If you are planning to go to Laos for your next vacation and you wanted to save some money along the trip to spend for your other travel expenses, you may wanted to think about flying to Bangkok, Thailand first and then go to Laos.
Click here to watch Suab Hmong Tour Laos 2013 episode 1 title “Going into Laos” with tips and recommendations.
Three ways to go into Laos:
- 1. By VIP Bus from Mo Chit bus station in Bangkok.
- 2. Fly from Bangkok to Udon Thani and takes limousine mini van to the Friendship bridge.
- 3. Fly directly from Bangkok, Thailand to Vientiane, Laos.
Alternate 1 and 2 will save you some money but alternate 3 may or may not save you any money.
Take VIP bus from Mo Chit bus station, Bangkok, Thailand to Vientiane, Laos
A VIP bus leaves Mo Chit, Bangkok, Thailand, to Vientiane, Laos daily at about 8:00PM and it arrives in Vientiane at about 5:00AM the next day. The cost per person is 900.00 baht or $30.00(keep in mind that the bus fare may increase or decrease based on the Thai and Lao economy so you will need to get the latest bus fare at the Mo Chit bus station). If you do not have Lao Visa, you will need an extra about $40.00 to get a Lao Visa to get into Laos. The estimated total cost per person for this route is about $70.00.
Fly from Bangkok airport to Udon Thani airport and take the limousine mini van to the friend ship bridge.
There are about five flights fly from Bangkok airport Don Mueang or Suvarnabhumi to Udon Thani daily (You will need to check the exact time of each flight at the airport). The cost per person vary depend on the day of the week and the time of the day. You do not need to make reservation in advance. You just go to the airport and buy your ticket. The air fare run from 1500.00 baht to 1800.00 bath or about $50.00 to $65.00 per person. When you arrived in Udon Thani, the cost to take the limousine mini bus go the Friendship bridge is 200.00 baht or $7.00 per person. If you do not have Lao Visa, an extra about $40.00 will get you a Lao Visa at the Friendship bridge on the Laos side. After you admitted into Laos, the cost to take a transportation from the Friendship bridge to the morning market or at the hotel that you will be staying is about 300.00 baht or $10.00. The estimated total cost for this route is about $115.00.
Fly directly from Bangkok, Thailand to Vientiane, Laos (You may not save any money onthis route).
About three flights per day fly from Bangkok, Thailand to Vientiane, Laos and vias versa (this flight scheduled may change. You will need to check the latest scheduled at the Bangkok airport). The cost per person is from $180.00 to $320.00 depend on what airline you take. Lao airline has lower fare than Thai airline. If you do not have Lao Visa, you will need an extra about $40.00 to get you a Lao Visa at the Lao airport when you arrived. The total cost for this route per person is about $220.00 to $360.00.
Recommendation to stay in Vientiane for convenience access to places.
To make your self easy to get access to places, we recommended you to stay at the hotels close by the Morning Market (Tala Xao). The costs per one night for these hotels is from $20.00 to $50.00. Most of them have Wireless Internet access in the rooms.
Our next episode is “Go to places in Vientiane”.