A Guide to Chiang Saen , the Oldest City in Thailand When exploring magical northern Thailand, don’t overlook the oldest city in the country. A small river town that straddles the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos, Chiang Saen is teeming with temples and steeped in centuries of history.
Bangkok to Chiang Rai by Train There is no railway line connecting Bangkok and Chiang Rai . The closest you can get by train is Chiang Mai. From there, buses run every 1-2 hours to Chiang Rai (about 300 Baht, 4 hours).
Depending on city traffic and what time you leave, the bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai takes between three hours and four hours, 30 minutes.
The best way to get from Bangkok to Phitsanulok is to fly which takes 2h 29m and costs ฿1000 – ฿2300. Alternatively, you can train, which costs ฿130 – ฿1300 and takes 4h 22m, you could also bus, which costs ฿260 – ฿390 and takes 6h 23m.
As described, Chiang Rai is usually a short stay destination for many travelers. If you ‘re spending time in Chiang Mai and making a side trip to Chiang Rai , then one full day should be enough. Here’s what you can do with one day in Chiang Rai .
The distance between Chiang Rai and Bangkok is over 800 kilometers. From the capital, you can reach Chiang Rai by air, by land (bus or private car), and by train (from a station in Lampang or Chiang Mai).
From Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Plane The flight between the two cities is about 1 hour and 15 minutes long regardless of the airline you choose, with the main difference between budget and “regular” flights being the little details.
It is culturally rich and diverse So one of the top reasons that I think Chiang Rai is worth a visit is that it is without a doubt one of the most culturally rich areas of the country. The surrounding area is home to many native tribes, and in Chiang Rai , you can learn all about them.
As there aren’t any direct flights or trains running between the two, the easiest way to get to Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai is by bus . It’s also the most cost-effective and convenient option, with the Green VIP bus running five times a day from Arcade Bus Station.
Up in the north of Thailand, Chiang Rai is a small, safe , relaxed city that is definitely worth visiting for at least a few days of your itinerary in this part of the world.
Phitsanulok’s fairly large bus terminal is located to the east of town, off Highway 12. Expect to pay 50 baht for a motorbike taxi or around 60 baht for a tuk tuk from downtown. Buses run to Phitsanulok often from Bangkok’s Morchit (Northern) terminal as well as Chiang Mai, Udon Thani, Loei and other destinations.
We recommend taking the bus for a cheap and convenient transfer from Bangkok to Sukhothai . The trip takes a little over 8 hours and ticket prices start at $11. The train is slightly faster than the direct bus and you can divide the journey between a 5-hour train ride and a 1.5-hour bus journey.