By travelling direct from Pai to Chiang Rai you avoid needing to go back to Chiang Mai (to change bus for the onward journey to Chiang Rai) cutting up to 2 hours off your total journey time depending on the amount of time you would have needed to have waited between connecting services in Chiang Mai.
Travel Times from Pai to Chiang Rai
There is a single direct minivan service a day from Pai to Chiang Rai which you can book online.
- The journey by minivan from Pai to Chiang Rai is scheduled to take 7 hours 30 minutes.
- The journey by minivan from Pai to Chiang Mai is scheduled to take 4 hours 20 minutes and the journey by bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai is scheduled to take a further 3 hours 40 minutes.
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Pai Bus Stop
Terminal Green minivan services to Chiang Rai depart from the Terminal Green ticket office in the centre of Pai Town.
Chiang Rai Bus Stop
Terminal Green minivan services from Pai arrive in Chiang Rai at the Central Plaza shopping centre.
Wat Huay Pla Kang in Chiang Rai
Wat Huay Pla Kang is a Buddhist temple located 7 km by road to the north of the centre of Chiang Rai. Established in 2001, Wat Huay Pla Kang covers a area of 24,000 square metres with an ever expanding and eclectic range of buildings. The temple is one of a number of unusual temples that have been been built in Chiang Rai over the last two decades and one of the most awe inspiring of these new temples simply in terms of size. The two principle features of Wat Huay Pla Kang are its 26 storey tall statue of Guan Yin, and a 9 storey pagoda. You can enter into both structures.
Guan Yin is the South East Asian ‘Goddess of Mercy’ venerated in many countries particularly Vietnam and China. Guan Yin is not a deity in the Western sense of the word, but rather what Buddhists terms a ‘bodhisattva’ meaning (in most basic terms) a person who has achieved enlightenment but decided not to pass to Nirvana but rather to stay in the human realm to help people. The statue has elaborated decorated rooms inside and an observation platform on the 25th floor where you can see the surrounding countryside through windows which are the eyes of the statue. You can walk up to the top by a staircase or pay 40 THB to take a lift up.