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Bus times & tickets – Bangkok to Phayao

There are three ways to get from Bangkok to Phayao:

  • Option 1: Take a bus direct from Bangkok to Phayao.
  • Option 2: Take a train or plane to Chiang Mai and then a bus to Phayao.
  • Option 3: Fly to Chiang Rai and then take a bus to Phayao.

Bus Times to Phayao


There is a single direct bus service a day from Bangkok to Phayao which you can book online. The journey by bus is scheduled to take 10 hours 20 minutes.

Bangkok Phayao Ticket Class
19:20 05:40 614 THB VIP

  • Direct bus services to Phayao depart from Morchit Bus Station, which is Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal.
  • The service operator on this route is the Siam First bus company.

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Booking in advance is recommended on the Bangkok to Phayao route because there are a limited number of seats available on this single daily direct bus service.


Northern Bus Terminal


Bus services from Bangkok to Phayao depart from Northern Bus Terminal. From central Bangkok you can travel to the Northern Bus Terminal either by taking the metro to Chatuchak MRT station, or the elevated light railway to Mo Chit BTS station, and then a short taxi ride to the bus station which costs around 60 THB in a meter taxi. You can also reach the Northern Bus Terminal from Don Mueang Airport on the A1 shuttle bus. the fare is 30 THB and the journey takes around 40 minutes.


Location of the Northern Bus Terminal



Location of Phayao Bus Station



Trains to Chiang Mai


There are 5 direct train services a day from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Train Station to Chiang Mai. Travel by train is scheduled to take between 11 hours 00 minutes on the fastest train (Train #7) and 14 hours 20 minutes on the slowest train (Train #109). 

Bangkok Chiang Mai Train No. Service
08:30 19:30 7 Special Express
13:45 04:05 109 Rapid
18:10 07:15 9 Special Express
19:35 08:40 13 Special Express
22:00 12:10 51 Express

About Phayao


Phayao is a wonderful off the beaten track destination in the mountains situated on a large lake. Phayao is a step back in time with tree lined streets, wooden houses and temples. Phayao also sits on the edge of a large wetland environment and a scenic mountain range. This is great place to visit at the same time as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Chiang Khong.

Mountain view in Phayao

Mountain view in Phayao

There are wide range of activities and things to do both in Phayao itself and within easy travelling distance from Phayao for day trips:

  • Phayao Lake: Phayao town sits on the edge of Phayao Lake, which is a man made lake covering 20 square km. The lake is a popular place to fish and picnic beside. There are some nice restaurants on the lakeside and cycling around the lake makes for a pleasant day out. If you travel around the lake you can see many of the other attractions referred to below on route.
  • Wat Tilokaram: Located on an island in the lake, this small temple consists of a chedi and a shrine. You need to hire a boat to get there which will cost around 100 THB.
  • Phayao Cultural Exhibition Hall: Located 1 km north of the bus station on the lakeside this small museum (also referred to as Nithat Culture Hall Wat Si Kham Kham) contains a range of exhibits ranging from locally found dinosaur fossils to displays about fish in the lake.
  • Wat Analayo: Hill side temple located 14 km to the east of Phayao.
  • Mae Puem National Park: 24 km from Phayao, Mae Puem National Park features a large lake that is popular with bird watchers who come to see the migratory birds. There are also plenty of trails through the hills and forests of this scenic park.

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