vientiane to udon thani bus
Things change, of course, but let’s start with this June 27, 2008, query at TripAdvisor: VIP bus from Vientiane to Udon Thani
Has anyone used this service ?
I am more concerned about the ability to cater for 2 adults who will both have 1 large and 1 small suitcase each. Will the luggage compartment be able to handle this.
Any other information about this service would be greatly appreciated.
The thread ran into three pages.
Buses to Thailand operate regularly from the bus station. Avoid the tuktuk/songthaew drivers insisting it is late/slow/gone and wanting 50,000 kip to drive you to the border before dumping you there at the mercy of their Thai equivalents on the other side. Your driver will provide Thai Arrival/Departure cards for you to fill out on the way to speed the process; be sure to have a Thai multiple entry visa or pre-arranged visa ready so that you don’t delay the bus – they do perform head counts, but do you want to risk it driving off without you while you fill in forms? (Related matter: carry your bag with you just in case it ends up at the destination and you do not!)
…Asking around the bus station for “Friendship Bridge” or “border” is effective. The last bus #14 leaves Talat Sao for the bridge and Buddha Park at 5:30PM according to the timetable, but it may run later. Don’t believe anyone who tells you the bus is finished – just ask the bus driver.
There are no immigration fees when exiting Laos via the Bridge, except at weekends when a token 9000 kip or 40 baht (August 2010)”overtime charge” might apply. Just walk past the exit fee booth. If no-one stops you, you haven’t done anything wrong.
Tickets from Vientiane to Udon Thani can only be bought from the Talat Sao bus station on the day itself for 22,000 kip.
And from Get in on that same Wikitravel article:
Direct buses to/from Nong Khai (55 baht), Khon Kaen(180 baht) and Udon Thani (80 baht) arrive and depart from the Talat Sao bus terminal. These are cheap, comfortable, hassle-free and popular, so book ahead or arrive early. Schedules change often, currently the buses start at 8AM and leave every 2 hours or so, until 6PM….
But check those links yourself if you are reading this post too very long after its publication date (and this April 17, 2012, edit) — Wikitravel gets updated regularly, and information changes. What I have posted above may be incorrect as you read it.
The timetable at LaoWorld still does not seem to have been updated since an enquiry I made (as “Traust”) near the end of October 2011, but its other details are probably still applicable and of benefit. To leave Vientiane, you will need the Central Bus Terminal, “situated behind the morning market and across the Thalat Sao.”:
N.B.: as the time it takes to cross borders is fluid, it is not possible to know the exact arrival time. Providing that there are no people at the Thai border, each crossing of a border will take 30 minutes, another 30 minutes from the central bus terminal to the Laotian border, plus an additional 50 minutes from the Thai border to Udon Thani. Hence, it takes at least 2 hours and 30 minutes from Vientiane to Udon Thani bus terminal. They wait for all the passengers to cross the border to move together. This is why the time it takes tends to be fluid.
You will arrive at Udon Thani bus terminal (T1). In order to go to the airport from Udon Thani bus terminal, take a Tuktuk. 20 minutes should be enough. When traveling from Udon Thani airport to Udon Thani bus terminal, you can take the Tuktuk or a shuttle bus (100 baht).
Just remember that the above information from LaoWorld may not have been changed since being published back in 2008, so that quote at the end about the 100 Baht may be off at this point in time.
‘Not accept get back ticket’ is Lao-glish for ‘no refund on tickets sold’.
The bus schedule photo is also at TravelPod.
Note that that same page of the Lao*Miao* blog said this:
Vientiane Khua Din bus station
Located next to Khua Din market, across from the Morning market/Talat Sao shopping mall (at ID202 on this map). Hence often referred to as ‘morning market bus station’ in travel guides.
If you refer to that map, look for ‘ID‘ in the right border of the map first, and then move over a little to the left to find ‘202.’ It appears to me to be slightly more ‘IC‘ than ‘ID.’ A great Vientiane City map, though — I’ve never seen it before.
Finally, the TAT — the Tourism Authority of Thailand — website had a Thai-Lao International Bus Service page that included a schedule, but it is no longer available. I don’t know if this is because the information is now outdated, or if TAT simply decided to change the URL. But even Google still points to the old URL, so I suspect that the page has been removed by TAT. At any rate, the page was cached by Google, and I am reproducing the main information here. Just keep in mind that the page may have been pulled for a reason, such as some information being outdated:
The governments of Thailand and Lao PDR concluded an agreement in March 2004 to jointly inaugurate a Thai-Lao International Bus Service in April 2004 to facilitate travel between Nong Khai – Vientiane and Udon Thani – Vientiane and promote cross-border travel and tourism between Thailand and Lao PDR.
The routes will operate from the Thai province of Nong Khai to the Lao PDR capital of Vientiane, and from the Thai province of Udon Thani to Vientiane. Both will go across the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, the first to be opened across the Mekong River in 1994.
The Nong Khai – Vientiane route is about 30 kms and will be covered in 30 minutes. The Udon Thani – Vientiane route is about 80 kms and will be covered in a little more than an hour, excluding the time that will be spent at the border crossing.
One-way fares for the two routes are 30 baht and 80 baht respectively.
The state-owned transport companies of Thailand and Lao PDR will each operate two round-trip services a day on both routes. Thailand’s Transport Company Limited will operate 45-seat air-conditioned buses.
CROSS-BORDER TRAVEL BY INTERNATIONAL VISITORS
Foreign visitors holding valid visas and travel documentation will be able to travel by public transport buses back and forth across the border.
While visa-free and visa-on-arrival facilities are accorded by both Thailand and Lao PDR to citizens of various nationalities, getting the necessary visas in advance will save considerable time and effort in doing paperwork at the border checkpoint.
APPLYING FOR A BORDER PASS:
FOR TRAVELLERS AND TOURISTS OF THAI NATIONALITY
Individuals of Thai nationality will be able to apply for a 3-day/2-night Temporary Border Pass valid for a travel within Vientianne, while Thai residents of Nong Khai province will be able to apply for an Annual Border Pass.
Application forms are available from the Nong Khai Provincial Administration Centre (Sala Klang Changwat) open daily from 06.30 – 16.30 hours.
Temporary Border Pass: 30 Baht
Applicants are required to submit the completed application form together with a signed copy of a valid identification card and 2 two-inch photographs.
Annual Border Pass: 200 Baht
Applicants applying for the Annual Border Pass are also requested to submit a signed copy of their house registration documents in addition to the above.
Applicants of Thai nationality with children between the ages of 12-15 are required to attach a signed copy of the household registration or birth certificate together with the application form.
TAT Northeastern Office: Region 5
Tel: +66 4232 5406 – 7
Fax: +66 4232 5408
E-mail: tatudon @tat.or.th
I’ll close today’s April 17, 2012, post edit with these related offerings of possible interest:
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Publish Date: 03/10/2012 19:49
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Publish Date: 04/15/2012 20:54
vientiane to udon thani bus