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Is it insane to try to do a day trip from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?

We are considering a day trip from Bangkok to Chiang Mai as part of our honeymoon which includes a visit to Thailand. Is it possible to take an early morning flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and plan to return the same day, later at night? Thanks!!! 

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  • Kanishka Poddar

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    Insane? You will end up spoiling everything. Chiang Mai is gorgeous and worth falling in love with. When ever you plan Chiang Mai, Plan it for a longer period. It is much better than any other parts of Thailand and going there for just few hours in a day will spoils the entire experience of the city, day and more. I would say you should re think and plan Chiang Mai for a much longer period. A week or something.

    And just in case you are only interested and have time for a day trip, Kanchanaburi is good enough or Ko Samet is a beautiful Island close to Bangkok. Ayutthaya is again beautiful you are interested in history and ruins.

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  • Erik Fantasia

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    I wouldn't recommend it. Chiang Mai is a wonderful city (I spent about 2 weeks there during an extended backpacking trip around SE Asia), and much of its charm is in its relaxed, laid-back nature.

    If you are looking for a day trip from Bangkok, I would suggest Ayutthaya, the historical capital city, full of temples and palaces. Some are in ruins, a bit like Angkor Wat.

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  • Tharyn Taylor

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    Hi Mia. I would say that nothing is impossible. If you got the right flights (earliest and latest), it would be okay. Planning ahead is key here.

    Plan a day tour package before hand and someone to pick you up from airport, so you don't waste any time searching for stuff.

    Chiang Mai International Airport is easy in & easy out. It's more bothersome in Bangkok International Airport to be honest. Getting there early will be the trouble. The flight is a bit over an hour.

    To me, it wouldn't be worth the hassle for a single day. Try to stay overnight. If you like extensive travel and airports in single day, then do it. Could be thrilling too! Whatever works for you. :)

    (Credentials - I lived in Chiang Mai for 6 mo. Flew to bkk several times.)


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      CMai is full of adventures, Mia -- Tharyn and I lived there around the same time (he was there longer). Trust us, you'll want time! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Angel Aguilar

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    Possible, especially if you're riding the plane than a bus. A flight to Chiang Mai from Bangkok International Airport usually lasts less than 2 hours. So it's possible to do a fly in-fly out trip.


    However, my concern is that just one whole day might not be enough to enjoy Chiang Mai. There are so many things to do there~

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  • Aroha Rakanui

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    Chiang Mai is a large city, although not as big as Bangkok, it takes some time to get around, we spent 5 days there to explore the hill tribe country, Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle. The night market here is awesome. I would recommend 2-3 days minimum. The Sheik Istana Hotel is also a great place to stay, great restaurant 2mins up the road too!

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  • Bee Intrasuwan

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    It is possible to go to Chiang Mai and return to Bangkok in the same day, but normally it's for a business trip. If you want to look around, I recommend you to stay overnight or even longer because there are a lot of things that you can do in such a beautiful city like Chiangmai.

    Travelling around Chiangmai during the day is beautiful and exciting but don't miss night activities too, it can be one of your wonderful memory during the trip in Thailand. I love Chiangmai and North of Thailand.

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  • Babak Fakhamzadeh

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    It's possible, and Chiang Mai is lovely, but that's a lot of hassle for a small payoff. Getting to and from Amari Don Muang Airport Bangkok takes time and the maximum amount of time you will be able to spend in one day in Chiang Mai will be about 12 hours (check AirAsia flight times).

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  • Immi and Greg

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    Hey, probably not insane...stupid though. Chiang Mai is a nice town but not really worth the hassle as most sights are around the town. If you don't make it there for one of the weekend street markets (which are in the evening anyway), don't even bother. 1-2 weeks might suffice for the area.
    On the other hand you might find a nice spa in town and just hang out there for the day (but then...why fly to CMX when you can have it in BKK?).

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  • Valerie Lisyansky

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    You should technically be able to do it, but you'll be very rushed in Chiang Mai. You may also consider taking the overnight train back to Bangkok if you're up for the experience.

    I've taken the train from Bangkok to CM and then flown back - but I stopped along Lopburi on the way to CM to check out the monkey town - which was a half day trip and fun. Check that out as well if you like baby monkeys pulling your hair.

    I would add that CM is one of the nicer and more interesting cities in Thailand - I'd recommend a longer trip there.

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      Hey, thanks! I was thinking of something similiar, mind sharing the train/route that you took to be able to stop in Lopburi? Much thanks from a fellow Russian :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Mike Johnson

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    Yes dear its an overnight bus trip and well over 7 hours if I remember (and could be a heck of a lot more).

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