How To Travel From Chiang Mai To Pai + Schedule And Fare

This is an updated guide if you are planning to travel from Chiang Mai to Pai or from Pai to Chiang Mai with the latest minivan schedule via Prempracha Transport.

Chiang Mai, one of the top tourist destinations in Northern Thailand, is often coupled with a visit to the charming town of Pai. Known for its cool climate, laid-back vibe, and stunning views of lush green mountains and picturesque sunsets, Pai is a must-visit for many travelers.

Located in the secluded mountain valley of Mae Hong Son province, Pai is approximately 130 km northwest of Chiang Mai. The journey to Pai is popular among tourists due to the breathtaking scenery of winding mountain roads with hundreds of bends and turns.

Traveling between Chiang Mai and Pai is made easy with the reliable and authorized transportation service of Prempracha Transport. As the only company (minivan) authorized to operate in the Pai district, they offer a comfortable passenger van service for up to 13 passengers and a driver.

The ticket price for a one-way journey is only 240 Baht (USD7), which includes a 15-minute break halfway. With a travel time of around 4 hours, the journey is a scenic route with breathtaking views of the mountainous region.

Worried about your luggage? Passengers can rest easy as they are permitted to check in a 20kg bag along with a 7kg hand luggage.

Chiang Mai To Pai Minivan Schedule

Prempracha Transport has multiple daily trips between Chiang Mai and Pai. The minivan will depart from Chiang Mai Arcade 2 and will arrive in Pai after around 4 hours. The first trip is 6:30 am and the last trip is 5:30 pm.

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  • 6:30 am
  • 7:30 am
  • 8:30 am
  • 9:30 am
  • 10:30 am
  • 11:30 am
  • 12:30 pm
  • 1:30 pm
  • 2:30 pm
  • 3:30 pm
  • 4:30 pm
  • 5:30 pm

Pai to Chiang Mai Schedule via Prempracha Transport

  • 7:00 am
  • 8:00 am
  • 9:00 am
  • 10:00 am
  • 11:00 am
  • 2:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm
  • 5:00 pm

Travel Tips and Reminders

Here are a few tips and reminders to keep in mind when traveling from Chiang Mai to Pai or vice versa:

  1. The journey takes around 4 hours on a curvy mountain road with many bends and turns. If you are prone to motion sickness, it’s best to choose a seat at the front of the van when booking your ticket.
  2. Arrive at the bus station early to load your luggage in the back of the van. Once the luggage compartment is full, any additional bags will be placed on the roof of the van, which can get wet during rain.
  3. During the high travel season from November to February, tickets can be difficult to obtain and may even be sold out. To avoid disappointment, plan ahead and book your tickets in advance if you are planning to travel to Pai or Chiang Mai during these months.

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