As a province somewhat off the typical tourist route, Chaiyaphum is best reached via private car or public bus. However, it is possible to take a train or plane to nearby Ubon Ratchathani an then a short bus to Chaiyaphum. Once there, it may be easier to get around with your own car, but there are standard forms of local transport available for visitors: i.e. songtaew, motorbike taxi, and tuk tuk.
From Bangkok’s Hua Lumphong Station there are both rapid and express trains to Nong Khai’s Bua Yai Station. From there passengers can take a bus 51 kilometers to Chaiyaphum. For more information, please contact the Travel Service Center of the State Railway of Thailand at Tel. 1690, 0 2220 4444, 0 2220 4334, 0 2621 8701 or visit www.railway.co.th
1. From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 (Phahonyothin Road) to Saraburi. Turn right onto Highway No. 2 (Mittraphap Road) and turn left into Highway No. 201 at Sikhio District, passing through Dan Khun Thot and Chatturat Districts into Chaiyaphum, a total distance of 330 kilometers.
2. From Bangkok, take Highway No. 1 (Phahonyothin Road) through Saraburi; at the Phu Khae Intersection take Highway No. 21 to Chai Badan District. Then, take Highway No. 205, passing through Thep Sathit and Chatturat Districts into Chaiyaphum province.
Busses from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) to Chaiyaphum depart daily. The trip takes approximately 5 ½ hours. For more information, please contact Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) at Tel. 0 2936 2852-66, Chaiyaphum Bus Terminal at Tel. 0 4481 1493, Air Chaiyaphum Co., Ltd. at Tel. 0 4481 1556, Nakhonchai Air Co., Ltd. at Tel. 0 4481 1739, 0 4481 2522, Chaiyaphum Chong Charoen Co., Ltd. at Tel. 0 4481 1780 or Fax. 0 4481 1760, Chaiyaphum Tour Co.,Ltd. at Tel. 0 4481 6012 or visit www.transport.co.th.
There are no airlines servicing Chaiyaphum. The nearest airports are in Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima, respectively 150 and 119 kilometers away. From either it is possible to get ground transportation to Chaiyaphum.
As in most rural Thai provinces there are typically songtaews that follow established routes around the provincial capital and between towns within the province. Songtaews, motorbike taxis, and some form of tuk tuk are usually available for private charter as well.