Prem Pracha

Company Information

A bus company based in Chiang Mai that connects the famous former capital of Northern Thailand with the popular tourist destinations Pai and Mae Hong Son.

Prem Pacha has around 40 years of experience within Mae Hong Son province and the company determined to become leading transport operator in the region.

Routes served by Prem Pracha

Chiang Mai–Pai

There are 12 daily departures from Chiang Mai to Pai each day between 06.30 and 17.30. The journey takes around four hours in total and costs around THB195. The return trip from Pai back to Chiang Mai is slightly quicker as a large part of the journey will be downhill. The cost remains the same and there are 11 daily departures.

On their route to Pai, Prem Pracha vans pass through Soppong, the prime destination for caving. Tickets to Soppong will cost THB150.

Chiang Mai–Mae Hong Son

From Chiang Mai you can also visit Mae Hong Son a bit further afield. There are nine buses per day heading to Mae Hong Son, between 06.30-14.30, which cost THB395 for the six hour journey.

The return journey also runs throughout the day, with departures until 17.00.

The buses that connect Chiang Mai – Mae Hong Son also stop at Pai and Soppong on the journey. In addition to the services throughout the day, there is also one overnight bus heading in both directions at 21.00 each day and is the same price. The trip also takes around six hours so you should arrive at 03.00.

Chiang Mai–Mae Sariang

Chiang Mai to Mae Sariang is another popular route offered by Prem Pacha, with seven services per day making the four-hour trip. Tickets for the journey will cost THB245 in either direction. The alternative for getting to Mae Sariang is hopping onto a cheaper local bus equipped with fan ceilings only. If choosing between these two options, we highly recommend you to consider Prem Pracha vans.

The company also connects Chiang Mai with Khun Yuam with four daily services, costing THB 345.

Pros

The biggest advantage with Prem Pracha is the decades of experience the company boasts, this has led to an excellent reputation which has established the operator has one of the most reliable and popular options for travel in the northern regions of Thailand. This reputation is particularly welcome as many of the trips will tackle the challenging mountain roads in the northern provinces so safety and reliability will be key concerns.

There are plenty of departure times to choose from on all of the routes offered by Prem Pracha so there is bound to be a service that will suit your schedule. The option of an overnight service from Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai can be very useful if you have an early morning flight back Chiang Mai airport as this will save you the cost of overnight accommodation. This option is a rarity on these routes so it is a real bonus that Prem Pacha offers this departure time.

Cons

If you suffer from travel sickness then come prepared with tablets to combat this as a lot of the journey will be on winding mountain roads and the hour or so before you reach Pai is particularly bad. If you have ever experienced travel sickness before, then chances are you’ll have a reoccurrence on this trip! Of course, this is more of an issue with the terrain and the quality of the road than with the operator.

All the vehicles on these routes are minibuses which will be fine for a shorter journey but may get a little cramped if you are making the longer trips between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son.

Also, it can be a little annoying having to change vehicles at Pai when you are travelling to Mae Hong Son from Chiang Mai, or in the opposite direction, but the wait is never too long and it is a handy opportunity to stretch your legs and use the bathroom before the next leg of the journey.

Keep in mind

Not all visitors head further north than Chiang Mai on their travels, but the journey is well worth the effort to discover the northern region. Mae Hong Son is the most mountainous province in Thailand and a great place to explore the mountains and enjoy the stunning scenery. Pai is a very relaxed town that is popular with backpackers and an ideal base to head out into the local countryside.

Travellers reviews

The level of service and the quality of the minibuses is superior with Prem Pacha compared to many other operators on these routes. It is a very popular option for both locals and visitors who wish to travel between Chiang Mai and towns such as Pai and Mae Hong Son.

Prem Pacha can boast loads of experience so visitors will feel safe on these services, something that is very important on a potentially dangerous route.

The biggest complaint is usually the fact that many passengers find the journey very sick-making but this is down to the mountain roads rather than the minibuses. Prem Pacha drivers tend to drive more cautiously than the drivers employed by some other companies on these routes so the operator has probably done all it can to make the journey as comfortable as possible.

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Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son
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06:30, 07:00, 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 20:00
Chiang Mai - Pai
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06:30, 07:30, 08:30, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30
Mae Hong Son - Chiang Mai
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07:00, 08:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 17:00, 22:00
Mae Hong Son - Pai
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16:00
Pai - Chiang Mai
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07:00, 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00
Pai - Mae Hong Son
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08:30

Prem Pracha Company Reviews

4.2
1,573 / 56,808
5 806
4 448
3 165
2 71
1 83
99.7% of 56,808 travelers were presumably happy with Prem Pracha as they left good or no review

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May 15, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Small van and abit squishy but had aircon, affordable and nice staff.
May 13, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★☆☆☆
We had a great seat this time (4E and 4D), but the bus driver was a maniac on the road. We're used to the Thai driving behaviour now, but this was a whole other level. One girl had to puke the whole ride (she was with us from Chiang Mai to Pai as well, but didn't get sick). After a while her boyfriend asked the driver to make a brief stop as soon as possible, so that she could get a fresh air and they could dump the puke, but the driver didn't care. He continued driving as a maniac, so the girl was getting sicker and sicker. Her boyfriend asked again after quiet some time and the driver responded the same. The service of 12go.asia was really good, as usual. We know that they can't help the drivers behaviour, but it really made this trip a hell.
May 12, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
Driver drives hard
May 11, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
The journey itself wasn’t too bad. It took 3.5 hours to arrive in Pai with a 10minute toilet break half way. You can buy drinks/snacks. The lady next to me was sick so I would suggest anti sickness meds as the roads are extremely bendy. The AC wasn’t working and that’s why I have rated it 3 stars.
May 10, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Nothing negative to say, professional service all around.
May 8, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
The driver was experienced and did an excellent job driving around all those curves.
May 8, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
friendly driver but drove very fast around the curves. a/c was ok.
May 6, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
The driver drive carefully and safely. But the road is dangerous, so a big bus will be more comfortable.
Apr 30, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Had an excellent time, loads better than expected. Was just me and my friend but he still looked after us well. Highly recommend :)
Apr 29, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
Timely. Three hours back. Ten minute break half way through. A little warm on the ride.
Apr 28, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★☆☆☆
Getting a ticket was very easy. However, our driver drove like crazy compared to other drivers we had. Driver drove like crazy, people got sick and the driver even then would not slow down. We ended up arriving 1 hour earlier since we drove that fast. Did not like it at all, it was very scary and dangerous
Apr 28, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
Driver was kind and good on the wheel. The reason why I’m putting 3 stars is because if you buy tickets online, the personal in the customer service is not keen to help you at all: they don’t want to change you to an earlier van if you arrive earlier in the pick up points, or change seats to be sitting in front of the van, instead to the back (to avoid nausea). By saying it, be aware of the 265 curves to arrive to Pai, meaning you will feel nausea, despite the driver driving fast or slowly.
Apr 22, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
The Trip started punctual at 10.30 in Chiang Mai and we arrived as expected in Pai by the minute at 13.30. Van was also clean, but the seat rows were for European man a bit to small. Negative point: Driving style of the driver. Everyone felt sick when we arrived in Pai as the driver raced the 762 curves in that route as in an Formula 1 car. If you feel easily sick, keep in mind to bring a sickness bag. Driver does not provide bag's. Actually, I can stand a lot, but these ride was to much. Otherwise, it would be a 5 star rating. If you want cheap and fast transportation go for this.
Apr 22, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
A tiny bit cramped but otherwise very good drive to Pai.
Apr 22, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Driver very experience for drive on the moutains,safe drive and safe trip from Chaing mai to Pai
Apr 22, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
Overall a better trip on the way back to Chiang Mai from Pai then on the way to Pai. The driver was better and drove properly. Nevertheless I would not recommend going to Pai unless you have a strong stomach as the road getting there is so windy and makes you sick (as I was). The bus doesn’t have great air con and the driver told us to shut the windows which didn’t help, especially as the lady behind me was throwing up. If you do go to Pai, I was strong suggest taking a bag with you in case you are sick, prepare for the worse!
Apr 19, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★☆☆☆
They drive too fast and it's dangerous. People got sick from the awful driving. It's also really hot in the vans.
Apr 19, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★☆☆☆
The drivers go way too fast. Many people got sick. I'm just happy we made it.
Apr 15, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
Quick and easy process to book. Managed to find the place quite easily by asking around. Our driver was good and didn’t rush so the journey was comfortable! (Which is better than the one on return!) Would definately recommend and would book again with 12goasia
Apr 15, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
Comfartable enough and stop half way. Nice views along the way, so the three hours fly by fast.
Apr 15, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
No issues, transport was on time, I advise to have a travel sick tablet as The journey has lots of turns. I slept the whole way so no issues!
Apr 15, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
So easy. Booked in and got straight on the minibus Stopped half way for loo break(take toilet roll) Very easy and cheap way to travel. Would recommend.
Apr 10, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
Really good service. Clean van. Stopped for 10 minutes half way through for a toilet break. Can’t complain at all for the price.
Apr 9, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
I thought the driving would be fast and dangerous but it was not that bad. I recommend anti-nausea pills just in case though.
Apr 9, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Good and fast
Apr 8, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
Rash driving and strange comments.. but arrived an hour ahead!
Apr 8, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
Almost on time, just 15 minutes late. As comfortable as it could be in minivan. One break during the way (they could inform us how long is planned break).
Apr 6, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
The driver drove the curvy road like crazy, but that’s Thailand I guess
Apr 4, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
The long windy road to Pai!
Mar 28, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
Sick bags need to be handed out as two children were sick on our bus and it was awful. Pre-warn people to get motion sickness tablets if need be. It would make for a smoother journey
Mar 27, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★☆☆☆
Seriously rapid driving, like, all four tyres screeching for 80% of the trip. The other 20% the driver was in a queue of slower moving traffic. I used these moments to breathe, unwedge my knees from the seat in front (that I had done to stop me falling off the seat) and take in some of the stunning view. Many others in the bus looked anxious and distinctly nauseous. Travelled out to Pai by another company in a non sign written van parking at the Aya Tours office, far more relaxing and would travel with them again next time. I did wonder how our driver managed to arrive at the bus station 30 minutes before the other two, Prem Prachia on the Pai route really are like busses and come in threes. The second star was awarded for the comfort break halfway so we could stretch our legs, use the toilet and recover our nerve before the next thrilling installment. For a measure of how smooth the ride? My move bar cleared 3 times on the trip!
Mar 26, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
Journey was fast. FELY ILL AT TIMES. DRIVER CUT CORNERS
Mar 26, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
One star lost cause even though the driver was better than the previous one (not maniac driving and more safe), it would be great if the driver would get a training in how to use his brakes. Another star lost for the fact that the online booking is more expensive than at the desk and then we were not even seated next to each other. A quick check at the desk showed that at that time the seat next to me wasn't even filled, so why couldn't we sit next to each other?
Mar 22, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Easy way to trafel. I booked my tickets in Holland so i am saved for a Seat in the Van.
Mar 21, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★☆☆☆
I have been in cars and minivans many times, but not often I've been in a minivan with a driver as manic as the one I had today. He treated the minivan like it was my Alfa Romeo Guilletta QV (a car that is made for turning corners and mountains) and did things I wouldn't even dare in my Alfa. Tickets can also be bought at the bus station for 75% of the online price. But furthermore, it was all well. Bus was decent, at bus station in Chiang Mai it was relatively easy to get to the right minivan.
Mar 21, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
if you get car sick easily try to get a seat in the front and bring medicine. even the conservative drivers are fast around the curves.
Mar 20, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Good driver got there very quickly and safely
Mar 20, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Left on time. Driver drove safely. Arrived early. Bish, bosh, bash.
Mar 18, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Great driver We are at time :)
Mar 16, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Driver was cautious (not a negative quality as there were plenty of less cautious drivers overtaking us). Overall, a pleasant journey to Pai.

Prem Pracha Stations

Chiang Mai Arcade Pai Khun Yuam Mae La Noi Mae Sariang Mae Hong Son Hot Chom Thong San Pa Tong Mae Chaem