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Traveling Across Chiang Mai

Posted on November 11, 2009 | Fascinating CitiesNo Comment

Bus, train and air connections serve Chiang Mai quite well. A number of bus stations that link the city to central and northern Thailand. The state railway operates daily 14 trains to Chiang Mai Station from Bangkok which Mostly run overnight and take approximately 12–15 hours. Most trains offer first-class (private cabins) and a second-class (seats fold out to make sleeping berths) service. To get to cities such as Mae Hong Son or Chiang Rai a plane or bus must be used. No trains are available to cities north of Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai public bus which is not much used by the locals and  nor by many tourist, it was basically created to campaign Chiang Mai mass transportation and help to reduce fast-ever growing traffic and pollution problem of Chiang Mai city. The public bus failed to impress the public and thus unfortunately, the campaign failed to meet its goal due to low public demand, only 5% of Chiang Mai resident are using the service. The bus is quite cheap at a cheap fare of 15 baht you can go for any journey, there are nearly 26 air-conditioned municipal buses. Locals didn’t use these buses due to their insufficient routes and slow service. The lack of information provided and confusing routing and changing timetable can cause problem to users especially visitors who are new to the city.

Chiang Mai Transit System or CTS, which is launched and is, planned to be successfully operated by 2009. The only reason for the introduction of CTS was the increasing problem of pollution and population. The firth phase, the Chiang Mai transit system will be providing service to, at least, 50 kilometers around Chiang Mai city and close districts with the aim of gaining a larger number of public uses.

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Tourists are locals are provided with four forms of public transport namely tuktuks, songthaews, less frequently rickshaws and the recently re-launched, though infrequent, Chiang Mai Bus service. Metered taxis are available from the airport with a 50 baht airport fee to be paid at a counter, also you are required to pay the metered charge to the driver moreover you are not expected to give Tips.

Local Songthaew fare is usually 20–50 Thai baht per person which is quite reasonable for trips in and around the city. chiang mai tuk tukIf the group of people is larger, the fare per person will be less. Tuktuk fare is usually at least 20 baht per trip. Tuk tuk is quite comfortable for two but many locals can squeeze in four passengers. The fare of Tuk Tuks increases with distance. You can however before boarding negotiate the fare with the driver. Songthaews and tuktuks normally operate until about 11pm or midnight, later they become more expensive to ride.

Other traveling options in Chiang Mai is personal motorbike and, increasingly, private car. In recent years, the number of private vehicles on the road has gone quite high creating traffic issues. The traffic is most during the peak hours. Motorbikes are available for hire from many places in the city; you can take advantage of this service while on tour to Chiang Mai.

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