How to get to Chiang Rai, transport

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The city and province of Chiang Rai is in Northern Thailand on the border with Laos and Myanmar (Burma). It has an airport, which runs many flights from Bangkok and direct flights from other countries are not. Also Chiang Rai are connected by numerous bus services with other cities in the country, and it is the most inexpensive way to get here. If you are planning to get here from Russia or other countries, plan your route with a stopover in Bangkok with a change of plane or change to the bus. Further detail about all the ways to get to Chiang Rai:

On the plane

Аэропорт Чианг-рая

In Chiang Rai airport with international status (Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai International Airport IATA code is CEI). Every day, the airport receives and sends up to 10 flights from Bangkok and one from Chiang Mai.

The airport is located 8 kilometres from the city centre (airport Chiang Rai on the map) to get to town by taxi. The cost of airport taxi (booked at the counter of the airport) - 200-300 baht (currency of Thailand, the exchange rate) depending on location and time of day.

No problem to find taxi, motorcycle taxi or tuk-tuk is cheaper outside of the airport and going to the Park or even beyond. The price in the city center to most hotels, as already mentioned above, 200 baht and not more than (price current as of August 2012), but if you find a taxi driver in the airport Parking lot, ready to go by the meter, the trip will cost about 70 baht. With the coming of darkness to find transport outside the airport is problematic, thus we immediately go to the Desk at the airport.

If you book a room at the hotel in Chiang Rai in advance, you can request an airport transfer, focusing on the price but all hotels add a small fee and will ask you about 300 baht.

Find and book tickets to Chiang Rai, Bangkok and other cities in Thailand can through the search form:

Find and book tickets to Chiang Rai on the date, you can through the search form. Search is very flexible, and allows you to search for flights on different dates, with or without transfers, in both directions or one, etc.:

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By bus

VIP автобус Чианг-рай - Чианг-май на новой станции Чианг-рая

It's convenient and most inexpensive way to get to Chiang Rai from other cities of Thailand. Drive from Bangkok on a simple night Shuttle bus for 600 baht. A lot of flights connects the city with settlements in the province of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, Bangkok and some other major cities of the country.

The town has two bus stations:

  • Old bus station (Old Bus Station or Bus Terminal #1). Located in the city center (station on the map) and serving suburban routes in Chiang Rai province, including in the "Golden triangle", as well as flights from Chiang Mai. The bus schedule of this station can be seen here (website not open on the territory of the Russian Federation, and it is better to access via proxy or Tor browser).
  • New bus station (New Bus Station or Bus Terminal #2). Located seven kilometers from the city (the station is on the map) and serves bus travel to all area of Thailand. Buses from Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, etc. come here. From the station to the city can be reached by tuk-tuk, which is usually on duty. Standard fare to the city (to the old bus station), leaving 20 baht per person, but if not enough passengers for a full flight, the driver may refuse to carry you while tuk tuk is not filled, or offer to drive as a taxi is about 200 baht.

From Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

From the bus station and Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station during the day many buses leave various classes and prices. The cost from 160 to 500 baht. Start running from 6 am every 30 minutes. Time in transit VIP bus without stopping for about 3 hours.

Chiang Rai buses from Chiang Mai arrive/recover on both stations. Most of the buses makes a stop at the new station, and then it is on the old station, so it makes sense to buy tickets right up to the old station, not to get to the city by tuk-tuk.

Buses on this route runs quite a lot and the schedule they have sufficient dense, but still recommend to buy the bus tickets in advance, at least for the day. Usually tickets good buses (air conditioned) for the next few flights are sold out and you will have to wait at the station for a few hours of sending the next available bus. Reconditionnement tickets for the buses can be bought directly before departure, but a four-hour drive along mountain roads in a truck - a dubious pleasure.

From Pattaya to Chiang Rai

According to unconfirmed information from Pattaya bus company Nachonchai from bus station in Pattaya. More precisely this bus from Rayong (Rayong) to the town of Mae SAI (Mae Sai), making a stop in Pattaya and almost at the end of the road in Chiang Rai. This information is best to check with the cashier in Pattaya.

More reliable and proven way to get from Pattaya to Bangkok by bus (it is better on the Northern station Mo Chit) where to take the bus to Chiang Rai.

From Bangkok to Chiang Rai

Daily many buses departs from Bangkok's Northern bus terminal Mo Chit. There are both day and night flights. Buying bus tickets to Chiang Rai in advance is not mandatory, but it should be done at least the day of departure to choose the right bus or not to wait a few hours for the next bus with available seats (pick up and you can buy tickets using the search box below). If tickets not purchased in advance, you can just come to the station and buy tickets for the next flight, but it may be so that will have to wait to send a few hours. Time bus journey of 9-12 hours. Is including night buses.

Tickets cost 600 baht and depends on the class of bus. We recommend you to buy tickets for air-conditioned buses, 1st class (700 baht) or VIP (would have to pay 980 baht), since they can be perfect to travel and sleep in nearly all the folding chairs.

A full schedule of buses from Bangkok to Chiang Rai in English are difficult to find, but you can try watch it here (search for tickets, but not all companies) or here

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When searching for tickets on buses and trains for pay attention to the ranking of tickets/carriers (marked with asterisks on a five-point scale) and the reviews of actual users who traveled on this route. Selecting carriers with the highest rated according to user reviews, you will protect yourself from possible problems during the trip.

By train

Railway to Chiang Rai no, but can be reached by train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai or to Lampang (Lampang), and then by bus.

The second option is via Lampang, theoretically a little cheaper and faster. Tickets from Bangkok in this case, you need to buy to Nakhon Lampang station. By bus from Lampang to Chiang Rai to go about four hours. However you will still be a task to get from the railway station to the bus, but that is easily solved with a taxi or tuk-tuk.

On the boat

There is an opportunity to get to Chiang Rai by boat from the city of Thaton (Tha-Thon) in Chiang Mai province. Daily from Thaton to 12:30 sent a boat for 350 baht, journey time about 4 hours. There are also sightseeing cruises rafting duration 2 or 3 days with stops at various interesting places. The cost of these excursions from 1000 baht.

Transport Chiang Mai, how to travel around the city and the province

Туристический вагон в Чианг-рае

Public transport in Chiang Rai is poorly developed, and presented to the tuk-tuks, Songthaew taxis and a small number of car taxis. You can also find cycles.

But, fortunately, to move the city transport you hardly need it, since the city is not very big and all of it slowly you can get around on foot. To explore the area will have to hire a tuk-tuk, a taxi or rent a car, what to do here without problems. The perfect solution if finances allow, is to rent a car with driver-guide.

For tourists who are staying in Chiang Rai for a few days on a special tourist train (see photo) organized a city tour with a visit to the main attractions of the city. This tram departs from the King Mengrai great Memorial, and to buy tickets for this tour in hotels.

Такой мотоцикл можно арендовать за 250 бат в Чианг-рае

For travel in the province of Chiang Rai ideal solution would be to rent a motorcycle, car or hiring a guide with a car. In principle, it is possible to travel across the whole province and buses+taxis, but you will have to spend a lot more time.

Rent a motorbike in Chiang Rai on each corner. Ask at the hotel reception, you organize. If you want cheaper, look for yourself on the street. The price for renting a bike starts from 250 baht but you can bargain if you take a few days.

To rent a car necessarily need an international driving permit (IDP). Is such a law, made in the form of booklets in several languages that are issued in addition to the regular national rights of the bodies of the traffic police. They act only when presented together with your national (domestic) rights, so don't forget to take with you on a trip. To get an IDP is not required to write any exams, you only need to pay a fee. Order them easiest website public services.of the Russian Federation, the value of discount will be 1120 rubles. You can contact the traffic police or the MFC personally, but then the IDP will cost 1600 rubles (price 2018). To pick up right after their manufacture in the traffic police or in the MFC. Details about car rent in Thailand read here.

The cost of renting a car in Chiang Rai starts from 500 baht when booking for a few days, and this is one of the lowest prices in the country. Can find and book car rentals using the search form and compare prices from different distributors:

Timetable of the buses to Chiang Rai

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