Bus times from Bangkok to Chiang Rai

By public bus it takes 11 to 12 hours to travel 774 km from Bangkok to Chiang Rai. You can also fly fron Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi Airports in Bangkok to Chiang Rai Airports with Nok Air, Thai AirAsia, Thai Lion Air and Bangkok Air.

Bus Timetable from Bangkok to Chiang Rai

Bangkok - Chiang Rai ฿ 712–1,282 11h – 21h 35m
  •   Standard 17:30, 19:30
  •   VIP 20 18:15, 19:10
  •   Express 42 07:00, 19:25
  •   VIP 33 19:50
  •   Express 40 17:00, 18:30
  •   VIP 17:00, 20:30
  •   Express 09:30, 17:30
  •   Gold Class 19:01, 19:16, 19:40, 19:55
Bangkok - Mae Sai ฿ 765–1,195 12h – 22h 5m
  •   VIP 17:00
  •   VIP 20 20:15
  •   Express 44 17:25
  •   Standard 17:30
  •   Express 17:30

Bus Station in Bangkok

Bus services to Chiang Rai depart from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal at 798 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand.

Google Map of Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal

Arrival in Chiang Rai

Bus services from Bangkok terminate at Chiang Rai Bus Station 2, Phahonyothin Rd, Tambon San Sai, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57000.

Google Map of Chiang Rai Bus Station 2

About Chiang Rai

You can travel direct from Bangkok to Chiang Rai by bus or plane. Thailand’s railway services reach as far north as Chiang Mai. If you want to travel by train from Bangkok to Chiang Rai you can then you should book a train to Chiang Mai and take a bus for the last part of the journey to Chiang Rai.

Wat Huay Pla Kang in Chiang Rai
Wat Huay Pla Kang in Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is an old city dating back to the 13th century when it was the capital city of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. The modern day city of Chiang Rai has a population of over 70,000 and is a popular tourist destination. Visitor come to Chiang Rai both to explore the city itself and to stay in Chiang Rai as a base for exploring nearby attractions such as the Golden Triangle where Thailand borders both Laos and Myanmar.

The city’s most famous attractions are its temples. Chiang Rai has two particularly interesting temples, the White Temple and the Black Temple, which are recent additions to the city and designed by well known Thai artists. In the evening head to the Night Bazaar where you can choose inexpensive food from a choice of other 50 food stalls selling a wide range of Thai and international dishes.

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