Last updated: Sep 13, 2019


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How To Get From Vang Vieng to Vientiane?

Vang Vieng is a riverside town north of Vietnam. This backpacker mecca, famous for tubing and its party scene, is isolated by caves and limestone mountains. From mountain biking and kayaking to rock climbing and caving, Vang Vieng is the ideal spot for people who seek adventure, thanks to its rocky yet picturesque surroundings.

Vientiane is the sleepy capital of Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Despite being the largest city in the country, there is not much to do in the former French trading post. The vibe is undoubtedly very laid-back and unlike major cities like Hanoi or Bangkok, Vientiane is not crazy nor chaotic. Sip a Beer Lao along the Mekong River, sample tasty treats from many French-inspired bakeries, or ride a bicycle along the quiet streets.

The only option to travel the 160km journey from Vang Vieng to Vientiane is by taking the bus or van. Since the bus has more legroom, we prefer the bus over the van. Travel time takes about 3 hours and ticket costs $11.

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus3 hours$11Check bus tickets


View itinerary from Vang Vieng to Vientiane


  • Vang Vieng
  • 3 hours
  • Vientiane


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Vang Vieng to Vientiane by Bus

Duration: 3 hours
Costs: $11

Thavisouk and Soutchai Travel are the two bus companies operating on the route between Vang Vieng to Vientiane. Expect to pay between $9-$11 for a single journey trip. The two bus companies offer only 2 trips daily and you should consider this when making your travel plan through this route.

Also, keep in mind that the roads are not in great condition which means you can expect a slightly bumpy ride for this 3-hour trip.

See the bus schedule below:

Bus companyScheduleDurationCosts
Soutchai Travel09:30-12:30

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  • Departs from any hotel
  • Arrives at Northern Bus Terminal

Soutchai Travel

  • Departs from Soutchai Vang Vieng Station
  • Arrives at Soutchai Vientiane Office along Rue Nokeokoummane Rd. in the city center

Overall, travellers seem to provide satisfactory reviews about Soutchai Travel aside from the occasional complaints of drivers driving too fast and late departures.


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