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How to get to and from Khun Yuam

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Khun Yuam is primarily a through-town only as far as transport is concerned. Very little other than a few local songthaews serving surrounding villages and a couple of crack of dawn minibuses will start from town so you’re relying on buses and minibuses plying Highway 108 between Chiang Mai, Mae Sariang and Mae Hong Son.

Fortunately, since that’s a busy route, it does give you a few options but for minibuses make sure you book in advance. Though buses and minivans running between Mae Hong Son and Mae Sariang all stop at Khun Yuam, as they generally only leave their departure point when they’re full you’d be relying on someone getting off in Khun Yuam to free a seat for you. You can always squeeze on the old fan buses but those are few and far between.

There is a fan bus from Mae Hong Son arriving around 09:30 every morning taking around 2.5 hours to reach Mae Sariang and costing 60 baht. In the opposite direction, it takes 1.30 hours, costs 50 baht and departs at approximately 16:00.

Usual suspect Prempracha Transport organise the minivan services in both directions with tickets going for 100 baht for Mae Hong Son, 150 for Mae Sariang and 250 for Chiang Mai. 06:00 and 07:00 services in a southern direction originate from Khun Yuam after which you’ll have to wait for Mae Hong Son ones which are scheduled to arrive at 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 18:00. Again in a northerly direction an 08:30 service starts out from Khun Yuam bus station followed later by minibuses from Mae Sariang at around 12:30, 16:30, 18:30, 19:30.

For Pai, you will need to change in Mae Hong Son though all Mae Sariang services generally continue on to Chiang Mai. As usual in these parts scheduling can be rather vague and services may fluctuate according to days of the week so check in advance for the latest information and obtain your tickets in advance too, unless you want to end up village hopping in a songthaew for hours. The town’s bus station and Prempracha office are located aside 108 at the northern end of town next to the large Khun Yuam School. Either of our listed accommodation addresses will reserve tickets for you in which case the minibus should pick you up from outside the hotel while reservations can also be made online or at a 7-eleven store.

If Bangkok is your destination then you can either hop on the bus down to Mae Sariang having booked a ticket from Sombat Tour (see the Mae Sariang transport section) or take the bus to Chiang Mai where you have a lot more choice of capital-bound transport. If for whatever reason you need to do it directly then you’ll have to reserve a place on one of the Mae Hong Son to Bangkok night buses. Again you’ll have to either head up to the bus station to pre-book or ask your reception to help out. (Schedules and prices can be found in our Mae Hong Son travel section and note there’s no discount for boarding in Khun Yuam.)

Finally, also note that at the time of writing, there is no regular public service for Mae Chaem so if that is your destination you can either hang around at the junction of Highway 1263 and see if a local songthaew turns up or head down to Chom Thong which does have a regular service.

Prempracha Transport Khun Yuam Bus station, Highway 108, next to Khun Yuam School. T: (053) 492 999
http://premprachatransports.com/

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