How to get to Chiang Mai from Cambodia
A couple of hours including the connection flight in Bangkok. There are both available flights from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. It cost between 50-90 dollars one way, depending on when you take the flight. If you are leaving from Siem Reap, you can also take a bus costing around 20-30 dollars. Either stay a couple of nights in Bangkok or hop on a train to Chiang Mai that takes around 12 hours and cost about 29 dollars even though there are cheap flights from Bangkok as well.
First evening exploring
The airport is pretty small so it was really quick to check-in at the immigration. If you are using Grab, then order a taxi in your hotel or get on the taxi meters that cost around 150 Baht only to the hotel around the downtown. Check-in and let’s go explore in town in the evening. I was very lucky to arrive on Sunday which the only day that the Sunday Street Market opens. The entire Road of Rachadamnoen is filled with souvenir shops and food counters.
Taking a one day bike tour
Because I am a bikeaholic so I decided to join a one day tour by bike through Chiang Mai province. The tour started downtown, cycling to the train station, hop on to reach Lamphun province and after that start cycling all the way through villages, rice field plantation, pagodas, and the countryside. Halfway, we stopped at a local restaurant for a lovely lunch. Another stop at the handicraft village and our last stop at the temple of Wat Umong Suan Puthatham for a great history before we were headed back to where we started.
How to get to Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai
Available in flight and buses. The most recommended one is the Green Bus company. You can get a ticket from the station or at the travel agency and can be booked online with no cost on service charge but make sure you got it printed at your hotel to show them at the station. Your drop of must be at Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1 because it is insides downtown, only a few minutes’ walk to the hotel. It takes approximately around 4 hours and it cost about 7-9 dollars depending on the time table schedule.
Explore the city by bike
It was lunchtime when I arrived, got checked-in, and walked downtown for brunch. Once again I rent the bike cycle to visit pagodas, Chiang Rai’s landmark, and places nearby the town from the late afternoon until the sun goes down. Chiang Ria is quite big but very quiet and organized. I was very comfy to do cycling in town.
A full-day tour in Chiang Rai
This joining tour is very popular and recommended to do because you got to visit and see all the most highlight landmarks in Chiang Rai in a day but there are many options to choose, renting a motorbike to explore is a fun way if only you have an international driving license. Hired a car or minivan if you are in a group of friends or family. The joining tour is very suitable for the solo and a couple of travelers, to meet new people and share your travel experiences with each other.
The most popular night out for locals and tourists in the middle town of Chiang Rai. A big shopping center where you can find your favorite handicraft and handmade souvenirs. A food courts where you can have your tasty exotic meal. There are two main food courts, one in the middle of the center with wooden furniture and the end one with aluminum furniture and both are with stage of entertaining from the local artists.
Night bike tour in Chiang Mai
Do you have another ongoing trip to your next destination? Unfortunately, mine was ended and my flight back home was in Chiang Mai so I got another night before I leave. Got a few hours to visit cafes before the tour starts at 5 pm, the tour visited the old town and the heart temple of Chiang Mai, pagodas and a night street market for snacks before the tour end.
Morning bike before leaving
Rain !!! It seems like Chiang Mai was mourning of my leaving lol. Fortunately, the rain stopped and the flight was in the late afternoon so I got another half morning free. I walked back to a bike shop and cycling to pagodas and park outside the old town and stopped at a cozy cafe for brunch.
And finally, the trip was ended. I would recommend staying at least a week for both Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai for the best visiting in the Northern part of Thailand.
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