travel from udon thani to nong khai
From Wikitravel‘s article on Udon Thani:
There are now two bus stations in the City (as at Nov 2011). The usual one in the city centre near Central Plaza, and now another on the outskirts of town on the road in from Loei towards Nong Khai. Tuk Tuk into town some B80 from here.
Buses from Bangkok (Morchit), an 8-hour journey, arrive at the BKS station in the city.
Buses depart at least once per hour after 11AM to Nong Khai (20 baht, 1 hour, non-airconditioned 3rd class) on the Lao border. Buses from Nong Khai may drop you off north of the city. Follow the locals and hop on the waiting #6 songthaew to the bus station or take a tuk-tuk.
There are six express buses a day direct to the Morning Market in Vientiane (80 baht, 2 hours, air-con 1st class departures at 8AM, 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 2PM, 4PM, 6PM). These cross-border buses will carry passengers who have not obtained their Lao visas in advance, but may NOT wait long enough at the border for a visa on arrival to be applied for and issued. This isn’t a problem when the queues are short, but at busy times passengers who don’t already have their visas may be left behind and have to continue by local bus or tuk-tuk.
Daily trains connect to Bangkok and Nong Khai, the overnight express sleeper to Bangkok is scheduled for 9.25 hours but usually takes longer.
Nong khai (หนองคาย) is well worth a visit. To get there, take a tuk tuk to the Nong Khai bus station towards the north of town. Should cost about B50 from the centre. Ask for “sa tar knee rot may Nongkhai” (this is a better transliteration than what they normally give you).
I did link to the Wikitravel article on Nong Khai, but I will quote the relevant passages on how to arrive there — just ensure you refer directly to the two articles if you are reading this post too very long after its publishing date (note that I am making an edit on April 28, 2012, and the excerpts are valid at this time):
The nearest airport (on the Thai side) is in Udon Thani, 56km away. There are direct shuttle buses four times a day between the airport and the Friendship Bridge (2km outside Nong Khai), plus taxis and minibuses that will take you in to Nong Khai proper.
Thai Airways and Air Asia operate flights between Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) and Udon Thani. Nok Air operates a service between Bangkok (Don Muang) and Udon.
Nong Khai is the terminus of the Northeastern railway line from Bangkok via Khon Kaen and Udon Thani. The trip takes 10-12 hours and a first class sleeper ticket from Bangkok to Nong Khai or vice versa is currently about 1200 baht, and a second class sleeper ticket (not bad for the price) is 748 baht. Sleepers often sell out at peak times so you may need to book in advance.
Shuttle services now operate onward from Nong Khai to Tha Nalaeng, Laos (near Vientiane) four times a day, synced to the arrivals and departures of the Bangkok trains. You can only buy tickets at Nong Khai station, and you need to pass through immigration as well. (If coming in on train #69 from Bangkok, there’s a 90-minute window to do this.) Once the formalities are done, the trip itself across the Friendship Bridge only takes 15 minutes. Visa on arrival is now available on the Lao side.
There are departures to Udon Thani at least once per hour from the BKS station on Prajak road. The hour-long ride costs 20 baht in 3rd class (non-air con). 40 baht in 2nd class (air con).
There are several departures daily from Bangkok (~9 hours), Khon Kaen (110 baht, class 2, with stoppage at Udon Thani)and across the border direct from Vientiane (55 baht, 17000 kip, two hours) via the Friendship Bridge.
A 1st class bus service connects Nong Khai directly with Suvarnabhumi Airport (the new BKK).
That Wikitravel article has a very extended detailing on a Visa Run, so be sure to refer to it if that is your purpose for the trip.
TripAdvisor had this question posted last November 11 (2011):
My partner and I fly in to Udon Thani at 7.10pm on Tuesday and want to carry straight on to Nong Khai. Are buses still running at that hour, or will we have to arrange private transportation?
Thanks in advance!
However, I would hope that you are not in such a rush to leave Udon Thani, and can choose more opportune departure times.
A thread at the Thai Visa Forum from February 29, 2012, centred around this topic: Nok Air Offers Bus Hop From Udon Thani To Vientiane.
The opinion was that the “bus hop” was nothing particularly new.
The Mut Mee Guest House in Nong Khai is located on the banks of the Mekong, and gives travel options on how to arrive at their location from Udon Thani. One would expect that they are keeping that information current.
This is from the Udon Thani International Airport official website:
There are four daily buses direct to the Friendship Bridge in Nong Khai from the airport, roughly synchronized with flight arrivals. Buy tickets (150 baht) at the taxi desk. Note that these buses will drop you off into a pit of tuk-tuks, which will try to convince you that you need their services at 20 baht a shot; unless you have baggage, you can ignore them and just walk out to the road, from where you can see the Thai checkpoint less than 500 metres away.
I cited VirtualTourist a bit earlier. They have a page of a few current (2012) comments regarding Nong Khai Transportation.
I have no idea how current the information at the website Nong Khai Information is, but they include a North Eastern Line railway schedule. It seems to indicate that one train ultimately from Bangkok bound for Nong Khai leaves Udon Thani at 4:11 a.m., arriving in Nong Khai at 5:05 a.m. A Northeastern Line timetable at ThaiRailways.com shows the same thing.
It took me awhile to work out that I could actually make some sense of the timetables at the official State Railway of Thailand website. There doesn’t seem to be anything an English-only reader can do where the Download Timetable .pdfs are concerned — they are all in Thai. However, if you click the Northeastern Line under the Timetable category, just look down near the bottom of the chart to locate the destination of Nong Khai — the very bottom three in the first chart (the second one is for trips back to Bangkok).
For a 5:05 a.m. arrival to Nong Khai, you would select No. “77” (an Express Train). The No. “133” is a Rapid Train, and would get you to Nong Khai at 9:45 a.m. The No. “69” is an Express Train as well, and would arrive in Nong Khai at 8:25 a.m. So they’re all morning trips.
To figure out the Fares chart, select the green circle for the Northeastern Line. You can do the same thing with the red circle. The two charts are different, but I have not studied them long enough to figure out just what each one represents — I cannot see both charts at the same time. All I have learned is to do the following: Just ignore that everything that shows up is in Thai, including the place names in the two drop-down boxes at the top of the charts. What you need to do is click on the green box at the right of those two drop-down boxes. In the new chart that appears, select the English flag. That will change the chart again, and this time you can use the drop-down boxes to find Origin and Destination place names in English.
If you play around as I have described, you should be able to work out a pretty good understanding of the timetables and charts. I wish I could help more with it, but I only discovered all of this maneuvering to obtain the English today while working on this post edit. Sometimes I feel profoundly dense — I’ve posted about the railway often enough before, but apparently never worked this out until now!
UdonMap has a Bangkok/Udon Thani train timetable well down the page here that one would hope is maintained for currency; and bus service is discussed further down still.
As I said, I surely hope this post has been a help. Good luck!
travel from udon thani to nong khai
Thailand: Nong Khai – Wat Po Chai
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