Getting There

By Bus

There are frequent buses between Chiang Rai and Chiang Saen (32bt, 1.5 hours). If coming from Chiang Mai be sure to ask for the new route via Chiang Rai. Fan (126bt), air-con (227bt), 5 hours journey time. The old route goes the long way through Lamphun, Lampang, Ngao, Phayao and Phan (7-9 hours). Or you can take a bus to Chiang Rai first then a connecting one to Chiang Saen (4.5 hours).




  • Song Fang Khong and Rim Khong - 11:00am-11:00pm, 35-100bt. Located by the riverside in Sop Ruak, are garden restaurants with a wide ranging menu of Thai, Chinese and Isaan food.
  • Food Stalls by the Riverbank - These local stalls sell a variety of local food such as sticky rice, papaya salad, grilled chicken, fish

A popular way for the Thais to eat, its like an evening picnic. 30-60bt/dish.





  • Chiang Saen Guesthouse - Tel: 053 650196, 200-250bt. Well established, located opposite the river and night stalls has good value rooms and 'A' frame bungalows. They also arrange boat tickets to China and visas.
  • Gin's Guesthouse - Tel: 053 650847, 250-700bt. Located 2 kilometres north of the bus terminal, has a range of rooms and prices. Rooms upstairs have good views of the Mekhong River. Motorbikes and bicycles available to rent here, they also offer tours.


  • Chiang Saen River Hill Hotel - Tel: 053 650826, 1,200bt. A 4-storey hotel has clean rooms, decorated with a northern-Thai touch. All rooms have a fridge and TV

View our map of accommodation in Chiang Saen



Keep Connected


There are countless internet bars across the country in big and small towns. Internet caf├ęs are widespread and most are inexpensive. Prices as low as 15 baht/hour are commonplace, and speed of connection is generally reasonable, but many cafes close at midnight. Higher prices prevail in major package-tourist destinations (60 baht/hour is typical, 120 baht/hour is not unusual). Keyloggers are all too often installed on the computers in cheap cafes, so be on your guard if using online banking, stock broking or even PayPal. Remember that in the smaller towns and more traditional areas the owners and staff of internet bars prefer if customers take off their shoes at the entrance and leave them outside. This might seem strange although this gesture goes a far way to make friends and give a positive image of foreigners to Thai people.

Outside the most competitive tourist areas, free Wi-Fi is not as common as in neighbouring countries in many budget hotels and guesthouses and they may charge small fee for Internet by LAN or Wi-Fi even if you bring your own laptop. Wi-Fi is commonly available in cafes and restaurants serving Westerners.


See also: International Telephone Calls

The international code for Thailand is 66. 999 connects to all emergency services. Standard GSM emergency number 112 is supported in mobile networks. 911 for Tourist Police Department, English available.

For mobile phone users, Thailand has three GSM mobile service providers - AIS, DTAC and Truemove - which may be useful if you have a mobile phone that will work on either one or both of the GSM 900 or 1800 frequency bands (consult your phone's technical specifications). If you have one, you can buy a prepaid SIM card for any of the Thai carriers in any convenience store for as little as 50-200 baht and charge it up as you go. Using your own mobile phone while on holiday with a Thai pre-paid SIM card can save a lot of money and lets you give your number to family back home, so they can have an emergency contact number.


Thailand Post is the Thai postal service that deals with all local and international mail in Thailand. The business is operated from local post offices. Post offices are easy to recognise with their red white and blue motifs and the words 'Thailand Post' in English and Thai above the entrance. They are open from Monday to Saturday, usually 8:30am to 4:30pm (main ones until around 8:00pm), though keeping shorter hours on Saturdays (usually until 1:00pm). They are generally closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Each post office offers a comprehensive service which includes an Express Mail Service (EMS) and parcel post. They also have a price calculator for letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. They also have a track and trace system and money transfer services. If you want to send packages, it might be a good idea to check with private courier companies like DHL, TNT or UPS, as they are fast, reliable and generally quite competitively priced.

Accommodation in Chiang Saen

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