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From Morchit to Chiang Rai by bus

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From Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13 to Chiang Rai by bus

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Sombat Tour Chiang Rai
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From Khaosan Tara Travel to Chiang Rai by bus

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From Don Mueang Airport to Chiang Rai by flight

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From Suvarnabhumi Airport to Chiang Rai by flight

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How to get from Bangkok to Chiang Rai

The variety of sights and activities which Chiang Rai province can offer to a traveller is greatly diverse. Whether you are after archaeological wonders of Chiang Saen, finest teas of hilly Mae Salong, arguably the best Thai coffee of Doi Tung, or busy vibe of border towns of Chiang Khong or Mae Sai, Chiang Rai will not disappoint you. The provincial capital itself is a charming little city with relaxed atmosphere, friendly locals and tasty food. Elegant northern temples, misty mountainous vistas and Western-style cafes do not lack. Taking into account good accommodation options, chances that you will stay longer in Chiang Rai than you have expected, are high.

How to get from Bangkok to Chiang Rai

The northernmost province of Thailand, Chiang Rai lies some 800 km to the north of Bangkok, so be prepared for at least a twelve-hour journey.

From Bangkok to Chiang Rai by bus

Direct buses from Bangkok to Chiang Rai leave from the Northern Bus Terminal in Bangkok, Morchit. The majority of buses depart in the evening and arrive early in the morning – in fact, it is the most convenient way to get to Chiang Rai from Bangkok as you save both the precious daytime of your journey and some baht on a hotel room. In peak periods, i.e. in winter and during festivals in October or April, it is highly advisable to book tickets at least a couple of days in advance.

Bangkok Busline and Siam First, among others, operate overnight VIP buses from Morchit to Chiang Rai. The former has a VIP bus at 6.10pm (arriving at 5.55am) and the latter offers two buses at 7pm and 7.20pm, both arriving around 6am. Tickets cost THB720, and the service provided on board is very much similar: all buses have toilets, serve a bottle of water and some snacks and make at least a couple of stops at larger gas stations with convenience stores, coffee shops and food courts. At the beginning of your journey be ready for an ‘entertainment TV program’, but it is usually shut down in an hour or so. All the long-haul overnight buses provide blankets, but sometimes even those are not enough as the temperature inside the bus tends to be freezing, so have some warm clothes at hand.

*Bangkok Busline also has an Express bus leaving at 8.30pm and reaching Chiang Rai at 7am with tickets sold at a bit lower price (THB620). It is also ok, though you will have less knee and elbow space. In general the company gets great reviews from travellers, so a ride with Bangkok Busline is a sure bet.

From Bangkok to Chiang Rai by train

No, there is no railway line passing through Chiang Rai. If you want to travel by train by all means, head from Bangkok to Chiang Mai first and then cover the final leg by bus. There are numerous bus departures from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai throughout the day with tickets easily bought right on the spot.

Tip: Chiang Rai bound buses depart from the Arcade bus station in Chiang Mai, located three km from the train station. You can get there by tuk-tuk (THB80). The journey from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai takes about three hours. On their way to Chiang Rai, buses pass by the famous Wat Rong Khun, aka the White Temple. You can ask the driver to let you get off the bus near the temple and continue your journey to Chiang Rai a couple of hours later, just flagging a passing by bus down.

From Bangkok to Chiang Rai by plane

To cut your travel time from Bangkok to Chiang Rai, consider flying between the two cities. Instead of spending about 12 hours travelling by an overnight bus, you can get to the northern city of Chiang Rai in an hour and a half.

Thai Lion Air, one of the latest additions to the low-cost carries scene in Thailand, operates four daily flights from Don Mueang airport in Bangkok to Chiang Rai Airport and offers very competitive prices. On most days you can get tickets at as low as THB1000, but in busy periods be prepared to pay up to THB2000 per person one way. This fare includes 15 kg of checked-in luggage and 7 kg of cabin luggage; if you need more luggage allowance, you can always buy extra kgs for THB400. There are flights at 8.20am, 12.35pm, 5.15pm and 6.40pm. The last two arrive in Chiang Rai after dark, so it is a good idea to have your accommodation already booked.

In Bangkok Lion Air is based in Don Mueang International Airport to the north of the capital. To get there, use airport shuttle buses (routes A1 and A2). A1 starts from Morchit bus terminal and A2 originates at the Victory Monument, calling en route to Sanam Pao, Ari, Saphan Kwai and Morchit BTS stations (THB30). The latter is also served by A1 route. Travel time depends on traffic and is from 60 to 80 minutes. There are commuter trains between Hua Lamphong train station and Don Mueang airport, too. Trains take about 50 minutes to get from the railway station to the airport and are always a secure bet. Operating time is from 4.20am till 10.25pm.

Chiang Rai International Airport serves almost exclusively the Chiang Rai–Bangkok route, though there is at least one international flight to the Chinese city of Kunming. The airport is located 8 km to the northeast of the city centre and the only way to get to the city from the airport is to use a taxi. Rates fluctuate between THB100 and THB200 depending on whether you take a metred cab or the airport service with a flat rate. If you book your accommodation in advance, it is worth inquiring at your hotel whether they provide a complimentary pick-up, but only some of the more expensive ones do. Tuk-tuks are not allowed to pick up passengers at the airport; you can walk out and try to catch one in Phaholyothin Road, but there is not much sense in doing it, as you most probably will be asked to pay about THB150 for a ride to the city centre.

Tip: There are counters of car rental companies at Chiang Rai Airport. If you are planning to rent a car, shop around as the rates offered are sometimes very reasonable.

Getting around

Chiang Rai is rather flat and relatively small which makes bicycles a great choice for getting around. You can rent bicycles through the majority of guesthouses (from THB100 per day); motorbikes are also available with daily rates starting from THB200. For short rides around the city tuk-tuks charge about THB60.

Activities

For many travellers Chiang Rai serves as a convenient base for trekking in the nearby mountains and visiting local hill tribes. The easiest way to do it is to join a package tour offered by some of the guesthouses. There are several highly revered temples in the city, including Wat Phra Kaew, where, as the legend puts it, the famous Emerald Buddha image was discovered in the 15th century. While in Chiang Rai, do not miss a modern creation of Charlemchai Kositpipat, an otherworldly white temple, which has actually become the most recognizable symbol of Chiang Rai.

Golden Triangle

Sop Ruak, a small town one hour to the north of Chiang Rai, is a touristy heart of the Golden Triangle. The borders of the three countries – Thailand, Laos and Myanmar – meet there. A vast area around it is notorious for opium production – for many years, the Golden Triangle remained the world’s largest opium producer. Two museums of Sop Ruak, the Hall of Opium and the House of Opium, have comprehensive expositions dedicated to the opium-related past of the region. The Hall of Opium is a large modern museum with multimedia displays; the House of Opium is much smaller but has a good historical collection of tools and implements used in the trade.

From Chiang Rai to Laos: cruising along the Mekong and zip-lining in Bokeo

Chiang Rai is a popular starting point for getting to Laos through Chiang Khong–Huai Xai border crossing. Buses for Chiang Khong depart from Chiang Rai from morning till early afternoon and bring you to the border in 2½ hours. Visas to Laos can be obtained on arrival at the Lao side of the border on the other side of the Mekong River. In December 2013 the fourth Thai-Lao Friendship bridge linked Thai Chiang Khong with Huai Xai in Lao, replacing thus a previously used ferry crossing.

Most travellers head to Huai Xai to take a slow boat to Pak Beng and Luang Prabang. The landscapes along the way are idyllic, true, though a two-day trip with a night stop in Pak Beng is sometimes too much. IIt is not a bad idea to consider taking a touristy cruise instead which follows the same route but offers more comfort.

There is another popular activity to try in Huai Xai, which is zip-lining in Nam Kan National park in Bokeo. Though there are a lot of opportunities to do canopying or zip-lining in Thailand, too, Bokeo operator offers much more interesting experience bringing you to the jungle for a two nights and three days tour. You will sleep in tree houses high above the ground and most probably meet rare black gibbons which were discovered in Bokeo in 1980s. The whole thing is not dirt cheap, but is you can afford it, definitely do.

Passenger reviews out of total 2,977 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Aug 12, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Excellent
Aug 8, 2018
bus VIP20, Sombat Tour
★★★★★
Very good
Jul 31, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★☆
good
Jul 30, 2018
bus Express, Tara Tour and Travel
★★★★☆
We had a delayed, but was good
Jul 23, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★★
Good bus, you can charge your phone, much place for leg (i have 193 cm without problém), good value for price!
Jul 18, 2018
avia Economy, Thai AirAsia
★★★★☆
An uncomplicated trip, very fast check-in and efficient handling of luggage.
Jun 11, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
Very good service, they provided snacks, water, milk and juice. Air conditioning worked well and the seats were comfy. They even included a blanket. The only bad thing was there was no Wi-Fi. Other than that great journey !
Jun 10, 2018
avia Economy, Thai AirAsia
★★★★★
Easy booking. Cheaper than airline website rates.
Jun 1, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★☆☆☆
Seats were uncomfortable and the fans for the cold air didn’t work.
May 21, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★★☆☆
My reserved seat was given to another passenger and I got stuck in a very uncomfortable seat for 14 hours. Otherwise everything was fine, included meal was good.
May 3, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Seats were very comfortable but the bus was so cold. They provided you with pillows and blankets but nothing could keep you warm on that bus!
Apr 24, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★★☆☆
I paid additional payment at the bus station.
Mar 20, 2018
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
The service is very good.
Mar 18, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★★☆☆
overall the journey was ok, we were given water and snacks when we got on. Chairs were comfy when lay back. Driver was really loud most of the journey, talking on his mobile which was quite annoying at 4am. Would travel again.
Mar 17, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
It was a long bus ride. However, the staff was nice. We made a few pit stops. They also provided a meal, snacks, and water.
Mar 13, 2018
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Amazing service!!
Mar 12, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Air con, comfortable reclining seats, very spacious and modern. 10/10
Mar 11, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★★☆☆
The driver was talking loudly throughout the night
Mar 11, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★★☆☆
Bus driver was talking loudly the whole time, and seats were very uncomfortable. Also left a half hour late, but arrived early so that made up for it.
Mar 10, 2018
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
This was a very nice trip from smooth ticket booking to early arrival. Special thanks to the bus hostesses who spoke English!
Feb 28, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
The staff was very friendly.
Feb 24, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Great bus, only thing is that no one told us when the free meal was and how to get it so we didn't get to enjoy our free meal included in the ticket.
Feb 23, 2018
bus Express, Budsarakham Tour
★★★★☆
Went back and forth a little about putting my bag in the back along with other luggage and the seats were ok for the 12 hr ride, but overall it was an ok ride. The staff was nice, even with the language barrier. Would ride again :)
Feb 6, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Great Journey. All good Thanks
Feb 4, 2018
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Bathroom made the entire bus smell like urine. Other than that everything was amazing!
Jan 27, 2018
avia Economy, Thai Lion Air
★★★★★
On time, good regional airport.
Jan 18, 2018
avia Economy, Bangkok Air
★★★★★
Love the service, the airplane very comfortable, Stewarts were amazing. Thank you
Dec 29, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
excellent service..
Dec 27, 2017
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Nice experience. Will book it again.
Dec 25, 2017
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★☆☆
The bus company itself provides quality service and comfort to their customers, however they do need to have more English speaking attendants so that English speaking customers can better enquire and understand the location they’ve reached
Dec 14, 2017
bus VIP, Siam First
★★★★★
Great comfortable and safe ride :)
Dec 7, 2017
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★☆☆☆
Scary driving, bus broke down and we were transferred to another bus. Still arrived 1.5 hours early because the driver went SO fast the whole time.
Oct 30, 2017
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★★
Excellent service, would highly recommend to others.
Oct 30, 2017
avia Economy, Thai AirAsia
★★☆☆☆
Flight delay over an hour
Oct 28, 2017
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
We arrived at the terminal 40 minutes before our departure time. Asked the information desk where I needed to be (by showing the confirmation on my phone). Went there. Reconfirmed with 2 attendants that this was where I needed to be (again with the information on my phone). They said yes. Just wait here. The bus came we lined up. Turns out i needed the printed copy of the ticket and of course no one could tell me exactly where to go. We ran to 4 different ticket booths (each of them saying go there, go there), eventually we found the correct place, but of course the bus had left already. The amazing pendant was able to get us on the next bus, which was 2 hours later. I'm grateful for that, but there either needs to be signs posted or the website needs to mention that you have to print tickets at (#whatever) booth before boarding.
Oct 9, 2017
bus VIP, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Nice bus but far too cold, I understand this is to try and stop condensation on the windows but even with the blanket provided I was freezing. Few films in English but not many. Snacks provided and stopped for a meal about half way. As i had been asleep and announcements were in Thai, the stewardess kindly came and notified me we were at my stop. Would use 12go.asia and Bangkok busline again. Always a good idea to go to 12go's partners page and look at the company you will be traveling with.
Oct 4, 2017
bus Express, Bangkok Busline
★★★★☆
Smooth ride but very cold. Overall it was an easy and pretty comfortable ride for a long trip! Great value.