It has been many years since flights from Ubon Ratchathani have flown to anywhere else apart from Bangkok so there was a lot of excitement when late last year Air Asia began a service linking Ubon Ratchathani and Phuket.
The excitement continued when almost six months ago rumours started circulating that Air Asia were going to start up another route, this time between Ubon Ratchathani and Chiang Mai.
It was over 18 months ago when I blogged about this route being started by Nakhon Chiangmai Air which obviously never eventuated.
Well this rumour thankfully has!
The inaugural flight is on November 16, 2011. There will be three flights a week which is the same amount on the Phuket route.
Flights will be on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It will depart Chiang Mai (CNX) at 7.20am and arrive in Ubon Ratchathani (UBP) at 8.35am. The return flight will leave Ubon Ratchathani (UBP) at 9am and arrive in Chiang Mai at 10.10am.
Tickets are on sale now and there is a pretty good opening sale to be had. Just 590 baht ($20) from CNX to UBP all inclusive. From UBP to CNX the sale price is 1036 baht ($35). Don’t worry if you miss the sale price as for an loaf of bread and a bottle of milk extra the regular fare will not break the bank! Just 1266 baht ($42) leaving Ubon and 1320 baht ($44) leaving Chiang Mai.
This really is great news for the majority of people in Ubon. For Thai locals, expats and tourists alike, Ubon is slowly getting on the map.
*EDIT* As of February 2013 Air Asia have cancelled this route. 🙁