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Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai via xxx?

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Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai via xxx?

I posted this in the CR Province forum, but am posting here as so many more people check the CM forum and many would likely have suggestions - at least, I hope so.

We have a gap of 3 nights between when we leave CM and when we are due to arrive in CR. This is flexible, however. We know about the direct bus from CM to CR, but would be interested to hear from travellers who've travelled other than via the direct route. Are there interesting places that one could visit en route (perhaps even via a circuitous route)? We'll be travelling by public transport, we think.

We assume that public transport won't limit us, but really don't know for sure.

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1. Re: Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai via xxx?

A nice loop is north via Chiang Dao, Tha Ton, Doi Mae Salong .... but the public transport is quite basic, no VIP or even first class buses like on the direct route.

You could go south to Lampang then north to CR. Better public transport, stop offs in Lampang and Phayao

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2. Re: Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai via xxx?

Check out this itenary - seems a perfect fit to me, I did it a few months back and it was really great!


A lot of it can be done via public transport I'm told but I'd hire a car.

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I agree with mr cycling do the loop. Or direct from Chiangmai to Chaingrai perhaps spend the night in Lampang ( my home town) and visit the elephant hospital. There's walking street in Lampang on the weekend.


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