Cosmo Hotel

894-26 Ban Phakhao Km 7, Vientiane, Laos
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Bus to China

by davegarbutt234

Hey guys,

I've read in the China lonely planet that there is a direct bus service from Kunming to Vientiane. I was wondering if anyone knows the a service that runs the opposite way? And, do people this it would be possible to do this bus journey at the beginning of February (during Chinese New Year)

Any help is appreciated,


Re: Bus to China

by picek

yes, there's daily bus (sleeper) from Vientiane to Kunming via Mengla and Jinghong.

It may be full during and before Chinese new year, given a number of Chinese living in Laos and they do travel home during holidays.

Re: Bus to China

by Durfun

Yeah, I found the sleeper buses quite unusual as I'd never seen anything like them before. Long-distance travel!! Looked comfortable though.

Re: Bus to China

by davegarbutt234

Thanks for your help guys,

Picek, when do you think would be best to try and cross the border then, considering that CNY is the 3rd of Feb. this year? The earliest I can cross is the 1st and the latest I would like to cross would be the 10th.

Thanks again,


Re: Bus to China

by picek

I suggest this in case sleeper is booked. Go to Oudomxay from Luang Prabang (6hrs driving between these two places) and take local bus to China (Oudomxay, be there early before bus departure schedule- go to Meng La or even better, go to Jinghong - change buses in Mengla). From Jinghong thare are more buses to Kunming than from Meng La.

Or go earlier, before CNY, which is think it's still better than during it.

Travel Tips for Vientiane

Communism vs. Monarchy

by DSwede

Vientiane is the capital of modern Laos. With that, it is the focal point of the Communist party. If you read my general tip on my main Laos page, you will note my opinion on the juxtaposition between this city and Luang Prabang to the north. Vientiane is still the iconic communist party headquarters and propagates the anti-imperialist sentiment against its foes (at least in the Museum that is). Luang Prabang on the other hand endorses its mixed French past and highlights the forgotten monarchy.

Sorry, no photos to support this since cameras are not allowed in most of the museums.

Malaysian Embassy

by yeikloen

Thought of dropping by to say, Selamat Petang but there was no one at the security booth and thought they might have all gone for lunch....!!!!!

For Malaysian in KL, does this building looks like one of those 60s/70s bungalows around U-thant...????

Private Stupa

by muddybok

I learned that it has been fashionable to keep ashes in some of these stupas for those who are rich.

It doesn't just apply to the big Buddha or monks. Anyone can afford one, can own one and be placed in one of those wats.

That reminded me of some loan sharks live near my old house owning great looking houses & sport cars. Only people who are earning an honest living like me will drive an old junk and renting a simple apartment.

Natural medicines

by Willettsworld

These two women were selling natural medicines in the form of roots, fungi and some other strange items on the street near the Talat Sao Mall. Even though modern medicines are widely available in the city, there must still be a demand for the more traditional forms.

Toilet break..

by yuet29

I put this tips under local custom.. hmm because not sure where else should I put it.

If you are taking bus from Vientiane to Vang Vieng or Luang Prabang, the hours taken on the bus is long, and the road is constructing through mountains.. I guess, because I only see mountains around.. and there is no toilet nreak available.

The bus driver will stop at the corner or the road.. (all in a sudden) and shout: toilet toilet!! Then most of the local will rush down the bus, look for a scenic location to solve their problem.. for foreign guy, they will usually hesitate at the beginning, then follow.. for foreign girl.. well from my observation, most of them stay in the bus and pray that the bus will reach the destination soon...

The best solution I can think of is drink little water. From my few years experience travelling between Singapore and Penang in bus for 10 hours, I can skip all the toilet breaks provided that dont drink before the journey. Keke..


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