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Cheap flights from Bangkok to Vientiane July 31, 2006

Posted 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).

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.



1. Sam - January 29, 2009

There’s s great minibus service from Udon Thani Airport to the bridge for about 150 baht pp. I always stay at the fantastic Inter City hotel at Vientiane(about $25). A nicely decorated classy colonial style hotel right on the Mekhong bank with a lovely bar three doors away called the Bor Pen Yang. The combination of the the hotel and bar make a stay in Vientiane very pleasant indeed. Watching the sun drop over the Mekhong while drinking your cold beer Lao is quite memorable!

2. nancy - February 13, 2009

I am just a little concern about safety. Is this safe for american tourist to go by bus to vientiane. This will be my first trip to Laos. Is it a pretty safe for tourist.

Guido - February 13, 2009

Yes, it’s safe. Took the bus there several times myself. There is no reason the be more concerned about safety than you would be at home. Laos is a very safe place to travel.

3. Mickael - February 26, 2009

When you need to go to Vientiane for visa ex. , and cheap than go with Claudio. From BKK to Vientiane all ink. Visa food hotel transportation etc. 6000 Baht.

More info call. 083-757-2157

4. Colin - August 11, 2009

wow mickael, thats quite expensive.

I do my VISA run to Vientiane through a guy called Bob, who’s always been really helpful and their minibus is top notch.
His number is 082-441-4276.

The bar by the river that Sam mentions, ‘Bor Pen Yang’, is definitely worth a trip once you get up there.

5. Rod Maher - September 16, 2010

What do you mean not quite?
If I’d wanted to go to Udon Thani and then catch a bus to Vientianne I’d have said so in my search.
Thank you for wasting my time.

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