Chiang Mai to Pattaya

Updated 14-Sep-2023

Traveling from Chiang Mai to Pattaya has several options including various planes, trains, buses, and mini-buses and taxis, if desired. For a good balance of cheap and fast, the best option is CNX to BKK and a 2 hour bus from BKK to downtown Pattaya / Jomtien. For the fastest / most expensive there are direct flights from Chiang Mai to Pattaya airport U-Tapao (UTP), however they do not fly as often and cost several thousand more than other options. For variety, one could try an overnight sleeper train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, and then a bus. It would be a little cheaper than a flight, but take perhaps 10 hours longer. For the hardiest of souls, an overnight bus ride is also an option.

On a recent excursion, booked a few days in advance, and using Google Flights / Agoda as the transaction provider, CNX to BKK round trip was just under 2,400 THB. The bus leaving BKK to Pattaya (and from Jomtien back to BKK) was 143 THB each way. Motorcycle taxis and Grab inside of Pattaya city are about 150 THB.