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udon thani to vang vieng
udon thani to vang vieng
The entry for Vang Vieng in Wikitravel is interesting reading. Since I am a drinker, I don’t feel at all tempted to tube, nor to be jumping into the river that is there. Especially at my age — 63.
Anyway, do directly refer to the article, and its section Get in — what follows may have changed since I transcribed the information in this post edit of December 22 (2012):
Tickets for tourist buses and minivans can be purchased at almost every guesthouse and should include transport to the bus station.
VIP buses from Vientiane cost about 50,000 kip. Minivans leave Vientiane all day and cost in between 35,000-50,000 kip. The Express bus to Vientiane costs 60,000 kip (Feb 2011). Slower local buses to Vientiane without air conditioning run in the early morning (5:30AM-10AM) and cost about 40,000 kip for a 5 hour journey – you can board them either at the northern bus station or the bus stop south of the airstrip.
From Luang Prabang, VIP buses cost 150,000 kip and minivans cost 120,000 kip (June 2012). If you’re susceptible to motion sickness you’ll be much better off on the slower bus than the minivan.
Highway #13 is a sealed two lane road that is slowly deteriorating. The road between Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang is mountainous and boasts amazing scenery. The road between Vang Vieng and Vientiane is flatter and less interesting.
Travelfish.org offers considerable information relating to orienting from Vientiane.
The Bangkok Post published an article on February 13 (2012) titled New bus route boosts Laos connections that opened with this statement:
The Transport Company announced a plan to introduce its air-conditioned bus service from Udon Thani in Thailand’s Northeast to Vang Vieng in Laos soon.
The full article is only available to paid subscribers, but it is available elsewhere in full — try Enjoy-Laos.com.
A different report published March 2 (2012) about the same service is available at TTRWeekly.com: New bus service to Laos.
For more on this new service, note Laos-Guide-999.com‘s Vang Vieng – A tourist hotspot in Laos:
A direct bus service between Vang Vieng and Udon Thani, Thailand has recently been established (2 March, 2012). Malany, a Lao bus company, and a Thai bus company join hands to provide the service.
At present there is one bus daily. The bus departs from Udon Thani bus station (near Central Plaza) at 07:00am. It stops at Nong Khai bus station to pick up passengers and resume the journey at around 08:30am. Then stops again at the border at both sides for immigration clearance.
Passengers of this bus can get Lao visa on arrival without having to worry if the bus will leave you behind. The bus will wait however long the visa processing takes. Other Lao-Thai buses such as Nong Khai – Vientaine or Udon Thani – Vientiane buses don’t wait unless they’ve change their policy very recently. For inquiries, call (856-23) 511 633 (the bus company in Laos).
Tickets can be bought at the bus station in Udon Thani or Nong Khai.
A one-way ticket for Udon Thani – Vang Vieng costs 320Baht or 88,000Kip.
For Nong Khai – Vang Vieng it costs 270Baht or 75,000kip.
The journey from Udon Thani to Vang Vieng takes around 7-8 hours at present due to poor condition of the road between Vientiane and Vang Vieng. It normally takes around 6 hours. View Getting Out section for buses going to Nong Khai/Udon Thani.
Here are a few further related references:
… Udon Thani-Vientiane; Nong Khai- Vientiane; Ubon Ratchathani-Pakse; Mukdahan-Savannakhet; Khon Kaen- Vientiane; Nakhon Phanom-Thakaek; Chiang Mai-Luang Prabang and Udon Thani–Vang Vieng. Tweet …
… include: Udon Thani-Vientiane; Nong Khai- Vientiane; Ubon Ratchathani-Pakse; Mukdahan-Savannakhet; Khon Kaen- Vientiane; Nakhon Phanom-Thakaek; Chiang Mai-Luang Prabang and Udon Thani–Vang Vieng. Tweet …
Non Imm O visa. Udon Thani Community Forum. Udon Thani Forum. Thailand visa and Immigration forum … By the way, Vang Vieng is definitely worth a visit these days. Booze must be really dear in Thailand these days.
Statt einer Ballonfahrt durch Vang Viengsche Luft und Landschaft nahmen wir am Samstag einen Bus nach Udon Thani. Erhielten ohne Probleme ein neues Visum und checkten in unser Zimmer ein. Ebenfalls für eine Nacht.
But Udon thani is a concrete city full of shopping and the nearest nature attraction is 1 hour away. We tried to make … We have been told by 2 different families that if we liked Vang Vieng (which we do sooo much!), we would …
Vang Vieng. Infamous party town, full of hedonistic travellers tubing along the river. We arrive just after the new laws, which have closed down many of the riverside bars, taken the zip lines and swings down, and imposed a curfew on the river. Well, sounds like the fun police came in to town and shut… … THE VIBE 101 · harshit chauhan · cluelessbackpacker · sethsnap · lifeoutofthebox. « Crossing in to Laos – Udon Thani to Vientiane Luangprabang – pretty Francais » …
Udon Thani อุดรธานี – Vang Vieng เมืองวังเวียง (7 h) – depart Udon Thani 7:00AM, depart Vang Vieng 8:00AM – 320 baht. Nakhon Phanom นครพนม – Tha Khaek เมืองท่าแขก (1.5 h) – 7:30AM, 8:30AM, 10:00AM, 11:15AM, 1:00PM, …
Vang Vieng! 20 Nov. We’re dropped off at the bus station 9 am, tickets in our hands to Van Vieng, we were told it would be a 6 hour bumpy ride. Hank jumped on the bus as soon as we were allowed to board, after 10 minutes after 3 other couples claimed to have booked the same seats as us we were told to leave the bus, it was something wrong with the dates on … Tomorrow we will continue south, hoping to reach Udon Thani and then catch another bus toward Trat and Koh Chang.
On my Honda Baja in Laos between Vientiane and Vang Vieng
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