Last updated: Sep 13, 2019

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Overview | Bus | Flight |Where to Stay

 

Trip overview from Pakse to Vang Vieng


To make trip planning super easy and fast, we created a step-by-step guide to find the best way to travel from 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 travelers 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.

At present, there are no bus companies that offer direct services between Pakse to Vang Vieng. The only way to travel by land is to take a bus from Pakse to Vientiane and then another bus from Vientiane to Vang Vieng. Total travel time takes between 16-19 hours and costs $36. If you don’t feel like being on the road for more than 15 hours, we recommend to book a flight from Pakse to Vientiane and then continue by bus from Vientiane to Vang Vieng.

 

Your options at a glance

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

Are you a fast decision-maker? Simply use the links above to book your tickets!

If you haven’t found your best transport option yet, no problem. This was just the intro. Below we share our step-by-step guide of how to get from Pakse to Vang Vieng.

 

Pakse to Vang Vieng travel route on map

 

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Bus from Pakse to Vang Vieng


Duration: 16h 30min
Costs: $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 companyScheduleDurationCosts
Naga Travel +
Soutchai Travel
(requires transfer)
19:30-06:00
09:30-14:30
15h 30m$48
Champasak Bus + Malany Bus
(requires transfer)
19:00-06:30
10:00-14:00
19h$35
Kriangkai Transport + Soutchai Travel
(requires transfer)
20:00-07:30
13:30-18:30
16h 30m$36

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 center

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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

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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 center

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Flight

Flight from Pakse to Vang Vieng via Vientiane

Route: Pakse  Vientiane Vang Vieng


Duration: 6 hours excl transfer time
Costs: $7 + $95 + $6

Step 1: Flight from Pakse to Vientiane

Duration: 1h 15min
Costs: $7 + $95 

From the city center, 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.

Step 2: Bus from Vientiane to Vang Vieng

Duration: 4 hours
Costs: $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 as 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.

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