train udon thani to vientiane
From Asia for Visitors:
At some point in the future, there may be a train from Thailand into Vientiane, as a result of an agreement between Thailand, Laos and French in 2005. There is already train service from Thailand across the Friendship Bridge, so there’s just the 28 kilometers or so to be laid between the bridge and downtown Vientiane. Note that the rail service from Thailand is from the border city of Nong Khai only. If coming from Bangkok, you must change chains in Nong Khai. Currently, there is no train service in Laos at all.
As I understand it, the main train takes travelers to Nong Khai. Then it is required to book a separate international shuttle-type train across the Friendship Bridge into Laos, which stops at Thanaleng station — located at least 13 kilometers from Vientiane. To proceed on to that city, it is necessary to take a bus or tuk-tuk, for there is no rail connection to Vientiane. Read more at Seat61 and Retire-Asia. A June 4, 2010, post on the Gecko Villa Thailand Travel Blog said that there is just one of these shuttle trains running daily, but did not mention the time. If this was covered in one of the other sites already linked to, then I failed to notice it.
You may find something of value or interest in at least one of the following few websites that I am adding in a March 5, 2012, post edit. Please note the publishing dates for the websites — some information may be outdated by the time you check it out:
Nok Air Offers Bus Hop Udon Thani To Vientiane. February 29, 2012. Nok Air will offer passengers traveling to Udon Thani, the nearest airport town to Nong Khai on the border with Laos, a bus service to the immigration checkpoint. It hopes to …
Publish Date: 02/28/2012 18:21
The Transport Co Ltd, under the Ministry of Transport, kicks off its 9 bus route linking Thailand and Laos between Udon Thani in the northeast and Vang Vieng, a resort town in Vientiane province, Laos. A 2nd class air …
Publish Date: 03/02/2012 19:51
A Typical Thai Train – Nepal 2005 … While doing so allows travelers to skip visa application queues and to take a direct bus from Udon Thani to Vientiane, reaching the embassy in Bangkok can be tricky due to its location.
Publish Date: 07/14/2010 15:15
Other options include taking an overnight train or bus from Bangkok to Udon Thani, right across the border from Vientiane and then going across the Freedom Bridge through Lao immigration. If your time is limited, the best …
Publish Date: 08/27/2010 15:22
There are a few options for getting to Vientiane by land. Although there are no trains in the country of Laos, you can take a train from Bangkok, Thailand to Udon Thani. Udon thani is located at the Thai Border of Laos. Cross the Friendship …
Publish Date: 10/09/2011 9:12
You can fly from Bangkok to Vientiane. You can take a bus, train or plane to Udon Thani/Nong Khai then cross over to Laos at Nong Khai and get a taxi into Vientiane. You can take a train, bus or plane to Ubon Ratchathani.
Publish Date: 10/12/2011 20:13
Udon Thani, Isaan And Vientiane, Laos. Published August 13, 2011 | By Owen Jones … The train goes from Phitsanulok, that is about 75 kilometres in only a conflicting citation from Laos, that is south-east. Because a train was vacating during 22
Publish Date: 08/13/2011 7:07
A trip through Thailand’s northeastern region of Isaan, including a stop in Udon Thani. … Thailand’s Northeast, Part 1: Vientiane to Udon Thani. January 13 … One tuk-tuk driver saw us walk out of the train station one afternoon.
Publish Date: 01/13/2010 20:41
It’s all relative, however, as the country still doesn’t have a rail connection. A Thai … Buses for the 1.5 hour trip to the Friendship Bridge leave Udon Thani’s central bus station every couple of hours, at a cost of around 100 baht.
Publish Date: 07/31/2011 5:39
For those, who already have a Lao visa, or do not need one for a short visit (citizens of ASEAN countries, Russia and a few others), getting off the train in Udon Thani then taking direct cross-border bus to Vientiane bus …
Publish Date: 04/22/2007 7:05
Udon Thani. A major city in the Northeast, it is Tourism Hub to Indo-China. There are various connecting options; bus, train or flight from Bangkok and other cities such as Chiang Mai, Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Hanoi.
Publish Date: 12/07/2011 17:00
train udon thani to vientiane