Aug 2, 2014

Tuk-Tuks, Songthaews and Buses in Chiang Mai - what you should know

See the locations on Chiang Mai Songthaew and Bus Google Map

Picture by Connie Ma

Chiang Mai city has no buses. You use Tuk-Tuks, Songthaews (Pickups with seatbanks) or taxis. The buses are for travels to other provinces. Since August 2014 only red songthaews are allowed to travel inside the city centre. All other songthaews and buses start from Chang Phuak Bus Terminal or Arcade Bus Terminal.

Learn the colours of the Songthaews: Differend colours mean different directions:

Picture by Dennis Jarvis

Red Songthaews: They roam around without a fixed route. Just stop one - by extending your arm in a downward motion - and ask for your destination. If the driver doesn't go to this destination take the next one.
Orange Songthaews: They travel to Fang in the north. Depart from Chang Phuak Bus Terminal.
White Songthaews: They travel to the eastern suburbs, to San Kampaeng. Depart from Chang Phuak Bus Terminal.
Yellow Songthaews: They travel to Mae Rim in the north and Hang Dong. Depart from Chang Phuak Bus Terminal.
Blue Songthaews: They travel to Sarapi and Lamphun in the south. Depart from Chang Phuak Bus Terminal.
Green Songthaews: They travel to Mae Jo in the northeast. Depart from Chang Phuak Bus Terminal.
The fare for the fixed routes is 20 Bath within Chiang Mai town. The price for longer distances has to be negotiated.


Tuk-Tuks: Fares are usually 40-50 Bath for a short way and 50-100 Bath for longer distances. Tuk-tuks parked near train- or busstations will ask for a higher price.


Buses to other provinces: These buses leave from Arcade Bus Terminal. There are buses from state and private companies.
Green Bus: See Green Bus Timetable. For a reservation you call their Call Center 0-5326-6480. They will give you a reservation number. Then you have 2 hours to get to a Seven Eleven shop, where you can pay with the reservation number and get your ticket.
. Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai
. Chiang Mai - Golden Triangle
. Chiang Mai - Mae Sai
. Chiang Mai - Mae Sot
. Chiang Rai - Fang
. Chiang Mai - Phayao
. Chiang Mai - Chiang Khong
. Chiang Mai - Thoeng
. Chiang Mai - Nan
. Chiang Mai - Chiang Muan
. Chiang Mai - Phrae - Nan
. Chiang Mai - Phrae
. Chiang Mai – Phrae – Nan – Thung Chang
. Lampang – Phrae
. Chiang Mai - Phuket


The Transport Co.: The state bus company. See their routes and numbers in Thai. See their timetable in Thai and English. You can translate with Google Translate.
. Chiang Mai-Bangkok
. More buses Chiang Mai - Bangkok by other companies.

Prempracha Transport Co.: See their routes.
. Chiang Mai - Pai - Mae Hong Son
. Chiang Mai - Mae Sariang -Mae Hongson
. Chiang Mai - Chiangdao - Prao
. Chiang Mai - Sansai - Prao

Nakhonchai Tour Bus Company:
. Chiang Mai - Nakhon Ratchasima

Sombat Tour:
. Chiang Mai - Hua Hin, See timetable. Read an experience by Four Letter Nerd.
. Chiang Mai - Khon Kaen

Chakrapong Tour:
. Chiang Mai - Udon Thani via Uttaradit, Phitsanulok, Loei and Nong Bua Lamphu

Bus Schedules and Fares from Chiang Mai: Read more here.


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