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VIP Green Bus tickets to Chiang Mai

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VIP Green Bus tickets to Chiang Mai

I know that we can buy VIP green bus tickets in the night market and get on this bus in terminal 2 on the highway.

We will be going to Chiang Mai from Chiang Rai in December which is peak season. Should we buy the tickets in advance as I am worry that the tickets will be sold out when we arrive in Chiang Rai.

Do you think the hotel can buy the tickets for us.

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1. Re: VIP Green Bus tickets to Chiang Mai

Unless you are traveling over a major Thai holiday, you should be able to get tickets, after you get there. There are several VIP buses each day and you can get your tickets a day or two in advance.

Your hotel might be willing to pre-purchase the tickets, but as they would need to layout cash on your behalf, they would probably want pre-payment from you (plus perhaps a bit of handling fee). Also seats are assigned, so you would have to accept what they choose for you.

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2. Re: VIP Green Bus tickets to Chiang Mai

Thanks! I may buy them when I get there.

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3. Re: VIP Green Bus tickets to Chiang Mai

Word seems to be that the smaller VIP Bus is no longer running. There was a 20 seater bus called the Green VIP Bus that ran five times a day. One of the other CM Destination Experts advised that it is now combined with the first class bus. The first class bus has been re-configured and has the large luxury VIP seats fitted into the front of the bus.

Don't think this will make a lot of difference to you - it will still run regularly. The whole bus is not likely to be full - if you have a choice of VIP seats or the first class seats, I would expect you will get one no trouble.

However, it won't hurt to book ahead a day or two if you can.

Caroline.

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4. Re: VIP Green Bus tickets to Chiang Mai

I travelled last month from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai on the VIP Bus and it was just the one class - approx 8 rows with one seat, aisle then two seats and paid THB263 from the bus station next to the Night Bazaar. We booked two days in advance as we specifically wanted the 9.15am departure. Our guide Jermsak assisted us with booking it during our day with him.

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5. Re: VIP Green Bus tickets to Chiang Mai

There are both VIP and hybrid VIP-First Class buses. The hybrids are used for routes going to smaller destinations, such as Mae Sai. And the VIPs primariy between CM & CR. But since all bus routes transit via CR, Green Bus will sell CM-CR tickets on all buses, so you could end up on either.

There is no real difference in the "inflight" service between the two bus types, just a slightly different seating configuration.

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6. Re: VIP Green Bus tickets to Chiang Mai

Thanks for clarifying Mr C.

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