How to get from PAI to CHIANG RAI?

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How do you get from Pai to Chiang Rai? You can travel by van, minivan, bus or private taxi/car.

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    • Chiang Rai is located in the fog-shrouded northern part of Thailand, near the border with wild Myanmar and Laos. It is less than three hours drive from the more famous Chiang Mai, unofficially crowned as the “capital” of the Thai North. Chiang Rai, however, is much smaller and tourists are looking for it mainly because of the surrounding beautiful and deep mountains, caves and unique temples that you will not find anywhere else in Thailand. You can also visit The Golden Triangle, it is about 70 km from the city – a popular tourist site. The North Thai character of the city does not deny the city at first sight and offers many comparisons with the more famous Chiang Mai. Equally interesting in Chiang Rai is nature. If you have more time, set out on trip around the city. There are no flights and no railway between Pai and Chiang Rai. There are 2 ways how you can travel to Chiang Rai from Pai – by van/bus or private taxi/car.
    • You can book van/bus tickets or private taxi from Pai to Chiang Rai on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square

From Pai to Chiang Rai you can travel by van/minivan/bus or taxi/car.

    • Travel distance from Pai to Chiang Rai is about 300 km by bus, taxi via Chiang Mai. From Pai to Chiang Rai in northern Thailand you can travel by van/minivan for tourists or you can book your private taxi/car. The most popular are vans and minivans, travel by van/bus from Pai to Chiang Rai takes about 7.5-8 hours, travel by van/bus costs about $18/pp. You can also book your private transfer/taxi, travel by taxi/private car costs about $166-210 (vehicle). It could be a good option for a group of people, because you can book minivan for up to 9-10 people. There are also tourist buses of Greenbus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, so the combination of van + tourist bus is also available. It is not possible to travel by plane and train between these cities. Chiang Rai has an airport and you can travel by plane (direct flight) to Bangkok. You can search and book tickets or private taxi/car to Chiang Rai from Pai easily online.

How do I get from Pai to Chiang Rai?


1. VAN / MINIVAN from Pai to Chiang Rai

    • comfortable, modern and air-conditioned van or minivan from Pai to Chiang Rai
    • it is the cheapest way how to travel from Pai to Chiang Rai
    • private bus company from Pai to Chiang Rai: Terminal Green
    • one-way bus ticket from Pai to Chiang Rai costs about $18/pp
    • it takes about 7.5-8 hours to travel by van/minivan from Pai to Chiang Rai
    • vans/minivans depart from Pai Terminal Green and arrive at Chiang Rai Central Plaza
    • Book your van/minivan tickets from Pai to Chiang Rai online on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
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Van/Minivan of Terminal Green from Pai to Chiang Rai (photo: 12go.asia).


2. TAXI / MINIVAN / CAR from Pai to Chiang Rai

    • from Pai to Chiang Rai you can also travel by private taxi, car or minivan
    • modern, comfortable vehicles, cars or minivan for up to 9-10 passengers
    • travel by private taxi/car or minivan from Pai to Chiang Rai takes about 6-7 hours
    • private taxi company from Pai to Chiang Rai: Glassflower
    • taxi and cars depart from your hotel in Pai – hotel transfer is available
    • private taxi, car /minivan from Pai to Chiang Rai costs about $166-210 (car, vehicle)
    • it is the most comfortable and fast option of transfer to Pai from Chiang Rai
    • Book your private taxi/car/minivan from Pai to Chiang Rai online on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
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Minivan/taxi of Glassflower from Pai to Chiang Rai (photo: 12go.asia).


3. VAN + BUS from Pai to Chiang Rai (via Chiang Mai)

    • you can also travel by combination of van/minivan + tourist bus via Chiang Mai
    • 1.step – van from Pai to Chiang Mai, 2.step – bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai
    • travel by combination of van+bus to Chiang Rai via Chiang Mai takes about 8-9 hours
    • buses/minivans from Pai to Chiang Mai: Prem Pracha
    • buses from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai: Greenbus
    • read this article: How to get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai?
    • Book your bus, van from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai online on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square

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How to book tickets or private taxi/car from Pai to Chiang Rai?

    • You can search and book tickets + taxi, car from Pai to Chiang Rai with 12go.asia.
    • You can also book another tickets, e.g. Pai > Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai > Bangkok…

How long does it take to travel from Pai to Chiang Rai?

    • Travel by van/bus from Pai to Chiang Rai takes about 7.5-8 hours.
    • Travel by private taxi/minivan, car from Pai to Chiang Rai takes about 6-7 hours.
    • Travel by van+tourist bus from Pai to Chiang Rai (via Chiang Mai) takes about 8-9 hours.

What is the travel distance from Pai to Chiang Rai?

    • Travel distance from Pai to Chiang Rai is about 300 km by road (bus, minivan, taxi).

How much does it cost to get from Pai to Chiang Rai?

    • Travel by van/bus to Chiang Rai from Pai costs about $18/pp.
    • Travel by private taxi/minivan, car to Chiang Rai from Pai costs about $166-210 (vehicle).
    • Travel by van+tourist bus to Chiang Rai from Pai (via Chiang Mai) costs about $15-20/pp.

Is it possible to book private car, vehicle to Chiang Rai from Pai?

    • Yes, it is possible to search and book your private car, vehicle, taxi or minivan for a group of people. There is a private company – Glassflower, and this company offers private minivans or modern comfortable cars.

Is it possible to travel by train from Pai to Chiang Rai?

    • No, you can not to travel by train to Chiang Rai from Pai because there is no railway between these cities. There is also no railway between Chiang Mai – Pai and Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai. The only way is to travel by van/bus or private car.

Is there a direct flight from Pai to Chiang Rai?

    • No, there is no direct flight to Chiang Rai from Pai, it is not possible to travel by plane.

Where to stay in Chiang Rai? Hotel, resort, bungalow?

    • Chiang Rai in Thailand offers various types of accommodations. You can stay in the hotel in the city center, resort or you can book your private bungalow in the nature out of the town.
    • Check out the best deals (discount up to 60%) > The best hotels / resorts in Chiang Rai.

How to travel and get from Chiang Rai to Bangkok?

    • If you want to travel to Bangkok from Chiang Rai, you have a few ways of transport. The most fastest way is to take a direct flight, another option are travel by van/bus, bus+train of Thai Railways via Chiang Mai or private taxi/car. Read this article > How to get to Bangkok from Chiang Rai?
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Chiang Rai in Thailand has variout historical temples or pagodas.
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Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai are the mountain areas and you can visit them.
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The Golden Triangle is 9 kilometers from Chiang Saen city and 70 kilometers from Chiang Rai.


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(You can book also another tickets, e.g. Pai > Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai > Chiang Rai…)


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