Where can I buy rolling tobacco in Chiang Rai?

Reader’s E-mail:

I wish I had bought rolling tobacco when I was in Chiang Mai because I am now in Chiang Rai and have run out. Please could you tell where I can buy rolling tobacco in Chiang Rai. They don’t sell it in 7-11 and the only tobacco I can find is Thai rolling tobacco which is very cheap but I can’t smoke it because it is too strong.

Reply from Thailand Info

There is one place in Chiang Rai which sells rolling tobacco and rolling papers. It’s a beer and wine shop near to Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1 which is in the centre of Chiang Rai town. The shop is on a side road leading directly off the main road in Chiang Rai town (the Phaholyothin Road) to the bus terminal. The shop is 150 metres walking distancefrom Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1. If you are coming from the Phaholyothin Road the shop is on your right. The shop front has a large red sign with gold writing as well as a sign below which says ‘Rolling Tobacco’. See the map below for more information about the location.

Rolling tobacco shop in Chiang Rai
Rolling tobacco shop in Chiang Rai

The shop sells a range of rolling tobaccos for prices from 200 THB to 450 THB per 50 dram packet. We advise against buying the cheaper brands you may not have heard of. The only Thai brand of rolling tobacco which is anything close to the same as a Western brand of rolling tobacco is called ‘Asia Gold’ and they don’t sell it at this shop. Instead, we recommend that you buy one of the more expensive Western brands of rolling tobacco such as Van Nelle or Drum which costs 370 THB per 50 gram packet. This shop also sells cigarette papers and a good range of Western brand beers, wines and spirits which aren’t cheap but may make a welcome change from what you can usually buy in Thailand.

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