Chiang Rai Travel Guide

Chiang Rai travel guide

Welcome to Chiang Rai (Thai call เชียงราย) it’s located in the northern of Thailand, one of the city quite develop, budded temple art and There are some hill tribes such as Muser, Akha, Karen, Lisu and Meo.
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Thing to do in Chiang Rai

Wat Rong Khun 
Wat Rong Khun or White temple (Thai call วัดร่องขุ่น or วัดขาว) was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat, who is the owner, Thai artist in the style of a Buddhist temple.
The famous temple to visit in Chiang Rai,
The temple opens daily from 8 am until 6 pm. Thai National Holidays. The grounds can get busy.
The ticket cost 50 Baht each
Please cover yourself, short skirt

Slow Boat form Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang

The 2 day slow boat from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang on the Mekong River, northern of Thailand to Laos, the trip will include transfer for your hotel in Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong immigration, the package is separately without accommodation in Pakbeng and Lunch and tours guide
The trip will join a group on the public slow boat and with the local people, cheap boat, for the low – budget traveling, Journey on boat is long boat for transport and tourist as well; some they put car seat or wooden bench on boat.

The trip will operate slow Boat form Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang like this:

You can buy the ticket from any another agency and guesthouse in Chiang Rai, the cost in Thai Baht 1,650 each, in US$55 each, in the morning they will pick you up at 6 – 6:30 am, then drive to Chiang Khong immigrant take about 8 am at the Chiang Khong border, they will give you for the sticker, the take the shutter bus cross the friendship to Lao, after the Lao visa and check in the tour guide will pick you up there, but wait for another one then go together to their office.
When you are arrival their office, they will explain about your 2 days trip on the boat

Sometime in the second day, the driver put all the people in 1 boat, instead 2 boats

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Public slow boat from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang

Public slow boat from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang 2

Public slow boat from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang 2

Public slow boat from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang 2

The trip through Laos from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang

Including the Mekong boat trip to Luang Prabang and there are a lot of offers, would be the best for
The trip will start in Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang by boat, so this is an idea:
– Pick up at the hotel in Chiang Rai early morning
– Transport to border
– Transport to Huay Xai
– the boat trip to Pakbeng (overnight at our expense)
– The boat trip to Luang Prabang
– Transport from arrival point to Hotel or City Center Luang Prabang
We operate a more comfortable boat than the public slow boats, which sounds quite interesting to tourist. We do not offer to travel on a speed boat though. But sightseeing like Pakbeng visit, village visit or cave
This is enough time to catch the boat at 9:30 h leaving Chiang Rai in the morning with all the border formalities and transports.

Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang

The trip from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang (Thailand to Laos) on Mekong River.

It’s takes two day Mekong River Cruises Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang, (including the transfer from Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong border),  possible to takes 1:30 – 2 hours to get to Thai border, the Mekong Smile Cruise is also serviced by private car or minivan to go to Chiang Khong border. We have a team in Chiang Rai to collect you from your hotel our driver will help you how to cross the Thai border to Lao border (Thai – Laos friendship bridge No:4).

Our tour program 2 slow boat cruise from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang

Day 1: from Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong – Pakbeng

Early in the morning at 6:15 am, we have a private car to pick you up from your hotel at the lobe, by road 135 kilometers, it take about 1:30 – 2 hours you will get to Chiang Khong border about 8 am. Then check out from Thailand, our driver will pay shuttle bus ticket for you, it take a couple minute to cross the bridge to Huay Xai border. The Mekong Smile Cruise teams wait on the Lao side, my team will prepare arrival card and visa form for you. So you have to prepare a photo for the visa (40 baht if you don’t have one), there are two banks and ATM at the Lao border, you can exchange your money to kip, we have a van to pick you up to the boat.

Then take Mekong Smile Cruise down the mighty Mekong River to Luang Prabang, the boat will departure at the slow boat pier, the passenger will enjoy both sides of Mekong River, the boat takes 1:30 hours to pass Lao and Thai border (call Phadai mountain) then the river comes to Lao (the both side of the river are Lao) about 30 minutes the boat have to stop Pak tha (border check point) take 45 minutes to Mekong village to learn their culture and relax, then come back to the cruise and a buffet lunch will be served on board.

After lunch is your free time to relax and enjoy the Mekong River. The cruise arrives at Pakbeng before sunset for an overnight stay at your hotel.

Day 02: Cruise downstream from Pakbeng to Luang Prabang.
Departure time: 8 am.
Early in the morning you can visit the Pakbeng market (optional). After breakfast we depart at 8 am to journey down the Mekong River. The first stop is at Ban Baw where you will observe the traditional whisky village, weaving village, handicrafts and textiles. A buffet lunch is served on board. The boat stops again to visit Pak Ou caves. There are two caves, ‘Tham Ting’ and ‘Tham Phoum.’ The caves contain thousands of Buddha images. The Mekong cruise arrives at Luang Prabang, a UNESCO world heritage city, before sunset and we have the van to pick you up at the main pier to Luang Prabang.

Lunch on board

Lunch on board

For the breakfast you have to take away.

This is not a private boat, join a group and you will travel with other passengers

Please reconfirm your trips a day before
And let me know your room number as well

The cruise is fully operation every day in high season (November through February)

I also confirm that the cruise is running on the date you specified.
You need to make reservations in advance

In low season not confirm the daily (March through October) 
you must e mail in advance to check with us.

The price:

1. The cost without hotel US$190 each.
2. One day slow boat to Pakbeng cost without accommodation US$155 each.
3. Child age 2-12 years old discount $95 per person.
4. (Less than 2 years old) are free of charge.


1. Boat Cruise to Luang Prabang (2 days)
2. (English – speaking)
3. Entrance fees for Pak Ou caves.
4. Pick you up from your hotel in Chiang Rai (transport from Chiang Rai is included)
5. Transfer to the boat and to Luang Prabang city
6. Lunches on board.
7. Coffee, tea and fruits on board.
8. Visit the hill tribe’s village on the way.

Rates exclude:

1. Personal expenses such as bar, telephone and laundry bills.
2. Foods and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary.
3. Tips and gratuities.
4. Dinner in Pakbeng (set menu)
5. Accommodation and breakfast in Pakbeng.
6. Not include pick up and transfer in Pakbeng

flights from Bangkok to Chiang Rai and Chiang Rai to Bangkok
the trip will departure from Chiang Rai Airport and drop of Don Muang Airport
Chiang Rai to Don Muang Airport
time : 07.10 am. – 08.30 am
09.00 am. – 10.20 am.
13.45 pm. – 15.15 pm.
15.50 pm. – 17.10 pm.
18.25 pm. – 19.45 pm.
Don Muang Airport to Chiang Rai Airport 
time : 06.55 am. – 08.30 am.
11.40 am. – 13.05 pm.
13.55 am. – 15.20 pm.
16.20 pm. – 17.55 pm.
20.40 pm. – 22.40 pm.

Chiang Rai to Don Muang Airport
time : 09.15 am. – 10.30 am.
13.40 pm. – 15.15 pm.
16.10 pm. – 17.30 pm.
19.05 pm. – 20.20 pm.
21.30 pm. – 22.55 pm
Don Muang Airport to Chiang Rai Airport 
time : 07.30 am. – 08.45 am.
11.50 am. – 13.10 pm.
14.15 pm. – 15.40 pm.
17.00 pm. – 18.25 pm.
19.45 pm. – 21.00 pm.

Chiang Rai Hotels

We recommend accommodations in Chiang Rai, there are many such as hotels, guesthouses, resorts, homestays and hostels depend on your budget

Le Patta Chiang Rai

Le Patta Chiang Rai : 610 Phahonyothin Rd., T.Wieng, A.Muang, Chiang Rai, Thailand 57000
Tel: (66) (0) 53 600680 Fax: (66) (0) 53 600683 E-mail:

Amarin Resort Chiang Rai

Address: หมู่ที่ 20, 179/1 ถนน กกโท้ง Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Phone: +66 53 748 785

Hi Chiang Rai Hotel

Address: 902 / 3 ถนน พหลโยธิน ตำบล เวียง อำเภอ เมืองเชียงราย Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Phone: +66 53 716 699

Baan Jaru

Address: 1003 Jetyod Rd, ตำบล เวียง Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Phone: (66) 053-713640, 096-5363629

Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort, Thailand

Address: 221 / 2 Moo 20 Kwaewai Road Tambon Robwieng, Amphur Muang Tambon Robwieng, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Phone: +66 53 603 333

Baanmalai guest house

Address: 32/2 หมู่ที่ 18 Sanpanard Alley, Tambon Wiang, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Phone: +66 53 754 499

Grandma Kaew House

Address: 78 หมู่ที่ 18 Sanpanard Soi 2/1, ตำบล รอบเวียง Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Phone: +66 81 859 9858

Mercy Hostel

Address: 1005/22 Jetyod Rd, ตำบล เวียง อำเภอ เมืองเชียงราย Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Phone: +66 53 711 075