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There are 6 ways to get from Chiang Mai to Laos by plane, train, bus, night bus or car

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Fly to Luang Prabang  •  3h 24m

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Luang Prabang (LPQ) CNX - LPQ

$82 - $299

Cheapest option

Bus Phetprasert Tour  •  17h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani 876
  2. Take the bus from Udon Thani to Vientiane Talat Sao Station

$21 - $39

4 alternative options

Fly to Udon Thani, train  •  12h 49m

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Udon Thani (UTH) CNX - UTH
  2. Take the train from Udon Thani to Nong Khai

$87 - $229

Bus Orsuksa Tour  •  16h

  1. Take the bus from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Nong Khai

$40

Night bus  •  21h 28m

  1. Take the night bus from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai

$67 - $92

Drive  •  10h 40m

  1. Drive from Chiang Mai to Vientiane 385.9 miles

$50 - $80

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The cheapest way to get from Chiang Mai to Laos is to bus which costs ฿650 - ฿1300 and takes 17h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Chiang Mai to Laos is to fly which costs ฿2600 - ฿10000 and takes 3h 24m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chiang Mai to Laos. However, there are services departing from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal and arriving at Vientiane Naga Travel via Nong Khai Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h.

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The distance between Chiang Mai and Laos is 481 km. The road distance is 617.5 km.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Laos without a car is to bus which takes 16h and costs ฿1320.

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It takes approximately 3h 24m to get from Chiang Mai to Laos, including transfers.

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Chiang Mai to Laos bus services, operated by Orsuksa Tour, depart from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal station.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Laos is to fly which takes 3h 24m and costs ฿2600 - ฿10000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ฿1320 and takes 16h.

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The quickest flight from Chiang Mai Airport to Luang Prabang Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Chiang Mai to Laos bus services, operated by Orsuksa Tour, arrive at Nong Khai station.

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Map of how to get from Chiang Mai to Laos.
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  • Distance: 300.3 miles
  • Duration: 3h 24m

What companies run services between Chiang Mai, Thailand and Laos?

Lao Airlines and Bangkok Airways fly from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang once daily. Alternatively, Orsuksa Tour operates a bus from Chiang Mai to Vientiane once daily. Tickets cost $27 and the journey takes 13h.

Airlines
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $140
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Lao Airlines
Website
laoairlines.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $270
Train operators
State Railway of Thailand
Phone
1690
Email
webmaster.srt@railway.co.th
Website
railway.co.th
Train from Udon Thani to Nong Khai
Ave. Duration
38m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $29
Schedules at
railway.co.th
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12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$1 - $5
2nd Class (Seat)
$8 - $11
2nd Class (Berth)
$17 - $23
1st Class (Berth)
$22 - $29
Bus operators
Orsuksa Tour
Phone
084-2626003
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Nong Khai
Ave. Duration
13h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27
Schedules at
easybook.com
Phetprasert Tour
Phone
056 720 720
Website
phetprasert.com
Bus from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani
Ave. Duration
11h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
The Transport Company
Sueksa Tour
Phone
(053-248537).
Website
12go.asia
Night bus from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai
Ave. Duration
12h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia

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Yes, the driving distance between Chiang Mai to Laos is 618 km. It takes approximately 10h 40m to drive from Chiang Mai to Laos.

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Lao Airlines and Bangkok Airways offer flights from Chiang Mai Airport to Luang Prabang Airport.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Mai Airport is to bus which takes 8m and costs ฿20.

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