In Chiang Mai there are no offical buses except to travel to other provencies which is provided
by Bus companies. To get around Chiang Mai town you must use a Songthaew, Tuk Tuk or a
Taxi. A Songthaew is a modified Pick Up truck with 2 rows of seats in the back (see pictures)
To hail one, just extend your arm in a downward motion. He will stop. You tell him where you
want to go. If he is going your way he will nod yes, if not he will nod his head no.
This is easier said than done as about 50% of the Songthaew drivers do not speak English, do
not read or write Thai and cannot read a map. However, they do know the names (in English)
of the most popular destinations. So, the card or map the Hotel gave you to show the
Songthaew driver probably won't do any good. If you run into this problem and you have a
Business Card of where you want to go, call the establishment and have them give
directions to the Driver. A higher percentage of Tuk Tuk and Taxi drivers can understand
The Normal price to ride a Songthaew is 20 Baht within Chiang Mai town. For longer trips or
out of the way trips, the price can be negotated.