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Chiang Mai to Pai Schedule

Chiang Mai to Pai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Jed Yord Economy 00:00 - 03:00฿ 3,850
Glassflower VIP Van 9pax 00:00 - 04:30฿ 4,890
Prem Pracha Minivan 06:30 - 09:30฿ 200
Prem Pracha Minivan 08:30 - 11:30฿ 200
Prem Pracha Minivan 10:30 - 13:30฿ 200
Prem Pracha Minivan 12:30 - 15:30฿ 200
Prem Pracha Minivan 14:30 - 17:30฿ 200
Prem Pracha Minivan 16:30 - 19:30฿ 200

Chiang Mai to Pai destination reviews

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954 customer reviews
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49%
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31%
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91% of 954 travelers were presumably happy with this destination
AY
3
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Aug 13, 2019
Driver went very fast, me and my wife got nausea the ride - evan with the pill to prevent it.
AM
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Aug 10, 2019
In general it was very comfortable. Sometimes he was driving too fast in curves. I didn’t have the feeling that safety was always more important than arriving in time
NG
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Aug 7, 2019
The driver drove really nice, not as careless as other ones. We did not experience any road sickness but we only had one stop during the 4 hour trip, maybe 2 stops would be better
CF
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Aug 4, 2019
Fast and not as bad as expected, allthough the driver drove quit fast (which made it a bit more uncomfortable)
MM
5
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Aug 4, 2019
Very comfortable trip to Chiang Mai., that we would to everybody! Toilet in bus very clean, superb
SG
3
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Aug 4, 2019
The bus was very small. You had very little leg room. We booked the bus together and didn’t get seated together.
PV
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Aug 4, 2019
The ride to PAi wasn't that terrible as expected based on all the stories on the web. The driver took it really easy, but that was ok and made probably made the ride less harsh. I thougt it was strange that we made the booking 4 days beforehand and still were put in the back seats.
HM
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Aug 4, 2019
Prima rit, aardige chauffeur, had iets rustiger kunnen rijden.
FS
2
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Aug 3, 2019
Driver drove like a mad man, luckily there were no children on board.
KS
5
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Aug 2, 2019
Good service driver got us to Pai safely and on time. Also seats were comfortable.
ET
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jul 31, 2019
The driver was excellent; very skilled, calm and patient
N
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jul 20, 2019
Our driver’s driving skills were excellent! I don't recommend eating during the stop to avoid trouble. "4" because it wasn’t allowed to choose a place at the bus station (I bought tickets to the other side, the seller gave me a choice).
CH
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jul 20, 2019
Beautiful ride, but it can definitely be hard for those who get car sick. Checking in was also a bit confusing at first because there isn’t a system in place for it and the language barrier can get in the way a bit. However, all in all it was a nice and stress free trip
HC
5
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jul 19, 2019
We were 5 minutes last and they waited for us. Thank you
GV
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bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jul 18, 2019
Good car, clean with comfortable seats. Its a long trip but being worth it when you arive in Pai. Friendly driver, drives carefully but has to get his foot on the gas to take the steepy hills en curves.
KV
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bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jul 18, 2019
Please leave information for the toerist that if they book online, they have to go to the check in at the station. After this they get busnumber en platform number to go.
NG
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jul 17, 2019
Trip was overall really good. Driver was safe and steady, beautiful scenery. Only downside was the aircon could have been a bit higher, however it wasn’t unbearably stuffy. Overall a good experience :)
JM
4
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jul 16, 2019
Good and fast ride. The road to Pai is like a snake, so the driver really needs make a big effort to right smoothly. You can't do this ride without being a bit overwelmd by the winding road and the steep climbs the van has to take. He even needed to disable the airco to have get some extra PK to make the climb up. He always turned it back on. Sit in the middle or the front for a breeze and stabilty.
RR
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bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jul 15, 2019
But hot and no arm rests. But beside that it was very good! Nice on time
KG
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bus Minivan, Prem Pracha, Jul 11, 2019
Mini van is very clean, AC worked, amount of time in Van was accurate (3 hours and a bit), and the drop off is in the centre of Pai which makes it very easy to get to your accommodation. Negatives - driver was rude, spoke no English, we had to turn to around 10 minutes in to go back and pick up travellers that arrived at ride time (arrive the 30 minutes early you need it to figure out where to go, it’s a little confusing). Overall - in the van a good experience, leading up to it, not great. Be prepared to figure it out.

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How to get from Chiang Mai to Pai by Bus

Taking a bus to get from Chiang Mai to Pai is a safe, comfortable and less-expensive alternative for travelling this route. To popular destinations, bus companies operate multiple trips per day, often round the clock at 30-60 minute intervals. Toless travelled destinations, there may be only 1 scheduled trip a day. The most common bus types are non-air-conditioned, air-conditioned, and premium buses.

It is best to reserve your tickets at least a few days ahead of your travel date. Check our list of bus companies available for online booking offering Chiang Mai to Pai tickets. When travelling on weekends and holidays it is recommended to reserve tickets much earlier due to higher numbers of travelers, both vacation-makers and urban workers returning home to their provincial home.

How far is it from Chiang Mai to Pai?

Travelling by bus, the distance from Chiang Mai to Pai depends on the route taken. Most bus companies travel via expressways or tollways. This may not necessarily be the shortest route but it is the fastest one as normally there is less traffic and no traffic lights.

To get to certain island destinations which are not connected to the mainland by a bridge, buses board large car ferries. Passengers are usually asked to get off the bus, but there is no need to take your luggage from the bus. The travel distance from port to port is added to the total distance.

How long does it take to get from Chiang Mai to Pai by Bus?

The estimate travel time from Chiang Mai to Pai is about 3h. Note that travelling by bus is slower compared to driving your own car or getting a taxi. Depending on the departure time congestion between Chiang Mai and Pai may differ greatly There is usually more traffic between morning until afternoon during weekdays than during weekends.

Another important factor that may affect travel time is a type of a bus. Premium or VIP buses are usually faster as they use motorways and call to fewer bus stations (if any) en route. Buses normally make short 10-30-minute breaks after a few hours of continuous travel to allow passengers use bathrooms, stock up on munchies and let bus attendants and the driver have rest.

Some premium buses have onboard toilets and the second driver. Nevertheless, usually they still make en route stops for a quick lunch or fuel refill.

How much does it cost to get from Chiang Mai to Pai by Bus?

The ticket price from Chiang Mai to Pai can vary depending on the type of buses you choose. For a less expensive ticket consider non-air-conditioned or ordinary buses. Premium or luxury buses are more expensive but you can expect more comfort and some additional services like phone charging ports, personal entertainment system screens and toilets.

Chiang Mai to Pai timetable

To help you plan your trip, here is the Chiang Mai to Pai timetable of bus departure and arrival times.

Best Rated Companies for this Route

Bus companies differ a lot in quality and service they provide. When choosing a bus company for you travels, do some basic research before you buy your tickets.

Safety is one of the most important aspects to consider. We also recommend you checking reviews on overall service quality of the bus companies serving this route.

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