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There are 6 ways to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai by plane, bus, train, night bus, night train 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  •  2 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Tan Son Nhat (SGN) to Chiang Mai (CNX) SGN - CNX

$80 - $235

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Bus, train  •  30 h 41 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

4 alternative options

Bus  •  28 h 16 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 Arcade Bus Terminal

$48 - $70

Bus via วัดหม้อคำตวง Mo Kham Tuang Temple  •  30 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 Sombat Tour Viphawadee 13 to Chiang Mai

$62 - $75

Bus, night bus, night train  •  35 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh Khai Nam Bus
  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

$50 - $87

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 and night bus and night train which costs $50 - $90 and takes 35 h 23 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 13 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 Arcade Bus Terminal via Leang Heng Bookshop, Phnom Penh and Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 28 h 16 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 28 h 16 min and costs $45 - $75.

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It takes approximately 2 h 13 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 13 min and costs $80 - $240. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $45 - $75 and takes 28 h 16 min.

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The quickest flight from Tan Son Nhat Airport to Chiang Mai Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 5 min.

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Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai bus services, operated by Sombat Tour, arrive at Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal 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 13 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 hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai via Phnom Penh Cambodia - Sing Tourist Office, Leang Heng Bookshop, Soriya Cinema, Phnom Penh, and Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal in around 28 h 16 min.

Airlines
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $180
Thai Airways International
Website
thaiairways.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Vietjet Air
Website
vietjetair.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $240
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Train operators
State Railway of Thailand
Phone
1690
Email
webmaster.srt@railway.co.th
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
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$6 - $10
2nd Class (Seat)
$13 - $19
2nd Class (Berth)
$22 - $30
1st Class (Berth)
$35 - $50
Night train from Hua Lamphong to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
13 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
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)
$22 - $30
1st Class (Berth)
$35 - $50
Bus operators
The Sinh Tourist
Phone
+84-28 3838 9596
Email
info@thesinhtourist.vn
Website
thesinhtourist.vn
Bus from Ho Chi Minh - Sinh Tourist Office to Phnom Penh Cambodia - Sing Tourist Office
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
thesinhtourist.vn
Book at
12go.asia
The Transport Company
Phone
089 226 2769
Website
home.transport.co.th
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
Bus from Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal to Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $24
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
Sombat Tour
Phone
077 281 110
Website
sombattour.com
Bus from Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal to Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $25
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Book at
12go.asia
Star
$16
Super
$18
Supreme
$23 - $25
Bus from Sombat Tour Viphawadee 13 to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $27
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Book at
12go.asia
Star
$15
Super
$17
Supreme
$22 - $24
Nakhonchai Air
Phone
0-2939-4999
Email
CustomerService@Nakhonchaiair.com
Website
nakhonchaiair.com
Bus from Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal to Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
10 h 27 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $20
Schedules at
www2.nakhonchaiair.com
Book at
nakhonchaiair.com
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
Khai Nam Transport
Phone
0972 098 300
Email
khainam_vietnam@yahoo.com
Website
en.khainamtransport.com
Bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh Khai Nam Bus
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9
Schedules at
en.khainamtransport.com
Book at
bookmebus.com
Virak Buntham
Phone
016 786 270
Email
support@virakbuntham.com
Website
virakbuntham.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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Vietjet Air, Thai Smile, Vietnam Airlines and four other airlines offer flights from Tan Son Nhat Airport to Chiang Mai Airport.

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There are 2180+ hotels available in Chiang Mai. Prices start at $18 USD per night.

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