How To Get From Pakse to Hoi An?
When travelling the 405km distance from Pakse to Hoi An, you have 2 options: you can take a flight (6.5 hours) or the bus (11 hours). Fares range between $15.50 and $184.
If you want to fly from Pakse to Hoi An, you have to book a flight to Da Nang Airport. All flights will have a stopover in Ho Chi Minh and keep in mind that flights are pretty expensive on this route.
Taking the bus is a lot cheaper, but also here, there are no direct trips. This means you have to take a bus from Pakse to the border and another bus from there to Hoi An. Unfortunately, you cannot book your bus ticket online.
|Flight||7 hours||4,270,000 VND ($184)||Check flights|
|Bus||11 hours||360,000 VND ($15.50)||Read article for info|
View itinerary from Pakse to Hoi An
- Pakse Airport
- 5.5 hours
- Da Nang Airport
- Hoi An
- 6 hours
- Ngoc Hai District
- 5 hours
- Hoi An
Pakse to Da Nang via Ho Chi Minh by Flight
Duration: 7 hours
Costs: 4,270,000 VND ($14)
The closest airport to Hoi An is in Da Nang. This means you need to book a flight from Pakse to Da Nang, and from there you’ll get a bus to Hoi An.
Step 1: Pakse to Da Nang via Ho Chi Minh by Flight
Duration: 5h 30min
Costs: 4,150,000 VND ($179)
Unfortunately, there are no direct flights from Pakse to Da Nang. The shortest flight requires a 2.5-hour layover in Ho Chi Minh. This flight is operated by both Lao Airlines and Bamboo Airways and fares start at 4,150,000 VND ($179). There are also indirect flights with Vietjet Air and Vietnam Airlines but they either take longer or are more expensive.
Step 2: Da Nang to Hoi An by Bus
Costs: 120,000 VND ($5.20)
From Da Nang Airport, you can catch a shuttle bus to Hoi An. This shuttle bus costs around 140,000 VND ($6) and the journey takes about 45 minutes. Check the Da Nang Airport page for more info.
Pakse to Hoi An by Bus
Duration: 11 hours
Costs: 360,000 VND ($15.50)
Traveling by bus from Pakse to Hoi An is not easy. You cannot book your tickets online and you will have to take two buses as there is no direct connection.
Step 1: Pakse to Ngoc Hai District / Kon Tum by Bus
Duration: 6 hours
Costs: 220,000 VND ($9.50)
Both Mai Linh Express and Dien Hong offer trips from Pakse to Vietnam. The bus will go to Pleiku, which you will reach around 2 hours after crossing the border.
You should confirm with your agency, but you will likely have to get off the bus earlier. Either in Ngoc Hai District or Kon Tum. From either of these locations, you can catch a bus heading to Da Nang, which will also make a stop in Hoi An.
You can book a bus through local travel agencies or at affiliated Vietnamese restaurants in Pakse. The journey takes about 6-7 hours for the first leg.
Step 2: Ngoc Hai District / Kon Tum to Hoi An by Bus
Duration: 5 hours
Costs: 140,000 VND ($6)
A bus ticket from Ngoc Hai District or Kon Tum to Da Nang costs about 140,000 VND ($6). Make sure that you book a bus on the same day, otherwise you may end up staying overnight in these towns.
This bus will pass Hoi An, but also here, confirm with the company if they will make a stop to drop you off in Hoi An.
Note: The border immigration does not offer visas on arrival, which means you cannot enter Vietnam if you didn’t get one beforehand. See our Vietnam Visa page on how to get one.
My favourite places to stay in Hoi An
You think you can only find good banana pancakes in Thailand? Wait till you get them for breakfast at HaLo HomeStay. This homestay has it all: The high-end standard of a hotel combined with the family feeling of a homestay. The owners serve a lovely breakfast and will do everything to get most out of your stay. You can explore Hoi An with their free bicycle rental and reach the Old Quarter or beach within 5 minutes.
Double rooms from: $11
When Halo Homestay is already fully booked, there are still several other great options to stay in Hoi An. Flame Flowers Homestay is one of them. Expect a very warm welcome from the owners. They will feel like family from the moment you meet them.
Double rooms from: $25
Looking for a more luxurious experience right next to the beach? This little villa is within walking distance from the beach and is a perfect place to stay when you want to escape from the busy city life. Chill at the beach, relax at the pool and have a great night of sleep in a comfy bed.
Double rooms from: $40
Things to do in Hoi An
The online activity platform Klook offers many tours in Hoi An at great prices. I used it now for a couple of times and had great experiences. And the prices are often even lower than when you book with a local travel agent!
And most important, by booking the activity in advance, you avoid the problem of fully booked tours.
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