Jun 6, 2014

New bus services to Laos by Nok Air

Nok Air will launch a twice daily fly/ride service from Bangkok to Chiang Khong, via Chiang Rai, effective 29 May.

Adding a bus service from Chiang Rai airport to Chiang Khong will help travellers who need to get to the border with Laos as quickly as possible. The distance is about 100 km from the airport to the friendship bridge at Chiang Khong that connects to Huay Xai in Lao PDR.

Most travellers stay overnight in Chiang Khong and then board a boat, early morning,  for the downstream trip to Pak Beng and Luang Prabang. The boats leave from Huay Xai on the Lao side of the Mekong River. Foreigners cross the river at the international checkpoint on the friendship bridge.

The Fly ‘n’ Ride service combines a flight ex- Bangkok (Don Mueang) to Chiang Rai Airport that connects with a bus service to Chiang Khong. Based on the cheapest Nok Air fares to Chiang Rai the bus fare component is around Bt200.

There are regular buses between Chiang Rai bus station in the town centre and Chiang Khong. The non air-conditioned ride costs about Bt80 and take around two hours. It is important to board the right bus as there are two different routes to Chiang Khong. The shortest is via Phaya Mengrai. The longer one via Thoen.

Fly/ride schedule

*Operates from 29 May 2014 onwards
*Coach Service operated by ChiangKhong Teak Garden Hotel
ChiangKhong Teak Garden Hotel
666 Saiklang rd. Moo 8 Wiang Chiang Khong, Chang Rai, Chiang Rai, Thailand 57140. Tel 053 7920 089.

The fly/ride service costs Bt1,462.15 one-way.


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