Pakse to Vang Vieng

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How to get from Pakse to Vang Vieng

Pakse is a small city in Southern Laos located near the border with Thailand and Cambodia. As far as cities go, the vibe in this city is pretty chill. With its relaxing atmosphere, friendly locals, cheap restaurants, and several massage clinics, Pakse is the ideal spot for travellers to take a few days to relax before heading off to other Southeast Asian countries.

Situated halfway between Vientiane and Luang Prabang is Vang Vieng, a backpacker hotspot well known for river-tubing. If you are into outdoor adventure, there are tons to do here: explore the caves, go kayaking, climb a mountain, or drive an ATV. When you want to relax, take a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon.

2 ways to get from Pakse to Vang Vieng

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus16 hours and 30 minutes$36Check bus tickets
Flight6 hours excl transfer time$7 + $95 + $6Check flights

The fastest way to travel the 780 km journey from Pakse to Vang Vieng is by booking a flight from Pakse to Vientiane (1 hour, 15 minutes) and continuing by bus from Vientiane to Vang Vieng (4 hours). Another option is by bus from Pakse to Vientiane and then another bus from Vientiane to Vang Vieng (16 hours).

Itinerary from Pakse to Vang Vieng

Pakse to Vang Vieng travel route on map

Pakse to Vang Vieng by Bus

Duration: 16.5 hours
Cost: $36
Duration: 16.5 hours
Cost: $36

Vang Vieng is not only for party people who want to get drunk, tubing the river. This scenic town is surrounded by a great landscape of limestone rocks and has several viewpoints and caves to visit

To get from Pakse to Vang Vieng by land, the only option is to travel to Vientiane first before heading to Vang Vieng.

Bus schedules from Pakse to Vang Vieng

Bus companyScheduleCosts
Naga Travel +
Soutchai Travel (requires transfer)
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Champasak Bus + Malany Bus (requires transfer)19:00-06:30
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Kriangkai Transport + Soutchai Travel (requires transfer)20:00-07:30
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Naga Travel + Soutchai Travel

  • Naga Travel departs from Naga Travel Pakse Office near Alisa Guesthouse and arrives at Vientiane Southern Bus Station
  • Soutchai Travel departs from Soutchai Travel Office and arrives at the city centre

Champasak Bus + Malany Bus

  • Champasak Bus departs from 13 Street crossing 24 Street, Pakse and arrives at Vientiane Southern Bus Station
  • Malany Bus departs from Phanthavong Tour Office and arrives at Malany villa 1, Savang Village, Vang Vieng

Kriangkai Transport + Soutchai Travel

  • Kriangkai Transport departs from No.11 Road and arrives at
  • Vientiane Southern Bus Station
  • Soutchai Travel departs from Soutchai Travel Office and arrives at city centre

Pakse to Vang Vieng via Vientiane by Flight

Duration: 6 hours excl. transfer time
Cost: $108
Duration: 6 hours excl. transfer time
Cost: $108

Step 1: Pakse to Vientiane by Flight

Duration: 1hr 15m
Cost: $102
Duration: 1hr 15m
Cost: $102

From the city centre, you need to hire a taxi to get to the airport. The taxi ride costs $7.

Lao Airlines offers the fastest and cheapest flight straight to Vientiane. A one-way plane ticket to Vientiane starts at $95 and takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. For more information about booking your flight, read our article on how to go from Pakse to Vientiane.

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Step 2: Vientiane to Vang Vieng by Bus

Duration: 4 hours
Cost: $6
Duration: 4 hours
Cost: $6

It takes about 4 hours to go from Vientiane to Vang Vieng. You can either book a bus or ride a van for this route. However, we prefer taking the bus because it has more legroom. Expect to pay about $6 for a bus ticket.

The first trip departs at 9:00 and the last trip departs Vientiane at 14:00. Make sure that your flight from Pake to Vientiane is scheduled accordingly so you can travel on the same day. Read Vientiane to Vang Vieng to know more.


Our favourite places to stay in Vang Vieng

Sunset Nam Ngum Tented Resort

This resort offers the perfect mix of luxury and rustic. The tented accommodations are absolutely top of the line, offering private balconies off the tents overlooking the river and modern, comfortable furnishings. This is not like any camping you’ve done before! Within the resort, you’ll find a bar, garden, and restaurant for your convenience and enjoyment. Breakfast is included daily with your stay. 

  • Breakfast included
  • Private, modern tents with great views
  • Good location along the river
  • Bar and restaurant on-site

Private rooms start at $15 per night 

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Jasmine Vang Vieng Hotel

Excellent location, just 300 meters from the Post office in central Vang Vieng and within walking distance of many sights, restaurants, shops, and amenities.  This hotel offers a restaurant, bar, free private parking, and a large outdoor swimming pool. Many rooms offer a private terrace with excellent city views. The staff is extremely friendly and welcoming. Breakfast included daily with your stay.

  • Swimming pool
  • Breakfast included
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Ideal location

Private rooms start at $31 per night 

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Vang Vieng Victory Hotel

Situated in central Vang Vieng, this hotel is just 400 meters from the post office and a short walk to all amenities, shops, restaurants, and many sights. The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, a garden area, and a sun terrace for guests’ enjoyment. You can rent bicycles or cars from the hotel and they offer a currency exchange on-site.  Breakfast is included with your stay. 

  • Breakfast included
  • Swimming pool
  • Bar, garden, and terrace
  • Excellent location

Private rooms start at $38  

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