Cheap flights from Bangkok to Vientiane July 31, 2006Posted by Guido in flights, General.
Well not exactly to Vientiane, but close enough. You can fly for cheap to Udon Thani in the Northeast of Thailand, which is about 50km away from Vientiane. I haven’t done this myself, but I undestand that this is what people in Vientiane do when they go to Bangkok.
NokAir flies 3 times a day. Book online here. The prices below are for October as December flight are not available yet.
- depart 06.00 – arrive 07.05 – $26
- depart 12.20 – arrive 13.25 – $38
- depart 17.40 – arrive 18.45 – $38
Air Asia flies twice a day from Bangkok to Udon Thani for about $40 (32 EUR) one way. Book online here. I have heard report about Air Asia not being so reliable and canceling flights.
- depart 06.45 – arrive 07.45
- depart 16.15 – arrive 17.15
Thai Airways flies 3 times a day for $68 (54 EUR) one way. Book online here.
- depart 06.30 – arrive 07.45
- depart 12.55 – arrive 14.00
- depart 19.05 – arrive 20.10
From Udon Thani it’s little over an hour to Vientiane. At Udon Thani airport you can take a bus to Vientiane for about 80 Thai baht (+/- $2.10). It’s called the Thai Laos International Bus Service. Below is their timetable (taken from this website).
|UDON THANI – VIENTIANNE SERVICE|
|1||07.00||Udon Thani||Vientiane||80 baht||TC Thailand|
|2||07.00||Vientiane||Udon Thani||80 baht||TC Lao PDR|
|3||09.30||Vientiane||Udon Thani||80 baht||TC Thailand|
|4||09.30||Udon Thani||Vientiane||80 baht||TC Lao PDR|
|5||15.00||Udon Thani||Vientiane||80 baht||TC Thailand|
|6||15.00||Vientiane||Udon Thani||80 baht||TC Lao PDR|
|7||17.00||Vientiane||Udon Thani||80 baht||TC Thailand|
|8||17.00||Udon Thani||Vientiane||80 baht||TC Lao PDR|
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 just to the border, from where you would have to get a tuk-tuk into town (about 20-30min, $10pp).
It would probably be better if you can get someone to bring you all the way to the hotel. These guys come and get you from Vientiane and drop you at your hotel. If you let us know in time, we can also arrange somebody in Vientiane to come and pick you up at the airport. I don’t know the fee, but probably something around $40-50 for the whole car/van.
The border is open from 6.00 untill 22.00.
All in all, it would take you between 2.5 and 4 hours in total from departure from Bangkok to arriving in Vientiane. Compared to the $135 to fly one way to Vientiane, you pay less than a third. The train on the other hand is 11 hours, but you’d sleep anyway and you save on a hotel night. So weigh your options.