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There are 6 ways to get from Vientiane to Chiang Mai by bus, plane, 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.

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Bus to Udon Thani, fly  •  4h 24m

  1. Take the bus from Vientiane Phanthavong Tour Office to Udonthani
  2. Fly from Udon Thani (UTH) to Chiang Mai (CNX) UTH - CNX

$46 - $142

Cheapest option

Bus Orsuksa Tour  •  15h 24m

  1. Take the bus from Nong Khai to Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal

$29

4 alternative options

Fly from Vientiane  •  5h 9m

  1. Fly from Vientiane (VTE) to Chiang Mai (CNX) VTE - CNX

$83 - $293

Bus Thai-Lao International Bus  •  17h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai Terminal 2

$40

Night bus  •  14h 35m

  1. Take the night bus from Nong Khai to Chiang Mai

$34

Drive  •  10h 36m

  1. Drive from Vientiane to Chiang Mai 427.7 miles

$60 - $90

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The cheapest way to get from Vientiane to Chiang Mai is to bus which costs $29 and takes 15h 24m.

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The quickest way to get from Vientiane to Chiang Mai is to bus and fly which costs $45 - $150 and takes 4h 24m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Vientiane and arriving at Chiang Mai Terminal 2. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 17h 30m.

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The distance between Vientiane and Chiang Mai is 392 km. The road distance is 684.4 km.

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The best way to get from Vientiane to Chiang Mai without a car is to bus which takes 15h 24m and costs $29.

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It takes approximately 4h 24m to get from Vientiane to Chiang Mai, including transfers.

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Vientiane to Chiang Mai bus services, operated by Orsuksa Tour, depart from Nong Khai station.

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The best way to get from Vientiane to Chiang Mai is to fly which takes 5h 9m and costs $80 - $300. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $29 and takes 15h 24m.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Vientiane to Chiang Mai.
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  • Distance: 245.2 miles
  • Duration: 4h 24m

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

Lao Airlines, Thai Smile and seven other airlines fly from Vientiane to Chiang Mai hourly. Alternatively, Orsuksa Tour operates a bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai once daily. Tickets cost $27 and the journey takes 13h.

Airlines
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $140
Flights from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $140
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $440
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $170
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $150
Thai Airways International
Website
thaiairways.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $400
Thai Lion Mentari
Website
lionairthai.com
Flights from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Lao Airlines
Website
laoairlines.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $400
China Eastern Airlines
Website
en.ceair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Kunming
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,100
Bus operators
Lao-Thai International Bus
Website
baolau.com
Bus from Vientiane Phanthavong Tour Office to Udonthani
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
baolau.com
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
$27
Schedules at
easybook.com
Thai-Lao International Bus
Bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai Terminal 2
Ave. Duration
17h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
baolau.com
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
$28
Schedules at
12go.asia
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12go.asia

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Yes, the driving distance between Vientiane to Chiang Mai is 684 km. It takes approximately 10h 36m to drive from Vientiane to Chiang Mai.

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Thai AirAsia, Thai Lion Mentari and Nok Air offer flights from Udon Thani 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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The best way to get from Vientiane to Vientiane Airport is to shuttle which takes 16m and costs $2.

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