Phahonyothin is the main highway from Bangkok connecting the central region with the North all the way to Chiang Rai, which is the uppermost province in the North. Branching out from Phahonyothin are secondary highways leading to all northern provinces and many other districts.
Passenger buses and coaches are available at the Mo Chit Bus Terminal on Kamphaeng Phet Road serving all provinces and major districts. Call for information at
Provincial bus services run between the provincial seat and various districts. There are also inter-provincial services. In major cities such as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Phitsanulok are car rental services to go to tourist attractions. For more traditional mode of transport, try pedal-tricycles which are available in all provinces. It is suggested that fares be negotiated beforehand.
There are daily train services starting from Hua Lamphong Station in Bangkok which run through Bang Pa-in, Ayutthaya, Lop Buri, Nakhon Sawan, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Uttaradit, Den Chai, Lampang, Khun Tan, Lamphun and terminate in Chiang Mai. Call
(662)223-7010, (662)223-7020 for more information.
Most of the boating routes in the North are designed for sightseeing purposes. Some major routings include cruising the Ping River by large tour boats from the Bhumiphol Dam in Tak to Doi Tao in Chiang Mai. Or travelling by boats or rafts from Tha Ton in Chiang Mai along the Kok River to Chiang Rai. Then there is boating the Mekong River by long-tailed boats in Chiang Rai from Chiang Saen district of the Golden Triangle to Chiang Khong.
Thai Airways International operates frequent flights from Bangkok to northern destinations - Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Nan, Mae Hong Son and Mae Sot. There are also inter-provincial services between Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Mae Sot, Nan, Phitsanulok and Phuket, as well as between Nan and Phitsanulok. For more information, call Thai Airways at
(662)1566 or (662)628-2000.
In additions, Bangkok Airways (Tel. (662)229-3456) operates flights between Bangkok - Sukhothai and Sukhothai - Chiang Mai.