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There are 9 ways to get from Vang Vieng to Chiang Mai by bus, night bus, car or plane

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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Bus via Nong Khai  •  18h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Vang Vieng Naga Travel to Nong Khai Bus Station
  2. Take the bus from Nong Khai to Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal

฿1786

Cheapest option

Minivan, bus  •  22h 30m

  1. Take the minivan from Vang Vieng Malany to Vientiane Bus Station
  2. Take the bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai Terminal 2

฿1642

7 alternative options

Bus  •  29h

  1. Take the bus from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang
  2. Take the bus from Luang Prabang Naluang Terminal to Chiang Mai Terminal 3

฿2072

Bus, night bus  •  18h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Vang Vieng Naga Travel to Nong Khai Bus Station
  2. Take the night bus from Nong Khai to Chiang Mai

฿1750

Drive  •  10h 58m

  1. Drive from Vang Vieng to Chiang Mai 691.2 km

฿1900 - ฿2800

Bus to Luang Prabang, fly to Chiang Mai  •  9h 37m

  1. Take the bus from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang
  2. Fly from Luang Prabang (LPQ) to Chiang Mai (CNX) LPQ - CNX

฿3264 - ฿6804

Minivan to Vientiane, fly to Chiang Mai  •  9h 41m

  1. Take the minivan from Vang Vieng Malany to Vientiane Bus Station
  2. Fly from Vientiane (VTE) to Chiang Mai (CNX) VTE - CNX

฿2294 - ฿6294

Drive to Phon Savan, fly to Chiang Mai  •  8h 12m

  1. Drive from Vang Vieng to Phon Savan
  2. Fly from Phon Savan (XKH) to Chiang Mai (CNX) XKH - CNX

Minivan to Vientiane, fly to Lampang, bus  •  14h 20m

  1. Take the minivan from Vang Vieng Malany to Vientiane Bus Station
  2. Fly from Vientiane (VTE) to Lampang (LPT) VTE - LPT
  3. Take the bus from Lampang to Chiang Mai

฿3959 - ฿10084

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Vang Vieng to Chiang Mai is to minivan and bus which costs $52 and takes 22h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Vang Vieng to Chiang Mai is to bus and fly which costs $100 - $220 and takes 9h 37m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Vang Vieng to Chiang Mai. However, there are services departing from Vang Vieng Naga Travel and arriving at Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal via Nong Khai. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18h 30m.

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The distance between Vang Vieng and Chiang Mai is 365 km. The road distance is 691.2 km.

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The best way to get from Vang Vieng to Chiang Mai without a car is to bus via Nong Khai which takes 18h 30m and costs $57.

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It takes approximately 18h 30m to get from Vang Vieng to Chiang Mai, including transfers.

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Vang Vieng to Chiang Mai bus services, operated by Naga travel, depart from Vang Vieng Naga Travel station.

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The quickest flight from Luang Prabang Airport to Chiang Mai Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Vang Vieng to Chiang Mai bus services, operated by Orsuksa Tour, arrive at Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Vang Vieng to Chiang Mai is 691 km. It takes approximately 10h 58m to drive from Vang Vieng to Chiang Mai.

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  • Distance: 364.7 km
  • Duration: 18h 30m

What companies run services between Vang Vieng, Laos and Chiang Mai, Thailand?

You can take a bus from Vang Vieng to Chiang Mai via Nong Khai in around 18h 30m.

Airlines
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿3600 - ฿9000
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿3600 - ฿9500
Flights from Phon Savan to Chiang Mai via Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
฿2400 - ฿3900
Flights from Phon Savan to Chiang Mai via Vientiane, Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿3100 - ฿8000
Flights from Vientiane to Lampang via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿3500 - ฿9500
Lao Airlines
Website
laoairlines.com
Flights from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
฿2500 - ฿9000
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
฿3100 - ฿5500
Flights from Phon Savan to Chiang Mai via Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
฿2400 - ฿3900
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿2000 - ฿6500
Flights from Phon Savan to Chiang Mai via Vientiane, Don Muang
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿1700 - ฿5500
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿2000 - ฿6000
Flights from Phon Savan to Chiang Mai via Luang Prabang, Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
฿1600 - ฿5500
China Eastern Airlines
Website
en.ceair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Kunming
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
฿9000 - ฿11000
Bus operators
Naga travel
Website
nagatravel.com
Bus from Vang Vieng Naga Travel to Nong Khai Bus Station
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿852
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
Orsuksa Tour
Phone
084-2626003
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Nong Khai to Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
13h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿934
Schedules at
easybook.com
minivan
Bus from Vang Vieng Malany to Vientiane Bus Station
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
฿221
Schedules at
baolau.com
Thai-Lao International Bus
Bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai Terminal 2
Ave. Duration
17h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿1421
Schedules at
baolau.com
Treasure Travel Laos
Phone
+856 (0) 71254682
Email
info@treasuretravellaos.com
Website
treasuretravellaos.com
Bus from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
฿524
Schedules at
facebook.com
Book at
baolau.com
Naluang
Phone
856071212979
Website
naluangstation.com
Bus from Luang Prabang Naluang Terminal to Chiang Mai Terminal 3
Ave. Duration
22h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿1548
Schedules at
naluangstation.com
Book at
12go.asia
The Transport Company
Phone
089 226 2769
Email
borkorsor@transport.co.th
Website
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
18h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
฿440 - ฿1200
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Sueksa Tour
Phone
(053-248537).
Website
12go.asia
Night bus from Nong Khai to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
12h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
฿898
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
Phetprasert Tour
Phone
+66 56 720 720
Website
phetprasert.com
Bus from Lampang to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
฿75 - ฿110
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
Book at
12go.asia
Nakhonchai Air
Phone
0-2939-4999
Email
CustomerService@Nakhonchaiair.com
Website
nakhonchaiair.com
Bus from Lampang to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
฿130 - ฿170
Schedules at
www2.nakhonchaiair.com
Book at
nakhonchaiair.com

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Lao Airlines and Bangkok Airways offer flights from Luang Prabang Airport to Chiang Mai Airport.

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