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There are 6 ways to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Rai by plane, bus, train, night 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.

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Fly  •  3 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Tan Son Nhat (SGN) to Chiang Rai (CEI) SGN - CEI

$96 - $234

Cheapest option

Bus, train  •  31 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Ho Chi Minh - Sinh Tourist Office to Phnom Penh Cambodia - Sing Tourist Office
  2. Take the train from Phnom Penh Station to Poipet
  3. Take the bus from Rongkleu Market Aranyaprathet to Bangkok Mochit 921 / ...
  4. Take the bus from Bangkok Mochit to Chiang Rai 909 / ...

$42 - $66

4 alternative options

Bus via Soriya Cinema  •  29 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Ho Chi Minh - Sinh Tourist Office to Phnom Penh Cambodia - Sing Tourist Office
  2. Take the bus from Phnom Penh to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
  3. Take the bus from Bangkok Mochit to Chiang Rai 909 / ...

$51 - $75

Bus  •  30 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Ho Chi Minh - Sinh Tourist Office to Phnom Penh Cambodia - Sing Tourist Office
  2. Take the bus from Phnom Penh to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
  3. Take the bus from Bangkok Mochit to Chiang Rai 909 / ...

$64 - $76

Bus, night bus  •  34 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh Khai Nam Bus
  2. Take the night bus from Phnom Penh Virak Buntham Express to Bangkok Khao San Road
  3. Take the bus from Bangkok Tara Travel to Chiang Rai

$60

Drive  •  22 h 59 min

  1. Drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Rai 969.9 miles

$130 - $200

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The cheapest way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Rai is to bus and train which costs $40 - $70 and takes 31 h 18 min.

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The quickest way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Rai is to fly which costs $95 - $240 and takes 3 h 56 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Rai. However, there are services departing from Ho Chi Minh - Sinh Tourist Office and arriving at Chiang Rai via Leang Heng Bookshop, Phnom Penh and Bangkok Mochit. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 29 h 50 min.

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The distance between Ho Chi Minh City and Chiang Rai is 1252 km. The road distance is 1551.8 km.

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The best way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Rai without a car is to bus which takes 29 h 50 min and costs $50 - $80.

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It takes approximately 3 h 56 min to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Rai, including transfers.

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Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Rai bus services, operated by The Sinh Tourist, depart from Ho Chi Minh - Sinh Tourist Office station.

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The best way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Rai is to fly which takes 3 h 56 min and costs $95 - $240. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $50 - $80 and takes 29 h 50 min.

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There is no direct flight from Tan Son Nhat Airport to Chiang Rai Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 45 min and has one stopover.

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Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Rai bus services, operated by Sombat Tour, arrive at Chiang Rai station.

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Map of how to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Rai.
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  • Distance: 782.4 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 56 min

What companies run services between Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Chiang Rai, Thailand?

Thai AirAsia, Nok Air and seven other airlines fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Rai hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Rai via Phnom Penh Cambodia - Sing Tourist Office, Leang Heng Bookshop, Soriya Cinema, Phnom Penh, Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal, and Bangkok Mochit in around 29 h 50 min.

Airlines
Vietnam Airlines
Website
vietnamairlines.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Chiang Rai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
5 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Chiang Rai via Phu Quoc, Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Chiang Rai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $190
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Chiang Rai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $150
Vietjet Air
Website
vietjetair.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Chiang Rai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $260
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Chiang Rai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Train operators
Royal Railway Cambodia
Phone
023 992 379
Email
Chhon.Sotheara@trrcambodia.com
Website
royal-railway.com
Train from Phnom Penh Station to Poipet
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$0 - $12
Schedules at
royal-railway.com
Bus operators
The Sinh Tourist
Phone
+84-28 3838 9596
Email
info@thesinhtourist.vn
Website
thesinhtourist.vn
Bus from Ho Chi Minh - Sinh Tourist Office to Phnom Penh Cambodia - Sing Tourist Office
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
thesinhtourist.vn
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The Transport Company
Phone
089 226 2769
Website
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Phnom Penh to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $28
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Bangkok Mochit to Chiang Rai
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
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12go.asia
Sombat Tour
Phone
077 281 110
Website
sombattour.com
Bus from Bangkok Mochit to Chiang Rai
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $30
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Star
$18
Super
$21
Supreme
$27 - $30
Nattakan Transport
Bus from Phnom Penh to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
bookmebus.com
Air Aran Pathana
Phone
037 247 574
Email
airaran@hotmail.com
Website
airaran.co.th
Bus from Rongkleu Market Aranyaprathet to Bangkok Mochit
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7
Schedules at
airaran.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
Khai Nam Transport
Phone
0972 098 300
Email
khainam_vietnam@yahoo.com
Website
en.khainamtransport.com
Bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh Khai Nam Bus
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9
Schedules at
en.khainamtransport.com
Book at
bookmebus.com
Virak Buntham
Phone
016 786 270
Email
support@virakbuntham.com
Website
virakbuntham.com
Night bus from Phnom Penh Virak Buntham Express to Bangkok Khao San Road
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26
Schedules at
virakbuntham.com
Book at
12go.asia
Tara Tour and Travel
Phone
086 065 5466
Email
nancy25262010@hotmail.com
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Bangkok Tara Travel to Chiang Rai
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia

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Yes, the driving distance between Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Rai is 1552 km. It takes approximately 22 h 59 min to drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Rai.

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Vietjet Air, Thai Vietjet Air, Vietnam Airlines and four other airlines offer flights from Tan Son Nhat Airport to Chiang Rai Airport.

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There are 293+ hotels available in Chiang Rai. Prices start at $15 USD per night.

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