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

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Fly  •  1h 37m

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

$35 - $306

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Bus  •  40h 4m

  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

$133 - $154

Bus, ferry  •  2 days 2h

  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

$142 - $143

Drive  •  6h 28m

  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 6h 28m.

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The quickest way to get from Chiang Rai to Xishuangbanna is to fly which costs ฿1100 - ฿10000 and takes 1h 37m.

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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 40h 4m.

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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 40h 4m and costs ฿4300 - ฿5500.

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It takes approximately 1h 37m 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 1h 37m and costs ฿1100 - ฿10000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ฿4300 - ฿5500 and takes 40h 4m.

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

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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: 1h 37m

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 40h 4m.

Airlines
Ruili Airlines
Website
rlair.net
Flights from Chiang Rai to Jinghong
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $300
Bus operators
Sombat Tour
Phone
077 281 110
Website
sombattour.com
Bus from Chiang Rai to Udon Thani
Ave. Duration
13h 19m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $28
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Star
$18
Super
$20
Supreme
$26 - $28
The Transport Company
Baidu
Website
zhidao.baidu.com
Bus from Laos Vientiane to Kunming South
Ave. Duration
14h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$81
Schedules at
zhidao.baidu.com
China Bus Guide
Website
chinabusguide.com
Bus from Kunming South to Jinghong
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$33
Schedules at
chinabusguide.com
Naga travel
Website
nagatravel.com
Bus from Naga Express Travel Luang Prabang to Kunming Yunnan
Ave. Duration
25h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$77
Schedules at
12go.asia
Ferry operators
Mekong River Cruise
Phone
+85620 58513555
Email
info@mekongsmilecruise.com
Website
mekongsmilecruise.com
Ferry from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
14h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29
Schedules at
mekongsmilecruise.com

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Xishuangbanna is 1h ahead of Chiang Rai. It is currently 2:08 PM in Chiang Rai and 3:08 PM in Xishuangbanna.

Yes, the driving distance between Chiang Rai to Xishuangbanna is 438 km. It takes approximately 6h 28m to drive from Chiang Rai to Xishuangbanna.

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Ruili Airlines offers flights from Chiang Rai Airport to Jinghong Airport.

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There are 93+ hotels available in Xishuangbanna. Prices start at $15 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chiang Rai to Chiang Rai Airport is to taxi which takes 10m and costs ฿140 - ฿170.

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