Sunday, January 06, 2013

Bokeo province - transport information

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- created 15 February 2011
- last updated 06 January 2013

Keochampa bus station (photo)
Located at JP256 on this map.
This is the bus station that has been in operation since around 2006, replacing the old one near the market in the town centre. As of October 2012, an even newer 'Domestic & International' bus station has been built to the east of this one. It appears that VIP buses for domestic routes + buses to China now use the newer bus station instead of this one.

Timetable (6 October 2012) (hobomaps):


To Luang Namtha
- 9:30AM, 12:30PM
- 60,000 kip

To Oudomxay
- 9:00AM
- 85,000 kip

To Luang Prabang
- 2:00PM
-120,000 kip

To Vientiane
- 11:30AM
- 230,000 kip

At times during the peak tourist season there are shared minivans to Luang Namtha departing from the top of the slope up from the Huay Xai immigration office near IC214 on this map.

Old info for reference:
Timetable (September 2011) (hobomaps):
Timetable (January 2011) (hobomaps)
Timetable 1 (14 March 2010) (Ian Taylor)
Timetable 2 (14 March 2010) (Ian Taylor)
Writing at bottom says: With effect from 24 February 2010 there will be morning departure to Luang Prabang at 10:00AM [daily?] with VIP [bus]
Bus station ticket office contact no.: 020-5983989
26 February 2009 (Ian Taylor)

Domestic & International bus station
Located at JM268 on this map.
Photo by hobomaps

Domestic timetable (6 October 2012) (hobomaps):
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To Luang Namtha or Oudomxay - take any bus bound for for Luang Prabang or Vientiane, it will pass these towns along the way
To Vang Vieng - take any bus bound for Vientiane

International timetable (6 October 2012) (hobomaps):
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Sleeper bus to China operated by Wan Xiang Transport Co. (upper half) & normal bus (lower half) (6 October 2012) (hobomaps):
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Huay Xai slowboat landing
Located at BL67 on this map.
* 26 October 2008 fares (MapHobo)
To Pak Beng - daily (110,000kip)
Departs when there are enough passengers (~100) to sink the boat (~11:00AM).
* To Luang Namtha via Pak Tha & Nalae - see here.

On 18 February 2010, slowboats stopped running due to unusually low river levels that saw one boat capsize (source). Boat services resumed as of 20 March 2010. More info on the February/March 2010 situation:
- announcement from Dept Public Work & Transportation, Bokeo Province (MS Word document) (laobumpkin)
- Travelfish forum here, here & here (reply #111 onwards)
- Lonely Planet Thorntree forum here & here (especially reply #22)
No idea if this situation will occur again in the future. For those planning to travel this route in February/March, best to check for updates.
MRC Mekong river water levels at Chiang Saen & Luang Prabang monitoring stations

Huay Xai speedboat landing (photo by Ian Taylor)
Located at DP94 on this map.

Fares (September 2011) (hobomaps):

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To Pak Beng - 160,000kip/pax or 960,000kip/boat
To Luang Prabang - 340,000kip/pax or 2,040,000kip/boat
Lao writing says:
Announcement 3 October 2008
Time 5:00 not ??? navigate (boat)
Might be something about how boats do not travel when there is not enough daylight left.

Old info for reference:
* 14 March 2010 fares (Ian Taylor)

* 26 October 2008 fares (MapHobo)
To Pak Beng - 180,000kip/pax or 1,080,000kip/boat (max 6 pax)
To Luang Prabang - 360,000kip/pax or 2,160,000kip/boat (max 6 pax)

Huay Xai-Chiang Khong cross-river ferry
Located at BY70 on this map.
* Huay Xai to Chiang Khong fares 14 March 2010 (Ian Taylor)
Extra 10 baht/2000kip for those who cannot read Lao...?
* Chiang Khong to Huay Xai fares 14 March 2010 (Ian Taylor)


* January 2007 info:
Ban Mon to Huay Xai - morning, 150baht (not daily)
Ton Pheung to Huay Xai - morning & afternoon, 120baht

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Vientiane northern bus station - 2012

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  • older versions of this page here (28 February 2009), here (02 October 2010) & here (08 June 2011)

Vientiane (VTE) northern bus station aka. 'khiew loht saai neua':

Located at Sithong Road at GK142 on this map, ~700m east of junction with HWY 13.

Photos of the bus station (text in Japanese only).
More photos of the bus station (07 December 2010):

Photos by gopeace

Vientiane Northern Bus station
May 2011 - photo by snowinjanuary

Types of buses - photos from old northern bus station (11 October 2008):


Ordinary - 1st, 2nd, 5th & 6th from left. AC - 3rd from left. VIP - 4th & 7th from left.

* Photos of the new Vientiane-Luang Prabang sleeper bus here (March 2012)

Timetables & fares

There are 2 sources of timetable info at the bus station - (1) the timetables with fares posted for passengers, & (2) the bus drivers' roster for the day handwritten on a whiteboard. If there are discrepancies the latter would probably be the most up to date source, but it does not have details of the bus fares.

Vientiane to Luang Prabang (January 2012):

AC (110,000kip) - 0630, 0730, 0830, 1100, 1330, 1600, 1800
VIP (130,000kip) - 0800, 0900, 2000
sleeper bus (150,000kip) - ? (new service - photos here)

To Bor Nam Oun: 60,000kip by VIP bus (03 December 2009)
To Phou Khoun: 80,000kip by AC bus (October 2008)
Buses to Bokeo, Luang Namtha, Oudomxay & Phongsaly will also pass through Luang Prabang.

Vientiane to Bokeo (Huay Xai) (January 2012):

VIP (230,000kip) - 1730

Bus passes through Oudomxay town in mid-afternoon the next day.

Vientiane to Houa Phan (Sam Neua) (January 2012):

via Luang Prabang
Ordinary (170,000kip) - 0700

via Phonsavan
Ordinary (170,000kip) - 0930, 1200
not sure if AC or VIP (190,000kip) - 1400

There are 2 routes - a longer route via Luang Prabang & a shorter route via Phonsavan. As of 05 August 2010, the 0700 bus travelled via Luang Prabang & the rest of the buses went via Phonsavan. Please double check with the ticket office at the bus station.

Vientiane to Luang Namtha (January 2012):

AC (180,000kip) - 0830, 1700

Vientiane to Oudomxay (January 2012):

Ordinary (130,000kip) - 0645, 1345
AC (150,000kip) - 1700
VIP (170,000kip) - 1600

Vientiane to Phongsaly (January 2012):

Ordinary (190,000kip) - 0715

This bus arrives in Boun Neua around 0830-0900++AM the next day.

Vientiane to Sayabouly (January 2012):

Ordinary (110,000kip) - 0900, 1600
AC (130,000kip) - 1830

There might be 2 routes for Vientiane-Sayabouly buses, one via Phou Khoun & Xieng Ngeun, the other via Xanakham. Please double check with the ticket office at the bus station.

Vientiane to Vang Vieng:
Any of the buses listed above, except the Vientiane-Xanakham-Sayabouly bus.

Vientiane to Xieng Khouang (Phonsavanh) (January 2012):

Vientiane to Phonsavanh
AC (110,000kip) - 0630, 0730, 0930, 1600, 1830
VIP (130,000kip) - 2000

Vientiane to Phonsavanh to Muang Kham to Nong Het
Not sure what type of bus (150,000kip) - 1100

3 of the daily buses to Houa Phan (Sam Neua) will pass through Phonsavan.

Vientiane to Pak Lay (January 2012):

Not sure of type of bus (90,000 kip) - 0800

Vientiane to Xanakham (January 2012):

Not sure of type of bus (70,000 kip) - 0630, 0730

Vientiane to Kaen Thao (January 2012):

Not sure of type of bus (100,000 kip) - 1000

Vientiane to Saysomboun Special Zone (January 2012):

Saysomboun Special Zone was carved up & absorbed into neighbouring provinces & in theory no longer exists; however it is still listed as 'khet (area) phiset (special) saysomboun' in this timetable.
It appears in the Lao language drivers' roster but is omitted from the English timetables.
It is not known whether foreigners are allowed on this bus.

Vientiane to China (January 2012):

English translations are directly above the corresponding text in Chinese script.
The company telephone number is identical to that of Tongli Bus Co., which used to run this bus service - there might have been a change of company name.

Misc info (incomplete/unverified)
(Photos from old Northern bus station taken on 03 December 2009)

Vientiane to Cambodia?



The poster & notice were displayed at different parts of the ticket office, no indication if Sorya Transport Co. is partnering Chitpasong Transport Co. to run this service, or if the two are rivals competing on the same route...

Vientiane - Attapeu sleeper bus?

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