There are 6 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

$61 - $62

Cheapest option

Bus  •  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

$51 - $52

4 alternative options

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

$54 - $55

Drive  •  8 h 46 min

  1. Drive from Vang Vieng to Chiang Rai 324 miles

$45 - $70

Bus, fly to Houeisay  •  9 h 59 min

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

$98 - $204

Bus, fly to Chiang Rai  •  12 h 11 min

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

$74 - $176

Questions & Answers

The distance between Vang Vieng and Chiang Rai is 295 km. The road distance is 518.3 km.

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

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The quickest flight from Vientiane Airport to Houeisay Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Yes, the driving distance between Vang Vieng to Chiang Rai is 518 km. It takes approximately 8 h 46 min to drive from Vang Vieng to Chiang Rai.

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Lao Skyway offers flights from Vientiane Airport to Houeisay Airport.

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There are 256+ hotels available in Chiang Rai. Prices start at $15 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Vang Vieng to Chiang Rai.
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  • Distance: 184.6 miles
  • Duration: 20 h 10 min

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
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Rai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Rai via Pakse, Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Lao Skyway
Website
laoskyway.com
Flights from Vientiane to Houeisay
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $190
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Rai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 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
$180 - $500
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
Bus from Vang Vieng Malany to Vientiane Bus Station
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
baolau.com
Greenbus Thailand
Treasure Travel Laos
Website
treasuretravellaos.com
Bus from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$18
Schedules at
treasuretravellaos.com
Bus from Luang Prabang Southern Terminal to Huay Xai
Ave. Duration
10 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
treasuretravellaos.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
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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