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Motorbike rental VS Public transport
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    Motorbike rental VS Public transport

    I'm a big fan of motorbike rental, especially in Thailand. You can base yourself anywhere you desire, yet still have the freedom to go where you want, when you want. But with THIS.....

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    One of the favourite spots. Nawarat bridge, inbound to Tapae Gate.

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    This guy had a license, so was fine.

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    I didn't have a license, so got a fine.

    ..... becoming a daily problem, rather than a monthly one, public transport is beginning to show its appeal. Previously, there were no buses within the city itself. Sawngthaew have always been the "buses" of Chiang Mai. Until recently that is. Chiang Mai has now introduced these small buses to the city.....

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    ..... all the information is in Thai so i'm presenting this the best i can from my own experiences and what i could glean from the afore mentioned information. There are 3 main buses / routes. BLUE (B1), GREEN (B2) and RED (10). B1 and B2 price is 10B - 15B. Doesn't matter if you travel just 1 stop, or the entire route, the price is set at 10B - 15B. For bus 10, the price is a little more, 15B - 20B. Below is a map. It shows each of the routes as a coloured line and the bus stops / pick up points are shown as red dots.

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    If anyone can add to this or post some useful information about public, cheap or free transport around Chiang Mai, i'm sure it will be a very useful topic to many.

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    Re: Motorbike rental VS Public transport

    There is also a free shuttle sawngthaew (Green in colour) that takes you to Airport plaza. Unfortunately, this doesn't pass through the city centre (walled/moated area). Below are details of the times and a map of its route.....

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    This free shuttle bus takes you from the airport CNX to Central festival, via Airport plaza.

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    Google maps visualisation of route.

    I "think" there is also a free shuttle bus (sawngthaew) to the new MAYA Lifestyle shopping centre. I will find information on that soon.

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    Re: Motorbike rental VS Public transport

    Also, some useful information can be found at http://www.chiangmaibus.org . But it's all in Thai.

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    Re: Motorbike rental VS Public transport

    I prefer the motorbike hire as well. But thanks for the info.
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    Re: Motorbike rental VS Public transport

    We don't have a license because. ........?
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    Re: Motorbike rental VS Public transport

    Quote Originally Posted by Curt View Post
    We don't have a license because. ........?
    I just never got around to obtaining my international license. It was one of those things i meant to do, but just never got sorted before leaving in 2014. I've also learned it's possible for a farang to obtain a Thai license, with the correct VISA and documents. Again, had i known this 2 years ago, i'd of done it. Hind sight is a wonderful thing eh? No time now. I leave Thailand end of June and come back for the last time end July / beginning August before heading to Oz and South America.

    Most Thais don't have a license though. Not that 2 wrongs make a right. I'm not complaining, the police are just doing their jobs. But it's gotten to the point now where i've had 2 fines and avoided a further 3 by learning their "check point" locations and being vigilant. And that's just over the past week. I'm the first to admit i'm in the wrong and accept the fine. Still, i've never seen it this "productive" before.

    Regardless of my personal reasons, i thought this information, especially about the new city buses, would prove useful to others so posted it up.
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