There are several ways to travel by public transport from Hat Yai to Chiang Rai, however, the only way to travel direct is by bus. By bus the journey is scheduled to take 24 hours 20 minutes.
Bus Times from Hat Yai to Chiang Rai
There are currently 2 direct services a day from Hat Yai to Chiang Rai available to book online.
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Hat Yai Bus Station
- Bus services from Hat Yai to Chiang Rai depart from Hat Yai Bus Station.
Krabi Bus Station
- Bus services from Hat Yai to Chiang Rai terminate at Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 2.
About Travel to Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai is a small city with around 70,000 permanent residents located 3 hours drive north of the larger city of Chiang Mai. Chiang Rai doesn’t have anywhere near the same range of amenities for visitors as Chiang Mai, nor as many points of interest to attract visitors, but it’s still a major tourist destination largely because of the impressive temples in the area.
The White Temple, located 13.4 km by road to the south west of Chiang Rai, is the top tourist attraction in the province. The White Temple is a long term project led by a famous Thai artist who has largely self-funded the creation of new and very ornate series of temple buildings on the site of an existing temple.
The White Temple is arranged as a series of connecting buildings with imagery and sculpture depicting the Buddhist cycle of birth, death and reincarnation as visitors make their way from the entrance to the temple through to the exit. The temple buildings are decorated with a special type of plaster mixed with glass which refracts the light creating interesting visual effects.
The Blue Temple, which is located 4 km by road to the north of Chiang Rai City, is another re-imagining of a classic Thai temple. The main temple building, which was completed in 2016, has been constructed on the site of an older dilapidated temple. Further structures around the main building are under construction.
The Blue Temple is similar in a number of respects to the White Temple. except that the colour scheme is blue and the temple is smaller. The paintings in the interior of the temple and the large white statue of the Lord Buddha are fantastic. It’s well worth visiting the Blue Temple, and it’s easy to combine with a visit to the nearby Wat Huay Pla Kang.
Wat Huay Pla Kang
Wat Huay Pla Kang, which is 8 km by road to the north west of Chiang Rai City, is a large temple with three impressively large structures. The most famous part of the temple is the enormous statue of Guan Yin, who is the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. Visitors can travel by elevator to the 26th floor of the statue and look out through the eyes of the Guan Yin statue.
The other two large structures at Wat Huay Pla Kang are an impressive white prayer hall and a 9 storey Chinese style pagoda. Visitors can go inside both buildings which host impressive artwork and statues.
The size of Wat Huay Pla Kang, its rural location, and the excellent craftsmanship and design work that went into the construction process, make it one of Thailand’s most impressive temples.