Vang Vieng is a small yet lively town on the Nam Song River in Laos. It is undoubtedly a backpacker mecca in Southeast Asia famous for jungle parties and river tubing. This gem of a town offers several outdoor activities that cater to nature lovers and adrenaline junkies. You can easily spend your days here kayaking, swimming in the Blue Lagoon, rock climbing, partying or enjoying a nice meal and cold beer.
Pakse is the capital of Champasak province. It also serves as the main transport and commercial hub for Southern Laos and many travellers use it as a transit point before heading to the other parts of the country. Admittedly, there is not much to do in the town, but it is a pleasant enough place to take some time off and relax.
The cheapest option to travel the 780km journey from Vang Vieng to Pakse is by taking a bus to Vientiane and another bus from Vientiane to Pakse. Travel time is 17 hours and tickets cost $35. Another option is to book a bus to Vientiane and then take a flight from Vientiane to Pakse ($164).
Don’t want to be on the bus for more than 15 hours? Then you can head to Vientiane first and then head to Pakse via flight.
Step 1: Vang Vieng to Vientiane by Bus
Duration: 3 hours Cost: $11
If you want to travel within the same day from Vang Vieng to Vientiane, your best option is to book a bus ride with Soutchai Travel. The trip leaves Vang Vieng at 9:30 and is set to arrive at 12:30 in Vientiane. For more details, read the article on going from Vang Vieng to Vientiane.
Step 2: Vientiane to Pakse by Flight
Duration: 1h 15min Cost: $153
You can catch the Lao Airlines flight leaving Vientiane at 16:00. The only downside with this is a one-way ticket costs about $153. Though more expensive, this option gets you from Vang Vieng to Pakse on in one day.