Want to know how to get from Hoi An to Pakse? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the two ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Pakse
Pakse is a transport hub and gateway to southern Laos. Its strategic location, comfortable accommodations and tour offerings make it a convenient basecamp for travellers visiting the nearby Bolaven Plateau and Wat Phu.
Admittedly, there is not much to do in this riverside town. But if you’re looking for a relaxing yet strategic place to take some time off, then your best choice in the south is Pakse. Walk around town, visit some temples, explore the local markets, or just sample traditional Lao dishes.
2 ways to get from Hoi An to Pakse
There are two ways to travel the distance of 400 km (249 miles) from Hoi An to Pakse: by bus (11 hours) and flight (8hrs 20m). The journey takes between 8h20m - 11h and the quickest way is by flight. The lowest priced tickets start from €13.50 ($16) for the bus.
Trips for this route are scarce and not very well-advertised. The easiest way to book a bus from Hoi An to Pakse is to ask your hotel’s staff or go to a reputable local travel agency in Hoi An.
As there are no direct buses you will have to arrange 1 or 2 transfers: One from Hoi An to Ngoc Hoi or Kon Tum and then another from Ngoc Hoi or Kon Tum to Pakse.
It can be quite a hassle, but taking the bus will save you a lot of money compared to flying. The entire journey from Hoi An to Pakse should take about 11 hours if the buses pass through the Bo Y Border.
Expect to pay about $16 for this journey. If in some cases they try to charge you more, your total spending on bus tickets should never exceed $20 for this trip.
Hoi An to Pakse by Flight
Duration: 8hrs 20m
Starts from: €270.00 ($320)
Duration: 8hrs 20m
Cost: €270.00 ($320)
As there are no direct flights between Da Nang and Pakse, your journey will take at least 8 hours. The flights will include a layover of at different airports. It’s not really the most practical option since it takes almost the same time as the bus and is more expensive.
Keep in mind that tickets for this route can be quite expensive. Booking a few weeks in advance will be to your advantage as tickets get more expensive closer to the travel date.
A one-way ticket starts at $320 and it takes about 8 hours and 20 minutes for the entire trip.
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