As no direct flights to Chiang Rai are available, the best way to get from London to Chiang Rai is to fly to Bangkok and then catch a short connecting flight north to Chiang Rai. The shortest time to travel from London is around 14 hours and 45 minutes including time waiting at the connecting airport. Many airlines offer this flight, however, Thai Airways is the only airline offering flights with just one transfer. Bear in mind, however, that taking a flight with two stopovers can significantly decrease the cost of your flight. Most flights depart from London Heathrow airport and there are a number of options to get here including bus, train or underground. The airport where you arrive is known as the Mae Fuh Luang-Chiang Rai International Airport, located just 5 miles away from the city centre. It is possible to pre-book a taxi at the airport which will cost around 200 baht (£4) to the centre and this is certainly the most convenient way to reach you hotel or hostel.
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This 80 mile river flows through the centre of Chiang Rai and offers some beautiful scenery. A great way to experience it is to get a long-tailed boat and slowly cruise the river, taking in all the sights as you drift leisurely by.2 Wat Phra Kaeo
This fantastic Buddhist temple is most famous for housing the Emerald Buddha, a popular image of the divine creator of the religion. The temple is fascinating on the inside and the grounds outside are certainly worth a stroll with its lush greenery and flowers.3 Visit a Hill tribe
One of the most popular excursions in northern Thailand is to visit and stay overnight with one of the many tribes in the area. You can experience a totally different way of life, far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life and learn a lot from these fascinating people. The villages are often located in areas surrounded by amazing scenery as an added bonus.4 Rock Climbing
Those with an adventurous spirit should certainly consider giving rock climbing a try. There are routes to suit all ability levels from first-timers to climbing enthusiasts, most people who try this activity find it physically challenging but very rewarding, especially as the surrounding scenery is truly mesmerising.5 Rushing Waterfalls and Hot Springs
The region is famous for all types of natural wonders and waterfalls and hot springs should be top of your list when you are looking for a trip out of the town centre. Neither are located too far away and a hike out of the town is certainly worthwhile.