Pang Thong Hotel

19 Moo9, Chiang Mai-Chomthong Road, Kaungpao, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Chiang Mai to Myanmar and Laos

by diazjo

Good day! We are from Philippines.
Pls help. Thanks in advance!

Me and my sister are going to visit Chiang Mai for 6 days next month.

We are planning to go to Myanmar n Laos also but how? Pls help.

From Chaing Mai how to go to Myanmar(Burma) by bus?
From Chiang Mai how to go to Laos by bus?
Where is the exact address of the bus terminal in Chiang Mai? I cannot find it in the web.
How many hours is travel time?
Do we need a visa?
It is safe to travel by bus?
It is safe to have an overnight stay (Myanmar n Laos)? or it is better for a 1 day siteseeing?


joyce : )

Re: Chiang Mai to Myanmar and Laos

by mim95

I dont' think you can take a bus to Burma from Chiang Mai. From what I have reserached on earlier, you can enter Burma overland from Thailand, but only at the border town.

Re: Chiang Mai to Myanmar and Laos

by meggy88

I dont think you will have enough time to go to Laos via bus from Chiang Mai - when we went we caught a bus up to the border and then boat across the Mekong to a village called Huay Xia all up this took around 5 hours. From there to Luang Prabang its another 2 days via slow boat. Bus trip I believe is very long as roads are not paved. If you want to see Laos and in particular LP then your only option is to fly.

Re: Chiang Mai to Myanmar and Laos

by asiaminor


you can take a mini bus to the myanmar border and visit 3 cities inc. border town taichlek but not allowed to go any other parts of the country if you d like to visit rangoon and mandalay you should take a flight to any of these cities

there are 2 options to go to laos by bus from thailand
1-taking one of those organized tours which you ll see 100 s advertisements almost all the travel agencies sell tickets for this trip this will cost 1200-1300 thai baht + laos visa fee(if you need)and will take 3 days to arrive in LUANG PRABANG
2-take bus to udon thani which departs from 18.00-20.30 daily and when arrive there get to the other bus terminal by tuk-tuk and take the direct bus to VIENTIANE this would cost 650-750 thai baht and take less than 36 hours

most of the tourist buses in thailand do not arrive in or depart from the city bus terminals but if you d like to take the bus to udon thani this will be your only option it is near the san pa kog market on a side road on the chamen muang rd

both laos and myanmar are safe countries if you just follow the basic traveling rules so you dont need to worry

all 3 countries might have different visa regulations for different nationalities so you d better to check those countries foreign affairs or embassies websites or simply call the embassies in the country that you are currently

enjoy your trip

Re: Chiang Mai to Myanmar and Laos

by diazjo

thank you very much!

joyce :)

Re: Chiang Mai to Myanmar and Laos

by blacksnail

Hi, if i want to arrive at Udon thani at 9am or 6:30am, which night bus should i take from Chiangmai?

Re: Chiang Mai to Myanmar and Laos

by asiaminor


the time for the buses in thailand could be inaccurate but usually the trip takes 10-12 hrs and as far as i know there should be 2 or 3 daily buses from chiang mai to udon thani first bus should depart at 18.00 and last one at 20.30 or 21.00 it would be better to take the earliest one if you would go to laos on the same day in order to find a available ticket for the same day in udon thani as it is the high season in thailand the route could be quite busy on these days

enjoy your trip

Travel Tips for Chiang Mai

Thai Prison

by frankcanfly

If you choose to be involved with drugs in Thailand, you will end up in a Thai prison. Period. I guess this is better than the alternative in Malaysia: DEATH

While you are in Chiang Mai, you may want to go to the prison and visit `Tourist Prisoners.` Whether you condone or support what they`ve done, they would love to talk to you and hear about things on the outside. Bring shorts or t-shirts for them if possible. They will usually want cigarettes, but, well, I don`t smoke....

Seeing the gates

by trisanna

In 1797, brick walls and gates were built to surround Chiang Mai and protect from Burmese invaders. Today, not much is left of the walls and gates. The brick gates are still visible-but the brick walls have been taken apart as the city got larger. The bricks from the walls were used to pave the streets.

Walking around the old city's gates can be a nice walking tour. The loop is around 6 km. There are five gates:
Pratu Chang Pheuak (north)
Pratu Tha Phae (east)
Pratu Chiang Mai Night Market (south east)
Pratu Suan Prung (south west)
Pratu Suan Dok (west)

On sunday afternoons and evenings-Pratu Tha Phae is one of the backdrops for the sunday evening market. Many sellers set up their wares by the gate(this one reconstructed) and walls. Pratu Suan Prung is the most attractive of the gates. This gate was used to bring out the dead for cremation.


by Aylith

Unlike the tuktuks in Bangkok these mini trucks will take you any where in the centre of Chiang Mai for only 20B

I did see a lot of tourists going up to driver and getting a price! and WAY over charged.

All you have to do is tell the driver where you want to go and hope in the back and when you arrive just hand over 20B and walk away

Enjoy a traditional Khantoke Dinner, Part I

by allthai about Several Khantoke Restaurants in Chiang Mai

For an excellent Thai dinning experience, a traditional Lanna Khantoke dinner is a must. Many believe this north Thailand dinner with music and dance was invented for tourists, but the Khantoke dinner dates back many centuries. Locals celebrate festivals and holidays in their homes with the Khantoke dinner today.

Sitting down to a well-presented meal of good and delicious food is something most of us enjoy. Then there are those stand-up occasions where we mix and mingle with other guests and enjoy cocktails and finger foods. Finger foods? Eating with one's fingers? Considered as neither polite nor hygienic in some circles, eating with our fingers is as old as the human race. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it, as we all do it perhaps without thinking.
In Thailand, many people still eat with their fingers and this has nothing to do with social strata. It depends, rather, on the place, the occasion and the meal that is being served. A Thai hostess will follow a set etiquette when offering a meal that will be eaten with the fingers, and those eating will be polite and delicate as they partake of the meal.

Traditional Thai meals are rarely one plate experiences, so the Western concept of having meat, two veggies, and gravy all on one plate is alien to Thai dining. Likewise, the use of an array of cutlery seems to be overkill in Thai minds (most Thais settle for a fork and spoon when not using their fingers). Unless one is invited to a Thai home, the closest most visitors get to dining a la Lanna (northern Thai) is at a Kantoke dinner, so this is something you might like to try. Visitors who have been to a Thai dinner show in Bangkok usually decide to give Khantoke dinners a miss because they think the two are similar. The Khantoke Dinner Dance Show is much more enjoyable than other dinner shows because of the pervading informal atmosphere, really different style of cooking, and gentle slow-tempo dance entertainment.

Khantoke is a Lanna Thai tradition, not just something invented for tourists' amusement. Thai Lanna was a civilized Kingdom that existed in the area of present-day northern Thailand. King Mengrai was the king who founded the capital and the dynasty. He accomplished and contributed to the prosperity of the kingdom in several aspects, e.g. political science, Buddhist religion, art, and culture.

There are several traditions that eventually became northern heritage one of which is Khantoke. Even today, khantoke implies dinner or lunch offered by a host to guests at various ceremonies or parties, e.g. in the home – weddings, housewarmings, celebrations, novice ordinations, life extensions, or funerals. At the temple celebrations for buildings in a temple's compound, namely bhote, wiharn, sala; Grand Sermons annual festivals such as --- Khao Pansa, Og Pansa, Loy Krathong, and new year.

Trays, spatulas, big spoons, and food containers are the essential implements required for eating. Wood, bamboo, rattan, and coconut shell have been used as raw materials for making the food tray and container products. Coconut shells are used to make spatulas and big spoons. Bamboo is used to make dishes, bowls, boxes, trays, and so forth.

More Staircase

by Kaynisa

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep was built in 1383. To reach the top u need to climb up steep Naga Staircase which give and take i would say 300 steps all together and when u reached the top exhausted dont forget to
view of the Chiang Mai basin before descending.


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