There are 5 ways to get from Vientiane to Chiang Mai by bus, car or plane

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Bus Orsuksa Tour  •  15 h

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

$28 - $34

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Bus Thai-Lao International Bus  •  17 h 30 min

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

$40

Drive  •  10 h 36 min

  1. Drive from Vientiane to Chiang Mai 427.7 miles

$60 - $90

Bus to Udon Thani, fly  •  5 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Central Bus Station Vientiane to khon kaen
  2. Fly from Udon Thani (UTH) to Chiang Mai (CNX) UTH - CNX

$44 - $140

Fly from Vientiane  •  5 h 47 min

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

$83 - $293

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The cheapest way to get from Vientiane to Chiang Mai is to bus which costs $27 - $35 and takes 15 h.

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The quickest way to get from Vientiane to Chiang Mai is to bus and fly which costs $40 - $140 and takes 5 h 22 min.

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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 17 h 30 min.

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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 15 h and costs $27 - $35.

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It takes approximately 15 h 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 bus which takes 15 h and costs $27 - $35. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $80 - $300 and takes 5 h 47 min.

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The quickest flight from Udon Thani Airport to Chiang Mai Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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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: 15 h

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

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

Airlines
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $140
Flights from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $140
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $440
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $120
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $150
Thai Lion Mentari
Website
lionairthai.com
Flights from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Lao Airlines
Website
laoairlines.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $400
China Eastern Airlines
Website
en.ceair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Kunming
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,100
Bus operators
Orsuksa Tour
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Nong Khai to Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27
Schedules at
easybook.com
Sueksa Tour
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Nong Khai to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
12 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28
Schedules at
12go.asia
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Thai-Lao International Bus
Bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai Terminal 2
Ave. Duration
17 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
baolau.com
Vientiane Capital Bus Enterprise
Website
vientianebus.org.la
Bus from Central Bus Station Vientiane to khon kaen
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6
Schedules at
vientianebus.org.la
Lao-Thai International Bus
Website
baolau.com
Bus from Vientiane to Udonthani
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
baolau.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Vientiane to Chiang Mai is 684 km. It takes approximately 10 h 36 min 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 1928+ hotels available in Chiang Mai. Prices start at $16 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Vientiane to Vientiane Airport is to shuttle which takes 16 min and costs $2.

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