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

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Fly  •  4 h 36 min

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

$96 - $234

Cheapest option

Bus via Summercorn Company  •  30 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh Khai Nam Bus
  2. Take the bus from Phnom Penh to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
  3. Take the bus from Bangkok Mochit to Chiang Rai 909 / ...

$45 - $69

4 alternative options

Bus  •  34 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh
  2. Take the bus from Phnom Penh to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
  3. Take the bus from Bangkok Mochit to Chiang Rai 909 / ...

$61 - $73

Bus, night bus  •  36 h 3 min

  1. Take the bus from Ho Chi Minh Virak Buntham Express to Phnom Penh Virak Buntham Express
  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

$64

Bus, train  •  38 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Ho Chi Minh Mekong Express to Siem Reap Mekong Express
  2. Take the bus from Siem Reap to Poipet
  3. Take the train from Aranyaprathet to Hua Lamphong
  4. Take the train from Hua Lamphong to Chiang Mai
  5. Take the bus from เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai to เชียงราย Chiang Rai 166 / ...

$59 - $124

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 which costs $45 - $70 and takes 30 h 25 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 4 h 36 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 City and arriving at Chiang Rai via Summercorn Company, Monivong/Mao Tse Tung, Phnom Penh and Bangkok Mochit. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 30 h 25 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 30 h 25 min and costs $45 - $70.

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It takes approximately 4 h 36 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 Khai Nam Transport, depart from Ho Chi Minh City station.

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The best way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Rai is to fly which takes 4 h 36 min and costs $95 - $240. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $45 - $70 and takes 30 h 25 min.

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There is no direct flight from Tan Son Nhat Airport to Chiang Rai Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 30 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: 4 h 36 min

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

Nok Air, Thai AirAsia and nine 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 Khai Nam Bus, Summercorn Company, Bakor Cinema, Monivong/Mao Tse Tung, Central Market, Phnom Penh, Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal, and Bangkok Mochit in around 30 h 25 min.

Airlines
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Chiang Rai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $190
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Chiang Rai via Don Muang, Hat Yai
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $330
Vietnam Airlines
Website
vietnamairlines.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Chiang Rai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $420
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Chiang Rai via Phu Quoc, Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Chiang Rai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $150
Thai Airways International
Website
thaiairways.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Chiang Rai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $750
Vietjet Air
Website
vietjetair.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Chiang Rai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $260
Train operators
State Railway of Thailand
Website
railway.co.th
Train from Aranyaprathet to Hua Lamphong
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $35
Schedules at
railway.co.th
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3rd Class (Seat)
$3 - $7
2nd Class (Seat)
$9 - $13
2nd Class (Berth)
$18 - $25
1st Class (Berth)
$26 - $35
Train from Hua Lamphong to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $50
Schedules at
railway.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class (Seat)
$6 - $10
2nd Class (Seat)
$13 - $19
2nd Class (Berth)
$22 - $30
1st Class (Berth)
$35 - $50
Bus operators
Khai Nam Transport
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
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The Transport Company
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
4 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Book at
12go.asia
Sombat Tour
Phone
+66 27921456
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
Giant Ibis
Virak Buntham
Website
virakbuntham.com
Bus from Ho Chi Minh Virak Buntham Express to Phnom Penh Virak Buntham Express
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14
Schedules at
virakbuntham.com
Book at
bookmebus.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
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
Mekong Express
Website
catmekongexpress.com
Bus from Ho Chi Minh Mekong Express to Siem Reap Mekong Express
Ave. Duration
11 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26
Schedules at
catmekongexpress.com
Book at
12go.asia
Capitol Tour Cambodia
Website
capitoltourscambodia.com
Bus from Siem Reap to Poipet
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
capitoltourscambodia.com
Book at
bookmebus.com
Greenbus Thailand
Website
greenbusthailand.com
Bus from เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai to เชียงราย Chiang Rai
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com

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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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Thai Airways International, Jetstar Pacific Airlines, Vietjet Air and five other airlines offer flights from Tan Son Nhat Airport to Chiang Rai Airport.

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There are 261+ hotels available in Chiang Rai. Prices start at $14 USD per night.

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