Laos Transportation

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Laos Transportation

  • Bus from Muang Khua to Dien Bien Phu

    At the time of my trip, Novembre 2007, there was a bus leaving on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 07:00.I am not sure, but I think nowadays there is a daily bus departing at 06:00 (60.000 kips) [2014].Fare40.000 kips (11/2007)2.000 kips (boat)

  • From Friendship Bridge to Vientiane

    Just after crossing the border, I was invited to share a tuktuk to Vientiane Talat Bus Station.Fare5000 kips (10/2007)

  • Hobo maps

    For anyone wanting to go to PDR Lao and needs a map or two or more about different areas could do worse than having a look at the Hobomaps website. It must be one of the best resources on transport and maps on Lao that exist. There are city maps area maps, regional maps, you name it you can find it. On top of that every bus, boat, and tuktuk...

  • Motorbiking in Laos

    Mate I didn't end up doing it because of an injury but a couple of mates did and had an amazing time. Great way to get off the beaten path and they thought the roads were suprisingly good.The ride from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng is particularly spectular.Enjoy and if you have any other queries let me know.

  • Water Transportation: By Speed Boats in...

    *By Boat, whether fast or slow is another means of transportation used in going around and about Laos. If you want to experience the speed Boat it is adventurous to start it from Xieng Kok down to Houay Xai and from here catch a slow Boat back to Chiang Khong District of Thailand. This is what we did with my Boyfriend. It cost us $17.00 for every...

  • Water Transportation: By slow Boats at...

    Exploring Laos by the water it is comfortable to use the traditional means of water transportations that is by slow moving boat ride. I really didn´t enjoy a long ride of this kind aside from one trip on my way to the Cave of the thousand Buddha. Just admiring the various colorful and different designs of the boats that serve as ornaments along the...

  • Land Transportation-by Bus around Laos

    By Bus is one of the most common means of transportation in Laos. Many people in Laos cannot afford to buy own cars or own conducive vehicles so by this means most people living in Laos go by Buses or mini buses. As a low budget traveler on the other hand, we chose the Bus. Starting from the bus station of Luang Nam Tha City to travel by land to...

  • Vietiane to Udon Thani by bus

    Their are no direct buses between Vientiane in Laos and Udon Thani in Thailand.What you need to do is get a taxi to the Laos border and cross over the bridge into Nong Khai in Thailand and get a bus from their to Udon Thani. The trip is less than one hour and their will be regular buses going all day.

  • Lao Aviation

    Lao Aviation is the national air company. They have domestic and international flights.I took one from Vientiane to Luang Phabang that lasted 40 minutes and costed 45 USD.Apart from that, you can find cheap flights Bangkok-Luang Phabang and Angkor (Cambodia) - Luang Phabang with Bangkok Airlines (

  • bus travel laos

    local buses in laos can be slow, crowed, noisy, unreliable but then this is not the discovery channel.this is national geographic live. tip; check bus "schedule" at the correct bus station the day before you go anywhere. when you arrive at your destination, at a bus station hopefully, check the "schedule" there for your next trip. buses run between...

  • Singapour to Laos

    There is a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur LCCT to ViengCheng VTE on Air Asia on 24th december it is pricing out to be 318 myr which i would guess would be around 90 usd or 150 sgd. seems a very reasonable fare to me. There are direct flights to Luang Prabang from BKK. or you can take Tiger airways to Chiang mai from Singapore and one way to LPB...

  • getting to/from Laos from/to Thailand

    1. Yes, you can fly from Bangkok to Chiang RAI on budget airlines such as Thai Air Asia or perhaps Nok Air. Chiang Rai is only 2.5 hours from the Chiang Khong to Huay Xai border crossing but the bus from C. Rai drops you off in town so you'll still have to take a short tuk tuk ride several kilometers to the Thai immigration building, exit...

  • Lao Airline's Discovery Pass

    Yes, Lao Airlines does offer a 'discovery pass' that's modeled after Bangkok Airway's discovery pass. I think you need a minimum of 3 flights, so you could fly: BKK to Vientiane, VTE to Luang Prabang, and Luang Prabang to Hanoi.Then you could fly inexpensively from Hanoi back to Bangkok aboard Air Asia. It's best to book the Lao Airline's flights...

  • Laos in 6 days by van/road

    I think you're trying to cover too much ground in 6 days but it's your holiday. What time are you arriving in Vientiane. I'm assuming you're flying from KL to VTE?It might be easy to have the driver meet you at VTE airport to transfer you to Vang Vieng (takes about 3 hours by van if not during rush hour--actually you'll already be on Route 13 but...

  • from laos to vietnam

    well honestly I heard lots of bad news about the bus from Vientaine to Hanoi.but it was not as bad as I expected. I was expecting something terrible but we were just 14 ppl then I had 4 seat for my self to lean on them. it was good . with ac & I think It worth to give it a try.

  • Vientiane to Siem REap in 1day

    It will take you at a minimum, 2days to reach Phnom Penh from Vientiane if you're travelling overland through Laos. The fastest land option is to go to Siem Reap overland through Thailand. You can go across to Nong Khai and take a VIP bus to Khorat (or Khon Khaen first) where you can transfer for a train or VIP bus to Arranyaprathet and cross over...

  • traveling Laos in 1week from BKK

    When are you travelling to Laos?First off, as above, both Lao Airlines and THAI Airways operate flights between VTE and Bangkok. Both Lao Airlines and BANGKOK Airways operate flights between Bangkok and Luang Prabang. Lao Airlines is almost always cheaper than their foreign airline rivals for international and of course domestic flights. They give...

  • Bus from Kunming (China) to Laos

    There is a direct sleeper bus from Kunming to Vientiane each day. Go to Nanyao Bus Station which is near the railway Station in Kunming, China to take the bus. When I got to the bus station on Sept.30, 2007, the tickets of the direct bus had been sold out. Therefore, I decided to take the other bus to Mengla (China). After 14 hours, I reached...

  • By Boat

    You need to have plenty of time to travel in Laos. When they say the next boat leaves at 3pm you must check which day! But what's the hurry? It's a great way to travel and taking a boat is often the only way of reaching some villages. I can't wait to do it again.

  • River transport in Laos.

    The mekong river still plays a very important role in Laos for transportation.There is still lot's of cargo and person transport on the river and eventhough rpad building is coming rapidly to Laos, the river is still a crucial part of the infrastructure in the country.

  • cycling in laos.

    i cycled around laos and found it an almost ideal country for that.the roads are ok, it's safe and you can almost always find small guesthouses.the roads are not always paved, but as long as you have a mountainbike then the place is fantastic biking terretory as you have little traffic once you are out of the main towns.

  • Cheap flights to Vientiane via NE...

    Your best and cheapest way to get to Vientiane (the capital) from BKK is via Udon Thani. It is cheaper as it is an internal thai flight - with many aircraft flying there. It's then a simple matter to hire a mini bus or taxi car - for about 10USD to the border at NongKai - and cross teh friendship bridge by foot - over the border and then about 4USD...

  • Speed Boat from North Thailand to Luang...

    The speed boat is the fastest way to get to Luang Prabang even if its not the most comfortable but i would recommend this transportation to get there, it takes approx. 6 hours ! Try to catch the front seats where you can lay your feets over the baggage since the space is quite cramped on the boat.

  • getting from LP to L. Namtha

    I've also had to overnight in Oudomxai and didn't find that town all that interesting except for visiting the temple/vat on the hill. There are quite a number of Chinese hotels but most weren't very clean and wreeked of cigarette smoke.I'd recommend travelling from Luang Prabang to L. Namtha in one long trip BUT it's faster to do this in two steps....

  • Moving around by bus

    We moved around Laos using bus transport. It turned out to be adventurous, tiring and providing a whole scope of impressions. There are bus connections between all major tourist destinations in Laos. In some cases it is possible to choose between a VIP bus and ordinary one. A VIP bus is newer, more comfortable and has air-conditioning. It usually...

  • Vientiane to Vietnam by bus

    Hi, The best and fastest in from Vientiane to Lak Xao (in Savannaket Province). Road in good condition.There are my buses to Vinh, Danang, Hue, Hanoi, HCMC... departure from Vientiane going by this way. If you like futher information about time, price etc... you can contact my friend "Mee" at she is a ticketing agent from...

  • Luang Prabang to Vieng Vang

    Leaving LP. Buy you ticket from an agent. We paid $100000 kip each (10 usd) and went on our way in a taxi to the mini bus station and the on to VV via 6 people sorted in the van and a driver intent on both following the rules and pushing the time limits. There were 2 stops along the way for food, smoke, walk or washroom (note:always costs twenty...

  • From Thailand to Luang Prabang, along...

    The slow boat from Thailand to Luang Prabang is an interesting one. We had heard different reviews on the 2 day journey in our previous weeks and while in Chaing Rai we booked the journey - via tour operator - for about 1100Baht ea.The journey involved a mini van from Rai to the border....customs, small boat across the river to Laos, taxi down...

  • Vientiane-Siem Reap by land/boat

    [Note: overly restrictive menu options means this tip is woefully miscategorized!]Since there is no train between the two points [Vientiane & Siem Reap) (except if crossing temporarily into Thailand), I'd have to guess the bus is a better option :-). Assuming time is not an issue for you? If busing all the way down to the Lao-Cambo border at Si...

  • van or vip bus?

    When deciding whether to travel in between Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane by van (which are more expensive) or vip bus, choose the last one which is way more confortable than the van´s sardine cans.

  • Slow Boat down the Mekong

    June 26th '06 we transfered to Chiang Khong on the Thai/Laos border where we crossed over to Laos on a small shuttle boat. We met our guide Sham-poo who expedited our passport control then took us down to our own slow boat. We had no idea what to expect but were very surprised to see our boat. The lady owner with her daughter, her mother, the...

  • Border Land Laos Cambodia

    I like to share some conclusions about the borderland to Cambodia in Laos. The possibility to get a Visa on arrival is much spoken in forums. All guide books have very old or not accurate information about this.I have collected a lot of information to do a diagram about the adventurous crossing to Cambodia. For me it was important to understand how...

  • book seats on boat luang prabang to thai...

    We have recently come back from Laos and took the 2 day ferry trip from Luang Prabang to the Thai border, stopping overnight in Pak Beng. The first day we got to the boat on time but alas found ourselves stuck for a whole day on really hard, uncomfortable, small chairs. Some smarter folk and a tour group had prebooked the much more comfortable...

  • To Don Detch / Don Khon

    Take songthaew from Pakse to the south of Nakasang, and the boat from Nakasang to the coast of Don Detch. On Don Detch and the options for cycling and walking are considerably more extensive.

  • The Friendship Bridge back to Thailand

    Whereas I entered Laos at a casual crossing point, I exited through the main gate: the Friendship Bridge near Vientiane.On the drive from Vientiane to the bridge, I saw rather miserable slums for the first time in my trip through Laos.Pedestrians cross the bridge on buses. It's all a bit bureaucratic. Be sure to have some money for the exit fees,...

  • Vientiane -Vang Vieng-Vientiane

    I joined Green Discovery for their Nam Lik Kayaking trip. For this trip, you can opt to start from Vientiane or Vang Vieng and you can choose to be dropped of at either places. I started from Vientiane and was dropped off at Vang Vieng. From Vientiane, we were transported by tuk tuk to the river. The ride was about 1.5hours and from the river to...

  • From Huay Xai

    Most people cross over from Thailand to Huay Xai and then take a slow boat down to Luang Prabang. The journey takes 2 days with an overnight stop in Pak Beng. They now have flights from Huay Xai to Pak Beng.It's also possible to take a bus from Huay Xai to Luang prabang (130,000 Kip), Oudomxay (100,000Kip), Luang Namtha (60,000Kip) and Vientiane...

  • Vientiane-Huay Xai-Vientiane

    Given the time constraint, I had to fly to Huay Xai from Vientiane. Lao Airlines is the only domestic airline available. I'd booked all my domestic flights from their office in Malaysia. Just had to reconfirm once I reached Wattay International Airport. There's a Lao Airlines office to the left once you come out of the immigration.I was...

  • Airport transfer - Vientiane

    You can book a taxi to the city centre once you arrive at Wattay International Airport. Cost me USD6, i think it's standard. I read that it's cheaper if you get a tuk tuk from the street outside the airport. What i did was that i book the same taxi driver to get me from the guesthouse to the airport and he charged me USD5 instead. I also arranged...

  • Lao Airlines

    Despite all the negative advice we were given in regard to Lao Airlines in fact we even flew from Cambodia via Bangkok into Laos to avoid flying with them but we did anyway!!!! We found the airline to be pretty good efficient, clean planes, good service in fact good value for money. We decided to fly back to Luang Prabang from Vientiane as none of...

  • A better Slowboat-Huay Xai to Luang...

    The Nagi of Mekong is a slowboat that travels from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang (1 day - about 9 hrs. on Sunday and Wednesdays) or in the other direction (2 days - Mondays and Thursdays). Travel is on a comfortable boat with seating for 25 passengers with bus like reclining chairs and lots of leg room. Lunch and refreshments are served on board. Takes...

  • Lao Airlines

    On the internet you read: "do not travel on Lao Airlines, several planes have crashed".In the Lonely Planet you read: "embassies advise their staff to not use the airline".Peter says: "fly with Lao Airlines, it's a safe as anything, there is nothing wrong with it".I didn't listen to LP and the internet and booked anyway. Obviously, I don't know all...

  • boat to luang phabang

    Finally it goes fast I was in Chiang Kong last week looking for boat to luang phabang. There are alot of slow bots but i was so glad to knew a thai guy who interoduced me to 1 day boat trip to luang phabang. you can book through the website The package include 1 nite at chiang saen river hill hotel with breakfast,...

  • At the Border

    From the Udon Thani airport you can take a minibus to the Friendship bridge for 100 baht. The busride takes about one hour and will drop you off at a small bus station close to the border. There you can pay 10 baht to get on another bus that will take you to Thai immigration, and over the bridge to the Laos immigration. When you cross into Laos via...

  • Taxi to town

    Once you go through customs , there are lots of taxis waiting to take you to your hotel . We shared with another couple and split the 220BHT fee between us. It takes about 30 minutes to get to town. There are tuk tuks waiting too but it's a breezy drive on the highway.At the airport there is a little travel booth where you canbook and pay for...


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