Chiang Mai to Pai

Chiang Mai to Pai

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Chiang Mai to Pai Schedule

Chiang Mai to Pai Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Smart En Plus Van 9pax Any time฿ 3,960
Prem Pracha Minivan 06:30 - 10:50฿ 230
Prem Pracha Minivan 08:30 - 12:50฿ 230
Prem Pracha Minivan 11:30 - 15:50฿ 230
Prem Pracha Minivan 12:30 - 16:50฿ 230
Prem Pracha Minivan 14:30 - 18:50฿ 230
Prem Pracha Minivan 16:30 - 20:50฿ 230

Transportation from Chiang Mai to Pai

Chiang Mai to Pai Destination Reviews

Driver was very fast around the bends, overtaking on corners in dangerous situations. We actually had a minor bump in order to avoid a head on collision.
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Jan 28, 2023
Good journey, slightly confusing departure location information as was stood by the photo sent rather than at the bus depo - probably just me, but thought it could have been clearer
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Jan 21, 2023
Even though the trip was shorter than expected (which is a good thing), the obvious wreckless driving style of the driver made a lot of people in the van sick. We all knew it was a mountain road so some would have motion sickness, but most of the problem cam from the fact the driver was driving way too fast. I've been travelling in many countries in the last 20 years, i'm used to the worst bus possible, but these guys apparently win the title! PS: i've asked around when i arrived in Pai and everyone complained of the same thing for every van they got it in. Mine was apparently even worse as he managed to arrives 20min faster than most other vans...
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Jan 20, 2023
The drive was no problem at all! We ate and drank coffee on the way over the curvy road and also arrived 1 hour early. Ride was pretty chill, driver was very friendly and we can't say anything negative, but of course that can depend on the driver.
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Jan 19, 2023
Speedy process from start to finish and arrived to Pai within 3hrs. The coordinates in the pdf for the meeting place in Chiang Mai are not as accurate as finding the booth/starting point was troublesome. I would look into improving that
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Jan 17, 2023
Great ride, was in the middle of the minivan, no motion sickness.
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Jan 11, 2023
Arrived Even before the scheduled rime
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Jan 9, 2023
Would highly recommend something against travel sickness and long shorts since the AC in the van is rather cold. Drive was in time and the stop was good for toilet and refreshment.
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Jan 4, 2023
The experience is as good as it can be in a minivan full with people.
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Jan 4, 2023
No issues and a great driver. Thank you
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Dec 28, 2022
1564 customer reviews

How to get from Chiang Mai to Pai

When you want to get from Chiang Mai to Pai, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Bus
  • Taxi

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Taxi. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Taxi ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A taxi ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about USD 169.31. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 7.32.

How far is Chiang Mai from Pai?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Chiang Mai to Pai. Your trip will be a total of 88 miles (140 km). The flying distance is 59 miles (94 km).

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

The travel time from Chiang Mai to Pai can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 4 to 5 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Chiang Mai to Pai varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as USD 7.32 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a taxi - a one-way taxi ticket can cost as much as USD 169.31.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Chiang Mai to Pai:

  • Bus tickets - USD 7.32 to USD 7.32;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 117.12 to USD 169.31.

How many trips per day are there between Chiang Mai and Pai?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Buses start plying the route from 06:30 - you can also take a bus as late as 17:30. There are 12 available bus trips every day.
  • Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Chiang Mai to Pai any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Taking a bus from Chiang Mai to Pai is cheaper than flying. Quite often, a long-distance bus is the cheapest transportation option. Buses normally make bathroom and/or lunch stops along the way.

Things to remember before opting for a bus ride:

  • If possible, make sure to choose higher-class buses for a more comfortable travel experience. Such buses often have an air conditioning system, soft reclining seats, Wi-Fi, bathrooms, etc.
  • As with plane tickets, buses are better booked in advance so that you can secure a good seat.
  • While booking a bus, keep in mind that delays are possible. Yet it still pays to get to the bus station at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.


Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Chiang Mai to Pai. It allows you to tailor-make your trip, plan all the detours and see all the places you want. You can choose the type and the size of your car as well to be as comfortable as you'd like to.

Depending on the route, it might cost as much as USD 117.12.

Things to remember: It's a good idea to follow the route on Google Maps or any other GPS navigator.

The most popular transport from Chiang Mai to Pai

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Chiang Mai to Pai? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 99% decided to go for a bus.
  • 1% Other