THE WHAT’S UP GUIDE TO MAE HONG SON TRANSPORTATION

Mae Hong Son Airport

Mae Hong Son is much easier to access today compared to even just a few decades ago. There were no direct roads to this isolated region until WWII, and no completely sealed roads between Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai until the late 1980s. Today, passengers can travel to Mae Hong Son by air, bus, or private automobile.


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 Mae Hong Son Transport: 
Getting Around | Getting Here Car and Motorbike Rental Services | Further Reading
 Buses and Timetables: 
Bangkok <–> Mae Hong Son (via Mae Sariang) |
Chiang Mai <–> Mae Hong Son (via Mae Sariang) |
Chiang Mai <–> Mae Hong Son (via Pai) 
 Flight Timetables: 
Chiang Mai <–> Mae Hong Son



GETTING HERE

Air
It takes about 35 minutes for small prop planes to travel between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son’s much smaller airport. This is located on the community’s northern edge, but within walking distance of Nong Chong Kham Lake. Approaching the mountains of Mae Hong Son aboard these tiny planes is a truly unforgettable experience.

There are daily flights between the two locations. Flights can be frequently delayed or cancelled, however, because of smoke from burning fields during the dry season and mist during the wet season. Kan Air and Bangkok Airways offer these direct Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son flights.



FLIGHT TIMETABLES
Chiang Mai (CNX) – Mae Hong Son (HGN) Mae Hong Son (HGN) – Chiang Mai (CNX)
Flight Departure Arrival Day Flight Departure Arrival Day
K8 8121 08:10 08:45 Daily K8 8122 09:05 09:40 Daily
PG 237 08:55 09:40 Daily PG 238 10:10 10:50 Daily
K8 8123 11:00 11:30 Daily K8 8124 12:00 12:30 Daily
PG 239 15:35 16:20 Daily PG 240 17:05 17:45 Daily
K8 8125 16:05 16:40 Daily K8 8126 16:55 17:30 Daily
Note: K8 – Kan Air | PG – Bangkok Airways 
Timetables do change, we recommend you to check with the airlines before making reservations.
Bangkok Airways: Chiang Mai Town – Tel: +66 53 289 338-9 | Chiang Mai Airport – Tel: +66 53 281 519 | Mae Hong Son Airport – Tel: +66 53 611 426
Kan Air: Chiang Mai Airport – Tel: +66 53 283 311 | Mae Hong Son Airport – Tel: +66 53 613 188



Bus and Road
Driving between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son takes between five to six hours. Route 1095 provides an especially spectacular journey between Pai and Mae Hong Son, but windy roads and steep mountains can make this drive challenging for less experienced motorists. Route 108, the main road between Mae Hong Son and Mae Sariang, is an easier, but longer, drive.

It takes regular buses between seven and eight hours to travel between Chiang Mai’s Arcade bus terminal and Mae Hong Son’s new bus station. Minibuses can travel from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son in as short a time as five and a half hours, but cost more than regular buses. The two main bus routes are the southern route through Mae Sariang and a faster northern route through Pai. The seats on the smoother southern route tend to be larger and more comfortable than the seats on the more winding northern route through the mountains.

The overnight bus journey from Bangkok’s Mo Chit Northern Bus Terminal to Mae Hong Son lasts approximately 15 hours. It takes about 15 minutes to walk from the new Mae Hong Son bus station at the community’s south end to the centre of the provincial capital. Another option is to make a rail journey from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, then board a bus to Mae Hong Son.


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BUS TIMETABLES – SOMBAT TOUR
Bangkok – Mae Hong Son (via Mae Sariang) Mae Hong Son – Bangkok (via Mae Sariang)
A/C Bus Departure Arrival Day Fare (B) A/C Bus Departure Arrival Day Fare (B)
1st Class * 17:00 08:00 Daily 788 1st Class 15:00 06:00 Daily 675
VIP ** 17:29 08:09 Daily 1,050 1st Class 16:00 07:00 Daily 788
1st Class * 18:00 09:00 Daily 675 VIP 16:29 07:00 Daily 1,050
Note: Bus departs from Mo Chit Bus Station | ** Bus departs from Sombat Tour – Vibhavadi Office
Fares and Timetables do change, we recommend you to check with the bus company before making reservations.
Sombat Tour: Mo Chit – Tel: +66 2 792 1459 | Vibhavadi – Tel: +66 2 792 1456 | Mae Hong Son – Tel: +66 53 684 222

BUS TIMETABLES – PREMPRACHA TRANSPORT
Chiang Mai – Mae Hong Son (via Mae Sariang) Mae Hong Son – Chiang Mai (via Mae Sariang)
Bus Type Departure Arrival Day Fare (B) Bus Type Departure Arrival Day Fare (B)
A/C Bus 08:00 16:30 Daily 300 A/C Bus 08:00 17:30 Daily 300
A/C Bus 20:00 04:30 Daily 300 A/C Bus 20:00 05:00 Daily 300
A/C Bus 21:00 05:30 Daily 450 A/C Bus 21:00 05:30 Daily 450
Fares and Timetables do change, we recommend you to check with the bus company before making reservations.
Prempracha Transport: Chiang Mai Bus Station 2 – Tel: +66 90 514 1111 | Mae Hong Son Bus Station – Tel: +66 53 684 100
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MINIBUS TIMETABLES – PREMPRACHA TRANSPORT
Chiang Mai – Mae Hong Son (via Pai/Soppong) Mae Hong Son – Chiang Mai (via Soppong/Pai)
Bus Type Departure Arrival Day Fare (B) Bus Type Departure Arrival Day Fare (B)
Minibus 06:30 12:30 Daily 250 Minibus 07:00 12:30 Daily 250
Minibus 07:30 13:30 Daily 250 Minibus 08:00 13:30 Daily 250
Minibus 08:30 14:30 Daily 250 Minibus 09:00 14:30 Daily 250
Minibus 09:30 15:30 Daily 250 Minibus 10:00 15:30 Daily 250
Minibus 10:30 16:30 Daily 250 Minibus 11:00 16:30 Daily 250
Minibus 11:30 17:30 Daily 250 Minibus 12:00 17:30 Daily 250
Minibus 12:30 18:30 Daily 250 Minibus 13:00 18:30 Daily 250
Minibus 13:30 19:30 Daily 250 Minibus 14:00 19:30 Daily 250
Minibus 14:30 20:30 Daily 250 Minibus 15:00 20:30 Daily 250
Minibus 17:00 22:30 Daily 250
Fares and Timetables do change, we recommend you to check with the bus company before making reservations.
Prempracha Transport: Chiang Mai Bus Station 2 – Tel: +66 90 514 1111 | Mae Hong Son Bus StationTel: +66 53 684 100


GETTING AROUND

Yellow songthaews, which depart early in the morning from the Panith Wattana Road’s market, or moto taxis and tuk tuks from Mae Hong Son bus station are the main means of public transportation between the provincial capital and the province’s smaller villages. The town of Mae Hong Son is small enough to easily navigate on foot, but at least one internet shop provides bicycles for rent. Some guesthouses and travel agents hire scooters or motorcycles, while a handful of restaurants and tour agencies also rent automobiles.


CAR AND MOTORBIKE RENTAL SERVICES IN MAE HONG SON
Kan Car Rental
– Mae Hong Son Airport, Khunlumprapas Rd., T. Chong Kham, A. Muang, Mae Hong Son 58000 | Tel: +66 86 341 1274 | Website | Facebook | Map

P.A Motorbike & Car Rental
#23, Phaditchongkam Rd., A. Muang, Mae Hong Son 58000 | Open: 08:00-18:30 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 611 647 | Website | Email | Map
PJ Car Rental
– Niwet Phisan Rd., T. Chong Kham, A. Muang, Mae Hong Son 58000 | Open: 08:00-19:30 (Daily) | Tel: +66 84 372 6967 | Map
Sammok Car Rental
#17/3, Niwet Phisan Rd., T. Chong Kham, A. Muang, Mae Hong Son 58000 | Tel: +66 53 611 389 |  Facebook | Email | Map


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FURTHER READING
•  Mae Sariang Tourist Guide
•  Guide to Lod Cave, Soppong
•  Pai Attractions
•  Sop Moei Attractions
•  Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport