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Which Airlines Fly To Chiang Rai From The UK?

  • Thai Airways
  • British Airways
  • Lufthansa
  • EVA Air
  • Qatar Airways
  • Air China
  • Cathay Pacific

Are There Any Direct Flights For Chiang Rai?

There are no direct flights between the United Kingdom and Chiang Rai. Only connecting flights are available from major UK airports. Airlines like Thai Airways, British Airways, Qatar Airways and Lufthansa offer indirect flights to Chiang Rai from the UK. The preferred route taken by passengers on their way to Chiang Rai is to take a direct flight from London Heathrow to Bangkok and then take a domestic flight to Chiang Rai.

What Is The Minimum Flight Duration From the UK To Chiang Rai?

  • The minimum flight duration from London Heathrow to Chiang Rai is 16 hours and 25 minutes. These flights are offered by Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways (code-shared) and fly via Bangkok.
  • Code-shared flights between Qatar Airways and Bangkok Airways take about 18 hours to reach Chiang Rai from London Gatwick. Doha and Bangkok are the two stopovers.
  • British Airways, Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways have code-shared flights for Chiang Rai from Manchester that takes minimum 17 hours to reach their destination. These are two-stop flights with stopovers in London and Bangkok.
  • Lufthansa and Bangkok Airways offer code-shared flights between Birmingham and Chiang Rai. These flights take the minimum time to reach Chiang Rai International Airport - about 18 hours. These are two-stop flights that fly via Frankfurt and Bangkok.
  • From Edinburgh, the shortest connecting flight is code-shared between British Airways, Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways which takes 17 hours and 40 minutes. London and Bangkok are the two stopovers.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Chiang Rai?

Being a year-round destination, Chiang Rai can be visited at any time of the year, and the experience would never be underwhelming. The summer peak-season lasts from March to May whereas the winter peak-season starts from late October and ends by February. The average daytime temperature is 26°C during the summer season and 21°C during the winter season. During any peak-season, Chiang Rai is jam-packed with locals and tourists alike. Most of the festivals take place during the above mentioned months. For instance, the Greater Mekong Subregion Culture Trade and Tourism festival is usually held in January which is followed by the King Mengrai Annual Fair and Phu Chi Fah Dok Sieo Festival in February. In March the Elephant Polo Tournament and Chang Thai Ruam Mitr Day are celebrated with much enthusiasm. There is always something happening in Chiang Rai which supports the view that it is a year-round tourist destination.

When Is The Cheapest Time To Book A Flight For Chiang Rai?

From July to September, Chiang Rai experiences heavy rain spells accompanied by humidity that may spoil the trip of those not used to the climate. There is no low-season in Chiang Rai as such, but it is good to keep an eye for discounts during these months. There is also a good chance that hotel rates would drop as well during this time.

Which Is The Main International Airport In Chiang Rai?

The Mae Fah Luang Airport, also known as Chiang Rai International Airport, is the receiving airport for cheap flights to Chiang Rai from the United Kingdom. The airport is conveniently located at a distance of 8 kilometres from central Chiang Rai. Its IATA code is CEI. Expansion of this airport is currently underway. For now, the number of duty-free shops has been increased and popular brand outlets will be introduced soon enough.

Which Are The Major Tourist Attractions In Chiang Rai?
Wat Rong Khun:

This beautiful white complex looks more like a fairy-tale palace than a temple. The pond right in front of the temple complements its magnificence with the crystal clear image that it reflects. Undoubtedly, it is a photographer’s dream come true. However, the majority of people visit it for its spiritual implications. Locals and foreigners alike find themselves in their element here. Considering the nature of the place, tourists should remain dignified and avoid wearing revealing clothes.

Wat Rong Seur Ten:

A completely different specimen of Buddhist architecture, this temple is blue in colour and rich in embellishments. The blue and gold colour combination is a sight for sore eyes. The white-Buddha statue is a must-see. It is a ten-minute drive from the city centre. Schedule your trip in a way that a good 3-4 hours can be spent in this temple. Avoid binge sightseeing and spend quality time at each temple to absorb its ambience.

Wat Phra Kaew:

This temple dates back to the 14th century and houses the famous Emerald Buddha. Chiefly distinguished by its conical buildings, shiny and brass-coloured, the temple extends into several quarters and gardens. Take off your shoes and leave the material cares behind. One simply cannot travel to Chiang Rai and not visit the Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Keep in mind that nobody is allowed to touch the Emerald Buddha!

Singha Park:

A large-scale farmhouse that is a magnet for school field trips and horticultural tours, the Singha Park is also a favourite picnic spot among tourists. Families can spend leisurely hours in between tea plantations and orchards whereas solo trekkers can blaze the trail and get a good workout.

Doi Tung:

Unlike most public botanical gardens, Doi Tung serves as an excellent recreational spot away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Beautiful landscapes and floral gardens serve as a picturesque backdrop to activities like museum visits, folk dances and picnics.

What Are The Public Transportation Options In Chiang Rai?

Tuk-tuk is a traveller's best friend in Thailand. Getting around Chiang Rai in a tuk-tuk is cheap, efficient and convenient. Your driver is well acquainted with the main tourist attractions as well as some of the lesser known spots. There are no tuk-tuk stops to worry about. If one happens to pass you by, just wave your hand and if it is empty, it is yours. Commuters can even share their ride with willing passengers and this cuts the cost even further.

Rental motorbike:

For a more personal touch to your travel experience, why not rent a motorbike? Get your GoPro gear on and ride through the exotic roads of Chiang Rai. It must be mentioned however that you will be required to leave your passport with the auto-rental company as part of the deal.

Which Are The Best Hotels In Chiang Rai?
  • Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort - 5-star
  • The Riverie Hotel - 5-star
  • A-Star Phulare Valley Resort - 4-star
  • Le Patta Hotel - 4-star
  • Imperial River House Resort - 4-star
  • Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort - 4-star
  • Laluna Hotel and Resort - 4-star
  • Grand Vista Hotel - 4-star
  • Phowadol Resort and Spa - 4-star
  • Teak Garden Spa Resort - 3-star
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