Travel from Bangkok to Chiang Rai

There are three ways to get from Bangkok to Chiang Rai:

  • Option 1: Take a bus direct from Bangkok to Chiang Rai.
  • Option 2: Take a train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and then a bus to Chiang Rai.
  • Option 3: Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Rai.

The cheapest of the three ways to get from Bangkok to Chiang Rai is to take a direct bus.

Bus Times to Chiang Rai

There are five direct bus services a day from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal to Chiang Rai which you can book online.

BangkokChiang RaiTicketServiceCompany
17:3006:05738 THBVIPBudsarakham Tour
18:1006:45754 THBVIPBangkok Busline
19:0007:35738 THBVIPSiam First
19:2007:55738 THBVIPSiam First
20:3009:05646 THBExpressBangkok Busline

  • The journey by bus from Bangkok to Chiang Rai is scheduled to take between 11 and 13 hours depending upon which service you take.
  • There is also a bus service to Chiang Rai which departs from the Khao San Road in Bangkok at 16:00 every day.

Buy Tickets to Chiang Rai

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Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal

Budsarakham Tour, Bangkok Busline, and Siam First bus services to Chiang Rai depart from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal.

Google Map of Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal

Chiang Rai Bus Station

Public bus services from Bangkok to Chiang Rai terminate at Bus Terminal 2 in Chiang Rai.

Google Map of Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 2

About Wat Huay Pla Kang

Wat Huay Pla Kang is a Buddhist temple located 12.7 km by road from Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 2. The best known feature of Wat Huay Pla Kang is the 23 metres high white statue of the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, Guan Yin, who features heavily in Buddhist temples in Vietnam, such as the Son Tra Linh Ung Pagoda on Son Tra Peninsula in Da Nang, but less often in Thai Buddhist temples. You can ascend to a viewing platform in the head of the statue in a lift for a fee of 40 THB per person. Entrance to the rest of the temple in free.

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

Wat Huay Pla Kang in Chiang Rai also features a 9 storey pagoda and a very ornate viharn, or ordination hall, which is covered in white render and has similarities in style to Wat Rong Khun, which is Chiang Rai’s famous white temple. If everything at the temple looks very new it’s because construction of the viharn and the statue of the Guan Yin were only completed in 2017. The temple is only just beginning to make it onto the standard ‘tourist trail’ for Chiang Rai so now is good time to visit before it gets invaded by tour groups.

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