There are 7 ways to get from Vang Vieng to Chiang Rai by bus, ferry, 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.

Recommended option

Minivan, Speedboat, ferry, bus  •  20 h 10 min

  1. Take the Minivan from Vang Vieng Malany to Luang Prabang Malany
  2. Take the Speedboat from Luang Prabang to Pakbeng
  3. Take the ferry from Pakbeng to Huay Xai
  4. Take the bus from Chiangkhong to Chiang Rai

$64 - $66

Cheapest option

Bus Sombat Tour  •  21 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Vang Vieng to Vientiane
  2. Take the bus from Vientiane to Khon Kaen
  3. Take the bus from Khon Kaen Bus to Chiang Rai

$39 - $50

5 alternative options

Bus Tresure Travel Laos  •  20 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang
  2. Take the bus from Luang Prabang Southern Terminal to Huay Xai
  3. Take the bus from Chiangkhong to Chiang Rai

$54 - $56

Minivan, ferry, bus  •  25 h 10 min

  1. Take the Minivan from Vang Vieng Malany to Luang Prabang Malany
  2. Take the ferry from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai
  3. Take the bus from Chiangkhong to Chiang Rai

$56 - $58

Drive  •  8 h 46 min

  1. Drive from Vang Vieng to Chiang Rai 324 miles

$45 - $70

Bus, fly to Houeisay  •  9 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from Vang Vieng to Vientiane
  2. Fly from Vientiane (VTE) to Houeisay (HOE) VTE - HOE
  3. Take the bus from Chiangkhong to Chiang Rai

$110 - $220

Bus, fly to Chiang Rai  •  11 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Vang Vieng to Vientiane
  2. Fly from Vientiane (VTE) to Chiang Rai (CEI) VTE - CEI

$84 - $189

What companies run services between Vang Vieng, Laos and Chiang Rai, Thailand?

You can take a bus from Vang Vieng to Chiang Rai via Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang Southern Terminal, Huay Xai, and Chiangkhong in around 20 h 32 min.

Airlines
Lao Skyway
Website
laoskyway.com
Flights from Vientiane to Houeisay
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $190
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Rai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Rai via Pakse, Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Rai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Rai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $160
China Eastern Airlines
Website
en.ceair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Rai via Kunming
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $490
Bus operators
Minivan
Bus from Vang Vieng Malany to Luang Prabang Malany
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22
Schedules at
baolau.com
Greenbus Thailand
Tresure Travel Laos
Website
treasuretravellaos.com
Bus from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$19
Schedules at
treasuretravellaos.com
Bus from Luang Prabang Southern Terminal to Huay Xai
Ave. Duration
10 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$31
Schedules at
treasuretravellaos.com
Soutchai Travel
Phone
+856 21 254512-5
Email
kenlotchana.travel@gmail.com
Website
soutchaitravel.com
Bus from Vang Vieng to Vientiane
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
soutchaitravel.com
Lao-Thai International Bus
Website
baolau.com
Bus from Vientiane to Khon Kaen
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16
Schedules at
baolau.com
The Transport Company
Sombat Tour
Phone
+66 27921456
Website
sombattour.com
Bus from Khon Kaen Bus to Chiang Rai
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $27
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Star
$17
Super
$19
Supreme
$25 - $27
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
$14
Schedules at
hobomaps.com
Mekong River Cruise
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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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Vang Vieng to Chiang Rai?

The distance between Vang Vieng and Chiang Rai is 295 km. The road distance is 518 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Vang Vieng to Chiang Rai?

The cheapest way to get from Vang Vieng to Chiang Rai is to bus which costs $35 - $50 and takes 21 h 30 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Vang Vieng to Chiang Rai?

The quickest way to get from Vang Vieng to Chiang Rai is to drive which takes 8 h 46 min and costs $45 - $70.

Is there a direct bus between Vang Vieng and Chiang Rai?

No, there is no direct bus from Vang Vieng to Chiang Rai. However, there are services departing from Vang Vieng and arriving at Chiang Rai via Vientiane and Khon Kaen Bus. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 21 h 30 min.

How long does it take to get from Vang Vieng to Chiang Rai?

It takes approximately 20 h 10 min to get from Vang Vieng to Chiang Rai, including transfers.