There are 7 ways to get from Chiang Mai to Xishuangbanna by plane, taxi, 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.

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Fly Chiang Mai to Jinghong  •  3 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Jinghong (JHG) CNX - JHG

$46 - $382

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Bus to Chiang Rai, fly to Jinghong  •  7 h 13 min

  1. Take the bus from เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai to เชียงราย Chiang Rai
  2. Fly from Chiang Rai (CEI) to Jinghong (JHG) CEI - JHG

$41 - $313

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Fly Chiang Mai to Simao, taxi  •  7 h 22 min

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Simao (SYM) CNX - SYM
  2. Take a taxi from Simao to Xishuangbanna

$255 - $996

Bus via Nong Khai  •  38 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Nong Khai
  2. Take the bus from Laos Vientiane to Kunming South
  3. Take the bus from Kunming South to Jinghong

$141 - $150

Bus  •  2 days 5 h

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Luang Prabang Laos
  2. Take the bus from Naga Express Travel Luang Prabang to Kunming Yunnan
  3. Take the bus from Kunming South to Jinghong

$155

Night bus, Sleeper, bus  •  2 days 8 h

  1. Take the night bus from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai
  2. Take the Sleeper from Vientiane Bus Station to Kunming South Bus Station
  3. Take the bus from Kunming South to Jinghong

$175 - $184

Drive  •  9 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Chiang Mai to Xishuangbanna 390.5 miles

$55 - $85

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No, there is no direct bus from Chiang Mai to Xishuangbanna. However, there are services departing from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal and arriving at Jinghong via Nong Khai, Laos Vientiane and Kunming South. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 38 h 15 min.

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The distance between Chiang Mai and Xishuangbanna is 404 km. The road distance is 624.8 km.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Xishuangbanna without a car is to bus which takes 38 h 15 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 51 min to get from Chiang Mai to Xishuangbanna, including transfers.

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Chiang Mai to Xishuangbanna 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 Xishuangbanna is to fly which takes 3 h 51 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 38 h 15 min.

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The quickest flight from Chiang Mai Airport to Jinghong Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Chiang Mai to Xishuangbanna bus services, operated by China Bus Guide, arrive at Jinghong station.

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Xishuangbanna is 1 h ahead of Chiang Mai. It is currently 8:40 AM in Chiang Mai and 9:40 AM in Xishuangbanna.

Yes, the driving distance between Chiang Mai to Xishuangbanna is 625 km. It takes approximately 9 h 17 min to drive from Chiang Mai to Xishuangbanna.

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  • Distance: 252.7 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 51 min

What companies run services between Chiang Mai, Thailand and Xishuangbanna, China?

Ruili Airlines flies from Chiang Mai to Xishuangbanna 4 times a week. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chiang Mai to Xishuangbanna via Nong Khai, Vientiane Talat Sao Station, Laos Vientiane, and Kunming South in around 38 h 15 min.

Airlines
China Eastern Airlines
Website
en.ceair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Simao via Kunming
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,200
Ruili Airlines
Website
rlair.net
Flights from Chiang Mai to Jinghong
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $380
Flights from Chiang Rai to Jinghong
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $300
Bus operators
Greenbus Thailand
Website
greenbusthailand.com
Bus from เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai to เชียงราย Chiang Rai
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Orsuksa Tour
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Nong Khai
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27
Schedules at
easybook.com
Baidu
Website
zhidao.baidu.com
Bus from Laos Vientiane to Kunming South
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$81
Schedules at
zhidao.baidu.com
China Bus Guide
Website
chinabusguide.com
Bus from Kunming South to Jinghong
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$33
Schedules at
chinabusguide.com
Naga travel
Website
nagatravel.com
Bus from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Luang Prabang Laos
Ave. Duration
20 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$46
Schedules at
nagatravel.com
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12go.asia
Bus from Naga Express Travel Luang Prabang to Kunming Yunnan
Ave. Duration
25 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$76
Schedules at
12go.asia
Sueksa Tour
Website
12go.asia
Night bus from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai
Ave. Duration
12 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
Thongly Bus
Website
baolau.com
Night bus from Vientiane Bus Station to Kunming South Bus Station
Ave. Duration
31 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$113
Schedules at
baolau.com
Other operators
Taxi from Simao to Xishuangbanna
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Estimated price
$35 - $45

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Ruili Airlines offers flights from Chiang Mai Airport to Jinghong Airport.

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There are 119+ hotels available in Xishuangbanna. Prices start at $11 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 .

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