The What’s Up Guide to Mae Fah Luang – Chiang Rai International Airport [CEI]

Chiang Rai’s Mae Fah Luang Airport is in Ban Du District and just slightly under 10kms by road from Chiang Rai’s landmark clocktower. The airport’s IATA code is CEI and it provides the most convenient access point for the abundant attractions of Chiang Rai, Doi Tung, Mae Sai, Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong. Both budget and full service airlines fly from Bangkok’s Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi Airports to Chiang Rai.

The average 1 hour 20 minute flight time is far quicker than the 11-plus hours the same 800km trip takes on the bus. Due to the fact six different airlines fly this route, fares can be as cheap as those for the bus if booked in advance. The passenger terminal at Mae Fah Luang Airport is modern and houses a full range of passenger amenities including food and beverage outlets and souvenir stores.

Last Updated: June 2019

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Chiang Rai Airport boasts a good selection of shops which sell souvenirs including wood-carvings, colourful sarongs and blouses, handbags and ornamental dolls. Some outlets stock locally produced coffee beans, oolong tea leaves, fruit wines, body and face creams, and ointments. Other facilities are an information booth, ATMs, currency exchange, car rental, left luggage, a post office and cafés serving coffee, sandwiches, cakes and ice-cream.


Ban Du District has a fairly good choice of accommodation for late arriving passengers or those with early flights. As the airport and Chiang Rai are not far apart, hotels in Ban Du District are an easy option as a base for enjoying the town’s attractions and wining and dining venues as well. Recommendations for the best hotels near Chiang Rai Airport follow plus a link to the main Chiang Rai Accommodation webpage.

 At Airport Inn 
Less than two kilometres from Chiang Rai Airport, the At Airport Inn is a contemporary property. Rooms come with cable TV, refrigerators, kettles, air-conditioning and external seating areas. The main onsite amenities are a restaurant, buffet breakfast, 24/7 reception and left-luggage services…more info & booking    

 Bandu Resort 
Bandu Resort is an upmarket premises which enjoys a location on a side soi close to Phahonyothin Road and four kilometres from the airport. Elegant rooms offer colourful décor, free WiFi, cable TV, refrigerators and air-conditioning. Breakfast is available. A clean swimming pool and sun terrace with loungers are a definite asset at the Bandu Resort…more info & booking    

 Ban Du Cabbages and Condoms Inn 
This smart, modern hotel opened in 2013 and features a collection of standard and VIP rooms. All options come with air-conditioners, TVs, refrigerators, and comfortable seating and beds. Airport shuttle services, breakfast, 24/7 reception and a car park round off the attractions of a stay at the Cabbages and Condoms Inn, Ban Du…more info & booking    

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 Airport Taxi 
There is a reservations desk for official airport taxis near Gate 3 in the Arrivals hall. Passengers pay a service fee of THB30 plus a minimum fare of THB40 to specific locations in Chiang Rai, Mae Sai and other local destinations. The fare increases according to the distance travelled.
Airport Taxi: Tel +66 88 801 8882 | Website 

 Metered Taxi 
Taxi Meter is an alternative, and usually cheaper, option than taking an airport taxi. These are found outside the terminal, but there is a reservations office inside the terminal for these taxis too. Passengers pay a standard flag fare plus additional fees calculated by the kilometre for their journeys.
Metered Taxi: Tel +66 93 253 2535

 Car Rental 
Hire cars are the most convenient option for getting around Chiang Rai Province. Car rental suppliers maintain service booths in the Arrivals area of Chiang Rai Airport. Avis and Hertz are two of the six companies offering service at the airport. 

 Airport Bus 

Inaugurated in 2018, the Chiang Rai Airport Bus service offers a cheap and comfortable means of reaching Chiang Rai bus stations 1 and 2. Services operate between 06:00 and 24:00. Passengers currently pay a set fare of THB20 to use this service.

Mae Fah Luang – Chiang Rai International Airport (CEI): 
#404, M. 4, T. Bandu, A. Muang, Chiang Rai 57000 | Tel: +66 53 798 000 |