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There are 10 ways to get from Chiang Mai to Son Doong Cave by plane, car, train, bus or night bus

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

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Fly to Nakhon Phanom, drive  •  9h 54m

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Nakhon Phanom (KOP) CNX - KOP
  2. Drive from Nakhon Phanom to Son Doong Cave

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Bus via Khon Kaen  •  33h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen 874
  2. Take the bus from Khon Kaen to Mukdahan 829
  3. Take the bus from Savannakhet to Hue - Sinh Tourist Office
  4. Take the bus from Hue to Phong Nha Ke Bang

8 alternative options

Fly to Dong Hoi  •  7h 11m

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Dong Hoi (VDH) CNX - VDH

Fly to Ubon, drive  •  11h 41m

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Ubon (UBP) CNX - UBP
  2. Drive from Ubon to Son Doong Cave

Fly to Danang, train  •  11h 30m

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Danang (DAD) CNX - DAD
  2. Take the train from Da Nang to Dong Hoi

Train, bus  •  32h 15m

  1. Take the train from Chiang Mai to Phitsanulok
  2. Take the bus from Phitsanulok to Mukdahan 829
  3. Take the bus from Savannakhet to Hue - Sinh Tourist Office
  4. Take the train from Hue to Dong Hoi Se8

Bus  •  35h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Mai to Yasothon 874
  2. Take the bus from Yasothon to Mukdahan
  3. Take the bus from Savannakhet to Hue - Sinh Tourist Office
  4. Take the bus from Hue to Phong Nha Ke Bang

Bus, night bus, train  •  38h 53m

  1. Take the bus from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Nong Khai
  2. Take the night bus from Vientiane to Vinh
  3. Take the train from Vinh to Minh Le Se7

Night bus, train  •  38h 28m

  1. Take the night bus from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai
  2. Take the night bus from Vientiane to Vinh
  3. Take the train from Vinh to Minh Le Se7

Drive  •  18h 11m

  1. Drive from Chiang Mai to Son Doong Cave 1154.8 km

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The cheapest way to get from Chiang Mai to Son Doong Cave is to bus via Khon Kaen which costs ฿2200 - ฿2800 and takes 33h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Chiang Mai to Son Doong Cave is to fly which costs ฿3200 - ฿7000 and takes 7h 11m.

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The distance between Chiang Mai and Son Doong Cave is 786 km. The road distance is 1154.8 km.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Son Doong Cave without a car is to bus which takes 35h 20m and costs ฿2300 - ฿2900.

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It takes approximately 9h 54m to get from Chiang Mai to Son Doong Cave, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Son Doong Cave is to fly which takes 7h 11m and costs ฿3200 - ฿7000. Alternatively, you can bus via Khon Kaen, which costs ฿2200 - ฿2800 and takes 33h 20m.

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There is no direct flight from Chiang Mai Airport to Nakhon Phanom Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 30m and has one stopover.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chiang Mai to Son Doong Cave is 1155 km. It takes approximately 18h 11m to drive from Chiang Mai to Son Doong Cave.

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Thai Smile, Thai Lion Mentari, Nok Air and Thai AirAsia offer flights from Chiang Mai Airport to Nakhon Phanom Airport.

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There are 47+ hotels available in Son Doong Cave. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Chiang Mai to Son Doong Cave.
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  • Distance: 785.8 km
  • Duration: 9h 54m

What companies run services between Chiang Mai, Thailand and Son Doong Cave, Vietnam?

Thai AirAsia, Bamboo Airways and five other airlines fly from Chiang Mai to Son Doong Cave 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chiang Mai to Son Doong Cave via Khon Kaen, Mukdahan, Savannakhet, Hue - Sinh Tourist Office, Hue, and Phong Nha Ke Bang in around 33h 20m.

Airlines
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Phanom via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Flights from Chiang Mai to Ubon
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$55 - $370
Flights from Chiang Mai to Ubon via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $370
Vietnam Airlines
Website
vietnamairlines.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Dong Hoi via Danang, Noi Bai International
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $220
Flights from Chiang Mai to Dong Hoi via Suvarnabhumi, Tan Son Nhat
Ave. Duration
8h 6m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $450
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Phanom via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $170
Flights from Chiang Mai to Danang
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $160
Bamboo Airways
Website
bambooairways.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Dong Hoi via Noi Bai International
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Flights from Chiang Mai to Dong Hoi via Tan Son Nhat
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $160
Flights from Chiang Mai to Dong Hoi via Suvarnabhumi, Noi Bai International
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $440
Thai Vietjet Air
Website
vietjetair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Ubon via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $280
Flights from Chiang Mai to Danang via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $190
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Phanom via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $170
Flights from Chiang Mai to Ubon via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $300
Vietjet Air
Website
vietjetair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Danang via Tan Son Nhat
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $150
Train operators
Vietnam Railways
Phone
19006469
Email
support1@dsvn.vn
Website
dsvn.vn
Train from Da Nang to Dong Hoi
Ave. Duration
6h 2m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $22
Website
http://dsvn.vn
Book at
https://12go.asia/
Hard seat, air-conditioned
$7 - $11
Soft seat, air-conditioned
$8 - $12
Bed, air-conditioned
$15 - $22
Train from Hue to Dong Hoi
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $18
Website
http://dsvn.vn
Book at
https://12go.asia/
Hard seat, air-conditioned
$5 - $9
Soft seat, air-conditioned
$6 - $9
Bed, air-conditioned
$12 - $18
Train from Vinh to Minh Le
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $18
Website
http://dsvn.vn
Book at
https://12go.asia/
Hard seat, air-conditioned
$5 - $9
Soft seat, air-conditioned
$6 - $9
Bed, air-conditioned
$12 - $18
State Railway of Thailand
Phone
1690
Email
webmaster.srt@railway.co.th
Website
railway.co.th
Train from Chiang Mai to Phitsanulok
Ave. Duration
5h 44m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$3 - $40
Website
http://www.railway.co.th/main/timetable/time-train.html
Book at
https://12go.asia/en/operator/thai-railways
Schedules at
https://www.railway.co.th/Home/Index
3rd Class (Seat)
$3 - $7
2nd Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
$18 - $25
2nd Class (Air-conditioned Seat)
$9 - $14
1st Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
$27 - $40
Bus operators
Phetprasert Tour
Phone
+66 56 720 720
Website
phetprasert.com
Bus from Phitsanulok to Mukdahan
Ave. Duration
9h 23m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $20
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen
Ave. Duration
11h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $20
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from Khon Kaen to Mukdahan
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from Chiang Mai to Yasothon
Ave. Duration
13h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
Book at
easybook.com
The Sinh Tourist
Phone
+84-28 3838 9596
Email
info@thesinhtourist.vn
Website
thesinhtourist.vn
Bus from Savannakhet to Hue - Sinh Tourist Office
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20
Schedules at
thesinhtourist.vn
Sombat Tour
Phone
077 281 110
Website
sombattour.com
Bus from Chiang Mai to Khon Kaen
Ave. Duration
11h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $24
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Book at
sombattour.com
Star
$15
Super
$17
Supreme
$23
Esan Tour
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Khon Kaen Bus Station
Ave. Duration
12h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21
Schedules at
12go.asia
Hey Travel
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Hue to Phong Nha Ke Bang
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7
Schedules at
facebook.com
Book at
baolau.com
Yellow Bus
Phone
038-967965-7
Email
yellowbus2008@gmail.com
Website
iloveyellowbus.com
Bus from Yasothon to Mukdahan
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
iloveyellowbus.com
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
$28
Schedules at
easybook.com
Soutchai Travel
Phone
+856 21 254512-5
Email
kenlotchana.travel@gmail.com
Website
soutchaitravel.com
Night bus from Vientiane to Vinh
Ave. Duration
16h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25
Schedules at
soutchaitravel.com
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
$27
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Mai Airport is to bus which takes 9 min and costs ฿15 - ฿20.

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