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

Book any day of the week.

from 1980 THB (JOIN-In)

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

Praewmart Phakkhete
Praewmart Phakkhete
2022-07-20
I booked this service for me and my boyfriend last week and we were quite happy with the experience and the friendly and safe driver. It's the most convenient way to do a border run from Chiang Mai I think. Can recommend.
Thaddee Sobolewski
Thaddee Sobolewski
2022-06-24
Everything went smoothly. Both the driver and accompanying guide were kind, spoke and understood well. They were both considerate and efficient. Fully satisfied. Kudos
maas john
maas john
2020-03-05
An excellent service, polite, punctual, helpful and safe driver. Many thanks, John Maas
Sophie Bicknell
Sophie Bicknell
2020-01-12
Friendly driver, quick on communication via email and easy process
Carlos Greene
Carlos Greene
2019-12-04
Super convenient and good value. Drops you right at the border and gives you an hour or two to get everything sorted. Comfortable van, definitely the easiest way to do a visa run from Chiang Mai
Elizabeth Geren
Elizabeth Geren
2019-10-20
I had a great time during my border run trip from Chiang Mai to Mae Sai! The whole process is super simple. You just schedule the trip, the staff confirms details with you, you get sent lists and reminders, and then you pay the driver after you've successfully re-entered at the border. The van is air-conditioned, spacious, and comfortable. The ride was very smooth and easy, even in a construction zone. The driver was polite and good at what he does. Tips: Be prepared with your own food and water, as these are not provided. I brought 2 water bottles and snacks. The food at the border isn't so great, so I also recommend packing a lunch. Otherwise, I can't complain!
cris
cris
2019-09-04
Excellent service! Many thanks to the driver!

PRICES

GEEN DATES (JOIN-IN) 
PRICE: 1980 THB PER PERSON
(FRIDAY ONLY)​



PURPLE DATES (PRIVATE TRIP):
PRICE: 6000 THB – PRIVATE TRIP
(book the entire minibus, travel alone.)
(MON, TUES, WED, THUR, SAT, SUN)

WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR

    • You only have a 30-day exemption/visa waiver stamp* in your passport (usually obtained at the airport on arrival in Thailand).
    • You have used up your single entry 60-Day Tourist Visa.
    • You have a Multiple Entry Tourist Visa or Multiple Entry Non-Immigrant Visa (Non-Immigrant O visa, Non-ImmigrantB Visa…)
    • Your STV (Special Tourist Visa issued during Covid 19 pandemic) is running out and can no longer be extended.

*You can take this trip even after extending your current tourist visa or visa exemption at Chiang Mai Immigration.

SERVICE DESCRIPTION

    • Daily border run service.
    • Departure Daily from Chiang Mai based on request.
    • Destination: Huay Xai (Laos) via Chiang Khong border checkpoint.

PRICE(S) 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. 
      – Bus across the bridge: 25 THB.
      – Lao Visa fees 40 USD. But variable based on nationality.
    • Food and drinks are not included.

YOUR BORDER RUN ITINERARY

Your trip to Huay Xai (Laos) will start early in the morning. We will pick you up between 6:30 am, and 7:30 am.

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

    1. Passengers buy tickets (25 THB) and board the big bus to cross the bridge and reach the Lao side of the border (Huay Xai)
    2. Passengers obtain a visa on arrival at the Lao border. (If possible bring a passport-size photo, to avoid being charged for the service at the border)
    3. Passengers enter Laos and turn around immediately and return to Thailand directly.
    4. Passengers board the big bus again (25 THB) to return to the Thai side of the border.
    5. Passengers board the minibus again for the return trip back to Chiang Mai.
    6. Arrive in Chiang Mai around 7 pm and 8 pm depending on traffic and weather.

Important trip notes:

The minivan will pick you up at a location of your choice when possible. We do our best to accommodate everyone, but we may have to regroup passengers to facilitate and accelerate the pickup process. 

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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 OVERSTAYING YOUR VISA

Ensure that you do not risk overstaying passed the expiration date of your current visa (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. It is your responsibility to make sure your legal situation in Thailand is compliant with Thai immigration regulations.

You will not be stuck in Laos if you are turned down at the border as the Thai immigration officers on duty will simply refuse to let you leave Thailand. You will then have to come back to Chiang Mai to find an alternative solution if you wish to extend your stay in Thailand.

PRICES

GEEN DATES (JOIN-IN) 
PRICE: 1980 THB PER PERSON
(FRIDAY ONLY)​



PURPLE DATES (PRIVATE TRIP):
PRICE: 6000 THB – PRIVATE TRIP
(you book the entire minibus)
(MON, TUES, WED, THUR, SAT, SUN)

👇BOOK YOUR TRIP TODAY👇

Praewmart Phakkhete
Praewmart Phakkhete
2022-07-20
I booked this service for me and my boyfriend last week and we were quite happy with the experience and the friendly and safe driver. It's the most convenient way to do a border run from Chiang Mai I think. Can recommend.
Thaddee Sobolewski
Thaddee Sobolewski
2022-06-24
Everything went smoothly. Both the driver and accompanying guide were kind, spoke and understood well. They were both considerate and efficient. Fully satisfied. Kudos
maas john
maas john
2020-03-05
An excellent service, polite, punctual, helpful and safe driver. Many thanks, John Maas
Sophie Bicknell
Sophie Bicknell
2020-01-12
Friendly driver, quick on communication via email and easy process
Carlos Greene
Carlos Greene
2019-12-04
Super convenient and good value. Drops you right at the border and gives you an hour or two to get everything sorted. Comfortable van, definitely the easiest way to do a visa run from Chiang Mai
Elizabeth Geren
Elizabeth Geren
2019-10-20
I had a great time during my border run trip from Chiang Mai to Mae Sai! The whole process is super simple. You just schedule the trip, the staff confirms details with you, you get sent lists and reminders, and then you pay the driver after you've successfully re-entered at the border. The van is air-conditioned, spacious, and comfortable. The ride was very smooth and easy, even in a construction zone. The driver was polite and good at what he does. Tips: Be prepared with your own food and water, as these are not provided. I brought 2 water bottles and snacks. The food at the border isn't so great, so I also recommend packing a lunch. Otherwise, I can't complain!
cris
cris
2019-09-04
Excellent service! Many thanks to the driver!