Mae Sot is a small city in western Thailand that shares a border with the neighbouring country of Myanmar. Though not very big, the province is surrounded by lush greens, mountains and stunning views. Mae Sot is also home to the popular Gibbon Highland Farm, see more info below about this.
If you are travelling the 490km distance from Bangkok to Mae Sot, you only have 2 options; you can either take the bus, which takes approximately 10 hours and will cost you about $15.50 or you can fly in just over 1 hour with prices starting at $43.
The bus is the most environment-friendly way to travel from Bangkok to Mae Sot. You can take a day bus and enjoy the view or the night bus so you don’t lose a day travelling.
Flying is the quickest option for this route. However, we don’t recommend taking short-haul flights as they are very harmful to the environment.
Volunteer at the Gibbon Highland Farm
If you are an animal lover who would love to work with monkeys and gibbons, there is a great opportunity to volunteer at the Gibbon Highland Farm.
You can help maintain their living environment, enjoy their playful nature and wake up with the sound of gibbons singing each morning. You will experience Thai culture, local food and most importantly, how to care for the gibbons and monkeys.
Gibbon Highland Farmland can help you with your queries or you can send them an email directly at email@example.com if this interests you.
Taking the bus from Bangkok to Mae Sot is the cheapest option and also produces fewer emissions than flying.
You can choose from 3 well-known bus operators. Khao San Tara Tour departs from Khao San Road. Transport Co. and Sasanun Transport depart from Mo Chit Bus Terminal, which you can easily reach by MRT, BTS, a public van, tuk-tuk or a taxi.
During non-peak hours, Mo Chit Terminal is only about 15-min taxi ride from the city centre, but the ride can take up to 1 hour if you’re using public transport.
If you prefer travelling at night, we suggest taking the last departing bus so you don’t arrive in Mae Sot in the middle of the night. Another option is to take the bus leaving at 09:00 and arriving in the late afternoon, this will be a much more scenic trip than travelling at night.
The trip from Bangkok to Mae Sot takes about 10 hours. Ticket prices start from 470 THB ($15.50) for a first-class bus ride.
All buses arrive at Mae Sot Bus Terminal, located 4km west of the city centre.
The Transport Co. (VIP)
21:30-04:30 22:30-05:30 22:40-05:40
640 THB ($21)
The Transport Co. (1st class)
09:00-16:00 20:20-03:20 21:00-04:00 22:20-05:20
410 THB ($13.50)
470 THB ($15.50)
Khao San Tara Tour
850 THB ($28)
You can easily book with Khao San Tara Tour and Sasanun Transport online through the link below.
Their VIP buses from Bangkok to Mae Sot only have 32 seats, which imply more legroom; the first-class buses accommodate 50 seats. There are also second-class buses, but these make too many stops along the way, making the travel time longer.
Unfortunately, you cannot book your bus tickets online. You must go to Mo Chit Bus terminal to purchase your ticket or call the bus company’s office at +66 2 872 1777.
Bangkok to Mae Sot by Flight
Duration: 1h 15min Cost: 1,300 THB ($43)
Nok Air is the only airline that offers flights from Bangkok to Mae Sot. Bear in mind that Nok Air operates smaller propeller-type airplanes for this route. If this concerns you, we suggest taking the bus.
Flights depart from Don Mueang Airport (DMK) and there are 6 flights leaving daily with one-way tickets starting from 1,300 THB ($43).
The small airport in Mae Sot is located about 5km west of the city centre. You can use Skyscanner to find the cheapest rates and book your flights online.
The modern J2 Hotel located centrally in Mae Sot is a great option if you’re looking for comfort and convenience.
There is a lovely terrace overlooking the garden where you can relax and enjoy the views while eating your complimentary continental breakfast. The hotel also offers bicycle rentals and is well known for its cleanliness and comfortable rooms.