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Getting there and away


Phrao is something of a minor transport hub, since it has roads heading in all four directions. You’ll find buses for Wiang Pa Pao, Chiang Dao and direct to Chiang Mai as well.

Minibuses head for Chiang Mai’s Chang Puak bus station at 06:30, 11:00, 13:30, 14:30 and 16:30 and cost 80 baht for the 90-minute journey. Songthaews take two hours but cost only 60 baht and leave more frequently during daylight hours.

There are only two scheduled departures by songthaew for Wiang Pa Pao, at 07:00 and 12:00, and costing 60 baht. Once at Wiang Pa Pao you can pick up numerous buses along the main highway for either Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai and all points north.

Chiang Dao is serviced by 06:00, 12:00 and 15:30 buses, and the fare is 30 baht.

Phrao’s small bus station is located just down the road that runs north at the side of Wat Kang Wiang.


    If you are travelling by motorbike from Phrao to Wiang Pa Pao via route 1150, be sure to get petrol before leaving Phrao.

      Getting Around

      The town is small enough to walk around, though if you need to get out to Doi Farang Bungalows you can hire a motorcycle taxi from near the bus station.

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