Bangkok to Chiang Rai @ bus, flight May 31, 2017

24 trips (THB 596 — 1,900)

From Morchit to Chiang Rai by bus

18:10
Morchit, Bangkok
05:35
Bus Terminal 2, Chiang Rai
11h 25m
Instant
฿ 694
× 2 = ฿ 1,388
? seats available
19:00
Morchit, Bangkok
07:30
Bus Terminal 2, Chiang Rai
12h 30m
Instant
฿ 690
× 2 = ฿ 1,380
? seats available
19:20
Morchit, Bangkok
07:50
Bus Terminal 2, Chiang Rai
12h 30m
Instant
฿ 690
× 2 = ฿ 1,380
? seats available
20:30
Morchit, Bangkok
09:00
Bus Terminal 2, Chiang Rai
12h 30m
Instant
฿ 596
× 2 = ฿ 1,192
? seats available

From Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13 to Chiang Rai by bus

18:30
Sombat Tour Viphavadee 13, Bangkok
05:55
Bus Terminal 2, Chiang Rai
11h 25m
Instant
฿ 694
× 2 = ฿ 1,388
? seats available

From Don Mueang Airport to Chiang Rai by flight

#FD3203
07:20
Don Mueang Airport
08:40
Chiang Rai Airport
1h 20m
Instant
฿ 824
× 2 = ฿ 1,648
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#DD8714
07:20
Don Mueang Airport
08:30
Chiang Rai Airport
1h 20m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,362
× 2 = ฿ 2,724
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#SL532
08:20
Don Mueang Airport
09:50
Chiang Rai Airport
1h 25m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,271
× 2 = ฿ 2,542
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#FD3201
09:00
Don Mueang Airport
10:15
Chiang Rai Airport
1h 20m
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฿ 824
× 2 = ฿ 1,648
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#FD3209
11:20
Don Mueang Airport
12:40
Chiang Rai Airport
1h 20m
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฿ 1,352
× 2 = ฿ 2,704
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#SL538
12:35
Don Mueang Airport
14:00
Chiang Rai Airport
1h 25m
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฿ 1,081
× 2 = ฿ 2,162
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#DD8718
13:10
Don Mueang Airport
14:25
Chiang Rai Airport
1h 20m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,362
× 2 = ฿ 2,724
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#FD3207
14:35
Don Mueang Airport
15:55
Chiang Rai Airport
1h 20m
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฿ 1,352
× 2 = ฿ 2,704
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#DD8722
16:40
Don Mueang Airport
17:55
Chiang Rai Airport
1h 20m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,362
× 2 = ฿ 2,724
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#SL544
17:45
Don Mueang Airport
19:00
Chiang Rai Airport
1h 25m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,081
× 2 = ฿ 2,162
  available
#SL546
18:40
Don Mueang Airport
20:00
Chiang Rai Airport
1h 25m
Instant 15kg
฿ 1,081
× 2 = ฿ 2,162
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#FD3205
19:50
Don Mueang Airport
21:10
Chiang Rai Airport
1h 20m
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฿ 824
× 2 = ฿ 1,648
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#SL548
20:25
Don Mueang Airport
21:50
Chiang Rai Airport
1h 25m
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฿ 900
× 2 = ฿ 1,800
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From Suvarnabhumi Airport to Chiang Rai by flight

#PG231
07:35
Suvarnabhumi Airport
08:55
Chiang Rai Airport
1h 20m
Instant
฿ 1,900
× 2 = ฿ 3,800
  available
#WE130
07:50
Suvarnabhumi Airport
09:15
Chiang Rai Airport
1h 25m
Instant 20kg
฿ 1,667
× 2 = ฿ 3,334
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#PG233
13:15
Suvarnabhumi Airport
14:35
Chiang Rai Airport
1h 20m
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฿ 1,900
× 2 = ฿ 3,800
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#WE134
15:05
Suvarnabhumi Airport
16:25
Chiang Rai Airport
1h 25m
Instant 20kg
฿ 1,667
× 2 = ฿ 3,334
  available
#PG235
17:10
Suvarnabhumi Airport
18:30
Chiang Rai Airport
1h 20m
Instant
฿ 1,900
× 2 = ฿ 3,800
  available
#WE136
19:05
Suvarnabhumi Airport
20:35
Chiang Rai Airport
1h 25m
Instant 20kg
฿ 1,667
× 2 = ฿ 3,334
  available

How to get to Chiang Rai from Bangkok

What about

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 1,167 passengers 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 though we are closely monitoring services, we are still an agency marketplace - meaning we focus on ticketing service and route availability / coverage rather than on factual seat recline angle you got today ^_^

★★★★☆ Apr 27, 2017 (bus VIP, Siam First)
★★★★★ Mar 10, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Service is the best but please do not put the AC on during the overnight to cause sick or cold. I suggest the less AC on during overnight but it is okay for during the day.
★★★★★ Mar 3, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★★ Feb 21, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★★ Feb 19, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air)
★★★★★ Feb 9, 2017 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air) :
This is my first time travelling in Asia and my first time at the Don Mueang airport. I arrived in Bangkok only a few days ago. Everything went as expected. I wasn't sure about domestic flights in Thailand, so I arrived a couple of hours early to allow myself plenty of time to find my way, and the flight was delayed a little, but I don't find delays in air travel surprising. The airport was nice and easy to navigate. Checking bags and picking them up was easy and straightforward. Flight was totally pleasant. It was better than a lot of air travel experiences I've had!
★★★★☆ Feb 9, 2017 (bus VIP, Siam First) :
On time, the bus was ok, the only thing is that no one speaks English..
★★★★☆ Feb 7, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
The staff at the depot was very friendly. Lots of employees around making sure you find the right bus. The bus was cold inside but I expected that and they have blankets. We arrived early and didn't waste any time unloading. Very efficient service.
★★★★★ Jan 26, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★★ Jan 20, 2017 (bus VIP, Siam First) :
Everything ran very smoothly. The bus left on time and I actually reached my destination an hour before the time said so be on the look out for your stop!
★★★★★ Jan 14, 2017 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Was a good travel, very comfortable bus, with free drinks and some snacks as well included !! Very cheap traveling!! Thanks
★★★★★ Jan 9, 2017 (bus VIP, Siam First) :
Great service! Food&drinks included. Arrived before schedueled online time. Thankyou SiamFirst!
★★★★★ Jan 5, 2017 (bus VIP, Siam First) :
Super service, not cold, super blankets, movies and music available, headphones provided, food and drinks and snacks given, flexible with drop off, let us out at white temple. Incredible!!!!
★★★★★ Jan 3, 2017 (bus VIP, Bangkok Busline) :
Super vip bus only stewardes no smile
★★★★☆ Dec 2, 2016 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★☆☆ Nov 23, 2016 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air) :
Every things were good but at airplane was so cold and I ask for blanket but they not have
★★★★☆ Nov 20, 2016 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
The ride was great. Make sure to read ways to get to town from terminal 2. Pickup truck taxi was 15 baht tuk tuk wanted 75.
★★★★☆ Nov 7, 2016 (bus VIP, Siam First)
★★★☆☆ Oct 1, 2016 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air) :
good
★★★★★ Sep 15, 2016 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Nice staff, free snacks & water, blanket & travel pillow. Cheap & easy to get ticket. Comfy seats.
★★★★☆ Sep 9, 2016 (avia Economy, Thai AirAsia)
★★★★★ Aug 24, 2016 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★☆☆ Aug 14, 2016 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air)
★★★★★ Aug 8, 2016 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Easy to get ticket. Nice staff. Friendly. Comfort seat. Good facility. I have no doubt to order for next trip
★★★★★ Jul 26, 2016 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Ottimo viaggio comode le poltrone e complessivamente rapido il percorso. Siamo arrivati un'ora e mezza prima ddl previsto
★★★★★ Jul 25, 2016 (bus VIP, Siam First) :
Comfortable as a 12 hour bus journey could be food stop had questionable chicken balls but other than that I was happy. Massage chair was a nice surprise
★★★★★ Jul 22, 2016 (avia Economy, Thai Lion Air) :
Thai Lion Air waits for u
★★★★★ Jul 17, 2016 (bus VIP, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★★ Jun 24, 2016 (bus VIP, Siam First) :
Very comfy bus and additional plus for the food provided during the trip. However, finding the bus on the station was tricky - you should count a lot of time to get to the station in the first place and then additional couple of mimutes to figure out where is your bus. Otherwise, great.
★★★★★ Apr 30, 2016 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★☆ Apr 27, 2016 (bus VIP, Siam First)
★★★★★ Apr 21, 2016 (bus VIP, Siam First) :
Brilliant service couldn't have asked for better
★★★★★ Apr 14, 2016 (bus VIP, Bangkok Busline)
★★★★★ Feb 12, 2016 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Excellent bus, excellent service, excellent experience!
★★★★★ Feb 9, 2016 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
wonderful trip! easy to get ticket and bus was lovely. reclinable seats. great entertainment. My Thai GF was worried because price was so low! She needn't have worried!
★★★★★ Feb 7, 2016 (bus Express, Bangkok Busline) :
Muy confortable y excelente atencion.

News @ Chiang Rai

16 February 2017

The Airports of Thailand (AoT) authority has announced major upgrades at the six airports under its jurisdiction. President Nitinai Sirismatthakarn says the AoT will plough in THB200 billion over the next decade to increase capacities and provide enhanced passenger comfort.

14 February 2017

This year’s edition of the Singha Park Balloon Carnival kicks off today and will run through until Saturday evening. This international balloon fest is said to be the biggest in Southeast Asia and balloons in all shapes, sizes and colours lend an aura of the exotic to the jamboree.

13 February 2017

The 2017 edition of Chiang Mai Province’s unique five-day strawberry festival is due to finish tomorrow evening. The festival is held in the mountainous Samoeng District of Chiang Mai and is an extravaganza dedicated to the delights of the fruit.