Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai - เชียงแสน

1290, Wiang, Chiang Rai 57150, Thailand

Situated on the Mekong River in Thailand’s northern Golden Triangle region, the friendly town of Chiang Saen is an interesting destination for those appreciating historic temples and ruins and can be accessed by bus from either Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai.

The bus station in Chiang Saen is situated on the Mekong River’s banks, around 50 metres before Highway 1016 comes to an end. Departing from opposite the bus station, blue songthaews cover routes to Mae Sai, Sop Ruak and Chiang Khong.

From Chiang Rai, regular buses travel to Chiang Saen, a trip of an hour and a half. Travellers taking the new bus route from Chiang Mai should expect a more than four- hour journey.

Chiang Saen is an ideal place from which where to take daytrips to the Golden Triangle. Sam Liam Thong Kham is situated about 10 kilometres north of the town. It is here where the Mekong River and the Sai River meet. Visitors will find numerous stalls that sell souvenirs such as hill-tribe clothes, opium pipes, and Burmese cigars.

Accommodation with basic amenities in Chiang Saen can be found on the road along the river. There are several guesthouses. Centrally located, the only hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the post office. The restaurant at the end of this road offers nice dining, as well as spectacular river views.

Nearest Stations

Type Name km
Taxi Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai 0.0
Taxi Golden Triangle Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai 8.5