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.

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Chiang Rai. The most preferred mode of transport in Chiang Rai is Walking.

Average distance: 4.67 km Average time: 29.33 min

  • Walking 66.67%
    Walking 35 min Motorbike 6.5 min Overall average time for 5 kms 41.5 min
  • Motorbike 33.33%
    Motorbike 5 min Overall average time for 4 kms 5 min
Route Distance Time
Phan district to Chiang rai 9.61 km 9 mins
Lampang to Chiang rai 46.29 km 46 mins
Phitsanulok to Chiang rai 77.17 km 1 hour 17 mins
Chiang mai to Chiang rai 95.76 km 1 hour 35 mins
Nonthaburi to Chiang rai 141.7 km 2 hours 21 mins
Bangkok to Chiang rai 143.85 km 2 hours 23 mins
Hat yai to Chiang rai 262.1 km 4 hours 22 mins
Kangar to Chiang rai 262.88 km 4 hours 22 mins
Phuket to Chiang rai 264.22 km 4 hours 24 mins
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