Car Hire from Chiang Rai Airport
Chiang Rai Airport, also known as Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai International Airport is located in the Chiang Rai Province of Northern Thailand. Car hire from Chiang Rai Airport is recommended for those looking explore the province surrounding the town and Skyscanner can help you find the best deal available.
Where to hire a car at Chiang Rai Airport
Avis, Budget, Sixt and Thai Rent a Car offer car hire from Chiang Rai Airport with desks in the terminal. National also offer car hire from Chiang Rai Airport with a meet and greet service which will take you to your car.
Petrol Stations near Chiang Rai Airport
If you hire a car from Chiang Rai Airport with a full to full fuel policy you will need to refuel it before dropping it off in order to avoid any fuel charges.
The nearest petrol station to Chiang Rai Airport is an Esso Station on Route 1 through Chiang Rai, around 6km from away.
Driving around Chiang Rai Airport
You will need an International Drivers Permit to drive in Thailand, you can apply for one through The AA or The Post Office before your trip.
The Route 1 is the main road serving the region, running past Chiang Rai Airport south to Bangkok and north to Mae Sai. If you are travelling between June and October the high rainfall may cause flooding and blocked roads, especially in the more rural areas.
In Thailand, like the UK you will be driving on the left hand side of the road so it will be relatively easy to adjust to driving in the country.
Getting to your Destination
Here is our guide to some of the destinations in northern Thailand near Chiang Rai Airport that can be reached after you collect your hire car.
Chiang Rai is surrounded by diverse mountainous landscapes and beautiful unspoilt scenery which is relatively untouched by tourism. Waterfalls, hot springs, temples and the local cuisine are all to be enjoyed here.
Chiang Rai Airport to Chiang Rai is a 17 minute, 10km drive via Route 1. Most hotels in Chiang Rai offer free car parking for guests.
Mae Sai is Thailand’s most northern city and the gateway to Myanmar. Although many use the town as a stopping point before heading to Myanmar it’s worth spending a little time here at the local markets, temples and the Tham Pla caves.
Chiang Rai Airport to Mae Sai is a one hour, 60km drive via Route 1.
Chiang Khong is another overlooked town on the northern border of Thailand, passed through by those looking to reach Laos. The town has many diverse cultural festivals throughout the year held by the local tribes, a few museums and great local markets.
Chiang Rai Airport to Chiang Khong is a 1 hour 40 minute, 99km drive via Route 1020.