There are 4 ways to get from Chiang Rai to Xishuangbanna by plane, bus, ferry or car

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Fly  •  1 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Chiang Rai (CEI) to Jinghong (JHG) CEI - JHG

$35 - $306

3 alternative options

Bus  •  39 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Rai to Udon Thani
  2. Take the bus from Udon Thani to Vientiane Talat Sao Station
  3. Take the bus from Laos Vientiane to Kunming South
  4. Take the bus from Kunming South to Jinghong

$134 - $155

Bus, ferry  •  2 days 2 h

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Rai to Chiangkhong
  2. Take the ferry from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang
  3. Take the bus from Naga Express Travel Luang Prabang to Kunming Yunnan
  4. Take the bus from Kunming South to Jinghong

$144 - $146

Drive  •  6 h 28 min

  1. Drive from Chiang Rai to Xishuangbanna 273.7 miles

$35 - $60

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The cheapest way to get from Chiang Rai to Xishuangbanna is to drive which costs ฿1200 - ฿1900 and takes 6 h 28 min.

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

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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.

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

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The best way to get from Chiang Rai to Xishuangbanna without a car is to bus which takes 39 h 34 min and costs ฿4300 - ฿5500.

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

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Chiang Rai to Xishuangbanna bus services, operated by Sombat Tour, depart from Chiang Rai station.

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The best way to get from Chiang Rai to Xishuangbanna is to fly which takes 1 h 42 min and costs ฿1100 - ฿10000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ฿4300 - ฿5500 and takes 39 h 34 min.

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The quickest flight from Chiang Rai Airport to Jinghong Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Chiang Rai to Xishuangbanna bus services, operated by China Bus Guide, arrive at Jinghong station.

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Map of how to get from Chiang Rai to Xishuangbanna.
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  • Distance: 158.6 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 42 min

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
Bus operators
Sombat Tour
Phone
+66 27921456
Website
sombattour.com
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
$20
Supreme
$26 - $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
$82
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
$33
Schedules at
chinabusguide.com
Greenbus Thailand
Naga travel
Website
nagatravel.com
Bus from Naga Express Travel Luang Prabang to Kunming Yunnan
Ave. Duration
25 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$77
Schedules at
12go.asia
Ferry operators
Mekong River Cruise
Website
mekongsmilecruise.com
Ferry from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29
Schedules at
mekongsmilecruise.com

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