There are 3 ways to get from Inle Lake to Chiang Rai by plane, night bus, 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, nightbus  •  3 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Heho (HEH) to Tachilek (THL) HEH - THL
  2. Take the nightbus from Mae Sai to Chiang Rai

$137 - $275

2 alternative options

Bus, drive  •  34 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Nyaungshwe to Yangon Aung Mingalar
  2. Take the bus from Yangon to Hpa-An
  3. Drive from Hpa-An to Maesod
  4. Take the bus from Maesod to Chiang Mai
  5. Take the bus from เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai to เชียงราย Chiang Rai 619 / ...

Drive  •  10 h 10 min

  1. Drive from Inle Lake to Chiang Rai 441.1 miles

$60 - $90

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Inle Lake to Chiang Rai is to drive which costs $60 - $90 and takes 10 h 10 min.

More details

The quickest way to get from Inle Lake to Chiang Rai is to fly and nightbus which costs $130 - $280 and takes 3 h 51 min.

More details

The distance between Inle Lake and Chiang Rai is 312 km. The road distance is 705.8 km.

Get driving directions

It takes approximately 3 h 51 min to get from Inle Lake to Chiang Rai, including transfers.

More details

Yes, the driving distance between Inle Lake to Chiang Rai is 706 km. It takes approximately 10 h 10 min to drive from Inle Lake to Chiang Rai.

Get driving directions

Chiang Rai is 30 min ahead of Inle Lake. It is currently 9:26 PM in Inle Lake and 9:56 PM in Chiang Rai.

Map of how to get from Inle Lake to Chiang Rai.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 195.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 51 min

What companies run services between Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar and Chiang Rai, Thailand?

There is no direct connection from Inle Lake to Chiang Rai. However, you can take the taxi to Heho airport, fly to Tachilek, take the drive to Mae Sai, then take the nightbus to Chiang Rai. Alternatively, you can take the taxi to Nyaungshwe, take the bus to Yangon Aung Mingalar, take the walk to Yangon, take the bus to Hpa-An, take the drive to Maesod, take the bus to Chiang Mai, take the walk to เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai, then take the bus to เชียงราย Chiang Rai.

Airlines
Golden Myanmar
Website
gmairlines.com
Flights from Heho to Tachilek
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $115
Myanma Airways
Website
flymna.com
Flights from Heho to Tachilek
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $490
Mann Yadanarpon
Flights from Heho to Tachilek
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $230
Air KBZ
Flights from Heho to Tachilek
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $270
Bus operators
Nakhonchai Air
Website
nakhonchaiair.com
Night bus from Mae Sai to Chiang Rai
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
www2.nakhonchaiair.com
Book at
nakhonchaiair.com
JJ Express Bus
Website
jjexpress.net
Bus from Nyaungshwe to Yangon Aung Mingalar
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22
Schedules at
jjexpress.net
Book at
12go.asia
Mandalar Min Express
Website
mandalarminn.com.mm
Bus from Yangon to Hpa-An
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
mandalarminn.com.mm
Book at
myanmarbusticket.com
Greenbus Thailand
Website
greenbusthailand.com
Bus from Maesod to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai to เชียงราย Chiang Rai
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com

Want to know more about travelling around the world?

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Read our range of informative guides on popular transport routes and companies - including How to get from London to Edinburgh, Want to know more about Flixbus? and Getting around the Cyclades - to help you get the most out of your next trip.