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From Chiang Mai Arcade to Pai by bus

06:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
09:30
Pai
3h
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07:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
10:30
Pai
3h
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08:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
11:30
Pai
3h
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09:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
12:30
Pai
3h
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10:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
13:30
Pai
3h
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11:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
14:30
Pai
3h
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12:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
15:30
Pai
3h
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13:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
16:30
Pai
3h
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14:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
17:30
Pai
3h
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15:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
18:30
Pai
3h
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16:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
19:30
Pai
3h
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17:30
Chiang Mai Arcade
20:30
Pai
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From Chiang Mai Airport to Pai by taxi

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Chiang Mai Airport
Time
Pai
3h 30m
 Instant  Refund
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Chiang Mai Airport
Time
Pai
3h 30m
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From Chiang Mai town to Pai by taxi

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Chiang Mai town
Time
Pai
3h
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Chiang Mai town
Time
Pai
4h 30m
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Any
Chiang Mai town
Time
Pai
4h 30m
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From Chiang Mai train station to Pai by taxi

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Chiang Mai train station
Time
Pai
3h
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Passenger reviews out of total 27,407 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Feb 17, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★☆☆☆
On the trip, a little girl became car sick, she was forced to sit in the car for 2 hours during the journey. The driver was driving violently on the crooked roads and showed no consideration for the girl's nausea. Very poor driving.
Feb 17, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★☆☆☆☆
This is rip off company. No refund, no change (((
Feb 17, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★☆☆☆☆
Purchased ticket via 12go.asia and paid via internet (authorized on bank account). However when I picked up the tickets they said my booking wasn’t paid yet and I paid again at the station...not even sure if the transaction will go through.
Feb 16, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
Bus was fine. Windy bends to Pai to be expect. Ticket system at station prior to boarding a joke. Very innefficient, even with pre booked tickets. Wouldnt be difficult to streamline.
Feb 16, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
had a good driver. van departed a little bit late.
Feb 13, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
Trip is o.k., the car could be cleaned, was very dirty.
Feb 12, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
The road isn't awesome so I understand the turns. But going a little slower in the curves would definitely make it better, and less people nautious.. He seemed eager to arrive
Feb 11, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
Confusing to get on the right van
Feb 10, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
Safe drive
Feb 10, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
Overall a good journey, but the driver was approaching corners way too fast, some people felt sick due to this. Definitely get to the terminal with plenty of time as you need to check in even though you’ve booked online - this is a slow process as many people are buying tickets at the same time. There is no separate desk for check in and the queues move very slowly.
Feb 9, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
Good service!
Feb 9, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
Trip was pretty smooth. Picking up tickets went well and the bus company were great at making sure people got on the right bus. We took Stugeron a couple of hours before departure, and had no problem with sickness. Had a toilet break about 30ks out of Pai.
Feb 7, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
The driver tried to be in Pai as fast as he could. Didn’t gave us a safe feeling.
Feb 7, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
Fast and Good but not confortable
Feb 6, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
In time. The pit stop half way is welcome. Hard ride if you have motion sickness; try to seat in front. Good driver.
Feb 5, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
The drive was fine. It’s a winding mountain road and the pit stop was appreciated, not sure why people are complaining so much.
Feb 2, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Nice trip, driver was good. No dangerous things or what.
Jan 31, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
we had a good driver:)
Jan 31, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Driver was very cautious on the many curves to Pai, made the trip pleasant.
Jan 30, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Very helpful and friendly staff. Excellent driver
Jan 29, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Really easy and smooth booking and journey.
Jan 29, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Only way to go Chiang Mai to Pai.
Jan 29, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Minivan ride as it is. Driver was safe and calm on the road.
Jan 29, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Perfect
Jan 28, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
Safe trip in time. Driver should not use his mobile during driving
Jan 27, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
It was fast but you get car sick pretty fast because the driver was Really rushing
Jan 26, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Good safe driver arrived pretty much on time
Jan 25, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
Correct for the price ... driver could be a little more empathic:-;
Jan 24, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
I actually have nothing bad to say about the trip. The driver and his helper were cheerful, competent, and for the road being so very winding, I felt we had a comfortable trip. I even managed to doze off for a time. The Toyota van appeared to be in excellent condition, AC worked well, it was perfectly clean.
Jan 24, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Very tricky ride with the 760 curves. But take car sick pills and enjoy the ride. But the driver was a smooth driver and he even dropped us off to our hotel. He was amazing.
Jan 23, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Definitely windy road but the driver was seemed safe while getting us there fast.
Jan 21, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Perfect ride!
Jan 20, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
great driver
Jan 19, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Prepare for a wild ride
Jan 18, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
It was an efficient trip from Chiang Mai! Quick and the staff were super helpful and directed us to where we needed to be!
Jan 18, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
Driving rules don't apply on this road but nice otherwise
Jan 18, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Yes the road is very windy but the bus was comfortable and good air con. Stopped half way for the toilet and a selection of stalls if you were hungry. Overall very good!
Jan 17, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
Arrived only about 10 minutes late. Very cheap, toilet stop half way. Communication regarding length of toilet break lacked, very basic bus but did what I needed it to and got me there.
Jan 16, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Everything about the vehicle and the driver was just great. No issues. Comfortable seats and very helpful and accommodating at the terminal.
Jan 15, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Comfy seats, smooth ride considering the road. Good price for 3h drive too.
Jan 15, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Nothing to complain about
Jan 14, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★☆☆☆
Guy was passing cars in blind corners. Almost got hit head on a couple of times but we made it there safe so I guess it’s okay.
Jan 11, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Our driver in car# 3 was nice, smiling and a perfect driver
Jan 9, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Was dreading the trip as I had heard about travel sickness but it was fine.
Jan 9, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★☆☆☆
De chauffeur was erg onvriendelijk en maakte open enig moment een opmerking tegen mijn vrouw dat zij haar been naar beneden moest doen toen ze dat vanwege een kramp op mijn schoot had gelegd. Verder telefoneerde hij tijdens he rijden en reed hij niet soepel.
Jan 8, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Excellent service, nice clean comfortable vans. Driver was super friendly and spoke English really well...
Jan 6, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★☆☆☆
Indy 500 anyone? You'd think he got a bonus for passing the most people. He passed multiple vehicles on blind corners. You just have to trust they know what they're doing. But seriously, is it necessary to get there before anyone else? We we're 20 mins early even with a 10 min pee break (which we had to ask for).
Jan 6, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Great and safe company. The driver was good and didn’t worry me at all on the ride to Pai. Would definitely recommend.
Jan 6, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
Driver promised to let us off the van 3km before Pai, close to our accommodation, but he didn’t stop even when we told him it’s the place. Really strange behavior. Seats were not comfortable and one wheel was making a loud noises all the way. Otherwise it was ok.
Jan 5, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Good safe driver and he stopped a few times for the toilet.
Jan 5, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Good value for money, the roads area bad if you get travel sick so take a tablet
Jan 3, 2019
avia Economy, Wisdom Airways
★★★★★
amazing!
Jan 1, 2019
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Left on time. Arrived on time. Good driver.
Dec 28, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
Service from 12goasia perfect. Only at the bus station it was very confusing. And the drive to Pai ... fast ...
Dec 26, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★☆☆☆
Politely asked the driver if it would be possible to stop off at our accommodation along the way as it was on the road into Pai. For some unknown reason he stopped the bus at the Hot Springs and opened the door asking us to get out. When I told him that it wasn’t the correct place, and it was just a further 10minutes up the road he raised his voice and slammed the van door. We then drove past our accommodation and he refused to stop. Journey was fine but very rude driver, cost us another 150 baht just to get a taxi back down the same road.
Dec 25, 2018
charter SUV 5pax, Jed Yord
★★★★★
Lovely driver! He was on time, drove safely, and allowed us to get lunch and stop for toilet etc
Dec 23, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
Drove safely, in Thai way. Very unfriendly, not one word in English. The pitstop we did was a paying toilet, and véry unhygienic. No paper, unless you payed even more. Of all places, pitstop there?? But hey, his job was to take us from chiang mai to pai and that’s What he did. Nothing more, nothing less.
Dec 22, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Nice ride around the mountains to Pai.
Dec 20, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
was extremely uncomfortable in the second row due to hip problems. Next time I will have to have a seat which will allow more leg room
Dec 19, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
It was a little confusing to check in and find where the bus was. The ride was definitely windy around the curves, but the driver and turns weren't nearly as bad as some of the stories i read.
Dec 18, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
On time, perfectly. Careful, helpful communicative driver . Good value :)
Dec 18, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Very good service.
Dec 16, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Took the 8.30am departure. On time and driver drove well.
Dec 14, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Driver was great
Dec 13, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
Had no problem finding the minivan bay, it was there ages before departure. Large luggage gets strapped to the roof so I advise you have your important stuff with you inside just incase the luggage comes flying off. Set off on time, had two stops, one for fuel and the second about half way just to stretch our legs for 10 minutes. Arrived about 15 minutes late. Honestly it wasn't the most comfy of rides, the vans seats aren't comfy and are made of faux leather. Finally, be prepared for very winding roads, once you get away from Chiang Mai it's constant sharp turns all the way, luckily nobody was sick but I was certainly feeling ropey at the end.
Dec 13, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Excellent service, friendly staff
Dec 13, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Exellent
Dec 12, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
It's a long drive with a lot of hills. If you quickly car sick don't take this ride
Dec 9, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
Really had to use the restroom halfway thru and was told there would be a bathroom break halfway thru, but we never stopped. Also, the driver passed along some tight corners and came super close to a head on in the process, not the best ride of my life.
Dec 4, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Overall very good experience.
Dec 4, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Excellent driver, was a very nice and affordable trip.
Dec 2, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★☆☆
Bags were stacked next to my seat leaving very little room, it's a windy road and if you are prone to motion ilness a little wiggle room tends to be necessary, ticket collection was simple just keep an eye out for your numbered bus on the station platform
Dec 1, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Amazing!!! Last time I went to Pai the driver drove crazy! So this time I was a bit scared before we left but the ride was perfect. The driver drove very carefully, I felt safe all the time and he was nice. Of course I only have experience with this particular driver, so maybe there are insane drivers in this company but I would really recommend to give it a try.
Dec 1, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★☆☆☆
Two people got sick and he was driving around corners so fast we came close to hitting other vehicles multiple times.
Dec 1, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Great driver thanks
Nov 30, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
Driving was slightly too fast and reckless at times, but overall OK.
Nov 30, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
Bit of cramped quarters but the van was in good shape and the driver was very competent at his job and the 10 minute rest break was much appreciated
Nov 28, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
Service ran on time.I had the best seat next to driver so had best view of beautiful drive and winding road didn't trouble me.Very convenient drop off in central Pai. Conveniently timed rest stop for toilet and snacks.
Nov 26, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Excellent driver who took care on the very long windy mountain roads! Air con worked - recommended!
Nov 26, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Good
Nov 25, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
Driver goes too fast.
Nov 25, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
The cardriver was very good & carefully.!
Nov 24, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
Good transport! Great driving. Nobody was scared. Most people were sleeping during the ride. The biggest point to improve is the terminal in Chiang Mai. Horrible to say the least. Hard to find the reception. Not clear at all. Coordinates helped me well to walk the right direction
Nov 24, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
No help/information given from driver or anything but it was all super easy to figure out. Love assigned seats. Drive was fast and smooth. Had about a 15 minute pit stop at a rest stop with toilets and food. No complaints.
Nov 23, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Excellent journey and times were as stated!
Nov 23, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Good driver.
Nov 21, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Excellent service
Nov 20, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Good driver. Good minivan
Nov 18, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Safe drive, air con working very well. Friendly driver, he speaks English! Nice view on the way and the curves are not too bad at all.
Nov 18, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
Someone puked, so having available puke bags might be nice.
Nov 17, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Booking process was simple and quick, driver was helpful with bags and drove us safely through the windy roads to Pai. Will recommend to friends. Thank you!
Nov 17, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
1. Such a smooth booking process. 2. The driver was great: safe navigation. Please say thank you. 3. Overall we reached Pai satisfied. 4. Thank you so much. 5. Please keep focused on the customer service.
Nov 12, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Very good! Luggage was on the roof of the bus, so everybody can sit well.
Nov 11, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Good organisation, mini bus as expected and got us there in good time
Nov 11, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Quick travel :-)
Nov 9, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Safe driver. Good to see he had a good lunch at the rest stop. I enjoyed the calming music he played. He was quick to respond when a passenger was not well. He pulled over so she could use the rest room and waited patiently for her. Have booked the van for route to airport. The ticket office workers are not so friendly or helpful so the ticket part was a bit stressful.
Nov 9, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★☆
The minivan is on time and clean. Great driver..
Nov 8, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
nice van, good driver. would do again.
Nov 8, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Very fast and efficient way to get to Pai. Timings are spot on. Drivers was a bit grumpy but suddenly cheered up when we departed. He was quite funny. Safe ride and not too sickly at all
Nov 6, 2018
bus Minivan, Prem Pracha
★★★★★
Safe driver, comfortable mini-van, nice views.

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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 4,790. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as THB 200.

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 140 miles (225 km). The flying distance is 58 miles (93 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 200 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 4,790.

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

  • Bus tickets - THB 200 to THB 200;
  • Plane tickets - THB 1,990 to THB 1,990;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from THB 3,350 to THB 4,790.

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 10 available bus trips every day.
  • Flights from Chiang Mai to Pai depart during the day - there are approximately 1 departures a 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?

Flights

Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Chiang Mai to Pai. While it’s often the most expensive option, tool, occasionally you can grab promotional tickets for more or less the price of a train or a ferry ticket. Normally, the minimum you need to pay for a Plane ticket is THB 1,990.

Things to remember before boarding a plane:

  • It’s recommended to book a ticket in advance and check-in online. This way, you can save over 2 hours at the airport, and if your seat selection is on a first come first served basis you will have more options to choose from.
  • Getting through security checks may take some time - it’s recommended to get to the airport at least 1.5 hours in advance.

Airlines flying from Chiang Mai to Pai
Wisdom Airways (วิสดอม แอร์เวย์)

Buses

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.

Taxi

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 3,350.

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:

  • 998 decided to go for a bus.
  • 2 users took a plane.
  • 2 decided to catch a taxi.