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Cheapest and quickest way to get to Chiang Mai from KL

  • warmicon

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    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.

    #1 Posted: 18/6/2012 - 07:52

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  • Captain_Bob

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

    #2 Posted: 18/6/2012 - 08:18

  • warmicon

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    Thanks Bob!

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

    #3 Posted: 18/6/2012 - 08:38

  • enigmatic

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    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.

    #4 Posted: 18/6/2012 - 09:46

  • MADMAC

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

    Fastest - flying. About one hour.

    #5 Posted: 18/6/2012 - 10:51

  • tyler

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

    #6 Posted: 18/6/2012 - 12:42

  • goonistik

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    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.

    #7 Posted: 18/6/2012 - 21:20

  • Captain_Bob

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    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

    #8 Posted: 19/6/2012 - 00:55

  • MADMAC

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    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.

    #9 Posted: 19/6/2012 - 04:03

  • captainbkk

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    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)

    #10 Posted: 20/6/2012 - 06:22

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