How to Reach Chiang Rai


  • By Air: Mae FahLuang-Chiang Rai International Airport is located about 8kms from the town and has frequent flights from Bangkok.
  • By Train: Chiang Rai doesn’t have a train station. But you can take a train to Chiang Mai or Lampang and take a bus to the town.
  • By Bus: There are both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned buses running frequently to Chiang Rai from both Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
  • By Car: Take highway no.1 from Bangkok towards Highway no.32 to reach Chiang Rai by car. You can get to the town from Chiang Mai through Highway no. 118


  • On Foot: Most of the places to visit in Chiang Rai can be easily covered on foot.
  • By Bus: Local buses are available to take you to the neighbouring villages and other rural communities.
  • By Tuk-Tuk: Tuk-tuks (auto rickshaws) are the best way to get around Chiang Rai.
  • By Songthaew: Songthaew is a local two-row passenger vehicle that can help you get to different places in the town. Most of these generally run on sharing basis.
  • By Car: You can rent a car in one of the rental agencies and explore the neighbouring villages.
  • By Taxi: Taxis services are available in the city to take you around the tourist attractions and other areas.
  • By Motorbikes: Motorbikes can also be rented for about 200-300 baht per day by depositing your passports with the rental agencies. Be sure to wear a helmet when you ride as it is compulsory according to Thai driving laws.