About Chiang Mai

Ground Transport from the Airport

The Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) is located about 5 km from the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel, the conference venue. Most hotels offer airport transfer services for a fee. A taxi to or from the airport is generally 150 baht.

Chiang Mai City Bus
You will need to take two short bus rides to reach the Empress from the airport by Chiang Mai City Bus.

The R-3Y (Yellow Line, Thapae Gate-Old City-Nimman route) bus provides service from the airport to the Chiang Mai Plaza Hotel Bus Stop (City Bus Stop #52). From there, walk 400 metres to the Wat Chai Mongkhon Bus Stop (City Bus Stop #147), which will take approximately 5 minutes. At Wat Chai Mongkhon, take the R2 (Pink Line, Promenada-Thapae-Night Bazaar) to Art in Paradise Bus Stop (City Bus Stop #150). Walk 130 metres (2 minutes) to the Empress Hotel from there. See this map for further details.

Please consult the bus website for more details and information on an app that tracks bus location. http://cmtransit.com/

These red pick-up trucks are the most common and cheapest form of transportation in the city. You must flag them down from the side of the road and negotiate with the driver based on your destination. The standard price is 30 baht per person, per ride, but trips to the airport can cost 40-50 baht. Songtaews often act as buses and will pick up additional passengers en route.

These three-wheeled motorcycle taxis are available for private hire, and can be flagged down from the side of the road. You must negotiate the price of the trip with the driver based on your destination. Prices range from 80 baht upwards. Be sure to settle on a price before beginning the journey, otherwise you may end up with an expensive ride.

Taxis can only be hired directly at the airport from taxi counters or from the taxi call center. They are the most expensive option. There is no price negotiation and the taxi company will inform you of the fee based on the distance you are traveling. - Taxi meter: +66-53-279-291 - Airport Taxi: +66-53-201-307

Grab is the ride-sharing service throughout Southeast Asia, similar to Uber. Rides through Grab are less expensive than taxi services in Chiang Mai, but you must have a fairly stable internet connection to hail a ride. For more information and to download the Grab app, click here