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There are 6 ways to get from Chiang Mai to Thakhèk by plane, bus or car

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Fly Chiang Mai to Nakhon Phanom  •  6h 6m

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Nakhon Phanom (KOP) CNX - KOP

$45 - $171

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Bus  •  15h 53m

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Phanom 876

$23 - $35

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Fly Chiang Mai to Sakon Nakhon, bus  •  13h 15m

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Sakon Nakhon (SNO) CNX - SNO
  2. Take the bus from Sakon Nakhon to Nakhon Phanom

$62 - $121

Bus to Chiang Rai, fly to Nakhon Phanom  •  9h 7m

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai
  2. Fly from Chiang Rai (CEI) to Nakhon Phanom (KOP) CEI - KOP

$51 - $95

Bus via Vientiane  •  22h

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

$52 - $61

Drive  •  13h 44m

  1. Drive from Chiang Mai to Thakhèk 878.9 km

$75 - $120

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The cheapest way to get from Chiang Mai to Thakhèk is to bus which costs ฿700 - ฿1100 and takes 15h 53m.

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The quickest way to get from Chiang Mai to Thakhèk is to fly which costs ฿1400 - ฿5500 and takes 6h 6m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chiang Mai to Thakhèk. However, there are services departing from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal and arriving at Thakhek via Nong Khai and Vientiane. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 22h.

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The distance between Chiang Mai and Thakhèk is 637 km. The road distance is 878.9 km.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Thakhèk without a car is to bus via Vientiane which takes 22h and costs ฿1600 - ฿2000.

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It takes approximately 6h 6m to get from Chiang Mai to Thakhèk, including transfers.

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Chiang Mai to Thakhèk 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 Thakhèk is to fly which takes 6h 6m and costs ฿1400 - ฿5500. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ฿700 - ฿1100 and takes 15h 53m.

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There is no direct flight from Chiang Mai Airport to Nakhon Phanom Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 5m and has one stopover.

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Chiang Mai to Thakhèk bus services, operated by Soutchai Travel, arrive at Thakhek station.

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Map of how to get from Chiang Mai to Thakhèk.
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  • Distance: 636.6 km
  • Duration: 6h 6m

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

Thai AirAsia and Thai Lion Mentari fly from Chiang Mai to Thakhèk every 2 hours. Alternatively, Phetprasert Tour operates a bus from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Phanom 3 times a day. Tickets cost $23 - $35 and the journey takes 15h 25m.

Airlines
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Phanom via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
4h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $170
Flights from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Phanom via Danang, Don Muang
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $360
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sakon Nakhon via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
9h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sakon Nakhon via Khon Kaen, Don Muang
Ave. Duration
14h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $220
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sakon Nakhon via Krabi, Don Muang
Ave. Duration
15h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $370
Flights from Chiang Mai to Sakon Nakhon via Surat Thani, Don Muang
Ave. Duration
17h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $330
Flights from Chiang Rai to Nakhon Phanom via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
5h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Bus operators
Phetprasert Tour
Phone
+66 56 720 720
Website
phetprasert.com
Bus from Sakon Nakhon to Nakhon Phanom
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
Bus from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Phanom
Ave. Duration
15h 25m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
Greenbus Thailand
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
$30
Schedules at
easybook.com
Soutchai Travel
Phone
+856 21 254512-5
Email
kenlotchana.travel@gmail.com
Website
soutchaitravel.com
Bus from Vientiane to Thakhek
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21
Schedules at
soutchaitravel.com
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12go.asia

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Yes, the driving distance between Chiang Mai to Thakhèk is 879 km. It takes approximately 13h 44m to drive from Chiang Mai to Thakhèk.

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Thai Lion Mentari and Thai AirAsia offer flights from Chiang Mai Airport to Nakhon Phanom Airport.

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There are 38+ hotels available in Thakhèk. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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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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