Vientiane to Vang Vieng

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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.

Bus from Vientiane to Vang Vieng

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus4 hours$9Check bus tickets

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.

Itinerary from Vientiane to Vang Vieng


  • Vientiane
  • 4 hours
  • Vang Vieng
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Vientiane to Vang Vieng by Bus

Duration: 4 hours
Cost: $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 schedules from Vientiane to Vang Vieng

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Soutchai Travel
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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.


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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