There are 6 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.

Recommended option

Fly to Jinghong  •  3 h 48 min

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

$46 - $381

5 alternative options

Fly to Simao, taxi  •  7 h 20 min

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

$255 - $1,000

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

$147 - $156

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

$157

Bus, Sleeper  •  2 days 9 h

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani 876
  2. Take the bus from Udon Thani to Vientiane Talat Sao Station
  3. Take the Sleeper from Vientiane Bus Station to Kunming South Bus Station
  4. Take the bus from Kunming South to Jinghong

$167 - $187

Drive  •  9 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Chiang Mai to Xishuangbanna 390.5 miles

$55 - $85

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chiang Mai to Xishuangbanna is to drive which costs ฿1800 - ฿2700 and takes 9 h 17 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chiang Mai to Xishuangbanna is to fly which costs ฿1500 - ฿13000 and takes 3 h 48 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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It takes approximately 3 h 48 min to get from Chiang Mai to Xishuangbanna, including transfers.

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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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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
4 h 56 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
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
Baidu
Website
zhidao.baidu.com
Bus from Laos Vientiane to Kunming South
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$86
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
$34
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
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from Naga Express Travel Luang Prabang to Kunming Yunnan
Ave. Duration
25 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$78
Schedules at
12go.asia
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 - $28
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
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 - $50

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