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Getting there and away


While Phayao is easily and quickly reached from nearby Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, like many bus stations in Thailand much of the signage is in Thai only, even when it comes to more popular destinations like Bangkok or Chiang Rai. You will find someone willing to help out and yuour best bet is to stop by the information office to the right side of the terminal as you enter from the front entrance. Some English is spoken here, and you should be able to get someone to point you in the right direction.

Generally, if you're going to Bangkok, you will not have trouble finding a bus, as several companies run routes there with multiple departure times during the morning and evening. We were quoted anywhere between 600 to 801 baht for a VIP bus, so price will depend on which company you travel with, and what class you're riding in.

If you're headed to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai or any other northern town, you should make your way to the Green Bus ticket window in the middle of the station. The Green Bus company has excellent coverage of the north, as well as English-speaking employees, and is the easiest way to get around this part of the country. Buses to the main hubs are cheap and frequent.

Along with the standard stops, it is also possible to arrange travel to Mae Sai (Burmese border), Rayong (southeast), and Nakhon Ratchasima (northeast), among others.

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