With over 40 Bangkok to Chiang Mai flights leaving the capital of the Land of Smiles each day, the route between the buzzing cityscape and the mystical north is surely one of the most popular in the country. And why not? Everything from enthralling night bazaars and centuries-old Lanna ruins, reggae-dubbed bars in Pai and elephant-stalked jungles await after arrival.
There are some big bargains to be had on cheap flights to Chiang Mai from Bangkok in the months of October, November and December, which is the perfect season for visiting the jungles and mountaintop temples – there's hardly any rain at all. What's more, be sure to book your trip well in advance of your leaving date if you want to save even more baht on the journey.
Your route to the airport will depend on where it is your Bangkok-Chiang Mai flight is leaving from. For those out of larger BKK, you can ride the Airport Rail Link all the way from the city centre – it takes 25 minutes and costs THB 45 per person. For departures out of the smaller Don Mueang Airport, it's usually most convenient to opt for a taxi. Expect to pay in the region of TBH 350 for the 30-minute ride.
There are more airlines to choose from on this short and snappy 1.5-hour route up to the northern reaches of the Land of Smiles than you can shake a sizzling plate of pad Thai at. Most will offer their nonstop connections for around the THB 1,200 mark, some departing out of BKK and others out of smaller Don Mueang Airport. Check out the offering from Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways to be in Chiang Mai the quickest, or go with Nok Air, Thai Lion Air or VietJet Air for the most affordable choices.
There is 1, largely unknown, bus that goes direct from the airport to Chiang Mai's main station. And while that's always going to be the cheapest option at just THB 20, most folk still opt to ride a taxi or tuk-tuk into the centre. Not only is this quicker and comfier, but it can also deliver you direct to the door of your hotel. Expect to pay in the region of THB 150 for destinations close to the Old Town core of the city.
Cheap flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai aren’t just your ticket away from the thrum of the big city. They are also your gateway to the wild and wonderful north of Thailand. This vast region starts with a bang in the temple-topped town of Chiang Mai itself, where you can get lost in night bazaars and scale the mountains of Doi Suthep to see golden Buddhist pagodas overlooking the plains. Then there are the elephant-spotted jungles of Huai Nam Dang, the hippy Rasta-Buddhist bars of Pai in the hills, the babbling waterfalls of Si Lanna – the list goes on…
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