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If you are planning to go from Vietnam to Thailand, let’s make the experience on the route between Chiang Mai and Saigon unforgettable! You can see more: Cambodia travel tours

Driving non-stop from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai-the gateway to Southern Thailand

Chiang Mai-the gateway to Southern Thailand-source: internet

How far is it between Chiang Mai and Ho Chi Minh City? If you have friends taking shifts as driver, here is the quick answer so that it is possible to make the whole trip by car without stopping.

  • Nonstop drive: 1661 km or 1,032 miles
  • Driving time: 20 hours and 38 minutes

It is not very realistic to drive nonstop as this is a really long drive. Let’s see how many hours it would be if you drive with stops if you want to get a better idea of how long this road trip would actually take.

Flying non-stop from Saigon to Chiang Mai

Flight from Saigon to Chiang Mai

Flight from Saigon to Chiang Mai- source: internet

Now let’s imagine that you have your own jet and you can fly in the quickest possible straight line between Chiang Mai and Saigon. Let’s fly non-stop from Saigon to Chiang Mai.

  • Flight route: 1205 km or 749 miles
  • Flight time: 2 hours

With the distance of 283 miles, the straight line flight distance is less than traveling on roads, which means the driving distance is almost 1.4x of the flight distance. The flight time is about 1/10 of the time it would take to drive as your plane flies much faster than a car.

You might be booking a commercial flight, unless you have a nice private jet as this is a medium length flight. In the real situation, how many minutes to go to your local airport, the waiting time for security, get on board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport and go to your destination would be included in your travel time.

Saigon to Chiang Mai road trip

Route to Chiang Mai

Route to Chiang Mai -source: internet

If you are planning a road trip to Saigon and wanting to make at least a stop along the way to rest, Chiang Mai to Saigon road trip is a suitable choice. Joining in a real road trip, you will want to make some amazing stops along the way, enjoy your meals at great local restaurants, and maybe even stay overnight in a hotel. Let’s figure out travel plans in detail! Depending on the length of this trip, it is advised to spread out this interesting road trip over more than one day. For more information, you can click: the best Indochina tours

  • Road trip: 2 days of driving
  • Estimated total travel time: 16.5 hours on the road with an overnight stay

Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai airports and flights

You can dream of your own plane but don’t let your imagination take you away so far. Let’s face to face to the reality that most travelers will have to fly on a commercial airline (whether it is coach or first class). Therefore, that means all the extra travel time to get to the airport, waiting time for your flight, and making it to your dreaming destinations should really be accounted for.

For your better estimate of real-life travel, let’s see a flight itinerary with actual airports as a reference. In fact, it is possible for travelers to customize this plan, choosing their own flights and airports. But for now, let’s check out an example selected to have an idea of how traveling would work between these two airports.

  • Departure airport: Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)
  • Arrival airport: Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)

With the airports selected, based on how far it is to the airport from downtown, the travel time estimated to and from the airport is:

  • Getting to the airport: 5 minutes
  • Getting to your destination: 9 minutes
Vietnam Airlines from Saigon to Chiang Mai

Vietnam Airlines from Saigon to Chiang Mai- source: internet

There is no direct flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai, Thai AirAsia is the most popular choice to travel between these two destinations (with transit). Now finally, let’s look at an actual flight from SGN connecting through DMK and arriving at CNK flying on Thai AirAsia. Including take-off and landing, traveling time by taxi on the runways, and an average layover time of about 2 hours, it can be figured out how long it would take:

  • Initial flight time: 1 hour and 12 minutes
  • Connecting airport: Don Mueang International Airport (DMK)
  • Connection flight time: 1 hour and 25 minutes

So now you can finally have an idea of the total travel time from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai including travel time spent between your destinations and the airports, about 2 hours for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate at the departure airport together with the connecting flight with a 2-hour layover.

  • Total travel time: 7 hours

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