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from Chiang Rai to Laos for 2-3 days? Does it make sense

Zaragoza, Spain
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from Chiang Rai to Laos for 2-3 days? Does it make sense

Hi all,

We are planning to go to Northen Thailand: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pai...We have 8-9 days to cover that, and we were considering maybe going to Laos too?

We will then have to go back to Bangkok, so we were wondering if it makes sense to go to Laos from Chiang Rai or not... Maybe too short a time to do that? Any places to suggest in Laos next to the Chiang Rai province?

Thanks!!!

Edited: 06 August 2018, 02:39
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toronto
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1. Re: from Chiang Rai to Laos for 2-3 days? Does it make sense

Not worth it. Luang Nampha is probably the most worthwhile stop once you cross the border but it's about 4 hrs by bus by my recollection. You'd have one full day there before having to head back. You need at least a week.

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2. Re: from Chiang Rai to Laos for 2-3 days? Does it make sense

As above, you simply don't have enough time.

With nine days of do two, max three destinations.

Phuket, Thailand
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3. Re: from Chiang Rai to Laos for 2-3 days? Does it make sense

not enough time

boarder to Luang namtha 5-6 hours bu bus- luang Prabang another 6-7and LP deserves at least 3 days

than u need make it down to Vientiane and out

pai hang out for 2-3 days

Zaragoza, Spain
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4. Re: from Chiang Rai to Laos for 2-3 days? Does it make sense

Very helpful guys,

I think you are completely right. If there was an easy 2-3 day trip to Laos, I was thinking of leaving Pai and just do Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. But I will follow your advice and forgot about Laos until next year...

This leads to my next question: 9 days in the North. Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai as the 2 bases and "maybe" a visit to Pai from Chiang Mai... Or would you also stay in Pai?

Thanks

Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5. Re: from Chiang Rai to Laos for 2-3 days? Does it make sense

Something to consider, going between Pai and Chiang Rai you have to go back to Chiang Mai (Arcade bus station). Check timetables for Pai minivans and Green Bus to CR.

http://premprachatransports.com/timetable/

greenbusthailand.com/website/…time-table

I also agree you don't have time for Laos. From Chiang Rai province (Chiang Khong border) to Vientiane and back to Bangkok requires at least 1 week.

Chiang Khong...
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6. Re: from Chiang Rai to Laos for 2-3 days? Does it make sense

Hi

You could do the slow boat from Chiang Khong to Laung Prabang then fly from there to Chiang Mai. or Bangkok

What time of year.?

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