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Tha Ton

Getting there and away


Tha Ton is a very small town and does not have a great variety of onward destinations available to those travelling through.

Big orange buses do however run fairly often from Tha Ton to Chiang Mai (90 baht), with stops at Mae Ai, Fang, Chiang Dao and anywhere else you might want to go in between.

Frequent yellow songthaews run between Tha Ton and Fang to the west (40 baht), as well as Mae Chan to the east.


    The biggest reason Tha Ton has become such a popular tourist destination is the Mae Kok River Cruises, connecting the town with Chiang Rai via a three- or four-hour boat ride through the remote mountains of Chiang Rai province.

    Public boats depart Tha Ton every day at 12:30, and cost 350 baht per person to go the entire way. Boats depart from Chiang Rai for Tha Ton at 10:30, and the cost is the same.

    Disembarking at points in between Chiang Rai and Tha Ton is common, and can be arranged at the boat office when purchasing your ticket. Chartering private boats is more common for those hoping to do some sightseeing along the way, and can be arranged at the pier or at a few travel agencies scattered around town. Expect to pay more if you choose this option.

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