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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Udon Thani, train  •  13 h 3 min

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

$84 - $227

Cheapest option

Bus Phetprasert Tour  •  17 h 49 min

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

$20 - $39

4 alternative options

Fly to Luang Prabang  •  3 h 28 min

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

$81 - $298

Bus Orsuksa Tour  •  16 h

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

$40

Night bus  •  21 h 28 min

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

$67 - $92

Drive  •  10 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Chiang Mai to Vientiane 385.9 miles

$50 - $80

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chiang Mai to Laos is to bus which costs ฿650 - ฿1400 and takes 17 h 49 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chiang Mai to Laos is to fly which costs ฿2700 - ฿10000 and takes 3 h 28 min.

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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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It takes approximately 13 h 3 min to get from Chiang Mai to Laos, including transfers.

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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 16 h.

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

Lao Airlines flies from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang 4 times a week. Alternatively, Orsuksa Tour operates a bus from Chiang Mai to Vientiane once daily. Tickets cost $26 and the journey takes 13 h.

Airlines
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $140
Thai Lion Mentari
Website
lionairthai.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $160
Lao Airlines
Website
laoairlines.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $270
Train operators
State Railway of Thailand
Website
railway.co.th
Train from Udon Thani to Nong Khai
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $28
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$1 - $5
2nd Class (Seat)
$7 - $11
2nd Class (Berth)
$16 - $22
1st Class (Berth)
$21 - $28
Bus operators
Orsuksa Tour
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Nong Khai
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26
Schedules at
easybook.com
Phetprasert Tour
Phone
056 720 720
Website
phetprasert.com
Bus from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani
Ave. Duration
12 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $27
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
The Transport Company
Website
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Udon Thani to Vientiane Talat Sao Station
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $12
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Sueksa Tour
Website
12go.asia
Night bus from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai
Ave. Duration
12 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia

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