Back on January 17, 2011, someone posted this as an enquiry on the UdonMap forum: Taxi to Vientiane.
I recently did a visa run from Phuket to Lao via Udon Thani.
I have a friend who wants to do the same.
However, he needs a wheelchair to move around easily.
Is it possible to get a taxi from Udon Thani airport that will take him all the way to Vientiane, and one to bring him back?
If it is, does anyone have a contact phone number, preferably English speaking, though he does speak some Thai?
Any idea of cost?
The final response on the one-page thread was made June 1 (2011), and suggested UD Car Rent. The better link to this company’s service would be this: UD Car Rent – Visa Run Service.
NeedsTaxi.com seems to offer a similar service — scroll down to near the bottom of the chart on that webpage for the Udon Thani services: Udon Thani A/P to Laos, Vientiane. The first column after the route description is a one-way trip; the second and third columns are a round-trip. It would seem that the Remarks #1 and #2 beneath the chart would apply.
Pick up from/ to Vientiane – Udon thani (Thailand)
– Pick up from Udon thani Airport (Thailand) to Vientiane (1,500 Bath)
– Send from Vientiane to Udon thani Airport (1,500 Bath)
I suppose this is what you get for your money:
The car with 8 – 12 seats included petrol and english speaking driver plus solf drinks.
I would expect that it would be possible to visit a travel agency and get this sort of transportation arranged. Maybe it’s even possible as a service of the hotel you might be staying at — at least, Gecko Villa seems to offer it as an additional service to guests:
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.
Post edit June 5, 2012 — here are some vaguely related references that may be of interest, if not of any actual help:
… also possible to apply in advance for a tourist visa at the Laos Embassy in Bangkok. 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. The embassy is located deep in a residential neighborhood, neat the Ramkhamhaeng University. On a low traffic day, a taxi ride from Sukhumvit Road to the embassy should take about forty minutes.Publish Date: 07/14/2010 15:15
BANGKOK, 28 February 2012: Nok Air will team up with bus companies to provide an overland connection from Udon Thani to Vientiane starting 14.Publish Date: 02/28/2012 1:17
A few practical tips for getting to Vientiane … As Lao’s capital and largest city, Vientiane is the … 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. No matter how crowded the bus may be, … Fortunately, there is a ready-made solution: a small army of touts and taxi drivers anxiously await the foreigners estranged from their respective buses. Borders are no match for these Lao …Publish Date: 07/31/2011 5:39
This one is Italian:
Da Udon Thani proseguiamo in autobus fino a Nong Khai (61 km,40 min), centro thailandese di frontiera collegato a Vientiane dal famoso Ponte dell’Amicizia. Facciamo il visto (50dollari) e in mezz’ora siamo in Laos! Con un tuk tuk arriviamo …Publish Date: 05/09/2012 6:48
From the airport at Udon Thani we took a minibus for 200Baht (an increase from 150 according to Graham) which took us to the first border crossing out of Thailand at Non Kai. We then … We then shared a taxi with a fellow ex-pat we had met on the border crossing to travel into Vientiane where the Immigration office was, the taxi had seen better days but the driver was lovely and helpful- much more willing to help than the more aloof Thai taxi-drivers. The streets of …Publish Date: 05/31/2012 0:03
For example, if you’re traveling a northerly route from Thailand to Laos, you may consider flying from Bangkok to Udon Thani (for Vientiane), Ubon Ratchathani (for Pakse), or Chiang Rai (for Luang Prabang), then taking a bus to cross over into Laos. Air Asia is the standard airline that offers cheap flights within Thailand, though Bangkok Air … Laos Travel Tips – Daily Budget and Cost of Things in Laos. How much does it cost to take a bus, taxi, or tuk tuk in Laos? A hotel, guesthouse, or …Publish Date: 04/13/2012 0:11
The trip from Udon Thani to Vientiane sucks. The procedure itself is not very difficult, and simply involves a bus to the Thai-Lao border, a visa purchase, and then a bus or taxi ride over the Mekong River . A simple matter, one …Publish Date: 03/24/2008 11:26
This morning we headed to Suvarnabhumi airport to catch our Air Asia flight to Udon Thani, a one hour journey east towards the Laos border. On arrival we caught a ‘limousine’ (a.k.a … Met a lovely American/Laos man called Randy, who took us the cheap way into town with one of the Songthaews; half the price than all the other taxis. Upon arriving in Vientiane, he gave us … Vientiane has changed a lot since the last time we were both here. Clas in 2003 and me in …Publish Date: 01/17/2012 6:59
Manchester – Bangkok – Vientiane We set off from Manchester on the 2:30pm … The following morning we had an early-ish start to get to the old Bangkok Airport at Don Muang for our 12:20pm flight to Udon Thani. We’re now carrying an emergency bag … Once we’ve got the stamp (in return for a $35 entry fee each) we end up sharing a taxi (150B) with a lad who’s on the back of a 24 hour travel session from Koh Tao to Vientiane. We get dropped at the Souphaphone …Publish Date: 05/28/2012 0:00
From Bangkok many visitors choose to fly into Udon Thani in Thailand, and cross the border by bus, as this domestic flight is considerably cheaper than a direct international flight to Vientiane. There is a direct shuttle from Udon Thani airport to …. Once through immigration, you can take a jumbo (posted price 250 baht, easy to bargain down to 100 baht or less for immediate departure with only one passenger) or taxi (300 baht) to any destination in the city. Shared jumbos are cheaper.Publish Date: 04/22/2007 7:05
But maybe it’s better to take a taxi or rent a van for 9/10 persons. These people rent vans plus driver from Udon Thani. J Taxi drives to the border for 1000 thai baht ($25). They would not bring you all the way to Vientiane but …Publish Date: 07/31/2006 7:03
I took a plane from Bangkok to Udon Thani (in Thailand) and then a 1hr bus to the border at Nongkhai (200THB), another bus (10 minutes) over the friendship bridge (20THB), and a minivan taxi into Vientiane (300THB split …Publish Date: 01/23/2011 2:07
Taxi to Lao Embassy: ฿60. At the Lao Embassy: don’t wait outside. Tell the guard you have a visa application and go inside. You may have to knock on the window to hand in your documents. Required documents for Lao Tourist Visa … Direct service from Bangkok to Vientiane is hard to find. Since my goal was to get to the Thai Consular Office before 12:00 I took the fastest option through Udonthani. Udonthani to Nongkhai From Udonthani Int’l Airport your best option …Publish Date: 05/23/2011 20:56
TukTuk/Taxi (200Baht for the whole vehicle) from bridge to Vientiane. I shared a Tuktuk with four other travelers, so we ended paying 40Baht each. My plane landed at Udon Thani airport just after 8am and I managed to clear …Publish Date: 09/26/2008 8:53
I made similar trip from Bangkok in 2008 new year and still remember that there is direct bus from Udonthani to Vientiane but never knew that Udonthani has 2 bus terminals. Once I arrive to Udonthani bus terminal this morning, i look … I make a quick turn and try to get Tuk Tuk but the driver asks me 80 THB which seems expensive for me and i change to get Songteaw (red taxi) and pay 10 THB for bus terminal 1. From then, i buy 10:30 am bus to Vientiane (85 THB).Publish Date: 10/31/2010 7:48
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