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

From 1890 THB (Join-In) 

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

2 types of trips available:

>>> JOIN-IN TRIPS:
1890 THB (Per person.)
(TRIPS ON: TUES, WED, THUR, FRI AND SAT. SUN)
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>>> PRIVATE TRIPS:
5500 THB (Hire the whole bus.) 
(TRIPS EVERYDAY)

JOIN-IN TRIPS:
PRICE: 1890 THB (Per person.)
(TRIPS ON: TUES, WED, THUR, FRI, SAT, SUN)

PRIVATE TRIPS:
PRICE: 5500 THB
(MON, TUES, WED, THUR, FRI, SAT, SUN)

BOOK YOUR JOIN-IN TRIP:
1890 THB per person for roundtrip transportation.
Travel with a group of other people also doing a border run.
If a trip is fully booked on your preferred date, you can ask us to open a new trip here. If enough people do the same, we will add an extra bus on the date.

BOOK A PRIVATE TRIP:
5500 THB (includes: privatized van + driver + gas) for roundtrip transportation.
- 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.

(click on a location to get more details about each pick-up point)
Sarah Kuhlemann
Sarah Kuhlemann
08/01/2024
Smooth and reliable service, easy payment, kind and helpful staff.
Stefi Davies
Stefi Davies
07/01/2024
Excellent company with excellent service
Tania Wahyu Setiawati
Tania Wahyu Setiawati
29/12/2023
Traveling with you is very safe and reliable. Everything runs smoothly because the admin is always responsive if I have questions or there is something I don't understand. Travel time is also fast because the driver is experienced and familiar with the terrain. your van is also clean and comfortable, I always fall asleep on the way 😅
권은영
권은영
25/12/2023
The agency proceeded with detailed guidance and double confirmation as they already knew about my concerns and anxiety about visa run. And I completed the visa run very simply and easily yesterday. thank you. Strongly recommend!!
haim malka
haim malka
08/12/2023
Great service!!!
Marcela Mörsch
Marcela Mörsch
08/12/2023
My trip was very spontaneous but everything went perfectly!
Brendan D
Brendan D
08/12/2023
The service was simple incredible. It was very comfortable, the driver was kind, mature and safe, the process was seamless thanks to the instructions provided. Great business that I'd highly recommend. We Chose to pay the little extra for a vehicle to ourselves.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OUR SERVICE:

WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR

You have a 30-day visa exemption stamp or an expiring tourist visa in your passport*.
AND You have done less than two border runs overland in the current calendar year.

OR, you have another type of visa (NON-B, Non-O…) that is about to expire and you want to exit Thailand to re-enter on a new visa or visa exemption or activate a new entry on your current multiple entry visa**.

* You can extend your visa exemption or tourist visa one time at an immigration office for an additional 30 days before doing this trip.
*
* Student visas,  volunteer visas, or a Non-B visa with work permits must be canceled at the immigration office before going on this trip to the border.

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 early morning. Return end of the afternoon.
  • Destination: Huay Xai (Laos) via Chiang Khong border checkpoint.
  • Maximum 9 passengers for Join-In trips (rarely 10 if someone has a visa emergency).
  • Maximum 4 passengers for private trips.

COSTS AND EXCLUSIONS

  • The Laos 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: 1900THB-2000THB/45-48 USD but variable based on nationality.

    (Some country ordinary passport holders are exempt of visa on arrival fees in Laos: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Vietnam.)
    – Shuttle bus ticket across the Friendship Bridge: 25 THB.
  • Food and drinks are not included.

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

  • A valid passport with at least two completely blank pages and 6-month validity at the time of the trip. (You should exit and re-enter using the same passport.)
  • Enough money to pay for the Lao visa on arrival in cash (1900/2000+ THB).
  • Enough money to pay the minibus driver for the trip (1890THB / pers for Join-in trips).
  • You may be asked for documents on the Thai side of the border upon re-entry. Be ready to show any of the following if requested:
    • Hotel reservations or proof of address in Thailand ( a TM30 is fine). 
    • Onward flight reservation within the period of your allowed extended stay in Thailand (Recommended if you have it).

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. The time of Pick-up and the precise location of your pick-up point are sent to you by email the day before your trip. 

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 11-12 hours, including stops on the way and time at the border.

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

All passengers will pay the driver for their trip at the last quick stop we do at a PTT gas station before arriving at the border.

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 your driver 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 head to immigration check points and exit Thailand.
  3. Passengers buy tickets (25 THB) and board the big bus to cross the bridge and reach the Lao side of the border (Huay Xai).
  4. Passengers obtain a visa on arrival at the Lao border. The visa fees should be paid in THB. Inform the officer that you do not intend to go into Laos and that you will return to Thailand immediately and your passport will be stamped in and out immediately.
  5. Passengers head over to the big bus departure area to return directly to Thailand. (The bus over the bridge departs every 20/30 minutes)
  6. Passengers buy tickets and board the big bus again (25 THB) to return to the Thai side and cross the border back into Thailand.
  7. Passengers cross the Thai border and re-enter Thailand (There is currently nothing to pay upon re-entry)
  8. Passengers board the minibus again for the return trip back to Chiang Mai.
  9. Passengers arrive in Chiang Mai around 5 pm and 6 pm, depending on traffic and weather, and are dropped off at the same location where they were picked up in the morning.
  10. Check your belongings and do not forget anything in the minibus.

The minibus will wait at the border for passengers to return for a maximum of 120 minutes which is usually more than enough. Please notify us by phone if you are being significantly delayed at any step of the process.

Our goal is to spend as little time at the border as possible in order not to delay the return to Chiang Mai for everyone

Bring some snacks, It’s a long trip, and there are very few food options at the border. Bottled water is available on the minibus for free.

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 that 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. 

Sarah Kuhlemann
Sarah Kuhlemann
08/01/2024
Smooth and reliable service, easy payment, kind and helpful staff.
Stefi Davies
Stefi Davies
07/01/2024
Excellent company with excellent service
Tania Wahyu Setiawati
Tania Wahyu Setiawati
29/12/2023
Traveling with you is very safe and reliable. Everything runs smoothly because the admin is always responsive if I have questions or there is something I don't understand. Travel time is also fast because the driver is experienced and familiar with the terrain. your van is also clean and comfortable, I always fall asleep on the way 😅
권은영
권은영
25/12/2023
The agency proceeded with detailed guidance and double confirmation as they already knew about my concerns and anxiety about visa run. And I completed the visa run very simply and easily yesterday. thank you. Strongly recommend!!
haim malka
haim malka
08/12/2023
Great service!!!
Marcela Mörsch
Marcela Mörsch
08/12/2023
My trip was very spontaneous but everything went perfectly!
Brendan D
Brendan D
08/12/2023
The service was simple incredible. It was very comfortable, the driver was kind, mature and safe, the process was seamless thanks to the instructions provided. Great business that I'd highly recommend. We Chose to pay the little extra for a vehicle to ourselves.

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.)