Green Bus from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai Thailand

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How to take the bus from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai, Thailand – Green Bus step by step guide with photos.

If you want to take the bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, read from the bottom up 😜.

Step 1:  Go to the Chiang Rai Green line bus station.  At this point in time it is called the Temperary Bus TerminalAddress.  Click to see bus times / Time schedules for bus departures in either direction. Note: this is in town, not the New Terminal which is 7 kilometers outside of town, unless you prefer that. 

Green Bus Station in Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai Green Bus Station (Temporary)

Step 2: Bought our bus ticket from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai for 166 baht (USD$4.85) each, leaving at 11:30 AM www.greenbusthailand.com.

Chiang Rai Green Bus Ticket Counter
Chiang Rai Green Bus Ticket Counter

The ticket has all of the important information on the front including the bus number (#166), seat number (3A), departure  date (March 6 for us – 6/3) and time (11:30). Familiarize yourself with the picture below.

Bus Ticket with All Info - Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai
Bus Ticket Info

We had some time to kill and had not eaten breakfast yet, so went up the street to the BaanchivitMai Bakery and Restaurant – a feel good Bakery 💕😀  We both ordered the Club sandwich with French Fries for 120 baht each (USD$3.50).  A little more expensive than we are comfortable with, but it is supporting a good cause! 100% of the profits go to support disadvantaged children in the province of Chiang Rai – housing, medical and education.

Club Sandwich with French Fries - BaanchivitMai Bakery and Restaurant, Chiang-Rai, Thailand
Club Sandwich with French Fries – BaanchivitMai Bakery and Restaurant

Step 3:  Watch for your bus, and as soon as you are allowed to, show your ticket, load your backpack or suitcase into the luggage compartment.

The Green Bus from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai
The Green Bus

Step 4:  Present your ticket again at the door to board.  Our Bus #166 was loaded and left the station at 11:32 am 😀 with an estimated time of arrival 2:15pm. (3 hours 15 minutes).

All Aboard the Green Bus From Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai, Thailand
All Aboard!

Within 5 minutes a Thai lady handed out water and cookies to all the passengers.  How civilized! Better than flying!😉

Back of Green Bus Ticket; Interesting Info - Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai
Back of Green Bus Ticket; Interesting Info

At 11:50 am the bus stopped at the main bus station just outside of town (it is where we arrived coming from Luang Prabang, Laos) and picked up more people; 20 minutes and we have not made it too far yet. 🙄 We leave the main station at 11:53 am.

A green bus, but not The Green Bus - Chiang Rai
A green bus, but not THE Green Bus

The further we go, the better it gets, winding our way through the lush mountainous countryside of northern Thailand. The scenery is incredibly beautiful and the roads are in perfect condition, possibly recently paved.

Step 5:  We entered the busy city of Chiang Mai at around 2:37 and reach the Arcade bus terminal at 2:48 PM, exactly as promised.😃

Arrival at the Bus Station - Chiang Mai
Arrival at the Bus Station

‼️After note:  Getting a tuk tuk ride was extremely complicated, due to a supposed language barrier. Tip: Have your address printed out IN THAI. Finally after walking away from the terminal, we found someone in the street willing to phone our hotel for the address (in Thai) and take us for, after negotiating, 100 baht / USD$3 (he started at 200 baht).

Bus Station in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station

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