Bus times from Chiang Rai to Khon Kaen

By public bus it takes between 12 hours 25 minutes and 13 hours 00 minutes to travel from Chiang Rai to Khon Kaen.

Bus Timetable from Chiang Rai to Khon Kaen

Chiang Rai - Khon Kaen ฿ 811 13h
  •   Express 30 09:45, 17:00

Bus Stop in Chiang Rai

Bus services to Khon Kaen depart from Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 2, Phahonyothin Rd, Tambon San Sai, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57000.

Google Map of Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 2

Arrival in Khon Kaen

Bus services from Chiang Rai terminate at Khon Kaen Bus Terminal 3, Mueang Kao Sub-district, Mueang Khon Kaen District, Khon Kaen 40000.

Google Map of Khon Kaen Bus Terminal 3

About Chao Por Lak Muang

The Chao Por Lak Muang shrine in the centre of the city is the most important shrine in Khon Kaen visited throughout the day until fairly late in the evening by Buddhists making offerings and saying. The shrine is a lak muang which means ‘City Pillar Shrine’ in English.

The tradition of giving each town or city it’s own shrine started in 1872 when Rama I created the first City Pillar Shrine in Bangkok. City Pillar Shrines, like this one in Khon Kaen, contain an acacia wood pillar and Buddha statues.

The Chao Por Lak Muang shrine in Khon Kaen
The Chao Por Lak Muang shrine in Khon Kaen

City pillar shrines, such as the Chao Por Lak Muang in Khon Kaen, have a special symbolic value. The shrine is intended to signify the establishment of a spiritual community which encompasses the physical town or city. The Chao Por Lak Muang in Khon Kaen is one of the best city pillar shrines in Thailand, The shrine is housed within a intricate building with a multi-tiered roof topped by a gold umbrella ornament. On either side of entrance steps are Chinese style guardian lions, often incorrectly referred to as ‘foo dogs’.

At night time the shrine is illuminated making it most striking and attractive building in the city after the sun goes down.

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