Five great places in Central and Northern Thailand that are ideal stopovers for independent travellers to make between Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
Travelling directly between the capital and Thailand’s fourth-largest city is easy. Buses depart throughout the day and night from Bangkok’s Mo Chit bus station (also known as the Northern & Northeastern bus terminal) as well as from the traveller’s epicentre of Khao San Road (*). The journey takes between 9 and 12 hours.
(*) Generally speaking, although it is tempting to hop on a bus departing directly from the Khao San Road area if you are staying near there, it is much better, safer and often cheaper to head to Mo Chit and take a bus from there.