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There are 6 ways to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai (State) by ferry, bus, car or plane

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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Speedboat, ferry, bus  •  14 h 7 min

  1. Take the Speedboat from Luang Prabang to Pakbeng
  2. Take the ferry from Pakbeng to Huay Xai
  3. Take the bus from Chiangkhong to Chiang Rai
  4. Take the bus from Chiang Rai to Phan Bus

$44 - $48

Cheapest option

Bus Naluang  •  15 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Luang Prabang Naluang Terminal to Nan
  2. Take the bus from Nan to Phayao 113
  3. Take the bus from พะเยา Payao to ท่าพาน Tha Phan 146 / ...

$33 - $41

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Ferry, bus  •  19 h 7 min

  1. Take the ferry from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai
  2. Take the bus from Chiangkhong to Chiang Rai
  3. Take the bus from Chiang Rai to Phan Bus

$37 - $41

Bus Naga travel  •  26 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Luang Prabang Laos to Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal
  2. Take the bus from เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai to ท่าพาน Tha Phan 150

$58 - $62

Drive  •  8 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Luang Prabang to Ban Fang Tuen 294.2 miles

$40 - $60

Fly, bus  •  3 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Luang Prabang (LPQ) to Chiang Mai (CNX) LPQ - CNX
  2. Take the bus from ช้างเผือก Chang Phueak to ที่ว่าการอำเภอเวียงป่าเป้า Wiang Pa Pao District Office

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai (State) is to ferry and bus which costs $37 - $42 and takes 19 h 7 min.

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The quickest way to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai (State) is to drive which costs $40 - $60 and takes 8 h 3 min.

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The distance between Luang Prabang and Chiang Rai (State) is 232 km. The road distance is 470.7 km.

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The best way to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai (State) without a car is to bus which takes 15 h 40 min and costs $30 - $45.

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It takes approximately 14 h 7 min to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai (State), including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Luang Prabang Airport to Chiang Mai Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai (State) is 471 km. It takes approximately 8 h 3 min to drive from Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai (State).

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Lao Airlines offers flights from Luang Prabang Airport to Chiang Mai Airport.

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There are 254+ hotels available in Chiang Rai (State). Prices start at $14 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Luang Prabang to Luang Prabang Airport is to taxi which takes 6 min and costs $6 - $8.

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Map of how to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai (State).
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  • Distance: 145 miles
  • Duration: 14 h 7 min

What companies run services between Luang Prabang, Laos and Chiang Rai (State), Thailand?

You can take a bus from Luang Prabang to Ban Fang Tuen via Nan, Phayao, พะเยา Payao, and ท่าพาน Tha Phan in around 15 h 40 min.

Airlines
Lao Airlines
Website
laoairlines.com
Flights from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $270
Bus operators
Greenbus Thailand
Phone
0-5326-6480
Email
servicecenter@greenbusthailand.com
Website
greenbusthailand.com
Bus from Chiangkhong to Chiang Rai
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from Nan to Phayao
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $9
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from พะเยา Payao to ท่าพาน Tha Phan
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Bus from เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai to ท่าพาน Tha Phan
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $10
Schedules at
greenbusthailand.com
Sombat Tour
Phone
077 281 110
Website
sombattour.com
Bus from Chiang Rai to Phan Bus
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Star
$2
Super
$3
Supreme
$1 - $2
Naluang
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Luang Prabang Naluang Terminal to Nan
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25
Schedules at
12go.asia
Naga travel
Website
nagatravel.com
Bus from Luang Prabang Laos to Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
20 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$46
Schedules at
nagatravel.com
Book at
12go.asia
Nakorn Chiangmai Dernrote Co-Operative.,Ltd
Phone
053-215343
Website
coopthai.com
Bus from ช้างเผือก Chang Phueak to ที่ว่าการอำเภอเวียงป่าเป้า Wiang Pa Pao District Office
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Schedules at
coopthai.com
Ferry operators
Speedboat
Ferry from Luang Prabang to Pakbeng
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23
Schedules at
hobomaps.com
Ferry from Pakbeng to Huay Xai
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13
Schedules at
hobomaps.com
Mekong River Cruise
Phone
+85620 58513555
Email
info@mekongsmilecruise.com
Website
mekongsmilecruise.com
Ferry from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29
Schedules at
mekongsmilecruise.com

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