There are 6 ways to get from Chiang Rai to Xishuangbanna by plane, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly Chiang Rai to Jinghong  •  1 h 42 min

  1. CEI - JHG

$35 - $306

5 alternative options

Bus to Chiang Mai, fly to Jinghong  •  5 h 56 min

  1. CNX - JHG

$54 - $391

Bus to Tachilek, fly to Kengtung, drive  •  6 h 16 min

  1. THL - KET

$81 - $145

Bus via Udon Thani  •  39 h 34 min

$146 - $167

Bus  •  41 h 47 min

$122 - $124

Drive  •  6 h 28 min

  1. 273.7 miles

$35 - $60

What companies run services between Chiang Rai, Thailand and Xishuangbanna, China?

Ruili Airlines flies from Chiang Rai to Xishuangbanna 3 times a week. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chiang Rai to Xishuangbanna via Udon Thani, Vientiane Talat Sao Station, Laos Vientiane, and Kunming South in around 39 h 34 min.

Airlines
Ruili Airlines
Website
rlair.net
Flights from Chiang Rai to Jinghong
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $300
Flights from Chiang Mai to Jinghong
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $380
Yangon Airways
Website
yangonair.com
Flights from Tachilek to Kengtung
Ave. Duration
25 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$19 - $200
Mann Yadanarpon
Flights from Tachilek to Kengtung
Ave. Duration
25 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Bus operators
Greenbus Thailand
Website
greenbusthailand.com
Bus from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from เชียงราย Chiang Rai to แม่สาย Maesai
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Bus from Chiang Rai to Chiangkhong
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Book at
12go.asia
Sombat Tour
Phone
+66 27921456
Website
sombattour.com
Bus from Chiang Rai to Mae Sai
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Star
$2
Super
$4
Supreme
$2 - $3
Bus from Chiang Rai to Udon Thani
Ave. Duration
13 h 19 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $29
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Star
$18
Super
$21
Supreme
$27 - $29
The Transport Company
Website
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Udon Thani to Vientiane Talat Sao Station
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $12
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Baidu
Website
zhidao.baidu.com
Bus from Laos Vientiane to Kunming South
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90
Schedules at
zhidao.baidu.com
China Bus Guide
Website
chinabusguide.com
Bus from Kunming South to Jinghong
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$36
Schedules at
chinabusguide.com
Tresure Travel Laos
Website
treasuretravellaos.com
Bus from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang Southern Terminal
Ave. Duration
10 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
treasuretravellaos.com
Luang Prabang bus station
Website
luangprabang-tourism-laos.org
Bus from Luang Prabang to Kunming South
Ave. Duration
20 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$51
Schedules at
luangprabang-tourism-laos.org

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Chiang Rai and Xishuangbanna is 254 km. The road distance is 438 km.

The cheapest way to get from Chiang Rai to Xishuangbanna is to drive which costs ฿1200 - ฿1800 and takes 6 h 28 min.

The quickest way to get from Chiang Rai to Xishuangbanna is to fly which takes 1 h 42 min and costs ฿1100 - ฿10000.

No, there is no direct bus from Chiang Rai to Xishuangbanna. However, there are services departing from Chiang Rai and arriving at Jinghong via Udon Thani, Laos Vientiane and Kunming South. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 39 h 34 min.

It takes approximately 1 h 42 min to get from Chiang Rai to Xishuangbanna, including transfers.