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Chiang Dao

Getting there and away


Transport around Chiang Dao is limited but straightforward. Chances are that if you find yourself here, you will likely either be headed toward Chiang Mai (40 baht), or on to Fang (50 baht), Mae Ai or Tha Ton (60 baht), all of which are easily accessible by yellow songthaew, or the big orange buses that run regularly in both directions. The bus station is on the main road through town, just north of Soi 25 and what could only be described as "downtown" Chiang Dao, if such a thing really exists.

If making the trip up from Chiang Mai, you must first head to the Chang Pheuak bus station just outside the north gate of the old city. Do NOT go to the Arcade bus station east of town, as no buses depart to Chiang Dao from there. If travelling with your own wheels, simply head out the north gate on Chang Pheuak Road, and stay on that highway until you reach Chiang Dao -- simple as it gets.

Be forewarned: renting motorbikes in Chiang Dao is possible, but not as easy as in Chiang Mai, and about 100 baht more expensive on average. If you're simply planning on going back the way you came, it may be preferable to rent in Chiang Mai, though the bus ticket will cost less than the price of petrol to get you and your motorbike to Chiang Dao.

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