Most customers touring with us usually come from Bangkok, and in this case, we recommend traveling up to Chiang Mai by one of the many flights operating on this route. It is not expensive and with companies such as Air Asia (www.airasia.com) or Bangkok Airways (www.bangkokair.com). The earlier you book, the cheaper the flight. The train (night train) is another option; however, the Thai train network needs a serious overhaul! Take a look at the difference between the train cost and the flight costs compared to one hour flying time or a 12 hour train journey along with the fact that the trains are notoriously unreliable. The train option is usually the odd one out! Also, a lot of busses start every hour from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit – Chatuchak) to Chiang Mai. Travel time with the bus will be around 8 hours.