How to Get from Vientiane to Vang Vieng

When it comes to a staging post between Vientiane and Luang Prabang, which is located on the banks of Nam Song River, everyone tend to think about Vang Vieng without a hesitation. Indeed, how wonderful it is when taking a trip to this tourist-oriented town, you will experience an 'exhausted' journey with many natural caves to discover; turquoise lagoons to kayak on or dive into; stunning waterfalls to admire as well as majestic cliffs to conquer. 

More impressively, Vang Vieng can be reached flexibly from the capital of Laos by typical kinds of transportation like buses, minivans, taxis and even rental cars.

Let’s take a look at following guide to know how to get from Vientiane to Vang Vieng.

1. Bus

Day by day, the road from Vientiane to Vang Vieng has several buses in different levels of the quality ranging from slow local buses not equipped air conditioning to express comfortable air-conditioned buses.

Normally, you need to spend about 4 - 5 hours finishing this travel route which lasts 153.1kilometers. The price of local buses which frequently stop to pick up or drop off passengers along this road is around 40,000 kip. Meanwhile, VIP or tourist buses (air conditioning, faster speed and limited stops) cost 50,000kip and a little bit higher price (60,000kip) for express buses per one turn. To be exact, there are normal buses departing from the Morning Market bus station every hour, going to Kasi and then dropping off passengers in Vang Vieng. 7:00 am is the time that the first bus gets started and the last one ends at 4:00 pm. 

After getting Vang Vieng, the passengers can drop off from these buses at an old airstrip which resembles a huge parking lot and is next to the main road. Even it may be confusing for the first-time travelers and you are not the exception, please do not worry quickly! The only thing that you need to do at that time is to walk towards the West and Vang Vieng town is just a block away.

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2. Minivan

To be honest, when it comes to the most convenient and comfortable means of transportation, everyone does not forget voting for minivans, which cost around 70,000 to 80,000 kip per passenger. 

Tickets for tourist minivans to Vang Vieng, as usual, can be purchased from the majority of hotels, guesthouses, or Vientiane’s travel agents with transport to the bus station often included. It is also possible to directly buy the tickets at the bus station. Nonetheless, because of the fact that buses do fill fast in peak season, getting there early to secure your seat is a need.

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3. Taxi

If your travel schedule is tight, take a private taxi is the most appropriate choice for you. Fortunately, the length of time that you need to spend going from Vientiane to Vang Vieng seems to be shortened quickly, which just takes about 2 hours and a third.

Regardless of where you are in Vientiane, taxi driver will pick you up in the appointed place on time and enthusiastically help you with the luggage. During the trip, you can ask to speed up or even stop by a cafe or a shop at any time. If necessary, the driver can support you in checking into a hotel, acting as an interpreter at the reception.

Although the taxi meet all requirements, the price is very high, which ranges from 1,078,300 to 1,410,154 kip ($130-170). 

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4. Rental car

Using rental car (with different prices depending on which kind of car that you rend), you can hold the initiative without any difficulty. The time to get Vang Vieng is up to your driving speed.

No matter where your starting point in Vientiane is, just find the way to and drive towards the road No.13 North on Luang Prabang road (the road to Wattay International Airport). From there, you are well on track just following this road.

Apart from contemplating natural scenes along the road, you will have a chance to deeply enjoy the freshest and coolest atmosphere when going through enormous green hills. 

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To sum up, each transport usually exists both pros and cons that you need to take them into a careful consideration.


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