Border Run Service
Chiang Mai <> Chiang Khong <> Huay Xai
(Join-In or Private)

from 1980 THB (JOIN-In)

THE SIMPLEST WAY TO GET TO THE BORDER FROM CHIANG MAI.

JOIN-IN TRIPS:
PRICE: 1980 THB PER PERSON
(FRIDAY AND SATURDAY)
+ Extra join-in trips on:
>> Thursday, 29 December

PRIVATE TRIPS:
PRICE: 6000 THB
(MON, TUES, WED, THUR, FRI, SAT, SUN)

👇BOOK YOUR JOIN-IN TRIP TODAY. 👇 1980 THB PER PERSON.
Travel with a group of other people also doing a border run.

👇BOOK YOUR PRIVATE TRIP TODAY.👇 6000 THB (Minibus + driver + gas included). - Travel by yourself (Maximum 4 people) - Pick up from a single location in Chiang Mai (or close proximity) - 2000THB Deposit required.

FOR JOIN-IN TRIPS, PLEASE DECIDE ON YOUR PREFERRED PICK-UP LOCATION AND SELECT IT IN YOUR BOOKING FORM.

Max Odin
Max Odin
2022-11-26
Really nice and relaxing way of doing a visa run.
Vitalii Gorbunov
Vitalii Gorbunov
2022-11-25
Everything is ok
Kim Baka
Kim Baka
2022-11-18
Wonderful experience - it's worth the cost to have everything organized, worry-free. The driver was incredible and everything was so professionally organized.
Dennis Dacus
Dennis Dacus
2022-11-18
Excellent service Great driver Comfortable van One stop each way for restrooms & refreshments Good value
Lilli Hantke
Lilli Hantke
2022-11-12
excellent service, great communication in advance. i had a bit of anxiety about re-entering thailand and this made it very smooth. they send emails with the process and what to bring in advance, very well organised. highly recommend!
Briana
Briana
2022-10-26
I really appreciate the excellent communication and organization of this company. They always answered my questions quickly and completely and were very helpful explaining how the whole border process works and what you need to bring with you, etc. They made our trip less stressful and super smooth. We took a private trip and everything was on time, the driver was driving very efficiently and responsibly, and we even arrived back to Chiang Mai early!
Keyser Soze
Keyser Soze
2022-10-24
Great trip from start to finish, well organised and surprisingly quick procedures from Thai/Laoation immigration both sides of the border. Minivan was comfortable and driver was excellent, all in all well worth the price!
Anique van Nistelrooij
Anique van Nistelrooij
2022-10-22
Great service, good experience :D! Thank you.
Soren Smith
Soren Smith
2022-10-09
I would heavily recommend this company if you need to make a visa run out of Chiang Mai. Excellent communication and great driver. It makes for a long day, but you stop at a couple of gas stations (one on the way there, one on the way back) and the van is comfortable. The Laos border agents are very particular about the quality of the USD and THB that they accept, so make sure that you get bills without any writing or water discoloration. Definitely book with this company though!

WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR

You only have used up your 30-day or 45-day visa exemption/visa waiver stamp in your passport,
OR, you have used up your single entry 60-Day Tourist Visa
OR, you have an expiring  Multiple Entry Tourist Visa or Non-Immigrant Visa (Non-Immigrant O visa, Non-Immigrant B Visa…)
AND You have done less than two border runs overland this year.
(You can take this trip even if you have extended your current visa for 30 days at the immigration office.)  



If you are Chinese or Indian, we do not recommend crossing the border in Chiang Khong to extend your Thai visa at this time.

SERVICE DESCRIPTION

    • Same-day roundtrip border run service. We do not go to an embassy. We take our passengers to the border and back in a day.
    • Departure from Chiang Mai.
    • Destination: Huay Xai (Laos) via Chiang Khong border checkpoint.
    • Maximum 8 passengers for Join-In trips.
    • Maximum 4 passengers for private trips.

ADDITIONAL COSTS AND EXCLUSIONS

    • The Lao visa fees and the bus fee to cross the Thai – Lao Friendship Bridge are not included in the price of the ticket. 
      – Lao Visa fees: 40 USD but variable based on nationality. (Can be paid in THB equivalent as well.).
      ASEAN countries are not exempt from visa-on-arrival fees to enter Laos at this border (except for Thai passport holders). 
      – Bus across the bridge: 25 THB.
    • Food and drinks are not included.

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

    • A valid passport with at least two completely blank pages.
    • Two passport-size photos (if possible, can also be done at the border).
    • Enough money to pay the Lao visa (+/- 1800 THB or 40 USD – NEW USD BILLS ONLY If payment in USD. Fresh bills of the ATM if paid in THB). Lao immigration seems to prefer payments in THB at this time.
    • Enough money to pay the minibus driver for the trip.
    • COVID-19 requirements*: To be able to cross the border to Laos, you should present your vaccination certificate or negative test results (an ATK test done at a hospital 48hrs or less before your trip is enough). However, all passengers are reporting that they were not asked for a covid vaccination certificate or an ATK test. Since there has been no official announcement from the Lao government, we still have to advise you to get a covid test done or bring your vaccination certificate with you however you may choose not to at your own risk.
    • For Russian passport holders: you may be asked for documents on the Thai side of the border upon re-entry (proof of funds, return flights, hotel reservations.) Prepare documentation before the trip.

YOUR BORDER RUN ITINERARY

Your trip to Huay Xai (Laos) will start early in the morning. 

For Join-in trips, We will pick you up between 6:30 am, and 7:30 am. The minivan will pick you up at the location you choose in the list of available locations in the booking form and on the map above. We only pick up passengers from these 11 locations above. This way, everyone spends less time in the minibus, and the whole trip is faster.

For private trips, the minivan will pick you up at the location of your choice in Chiang Mai (or in close proximity) at 6:30 am.

The trip to and from the border takes on average 5 hours each way for a total of 12hrs, including stops on the way and time at the border.

Your driver will take a short break along the way so all passengers can use the toilets and buy refreshments.

The minibus will arrive at the Chiang Khong border around noon, where passengers will complete the steps below:

    1. All passengers will exit the minibus in Chiang Khong on the Thai side of the border and pay the driver, who will set a time and place for you to meet him again after you have completed your ‘border run’ for the ride back to Chiang Mai
    2. Passengers buy tickets (25 THB) and board the big bus to cross the bridge and reach the Lao side of the border (Huay Xai).
    3. Passengers obtain a visa on arrival at the Lao border. The visa fees can be paid in THB or USD. Only new bills, no markings, no discolouration. 
      (If possible, bring 2 passport-size photos, to avoid being charged for the service at the border).
    4. Passengers enter Laos, turn around immediately, and return directly to Thailand.
    5. Passengers board the big bus again (25 THB) to return to the Thai side and cross the border back into Thailand.
    6. Passengers cross the Thai border and re-enter Thailand (There is currently nothing to pay upon re-entry)
    7. Passengers board the minibus again for the return trip back to Chiang Mai.
    8. Passengers arrive in Chiang Mai around 7 pm and 8 pm, depending on traffic and weather and are dropped off at the same location where they were picked up in the morning.

The minibus will wait at the border for passengers to return for around 120 minutes. 

We try to keep the process as short as possible for everyone in order not to delay the return to Chiang Mai. 

Bring some snacks, It’s a long trip, and there are very few food options at the border.

If you are tall or likely to get road sick, consider securing a specific seat on the minibus (+100 THB only on request).

Don’t forget your passport (and departure card if you have one).

We cannot transport large bags and backpacks. The minivan is not equipped to store them. Contact us before booking if you carry a bag larger than 45cm x 30cm x 20cm which would not fit on your lap or below your seat.

No alcohol is allowed on the minibus.

AVOID ISSUES AT THE BORDER

It is your responsibility to make sure your visa/passport and travel documents are compliant with Thai and Lao immigration regulations.

Book early to ensure that you do not risk overstaying passed the expiration date of your current visa (Overstay is fined 500 THB per day by Thai Immigration Police).

We do not offer any warranty regarding the outcome of your border run to Huay Xai. We can offer advice regarding your visa situation in Thailand, but we only provide transportation services from Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong. 

Max Odin
Max Odin
2022-11-26
Really nice and relaxing way of doing a visa run.
Vitalii Gorbunov
Vitalii Gorbunov
2022-11-25
Everything is ok
Kim Baka
Kim Baka
2022-11-18
Wonderful experience - it's worth the cost to have everything organized, worry-free. The driver was incredible and everything was so professionally organized.
Dennis Dacus
Dennis Dacus
2022-11-18
Excellent service Great driver Comfortable van One stop each way for restrooms & refreshments Good value
Lilli Hantke
Lilli Hantke
2022-11-12
excellent service, great communication in advance. i had a bit of anxiety about re-entering thailand and this made it very smooth. they send emails with the process and what to bring in advance, very well organised. highly recommend!
Briana
Briana
2022-10-26
I really appreciate the excellent communication and organization of this company. They always answered my questions quickly and completely and were very helpful explaining how the whole border process works and what you need to bring with you, etc. They made our trip less stressful and super smooth. We took a private trip and everything was on time, the driver was driving very efficiently and responsibly, and we even arrived back to Chiang Mai early!
Keyser Soze
Keyser Soze
2022-10-24
Great trip from start to finish, well organised and surprisingly quick procedures from Thai/Laoation immigration both sides of the border. Minivan was comfortable and driver was excellent, all in all well worth the price!
Anique van Nistelrooij
Anique van Nistelrooij
2022-10-22
Great service, good experience :D! Thank you.
Soren Smith
Soren Smith
2022-10-09
I would heavily recommend this company if you need to make a visa run out of Chiang Mai. Excellent communication and great driver. It makes for a long day, but you stop at a couple of gas stations (one on the way there, one on the way back) and the van is comfortable. The Laos border agents are very particular about the quality of the USD and THB that they accept, so make sure that you get bills without any writing or water discoloration. Definitely book with this company though!

Join-in trip already fully booked or you would like to travel on a different day than Friday?

Only possible when requested at least 2 days before your planned date. (No Join-trips on Sundays and Mondays.)