Last updated: Sep 12, 2019


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How To Get From Vientiane to Vang Vieng?

Vientiane is the laidback capital of Laos. It is located northeast of the Mekong River just near the border with Thailand. Life moves slowly here and the city does not quite have the bustle of Hanoi or Bangkok but it is fitting for travellers who search for a relaxing getaway. It is also full of fascinating surprises: from French colonial buildings to Buddhist temples and charming cafes.

Vang Vieng is a small Laotian town set in the midst of tranquil cliffs and rich green rice fields – exactly like a scene from an Asian painting. It had a reputation for being a party destination until local authorities decided to implement new laws and regulations. The picturesque town is now quieter but it still has some great things to do. Adrenaline-hungry adventurers can enjoy many activities from rock climbing and caving to hiking and tubing.

The only way to travel the 150km journey from Vientiane to Vang Vieng is by bus or van. Travel time takes at least 4 hours and ticket costs $9.

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus4 hours$9Check bus tickets


View itinerary from Vientiane to Vang Vieng


  • Vientiane
  • 4 hours
  • Vang Vieng


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Vientiane to Vang Vieng by Bus

Duration: 4 hours
Costs: $9

You can travel this route from Vientiane to Vang Vieng by bus.

Remember that the roads in this route aren’t in very good condition. Some are full of potholes so be prepared for a bumpy ride.

Soutchai Travel and Thavisouk provide few buses daily. The journey takes about 4 hours and a one-way bus ride costs between $9 – $11.

You can book your ticket through the button we have provided below. The first departure is at 9:30, with the last bus leaving at 14:00.

Bus companyScheduleDurationCosts
4h$9 + free pick-up
Soutchai Travel09:30-13:30
4h$11 + free pick-up

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  • Hotel pick-up is available
  • Arrives at Vang Vieng bus terminal which is about 2 kilometers north of town

Soutchai Travel

  • Departs from Soutchai Travel Office along Rue Nokeokoummane Rd. in the city center
  • Arrives at Soutchai Travel Office in the town center

They have had a few complaints about drivers driving fast and some late departures but Soutchai Travel generally provides good service.


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