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Chiang Rai, Changwat Chiang Rai, Thailand

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How much money will you need for your trip to Chiang Rai? You should plan to spend around ฿1,432 ($40) per day on your vacation in Chiang Rai, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ฿423 ($12) on meals for one day and ฿117 ($3.27) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Chiang Rai for a couple is ฿1,282 ($36). So, a trip to Chiang Rai for two people for one week costs on average ฿20,049 ($562). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Chiang Rai for one week usually costs around ฿10,025 for one person. So, a trip to Chiang Rai for two people costs around ฿20,049 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs ฿40,099 in Chiang Rai. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Chiang Rai can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Chiang Rai? How much money do I need for Chiang Rai?

How much does a trip to Chiang Rai cost? Is Chiang Rai cheap or expensive? The average Chiang Rai trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Chiang Rai prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers to find the price of travel in the area.

Accommodation Budget in Chiang Rai
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Chiang Rai is ฿641. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Chiang Rai is ฿1,282. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Chiang Rai

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Chiang Rai based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $19. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Chiang Rai
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Chiang Rai is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent ฿117 per person, per day, on local transportation in Chiang Rai.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Chiang Rai
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Rental Cars in Chiang Rai
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What did other people spend on Transportation in Chiang Rai?

Typical prices for Transportation in Chiang Rai are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Chiang Rai, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Bus to White Temple

Food Budget in Chiang Rai
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Chiang Rai can vary, the average cost of food in Chiang Rai is ฿423 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Chiang Rai should cost around ฿169 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Chiang Rai is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Chiang Rai
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  • Entertainment and activities in Chiang Rai typically cost an average of ฿271 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Chiang Rai
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Chiang Rai is ฿199 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Chiang Rai is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Chiang Rai
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  • The average person spends about ฿305 on alcoholic beverages in Chiang Rai per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Chiang Rai
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  • On average, people spend ฿143 on bottled water in Chiang Rai per day. The public water in Chiang Rai is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Chiang Rai On a Budget
Chiang Rai Chiang Rai, Thailand
If you find yourself dreaming of a vacation in Northern Thailand, consider the metropolitan city of Chiang Rai. This centrally located capital of the Chiang Rai province provides an excellent home base for exploring the surrounding areas. While it serves well as a home base, it has its own charms worth wandering.
Some of the most iconic and beautiful sights you'll find in Thailand are the temples and local art. The Baan dam Museum, or Black Temple, was created by a Thai artist and includes nearly 40 black houses constructed with wood, glass, concrete, bricks, or terracotta in various, unique styles and designs. The houses contain collections of paintings, sculptures, animal bones, skins, horns and silver and gold items from all over the world. The artist often gathers inspiration from animal skeletons so if you're an animal lover, you may not want to visit. It can be a bit disturbing.

Then there's the White Temple, or Wat Rong Khun. This modern temple was designed and built in 1998. There are large mural paintings of the Buddha, and beautiful white halls decorated with glittering mirrors. There are halls of reciting prayers, museums and reception pavilions.

Remember, if you're visiting these temples these, you must not forget that these are temples. Cover your shoulders and your knees. Especially in the White Temple, where they still take this very seriously. Show up with your knees exposed, they'll likely hand you a skirt for cover up.

Another temple worth exploring is the Wat Phra Kaeo. This Buddhist temple is most known for its 14th century housing Emerald Buddha. It is one of the most famous images in all of Thailand, and according to legend, the statue was discovered when a bolt of lightning hit a stupa on the grounds. The stupa cracked open and inside was this stunning Buddha. Today, a near exact replica of the Emerald Buddha is on display for all visitors.

Thailand is full of amazing rocks to scale and Chang Rai is no exception. The limestone rocks shoot up miles into the air. There are at least two dozen routes cleared for climbers of every experience level.

For the most marvelous viewpoints in the city, take the old road, Thamon Ratchayotha, for a few kilometers. Take the hill on the left toward the temple at the top to arrive at Buffalo Horn Hill. There's also the views worth seeing from Rice Box Hill, otherwise known as Doi Kong Kao, just west of town.

For a shower like you've never had before, visit the Kun Korn waterfall. Follow a winding road to the end and you've arrived. You can also find the smaller waterfalls in the Mae Sai Hill tribe village, or the larger ones at the Akha Village.

A nice spot to spend a day trekking and relaxing is at Lion Hill Cav. On the west side there's a Buddha Cave and a picnic area, while the east side is home to a three chambered cavern. Each chamber is filled with its own, natural skylight. Visitors can hike through the hills from the south side to the north. This area is home to the country's largest red fig tree. If you happen to be visiting during early summer, have your camera ready to tae photos of its enormous branches covered in beautiful, pink figs.
Food and Dining
There are a lot of good meals to be had in Chiang Rai. A favorite of most tourists is the Night Bazaar. Here you'll find a Western-Thai restaurant, and the night bazaar food court. Both of these are perfect for a night out in Chiang Rai, as there are free music and dance performances every night. With over 50 stalls and a great atmosphere, there are plenty of things to eat, though they may not be authentically Thai. For that, you'll want to peruse the restaurants in town.

The public transportation in Chiang Rai is mostly tuk-tuks and songthaews, with a handful of taxis seen around. Walking the city is completely possible, and recommended, but if you plan on exploring other parts of the province, you'll probably want to go by car. If you're a very experienced driver who's ready to take on unfamiliar environments, feel free to rent your own car. If not, consider hiring a driver for the day.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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