The Chiang Rai International Airport (CEI) is situated on Phaholyotin Road, at a distance of 8 kilometres from the centre of the city. Despite its name, the airport provides only domestic service. Airlines like Thai Airways, One-Two-Go, Nok Air and AirAsia offer daily flights between Bangkok and Chiang Rai.
The best way to reach Chiang Rai from India is to take a flight to Bangkok and from there take a flight to Chiang Rai. Flights operated by Thai Airways, Air India, Cathay Pacific and Kingfisher are available from Delhi and Kolkata, to Bangkokâ€™s Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
From Bangkok, travellers can take a connecting flight to Chiang Rai operated by One-Two-Go and Thai Airways.
The Chiang Rai International Airport has only one terminal which has both the arrivals and departures section on the same floor. From the airport, to reach the city centre, the Phahonyothin Road needs to be taken.
There are two airports in Bangkok. The Suvarnabhumi Airport is used by most airlines in Thailand except a few which use the Don Muang Airport. While the Suvarnabhumi International Airport is situated 30 kilometres east of central Bangkok, the Don Muang Airport is located 25 kilometres north of the city centre.
It takes around three hours to travel from one airport to the other. Thai Airways International is the national carrier of Thailand. The SGA Airlines operates several flights between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.