There are 7 ways to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai by plane, bus, train, night bus, night train or car

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Fly  •  2 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) to Chiang Mai (CNX) SGN - CNX

$80 - $235

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Bus, train via Poipet  •  35 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Ho Chi Minh - Sinh Tourist Office to Phnom Penh Cambodia - Sing Tourist Office
  2. Take the train from Phnom Penh Station to Poipet
  3. Take the train from Aranyaprathet to Hua Lamphong
  4. Take the train from Hua Lamphong to Chiang Mai

$40 - $115

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Bus  •  29 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from Ho Chi Minh - Sinh Tourist Office to Phnom Penh Cambodia - Sing Tourist Office
  2. Take the bus from Phnom Penh to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
  3. Take the bus from Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal to Chiang Mai

$61 - $71

Bus, train  •  30 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Ho Chi Minh - Sinh Tourist Office to Phnom Penh Cambodia - Sing Tourist Office
  2. Take the bus from Phnom Penh to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
  3. Take the train from Bang Sue to Chiang Mai

$47 - $96

Bus via วัดหม้อคำตวง Mo Kham Tuang Temple  •  33 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh
  2. Take the bus from Phnom Penh to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
  3. Take the bus from Bangkok Mochit to Chiang Mai

$58 - $72

Bus, night bus, night train  •  36 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Ho Chi Minh Virak Buntham Express to Phnom Penh Virak Buntham Express
  2. Take the night bus from Phnom Penh Virak Buntham Express to Bangkok Khao San Road
  3. Take the night train from Hua Lamphong to Chiang Mai

$54 - $91

Drive  •  21 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai 916.6 miles

$120 - $190

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The cheapest way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai is to bus which costs $55 - $75 and takes 33 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai is to fly which costs $80 - $240 and takes 2 h 36 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai. However, there are services departing from Ho Chi Minh - Sinh Tourist Office and arriving at Chiang Mai via Phnom Penh and Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 29 h 19 min.

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The distance between Ho Chi Minh City and Chiang Mai is 1215 km. The road distance is 1466.6 km.

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The best way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai without a car is to bus which takes 29 h 19 min and costs $60 - $75.

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It takes approximately 2 h 36 min to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai, including transfers.

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Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai bus services, operated by The Sinh Tourist, depart from Ho Chi Minh - Sinh Tourist Office station.

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The best way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai is to fly which takes 2 h 36 min and costs $80 - $240. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $60 - $75 and takes 29 h 19 min.

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The quickest flight from Ho Chi Minh City Airport to Chiang Mai Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 55 min.

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Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai bus services, operated by The Transport Company, arrive at Chiang Mai station.

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Map of how to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai.
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  • Distance: 759.2 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 36 min

What companies run services between Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Chiang Mai, Thailand?

Vietjet Air, Nok Air and six other airlines fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai via Phnom Penh Cambodia - Sing Tourist Office, Phnom Penh, and Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal in around 29 h 19 min.

Airlines
Vietjet Air
Website
vietjetair.com
Flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $240
Flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $250
Thai Airways International
Website
thaiairways.com
Flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $180
Vietnam Airlines
Website
vietnamairlines.com
Flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Train operators
State Railway of Thailand
Website
railway.co.th
Train from Bang Sue to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
10 h 40 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $50
Schedules at
railway.co.th
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12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$6 - $10
2nd Class (Seat)
$13 - $19
2nd Class (Berth)
$22 - $30
1st Class (Berth)
$35 - $50
Train from Aranyaprathet to Hua Lamphong
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $35
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$3 - $7
2nd Class (Seat)
$9 - $14
2nd Class (Berth)
$19 - $25
1st Class (Berth)
$27 - $35
Train from Hua Lamphong to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $50
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$6 - $10
2nd Class (Seat)
$13 - $19
2nd Class (Berth)
$23 - $30
1st Class (Berth)
$35 - $50
Royal Railway Cambodia
Website
royal-railway.com
Train from Phnom Penh Station to Poipet
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$0 - $12
Schedules at
facebook.com
Bus operators
The Sinh Tourist
Website
thesinhtourist.vn
Bus from Ho Chi Minh - Sinh Tourist Office to Phnom Penh Cambodia - Sing Tourist Office
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
thesinhtourist.vn
Book at
12go.asia
Nattakan Transport
Bus from Phnom Penh to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
bookmebus.com
The Transport Company
Website
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $25
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from Phnom Penh to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $28
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Nakhonchai Air
Website
nakhonchaiair.com
Bus from Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
10 h 27 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $20
Schedules at
www2.nakhonchaiair.com
Book at
nakhonchaiair.com
Giant Ibis
Sombat Tour
Phone
+66 27921456
Website
sombattour.com
Bus from Bangkok Mochit to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $25
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Book at
12go.asia
Star
$16
Super
$18
Supreme
$23 - $25
Bangkok Busline
Website
bangkokbusline.com
Bus from Bangkok Bus Terminal Mochit to Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$22
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
Virak Buntham
Website
virakbuntham.com
Bus from Ho Chi Minh Virak Buntham Express to Phnom Penh Virak Buntham Express
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14
Schedules at
virakbuntham.com
Book at
bookmebus.com
Night bus from Phnom Penh Virak Buntham Express to Bangkok Khao San Road
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26
Schedules at
virakbuntham.com
Book at
12go.asia

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Yes, the driving distance between Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai is 1467 km. It takes approximately 21 h 31 min to drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai.

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Jetstar Pacific Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Thai Vietjet Air and five other airlines offer flights from Ho Chi Minh City Airport to Chiang Mai Airport.

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There are 1928+ hotels available in Chiang Mai. Prices start at $16 USD per night.

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