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Old Aug 1st, 2006, 07:42 PM
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Best way from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Does anyone have any advice in the best way to get to Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai? Is it best to hire a driver or is there another way? Can any drivers in particular be recommended. How long would it take to drive? Thanks.
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Old Aug 1st, 2006, 08:28 PM
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the direct drive is about 3 hours....how about renting your own car....the drive is not difficult it is reported
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Old Aug 1st, 2006, 10:05 PM
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We did the opposite last year--flew to Chiang Rai and hired a driver to Chiang Mai. The drive was about 3-3 1/2 hours and cost about $60. We got the driver from our hotel. It will be no problem to get a driver from Chiang Mai, either through your hotel or a travel agency.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2006, 11:33 AM
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How was the drive? I keep reading about hairpin turns and scary roads. I'm a wuss. How was it?
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Old Aug 2nd, 2006, 02:27 PM
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We hired a driver and car from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai in December 2004. It's very easy, a few winding roads but nothing scary. My spouse is prone to motion sickness but she didn't have a problem. It's scenic too.
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If your not sure about the driving, then fly. We did that and cost around 50 dollars one way.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2006, 07:39 PM
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Every guesthouse and hotel in town can arrange a minivan with about 6-8 people in it for $4-$10 one way.??!!!
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