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Bus times & flights – Chiang Mai to Nong Khai

There are two ways to travel from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai:

  • By bus.
  • By taking a flight from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani and then continuing onto Nong Khai by train or bus.

Travel by bus is the cheapest option: a ticket for a direct bus service costs approximately 40% of what it does to fly from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani and then take a connecting bus or train to Nong Khai. However the journey by bus takes around 10 hours longer than it does to fly to Udon Thani and take a bus from there.

Bus Times to Nong Khai

There is a single daily bus service provided by the Sueksa Tour Company which you can book online.

Chiang MaiNong KhaiTicketService
20.3008.40฿ 898VIP 24

  • The journey by bus from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai is scheduled to take 12 hours 10 minutes.

Flights via Udon Thani

Nok Air and Thai AirAsia operate flights from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani which is near to Nong Khai.

Chiang Mai - Udonthani ฿ 1,699–2,099 1h 5m – 1h 20m
  •   Economy 06:10, 07:25, 09:25, 12:15, 13:00, 14:10, 15:50, 17:20, 19:40, 20:40
  •   Economy 07:45, 11:05, 13:40, 14:00, 15:45, 19:10
  • Udon Thani Airport is located 7.0 km from Udon Thani train station.
  • Trains to Nong Khai depart from Udon Thani train station at 03.36, 05.58, 07.40, 11.33 and 17.10.
  • The train journey from Udon Thani to Nong khai is scheduled to take between 35 and 47 minutes depending upon which train you take.

Tickets to Nong Khai

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Chiang Mai Bus Station

Direct bus services to Nong Khai depart from Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 2. Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 2 is located 3.4 km from the Tha Pae Gate on the other side of the river. If you staying in the old town, or the riverside area near Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, you will need to take a tuk-tuk or songthaew to get to the bus station.

Location of Bus Station

Arrival by bus

The Sueksa Tour bus service from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai terminates at Nong Khai Bus Station.

Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge

Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge

Nong Khai bus station is located in Nong Khai town centre 700 metres from the Indochina Market and 1.1 km the White Inn Nong Khai. It is a fairly long way from Nong Khai Bus Station (4.4 km) to Nong Khai train Station and further still (5.1 km) to the Thai Immigration Office where you need to go for a exit stamp from Thailand before you cross the Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge.

Nong Khai Bus Station

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