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Cheapest and quickest way to get to Chiang Mai from KL

Posted by warmicon on 18/6/2012 at 07:52

Hi,

I'm from Malaysia and want to know which is the quickest and affordable way to get to Chiang Mai from KL?


I hear the train will take days, I don't have the time. What about bus/budget airline? Does anyone know?

Please help, thanks.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 18/6/2012 at 08:18

www.airasia.com direct KUL-CNX flight starting at 229.00 MYR

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Posted by warmicon on 18/6/2012 at 08:38

Thanks Bob!

OK now I've changed my mind to the cheapest way to get to Chiang Mai from KL?

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Posted by enigmatic on 18/6/2012 at 09:46

If you want cheaper than 229MYR then a couple of days on buses (changing in BKK) is really your only option, and I can't imagine it costing any less than 150MYR.

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Posted by MADMAC on 18/6/2012 at 10:51

Cheapest - government bus. Take about 10 hours I would think.

Fastest - flying. About one hour.

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Posted by tyler on 18/6/2012 at 12:42

10 hours from CM on a bus will get you to BKK... BKK to KL on a bus... No thanks!

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Posted by goonistik on 18/6/2012 at 21:20

Walking is the cheapest option. :-)

Budget airline can be the cheapest way provided you have flexible travel dates. Tuesdays and Thursdays tend to have the lowest fares so you can take advantage of that.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 19/6/2012 at 00:55

KL-CM by road is over 2200km, count on about 36 hours by bus, with changes/delays at Butterworth, Hat Yai, and Bangkok.

KL-CM direct flight takes 2h45m

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Posted by MADMAC on 19/6/2012 at 04:03

I started out with the very false assumption that he was flying to Bangkok first. OK, from KL there is one realistic option - to fly.

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Posted by captainbkk on 20/6/2012 at 06:22

Tidak mahal-lebih murah bagus:
BAS to HYai-go midweek, haggle with the ticketsellers at Pudu-30-50 MYR
SEATin 3d cl. rapid train to BKK- about 400/500 (40/50 MYR)
Ditto in the 3d night-tren/kereta api to CNX-or seat in 2nd cl. bus.
So: it can -with perseverance, be done for a few ringgit less as 150-but not that much.
Also check AA from Hyai to CNX-1 daily flight-often deeply diskon (more expensive the other way-as so many illegal workers for MY use it)

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