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From Chiang Mai To Chiang Rai - Thailand

From the latest capital of the Lanna Kingdom to the former one, Chiang Mai(founded in 1296) to Chiang Rai(founded in 1262), Kingdom that became part of present-day Thailand in 1920.
Our time in Chiang Mai has come to an end and the excitement of discovering the largest northernmost city in Thailand is up!
We recommend you to do it too, and for that, first you have to get there:

How To Get From Chiang Mai To Chiang Rai

🚌 By Bus

⚫️Step 1: From the Old City To Arcade Bus Station
Buses to Chiang Rai depart from Arcade Bus Station which is located about 4,5 km far from the old city.
There are a few different options on how to get to the station:
-By Minibus
They depart from several points in the city, but locals don’t know anything about it, you have to be able to find it yourself.
The reason behind it is that most of the people use other transportations, still, this is the cheapest way to get to the station for only 15 baht per person (waiting time between buses is 20 min).
There’s a website with the route but no English translation, the minibus going towards Arcade stops at the old city nearby Wat Prasat, Wat Tung Yu, and The Phae Gate(have a look at other stops in the picture below).
Street signs are placed in the sidewalk on the points where the B1 bus stops(have a look at the picture to have it as reference). They work from 6 am to 6 pm.

-By Tuk-Tuk
The famous transportation will charge about 150 baht for a ride to the bus station.

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-By Songthaews/Red Trucks
A larger version of a tuk-tuk, able to carry more passengers, will charge 30 baht per person and will depart when full.
Ask your hotel where is the nearest stop, if you only catch one passing by, the price is not the same.
-By Taxi
Usually, the taxis will have a fixed fare of 150 baht, bargaining may be needed.

Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station – สถานีขนส่งเชียงใหม่ อาเขต
Address: 165, Soi 5, Kaeonawarat Road, Tambon Wat Ket, Chiang Mai
GPS: 18.800818,99.017251 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 165 หมู่ 5 ถนนแก้วนวรัฐ อำเภอเมืองเชียงใหม่

⚫️Step 2: Ticket
Surprisingly, there is only one company running buses to Chiang Rai, it’s called “Greenbus”.
There are also private minibusses but they don’t depart from the station, you can purchase this on the travel agencies around town.
Greenbus has coaches departing at least every hour from 6:45 am to 6 pm, have a look at their website for the latest timetable: https://www.greenbusthailand.com/website/en/services/bus/time-table .
The ride takes from 3,5 to 4 hours and costs 129, 166, 258 baht depending on the class.
Most travel agencies in the old city don’t book the tickets(double check with your hotel, maybe you are lucky), it’s needed to go to Arcade to but it yourself. That being said, Arcade is far from the city center, most of the time there will be bus tickets available for the same day(a few hours gap is likely) but in case you have a tight schedule you should buy it in advance. If you arrived in Chiang Mai by bus and know when you want to leave, buy it at the station before coming to the city.

From Chiang Mai To Chiang Rai - Thailand

⚫️Step 3: Arriving In Chiang Rai
There are 2 stations in town, the old Bus Terminal 1 (located in the city center) and the new one Bus Terminal 2 (7 km from the city center).
The right one to get off the bus will depend on where you’re staying but is very likely that you are somewhere near the old station.
Buses will stop first at the new one, make sure to stay on the bus if you are heading to the city center, the next stop will be the old station.
The Bus Terminal 1 is located 5 min from the clock tower, most hotels will be within walking distance.

Arriving at Chiang Rai Bus Termianl 1

Chiang Rai Old Bus Terminal (Bus Terminal 1)
Address: Prasopsook Road, Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.904778,99.834458 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ถนน ประสพสุข ตำบล เวียง อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย

The station is just next to the Night Bazaar
🚃 By Train

There are no trains to Chiang Rai, the nearest train stop is in Chiang Mai itself.

✈️ By Flight

The 2 cities are not that far from each other, by bus it takes about 4 hours, for that reason flight departing from Chiang Mai will have a stopover in Bkk before heading to Chiang Rai, what makes flying the same length or even longer than a bus ride.
It will be up to your preferences whether you think it is worth it or not.

Chiang Mai International Airport – ท่าอากาศยานเชียงใหม่
Address: 60 Mahidol Road, Su Thep, Chiang Mai
GPS: 18.766063,98.964481 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 60 ถนน มหิดล ตำบล สุเทพ อำเภอเมืองเชียงใหม่
Website: http://chiangmaiairportthai.com/th

🚕 By Taxi/ Car/ Motorbike

*It is possible to rent a car and drive to Chiang Rai by yourself as it’s not a complicated route. This is only recommended for those who have experience driving in Southeast Asia.
*Some people will do the run by motorbike, which we do not recommend due to the heavy traffic of trucks and buses on the highway.
*Some taxis can do the way, not every taxi in the street will accept going that far. If this is something you are thinking about, ask your hotel for a reliable contact and plan in advance. The trip will take around 3 hours and cost from 2000 to 3500 baht one way.

 

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

☛Taste From Heaven
Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 34/1 Ratchamanka Road, Tambon Phra Sing, Chiang Mai
GPS: 18.785282,98.992154 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 34/1 ถนนราชมรรคา ตำบล พระสิงห์ อำเภอเมืองเชียงใหม่
Website: http://taste-from-heaven.com/
Open from 9 am to 10 pm.

Delicious western style vegan-friendly food.
If you are craving vegan hotdogs, BLT, or burgers this is the place.

 

☛Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station – สถานีขนส่งเชียงใหม่ อาเขต
Address: 165, Soi 5, Kaeonawarat Road, Tambon Wat Ket, Chiang Mai
GPS: 18.800818,99.017251 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 165 หมู่ 5 ถนนแก้วนวรัฐ อำเภอเมืองเชียงใหม่

From Chiang Mai To Chiang Rai - Thailand

To see how to get to it, read the “By Bus, Step 1” above.

 

☛Central Festival Chiang Mai – เซ็นทรัลเฟสติวัล เชียงใหม่
Shopping Mall
Address: 999/9, Hwy Chiang Mai-Lampang Frontage Road, T. Fah Ham, Chiang Mai
GPS: 18.807357,99.018127 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 999/9 ถนน ซุปเปอร์ไฮเวย์ เชียงใหม่-ลำปาง ตำบล ฟ้าฮ่าม
Website: http://www.centralfestival.co.th/location/
Open from 11 am to 9:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 10 pm.

From Chiang Mai To Chiang Rai - Thailand
Cinema time

Sited 10 min walk from the Arcade Bus Station, it is a nice scape for those who need to wait a few hours until the bus departing time.
There are restaurants and other shops around the station if need to wait for short periods of time or have no interest in visiting a shopping mall. We personally decided to watch a movie during our wait, therefore, the shopping mall was the perfect place.

 

☛Chiang Rai Old Bus Terminal (Bus Terminal 1)
Address: Prasopsook Road, Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.904778,99.834458 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ถนน ประสพสุข ตำบล เวียง อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย

There are 2 bus stations in Chiang Rai, to see which one is the most suitable for you have a look at “By Bus, Step 3” above.

 

☛Chiang Rai Night Bazaar – เชียงรายไนท์บาร์ซ่า
Address: near old bus terminal, Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.905439,99.834672 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล เวียง อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Open from 6 pm to 11:30 pm.

The walking street is the traditional Thai night market style.
It’s not a big one, but has some charming hill tribe crafts and art, and can be a fun laid-back place to grab a drink.
Foodwise, for vegans there’s only fresh fruits.

 

☛Akha River House
Budget Hotel
Address: 423/25 Moo 21, Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.916257,99.832216 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 423/25 หมู่ที่ 21 ถนน เกาะลอย 1 ตำบล เวียง อำเภอ เมืองเชียงราย
Website: http://www.akhahotel.com/

A budget riverside hotel run by the Akha people, prices go from 200 to 600 baht depending on the room.
The Akha are an indigenous hill tribe originally from China, they migrated to Southeast Asia in the early 20th century.
They are one of the largest hill tribe groups in Thailand.

 

Plenty of Chiang Rai adventures are coming up soon! Stay tuned!✨

From Chiang Mai To Chiang Rai - Thailand

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