By bus it takes around 26 hours to travel from Phuket to Chiang Rai. You can also fly from Phuket to Chiang Rai.
Bus Timetable from Phuket to Chiang Rai
- Click on the Phuket – Chiang Rai link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Phuket - Chiang Rai ฿ 1,180–1,929 3h 25m – 1d 50m
Bus Stop in Phuket
Bus services to Chiang Rai depart from Phuket Bus Terminal 2.
Arrival in Chiang Rai
Bus services from Phuket terminate at Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 2.
About the Blue Temple in Chiang Rai
Wat Rong Seua Ten, which is more commonly known as the Blue Temple, is located 3.2 km from Chiang Rai town centre on the northern side of the Kok River. Construction on the temple began in 1996 as a community effort by local residents. The main temple building was completed in 2016. The Blue Temple attracts a lot of visitors who come to see the elaborate artwork at this blue tinted temple.
The artwork takes two forms: in the structure of the temple and the various shrines, and in the paintwork on the main building in the temple. Comparisons with Chiang Rai’s White Temple are obvious and unsurprising given that much of the design work and art at the Blue Temple has been carried out by Phuttha Kabkaew, who has been mentored by Chalermchai Kositpipat (the artist behind the White Temple). The Blue Temple is still a work in progress. Several shrines and an elaborate chedi are still being worked on and over time visitors can expect to see this temple expanding.
Wat Rong Seua Ten is open every day from 08:00 to 18:00 and admission is free.
The best way to get to the Blue Temple is to take a tuk tuk from Chiang Rai town centre. If you combine a visit to the Blue Temple with a visit to the Wat Huay Pla Kang, also north of the Kok River, expect to pay to 200 to 300 THB, depending on the time of year and your negotiating skills, for the round trip.