Chiang Mai to Pai

Chiang Mai to Pai

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Chiang Mai to Pai Destination Reviews

Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Jan 7, 2022
I was surprised at the lack of Covid precautions taken. I put my bag in the seat next to mine assuming they would distance the passengers in the van but that wasn't the case. Completely full and many backpackers not wearing masks fully or the whole ride. Pretty scary given the current situation. If i had know this I would have bough out the seats on the van or taken a taxi. I just assumed they would be more cautious given how transmissible the new variant is. So just be careful if traveling during Covid. The drive was great over all.
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Jan 1, 2022
The space was not enough, because there was too much luggage in the minivan. And not all passengers are wearing masks.
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Dec 26, 2021
Loved it! The people were super chilled and nice, they let me change my ticket to an earlier bus without any cost or hassle. The driver was really good, played old dude road trip rock which helped to get the thoughts of the road, cos the road is curvy!!
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Dec 18, 2021
Seat are small but Driver was very good
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Dec 15, 2021
The driver was driving very fast and sometimes passed other cars in a dangerous way.
taxi Economy, Jed Yord (บริษัท เจ็ดยอดบราเตอร์ จำกัด), Nov 14, 2021
Chiang Mai airport to Pai. Friendly, lovely driver named Chet who was waiting on my arrival (20 min earlier than the pickup time I’d booked!). Was great to get on the road quickly. Chet was super accommodating of the fact I’d just landed from an early morning flight. He waited with my bags while I got a tea in the airport, and we stopped for a quick breakfast on the road. He was so kind and friendly and I really enjoyed driving with him!
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Sep 4, 2020
Las vans muy cómodas y con las nuevas reglas de distanciamiento social por covid 19 uno tiene mas espacio para viajar pues la silla de al lado siempre estara vacía. El conductor hace una parada para usar baño o comer. Si el tiquete de salida de pai se compra en la estación son 50bth menos.
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Mar 1, 2020
Yes we had a lovely time!
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Feb 29, 2020
Met busje reizen verliep prima, echter de bus zat te vol (de achterste plaatsen 5 zijn bagageplaatsen en geen plaatsen die je kunt verkopen. Je zit vast tussen de bagage en je moet er niet aan denken hoe je eruit moet als er iets gebeurd hoe je eruit moet. Als je plaatsen online koopt, dan krijg je automatisch de slechtste plaatsen (nummers rij 5) toegekend. Beter om ze ter plaatste te kopen.
Bus Minivan, Prem Pracha (เปรมประชาขนส่ง), Feb 27, 2020
Great service & a nice way to meet fellow travellers
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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 THB 4,851. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as THB 195.

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 3 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 THB 195 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 THB 4,851.

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

  • Bus tickets - THB 198 to THB 198;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from THB 2,244 to THB 4,851.

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 16:30. There are 8 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 THB 2,244.

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% decided to catch a taxi.