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Recommended option

Fly  •  1 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Luang Prabang (LPQ) to Chiang Mai (CNX) LPQ - CNX

$83 - $299

Cheapest option

Bus The Transport Company  •  17 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Luang Prabang Southern Terminal to Nan
  2. Take the bus from Nan to Chiang Mai 169

$19 - $37

2 alternative options

Bus Naga travel  •  20 h

  1. Take the bus from Luang Prabang Laos to Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal

$47

Drive  •  10 h 2 min

  1. Drive from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai 390 miles

$55 - $80

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

Lao Airlines flies from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai 4 times a week. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai via Nan, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal in around 17 h 8 min.

Airlines
Lao Airlines
Website
laoairlines.com
Flights from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $270
Bus operators
The Transport Company
Website
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Luang Prabang Southern Terminal to Nan
Ave. Duration
10 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $22
Schedules at
12go.asia
Greenbus Thailand
Naga travel
Website
nagatravel.com
Bus from Luang Prabang Laos to Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
20 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$47
Schedules at
nagatravel.com
Book at
12go.asia

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Luang Prabang and Chiang Mai is 352 km. The road distance is 624 km.

The cheapest way to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai is to bus which costs $19 - $40 and takes 17 h 8 min.

The quickest way to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai is to fly which takes 1 h 57 min and costs $80 - $300.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Luang Prabang Laos and arriving at Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 20 h.

It takes approximately 1 h 57 min to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai, including transfers.