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There are 8 ways to get from Vientiane to Chiang Rai by bus, car or plane

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Bus Sombat Tour  •  17 h

  1. Take the bus from Vientiane Phanthavong Tour Office to Khon Kaen
  2. Take the bus from Khon Kaen Bus to Chiang Rai

$30 - $41

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Bus Thai-Lao International Bus  •  21 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai Terminal 2
  2. Take the bus from เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai to เชียงราย Chiang Rai 166 / ...

$45 - $47

Bus King of Bus  •  29 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Vientiane Phanthavong Tour Office to Huay Xai - Bokeo Station
  2. Take the bus from Chiangkhong to Chiang Rai 1663

$48 - $49

Drive  •  11 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Vientiane to Chiang Rai 389.1 miles

$55 - $80

Fly Vientiane to Houeisay, bus  •  5 h 15 min

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

$90 - $196

Fly Vientiane to Chiang Rai  •  5 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Vientiane (VTE) to Chiang Rai (CEI) VTE - CEI

$116 - $448

Bus to Udon Thani, fly to Chiang Mai, bus  •  9 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Vientiane Phanthavong Tour Office to Udonthani
  2. Fly from Udon Thani (UTH) to Chiang Mai (CNX) UTH - CNX
  3. Take the bus from เชียงใหม่ Chaing Mai to เชียงราย Chiang Rai

$50 - $148

Fly Vientiane to Luang Namtha, drive  •  6 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Vientiane (VTE) to Luang Namtha (LXG) VTE - LXG
  2. Drive from Luang Namtha to Chiang Rai

$106 - $267

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The cheapest way to get from Vientiane to Chiang Rai is to bus which costs $30 - $45 and takes 17 h.

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The quickest way to get from Vientiane to Chiang Rai is to fly and bus which costs $90 - $200 and takes 5 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Vientiane to Chiang Rai. However, there are services departing from Vientiane Phanthavong Tour Office and arriving at Chiang Rai via Khon Kaen Bus. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17 h.

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The distance between Vientiane and Chiang Rai is 362 km. The road distance is 622.5 km.

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The best way to get from Vientiane to Chiang Rai without a car is to bus which takes 17 h and costs $30 - $45.

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It takes approximately 17 h to get from Vientiane to Chiang Rai, including transfers.

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Vientiane to Chiang Rai bus services, operated by Lao-Thai International Bus, depart from Vientiane Phanthavong Tour Office station.

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The best way to get from Vientiane to Chiang Rai is to bus which takes 17 h and costs $30 - $45. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $110 - $450 and takes 5 h 42 min.

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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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Vientiane to Chiang Rai bus services, operated by Sombat Tour, arrive at Chiang Rai station.

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Map of how to get from Vientiane to Chiang Rai.
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  • Distance: 226.5 miles
  • Duration: 17 h

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

You can take a bus from Vientiane to Chiang Rai via Khon Kaen Bus in around 17 h. Alternatively, Thai Smile and Bangkok Airways fly from Vientiane to Chiang Rai every 4 hours.

Airlines
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $140
Flights from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $140
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
3 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Thai Lion Mentari
Website
lionairthai.com
Flights from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Rai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Lao Airlines
Website
laoairlines.com
Flights from Vientiane to Luang Namtha
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $230
Bus operators
Lao-Thai International Bus
Website
baolau.com
Bus from Vientiane Phanthavong Tour Office to Khon Kaen
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
baolau.com
Bus from Vientiane Phanthavong Tour Office to Udonthani
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
baolau.com
Sombat Tour
Phone
077 281 110
Website
sombattour.com
Bus from Khon Kaen Bus to Chiang Rai
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $26
Schedules at
sombattour.com
Star
$16
Super
$18
Supreme
$24 - $26
Esan Tour
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Khon Kaen Bus Station to Chiang Rai
Ave. Duration
12 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18
Schedules at
12go.asia
Thai-Lao International Bus
Bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai Terminal 2
Ave. Duration
17 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
baolau.com
Greenbus Thailand
Phone
0-5326-6480
Email
servicecenter@greenbusthailand.com
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
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
King of Bus
Phone
‎(+84) 931 45 40 25
Email
contact@baolau.vn
Website
baolau.com
Bus from Vientiane Phanthavong Tour Office to Huay Xai - Bokeo Station
Ave. Duration
26 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45
Schedules at
baolau.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Vientiane to Chiang Rai is 623 km. It takes approximately 11 h 1 min to drive from Vientiane to Chiang Rai.

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Lao Skyway offers flights from Vientiane Airport to Houeisay Airport.

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There are 280+ hotels available in Chiang Rai. Prices start at $14 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Vientiane to Vientiane Airport is to shuttle which takes 16 min and costs $2.

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