How To Go From Chiang Mai To Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai along with Chiang Mai are 2 of the must-see places to visit when travelling with your backpack in this part of the country. Surrounded by mountains and valleys Chiang Rai will allow you to know the best of the north of Thailand and the people who live there, with that multicolored world that the different ethnic groups bring.

If Chiang Mai is the big city, the capital of the north, Chiang Rai is a small provincial town, with a quiet atmosphere and eager to receive tourists to show them its beauty and especially its surroundings.

Chiang Rai is known for hosting one of the most famous temples in the country, the o Wat Rong Khun or White Temple which makes it very visited by those who are in Chiang Mai and want to make a day trip to go to know it or take the opportunity to begin to know the surroundings, places like the Golden Triangle or continue your journey and cross the border into Laos.

To make everything comfortable, we leave you this post with information about how to go from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai.
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To travel to Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai by bus, we must go to the Arcade Bus Station in Chiang Mai. From there the journey takes about 3 and a half hours. The buses arrive at the Central Station (Chiang Rai Central Station). You can check the most convenient schedule and make your reservation below.

Another option to go to Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai is to rent a motorcycle. You can rent a motorcycle at any of the specialty shops or travel agencies in Chiang Mai.


Avoid visiting Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai in one day, the city and its surroundings deserve to spend several more days. The best thing is to stay overnight in some of the many cheap hotels in the city.
Between going by bus or minivan (van), our advice is to do it by bus, they are very comfortable and have a lot of daily frequency.
From Chiang Rai Central Station you can go by collective taxi or Songthaew to the main attractions of the city.
If your idea is to come and go from Chiang Mai in one day, our advice is to take the first bus in the morning and return in the last one… you will have a few hours to get to know the city.

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