from udon thani to laos
Should I spend NYE in Laos or Bangkok?
I’m trying to decide where to spend NYE.
Should I go to Bangkok, or Vientiane? (I am in Udon Thani at the moment).
Also, are there any other cities in Thailand/Laos you could recommend?
If you are out for nightlife type “fun” then Thailand will be better than Laos. You will have lots more variety in Thailand than Luang Prabang or Vientiane. Between Bangkok and Pattaya City you can have a good old time. Pattaya being a little cheaper than Bangkok for hotels, transportation, nightlife, etc. Definitely more to do than what you will find in Vientiane! (Unless you intend to sit in your hotel room all alone finishing off a six pack!)
Will your present visa or Visa Exemption allow you to stay in Thailand long enough for the New Years holiday celebrations?
from udon thani to laos
An enquiry from 2007 on Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree travel forum:
We will fly off from Singapore to Udon Thani then visit Laos.
It is a week holiday.
We have few questions before our trip…
We are holding HK SAR passport, can we make our visa at the Friendship Bridge?? or do we have to prepare the visa before our trip?
How can we travel from Udon Thani to Laos?
If we are going there by bus, how much it is ?
Any other options if we go from Udon Thani??
How many bus travel between these two country?
How long should we stay in Vientiane?
Thank you very much for your information…..
I have little experience with this specific forum. People in need of help will pose a question, and members will undertake to supply the required information. However, as with so many forums, some posters seem ready to use the opportunity to display their facility at sarcasm or even ridicule. I often wonder why it is on forums that they tend to draw individuals who seem to want nothing more than to attack other members or even a newcomer.
Someone else posted a similar question on that forum just this month.
i would need some advise on my trip
i am flying from bangkok to udon thani and i would like to take a bus out from the airport to nongkhai and head towards vientiane,laos.kindly suggest how do i do this trip?
is it easy to get buses from the udon thani airport to nongkhai , is there any airport buses to this place
where is the visa process,is it across the nong khai bridge or something?? or the bus takes me directly to the border crossing??
and i read on the forum topics that the bus would not wait for you to get visa (which place is that??) and how do i travel from the visa issue place to vientiane, laos ?? and how much would all this cost
kindly give me a detailed report if anyone has done this trip ,as its my first trip to udon thani, nong khai and vientiane, laos.
i want to go to
88 Ban Wat Chan, Chanthabury
is it in central of vientiane and what places to see near by?? and what places are must see in vientiane?? anything i should be aware or beware of ?? any useful advise??
thanks in advance for the tips
Travelfish.org has a similar forum allowing people to post their travel enquiries. From 2006:
how can we cross the border from udon thani airport to Vientiane? maybe by bus or taxi?
And more recently from April, 2010:
Can anyone advise on how I get from Udon Thani in Thailand to Luang Prabang? Is it possible to do this overland? Where do I get visa?
The site TravBuddy has a section in which members can post about their various trips. One member gave a very brief report just a few months ago of his bus trip from the Udon Thani airport to Laos that he titled Getaway to Laos, proving this statement on Udonmap:
Udon Thani’s Airport is located near the Laos border and is frequently used as a transit point to the Laos capital city, Vientiane, via the Friendship bridge in Nongkhai. Vientiane, is approximately a 2 hour car journey from Udon International Airport.
The Udon Thani airport site says something very similar:
Udon Thani Airport is located near northern border with Laos and is frequently used as a transit point to Vientiane, Laos via Nong Khai Friendship bridge. Vientiane, the capital of Laos, is about one and a half hours away across the Mekong river.
This rather richly illustrated report was by someone who traveled from Udon Thani to Nakhon Phanom in October, 2006, and then took a ferry across the Mekong to Thakhet.
Stickman’s guide to Bangkok had a report from a contributor titled First Trip To Laos – Luang Prabang.
The Gecko Villa Thailand Travel Blog had this piece of news from March, 2010:
Udon Thani – Luang Prabang Flights
Lao Airlines has suspended direct flights between Udon Thani and Luang Prabang (despite still showing these on its website!)
However, the drive from Udon Thani to Vientiane, the Lao capital over the Mekong river, is only an hour and a half or so, and regular flights depart from Vientiane to Luang Prabang.
Elsewhere on the Gecko Villa Thailand Travel Blog, a June 4, 2010, entry offered this:
Many guests travelling to or from Gecko Villa combine a stay at our country pool villa with a visit to Vientiane or Luang Prabang in Laos, given the proximity of the Thai / Laos border. Here we list some travel options from Udon Thani to Vientiane.
Train: Train 69 leaves Udon Thani at 07.14 and arrives in Nong Khai at 08.25. Delays are frequent. From Nong Khai train station, you can transfer to the bus station to head over to Laos. There is also a once daily train service from Nong Khai to Thanaleng, which is in Laos but about 13 kms from Vientiane.
Bus: There is an international coach service from Udon Thani to Vientiane, although we would only recommend this if you have your Lao visas issued prior to arrival in Thailand. If you have these, this alternative is fairly straightforward and inexpensive (approx THB100 per person.) Buses generally depart each way at 07.00, 09.30, 15.00 and 17.00 If you plan to get a Lao visa on arrival, you can take a coach from Udon to Nong Khai. A shuttle bus runs from the bus station across the Friendship Bridge to Laos every 20 minutes throughout the day ( fare about THB30). It stops at Thai immigration 5 mins after leaving the bus station, where you need to get your exit stamp, then crosses the Friendship Bridge to arrive at Lao customs & immigration some 10 mins later (a visa on arrival is available for Laos at this border point). You now remove your luggage from the bus luggage hold and go through Lao customs. Then take a tuk-tuk to your chosen hotel.
Car: Private Thai vehicles are not allowed into Laos without a special license. This means you need to get to Nong Khai in one vehicle, go through the various passport and customs controls, take a third party bus across the bridge, go through Lao immigration, then take another bus or taxi into Vientiane. Guests of Gecko Villa may book a fully licensed car in advance for the transfer between Gecko Villa and Vientiane (in only the one vehicle, and without border issues.) This is the quickest and most independent option but is more costly, at approx THB3,500 each way.
GoNOMAD has its own information in an article titled Across the Friendship Bridge: An Alternative Way to get from Thailand to Laos.
Asia For Visitors gives their spin on what to expect in getting to Vientiane from Udon Thani.
TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) offers its own advice here.
The best way to travel from Ventiane (laos) to Udon Thani airport Thailand?
I will be travelling from Ventiane To Udon Thani for my connecting flight. I wondered what was the best way to travel from VTE to Udon Thani. Also would i need to preorganise a visa for Thailand or can I get one at the border. As much info regarding the journey would be appreciated.
You can take a bus from Talet Sao bus station in Vientiane to the Thai border. Take line 14 towards the Buddha Park. It will stop at the border. The price for this trip is about halve a dollar. You can also take a taxi which is about 30 dollars.
At the border there are minivans waiting that can bring you straight to Udon Thani airport. The van brings you across the bridge to the border. There you go through and you can head on to Udon Thani.
You can get a visa at the Thai Embassy in Vientiane, this is valid for 2 months. It will take you a few days to get it. When you just cross the border without visa you will probably get 15 days.
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