in Huay Xai.

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Chiang Mai Bus Station


Mekong Transfer services from Huay Xai to Bangkok terminate at Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3.

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About Travel to Chiang Mai


Chiang Mai is one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations and a major city. Chiang Mai is very different to Bangkok, or indeed other cities in the Central and Southern regions of Thailand, and offers something different to visitors to Thailand that they won’t find in coastal areas.

Arrival in Chiang Mai

Bus services from Huay Xai to Chiang Mai terminate at Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3, which is a long distance bus station located 4.3 km from Chiang Mai’s historic old town area. A taxi or tuk-tuk from the bus station to either the riverside area or the old town area should cost from 100 to 150 THB. A less expensive option is to take the shared taxi service from Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3 to the old town area, which stops near the river on route, for 30 THB per person.

Wat Lok Moli in Chiang Mai
Wat Lok Moli in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Old Town

The oldest part of Chiang Mai is the walled old town area, which was established in 1296. This part of the city is surrounded on all four sides by a moat. Originally there was also a defensive wall around the city. Only small parts of that wall remain and some other parts, such as the Tha Phae Gate, have been reconstructed as a tourist attraction.

The old town is a lively place to stay, with many inexpensive hotels and restaurants, and some busy bars. The main attractions within the old town area, however, are the many temples some of which date back to the period when the city was first established. The two most famous of these temples are Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang.

Chiang Mai Riverside

Another popular part of the city is the area to the east of the old town close to the Ping River. This riverside area is popular because it has lots of large mid-range hotels, restaurants, bars and night markets. The busiest part of the riverside area is the Chang Klan Road which features several night markets. These night markets are very popular, particularly with family groups, because they offer inexpensive food, alcoholics drinks are sold, and entertainment, such as live music, is provided every evening during the high season.

Burning Season

Unfortunately, Chiang Mai’s popularity has declined over the last few years due to the city’s increasingly poor air quality during the burning season from November through to April when farmers set light to remainder of harvested rice plants in preparation for planting of the new crop. The problem is that the practice of setting fires in rice fields is widespread across Laos and Myanmar, as well as Northern Thailand, and it’s very difficult for the Thai government to stop it happening particularly in other countries.

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