Thursday, September 27, 2012

Vientiane northern bus station - 2012

  • errors, suggestions & updates, kindly contact: laomeow at gmail dot com
  • last updated on 27 September 2012
  • thank you to for timetable info & gopeace & snowinjanuary for photos
  • 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?

Click here for full size.

Luang Prabang province - transport information

- errors, suggestions & contributions - kindly email: laomeow at gmail dot com
- last modified on 27 September 2012
- old version (23 November 2009) here


Luang Prabang northern bus station
Located at IU224 on this map.

Luang Prabang Northern Bus station - view

Luang Prabang Northern Bus station
May 2011 - photos by snowinjanuary

Timetable (June 2011 - no change as of August 2012) (hobomaps):

To Bokeo
- 5:30PM, 7:00PM (VIP)
- 120,000kip / 145,000kip (VIP)

To Luang Namtha
- 9:00AM
- 95,000kip

To Oudomxay
- 9:00AM, 12:00PM, 4:00PM
- 55,000kip

To Sam Neua
- 8:30AM
- 130,000kip

To Nambak
- 9:00AM, 11:00AM, 1:00PM, 3:00PM, 5:00PM
- 35,000kip

To Nong Khiaw
- 9:00AM, 11:30AM, 1:30PM
- 40,000kip

To Vieng Kham
- 9:00AM, 2:00PM
- 90,000kip

To Paksaeng (Pakxeng)
- 9:30AM, 2:00PM
- 35,000kip

To Phonthong
- 10:00AM
- 79,000kip

To ເມືອງໂພນທອງ Muang Phon Thong 'including' ປາກອືມ Pak Oum & ນາຊອນ Na Son (70,000kip) - 1000, daily. This new service was announced in a notice at Luang Prabang northern bus station (08 December 2009). There was also a sign indicating the berth for 'ວັງຊຽງ Vang Xieng & ປາກອືມ Pak Oum'. No idea where this particular Phon Thong & Pak Oum are, but there is a Vang Xieng town along a minor road that branches off from HWY 1C at Phou Thid Pheung (between Nong Khiaw & Vieng Kham) & leads to a Na Son, a locals-only Laos-Vietnam border crossing (top part of this map). Anyone with more info on this route, please update the cat.

To Phonexay
- 9:00AM, 12:00PM, 3:00PM
- 30,000kip

Old info for reference:

Photo taken at Luang Prabang Tourist Info Centre (17 December 2009)
Bus fares (May 2011) (snowinjanuary)

Photos of Luang Prabang-Bokeo VIP bus (17 December 2009):


Luang Prabang southern bus station (Ban Naluang) (photos)
Located at KE197 on this map.

Timetable (fare info June 2011, timing info August 2012) (hobomaps):
Ordinary bus = black font
Express bus = red font
VIP bus = blue font
sleeper bus = green font (photos of Luang Prabang - Vientiane sleeper bus)

To Vientiane
- 6:30AM, 7:30AM, 8:00AM, 8:30AM, 9:00AM, 11:00AM, 2:00PM, 4:30PM6:30PM, 7:30PM, 8:00PM
- 110,000kip / 130,000kip / 150,000 kip

To Vang Vieng
- 9:30AM, 12:30PM
- 90,000kip / 105,000kip

To Phonsavan
- 8:30AM
- 95,000kip

To Sayabouly
- 9:00AM, 2:00PM
- 60,000kip


Luang Prabang to Chiangmai International Bus
- 5:00PM
- 310,000kip
- AC bus
- via Oudomxay, Luang Namtha, Huay Xai, Chiang Khong & Chiangrai
- arrives at Chiangmai Arcade bus station

Old info for reference:

Timetable (February 2011) (hobomaps)
Fares (February 2011) (hobomaps)
17 Dec 2009 info

Ban Naluang tourist bus station
Located at KE197 on this map.
Tel.: 071-212979, 071-260298 Fax: 071-260296 Email:

Timetable (August 2012) (hobomaps):

To Tat Kuang Si (Kuang Si waterfall)*
- 11:30AM, 1:30PM
- 40,000 kip

To Luang Namtha*
- 8:30AM
- 110,000 kip

To Nong Khiaw*
- 9:30AM
- 55,000 kip

To Vang Vieng*
- 9:00AM, 10:00AM, 2:00PM
- 105,000 kip

To Phonsavan*
- 9:00AM
- 105,000 kip

To Kunming (China) sleeper bus
- 7:00AM
- 420,000kip
- daily

To Vinh (Vietnam)
- 6:30PM
- 200,000kip (seat) / 250,000kip (bunk on sleeper bus)
- daily except Tuesdays

To Hanoi (Vietnam) sleeper bus
- 6:00PM
- 350,000kip
- daily except Thursdays

* these are served by minivans, not buses
- more on Luang Prabang - Vietnam bus services here (jp_geckozy, October 2011)
- Luang Prabang - Kunming bus service: see replies #6 & #8 here (jp_geckozy, April 2010).
- more on bus stations in Kunming here (jp_geckozy, April 2010).

Luang Prabang speedboat & slowboat landings
Photo taken at Luang Prabang Tourist Info Centre (17 December 2009):

Click here for full size version

August 2012 updates (hobomaps):
- express boat to Pak Beng = 110,000 kip
- speed boat to Huay Xai = 400,000 kip

June 2011 updates (hobomaps):
- express boat to Nong Khiaw = 110,000kip
- tour boat & speedboat to Buddha cave = 65,000kip

For Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw & Nong Khiaw to Muang Khua - boats run only on demand (when there are enough passengers, or when chartered), not necessarily daily as stated.

Luang Prabang slowboat landing to Ban Xieng Maen - cross-river ferry (07 December 2009):
Passenger boat - 2000kip/person (local fare)
Vehicle ferry - 5000kip/person (excl. vehicle)


Nong Khiaw town is also known as Muang Ngoi (capital of Ngoi district), Muang Ngoi Mai (new Muang Ngoi) & Muang Ngoi Tai (south Muang Ngoi). Not to be confused with the village of Muang Ngoi Neua (north Muang Ngoi) aka. Muang Ngoi Gao (old Muang Ngoi), which is ~1 hour upriver by boat.

Nong Khiaw songthaew/van station
Located at JF217 on this map.

Photo from 17 December 2009:


Nong Khiaw bus station
Located at JB205 on this map.

NongKhiaw bus station
May 2011 - photo by snowinjanuary

Timetable and fares (February 2011) (hobomaps):


To Sam Neua - bus from Luang Prabang should pass through Nong Khiaw ~1130++, & bus from Vientiane passes through ~2100-2200++.


(info from 17 October 2008)
Ask at any shop/restaurant/guesthouse at the 3-way junction, locals will point out the man who will sell you tickets & flag down the correct bus for you.
To Vientiane - any bus passing through, 80,000kip
First Xieng Khouang-Vientiane bus passes through at ~1030.
First Luang Prabang-Vientiane bus passes through at ~1130.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Bus/songthaew/boat schedules/details

Compiled from various sources. Please let the cat know of any errors - drop an email to: laomeow at gmail dot com. Contributions & updates (photographed, handwritten, or links to info on other websites, etc) most welcome & much appreciated. Created: 05 July 2008. Last modified: 01 September 2012.


Airport photos:
Boun Neua airport, Phongsaly province (March 2009) (Lost Gaijin) (28 May 2010 status update - see reply #10)
Huay Xai airport, Bokeo province (January 2008) (rea-neill)
Luang Namtha airport, Luang Namtha province (September 2008) (Ian Taylor)
Sam Neua airport, Houa Phanh province (2006) (aemilys)

(Huay Xai, Ton Pheung)

Please see this page for details.


Pakse transport info from

Pakse VIP/International bus station at KM 2
Located near the stadium, ~2KM south along Route 12 highway.

Krieng Krai VIP bus company's timetable (February 2011) (caseyprich@travelfish):


Another bus company's timetable (February 2011) (caseyprich@travelfish):


Paksong transport info from

Ubon Ratchathani - Pakse - Khone Pha Peng falls direct bus service by Transport Co. (Thailand): see reply #6 here.

(Sam Neua, Vieng Xay)

Please see this page for details.


Tha Khaek bus station
Domestic bus timetable (January 2011) (J Wong):

Click here for larger image

To Vientiane - non-VIP buses depart every 1.5 hours between 4:00AM & midnight.
To Savannakhet - buses depart every 30 min between 10:30AM & midnight.

Timetable for buses to Vietnam (January 2011) (J Wong):

Click here for larger image

Note: "?" = too blur to make out the words.

(Luang Namtha, Muang Sing)

Please see this page for details.

(Luang Prabang, Nong Khiaw)

Please see this page for details.

(Oudomxay, Pak Beng)

Please see this page for details.

(Phongsaly, Muang Khua, Pak Nam Noy, Boun Tai, Boun Neua, Ou Tai)

Please see this page for details.


Thai-Lao International bus to Mukdahan (February 2011) (caseyprich@travelfish):


To Vietnam (February 2011) (caseyprich@travelfish):


(Sayabouly, Hongsa, Muang Ngeun)

Please see this page for details.


Sekong-Attapeu-Bo Y-Da Nang-Hue bus: please see here for details.


Khua Din bus station (aka. Talat Sao/morning market bus station)
Please see this page for details.

new Northern bus station
Please see this page for details.

Southern bus station
Please see this page for details.

Kao Liaw boat landing
(#03 Tatthong bus from Khua Din bus station, then 5min walk - December 2006)
To Pak Lai - slowboat on Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, & speedboat (on demand) (March 2007)

Tha Naleng railway station (photo)
At KJ294 on this map.
Timetable and fares (4 July 2010) (T. Wanhoff)


Vang Vieng
Bus station located at GO194 on this map.

Timetable (May 2011 - no change as of December 2011) (hobomaps):
Ordinary bus = black font
Express bus = red font
Minibus = green font

To Vientiane
- 5:30AM, 6:00AM, 6:30AM, 7:00AM, 9:00AM, 10:30AM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM, 2:00PM
- 40,000kip / 60,000kip / 60,000kip

To Luang Prabang
- 9:00AM, 10:00AM, 2:00PM
- 90,000kip / 100,000kip

To Phonsavanh
- 9:30AM
- 100,000kip

One could also wait along HWY13 to flag down buses heading south to Vientiane or north to various destinations.


Please see this page for details.


Nong Khai หนองคาย - Vientiane เวียงจันทน์ (2 h)
- 7:30AM, 9:30AM, 12:40PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM, 6:00PM
- 55 baht

Udon Thani  อุดรธานี - Vientiane เวียงจันทน์ (3 h)
- 8:00AM, 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 2:00PM, 4:00PM, 6:00PM
- 80 baht

Khon Kaen ขอนแก่น - Vientiane เวียงจันทน์ (4 h)
- 7:45AM, 3:30PM
- 180 baht

Nakhon Ratchasima นครราชสีมา - Vientiane เวียงจันทน์ (6.5 h)
- 9:00AM
- 320 baht

Udon Thani  อุดรธานี -  Vang Vieng เมืองวังเวียง (7 h)
- depart Udon Thani 7:00AM, depart Vang Vieng 8:00AM
- 320 baht

Nakhon Phanom นครพนม - Tha Khaek เมืองท่าแขก (1.5 h)
- 7:30AM, 8:30AM, 10:00AM, 11:15AM, 1:00PM, 2:30PM, 4:00PM, 6:00PM
- 70 baht

Mukdahan  มุกดาหาร - Savannakhet สะหวันนะเขต (1 h)
- 8:15AM, 9:00AM, 9:45AM, 10:30AM, 11:15AM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM, 4:30PM, 5:30PM, 7:00PM
- 45 baht

Ubon Ratchathani อุบลราชธานี - Pakse ปากเซ (3 h)
- 7:30AM, 9:30AM, 2:00PM, 3:30PM
- 200 baht

Chiangmai เชียงใหม่ - Luang Prabang หลวงพระบาง (18 h)
- depart Chiangmai 10:00AM, depart Luang Prabang 5:00PM
- 1200 baht

  1. source: Transport Co. (25 May - 25 Aug 2012 timetable)
  2. departure times are for both Lao & Thai sides unless otherwise indicated
  3. fares are for departures from Thailand
  4. there might be an additional ~5 baht added to the fare on weekends
  5. for buses originating from Vientiane, please see this page for fares & location of bus station
  6. for Udon Thani, buses depart from the bus station closest to Central Plaza shopping mall
  7. journey times are approximate, expect delays at immigration especially on weekends & Thai & Lao public holidays
  8. for Nong Khai > Vientiane & Udon Thani > Vientiane, tickets are sold only to passengers who do not need to obtain a visa at the immigration checkpoint to enter Laos (i.e. those who qualify for visa exemption, or who have a pre-arranged visa obtained from a Lao embassy beforehand)
Old info for reference
Udon Thani to Vientiane 28 July 2007
Ubon Ratchathani - Pakse 2009 (christay2009)

Thank you to the following contributors/sources for your help:
Ian Taylor
J Wong
T. Wanhoff
Lam Merison
Chris Wee
Wishing you all happy journeys :)

Oudomxay province - transport information

- errors, suggestions & contributions - kindly contact: laomeow at gmail dot com
- last updated on 01 September 2012

Oudomxay bus station (photo, December 2006)
Located at IH213 on this map.

Timetable (August 2012) (hobomaps):
Ordinary bus = black font

AC bus = red font
VIP bus = blue font
To Bokeo (Huay Xai)
- 9:00AM
- 85,000 kip

To Luang Namtha (4 h)
- 8:30AM, 12:00PM, 3:00PM
- 40,000 kip

To Luang Prabang (5 h)
- 8:30AM, 11:30AM, 3:00PM
- 55,000 kip

To Vientiane (15 h)
- 11:00AM, 2:00PM, 4:00PM, 6:00PM
- 130,000 kip / 150,000 kip / 170,000 kip

To Pak Mong (3 h)
- 9:00AM
- 30,000 kip

To Nong Khiaw (4 h)
- 9:00AM
- 45,000 kip

To Meuang Khoa (Muang Khua) (4 h)
- 8:30AM, 12:00PM, 3:00PM
- 35,000 kip

To Phongsaly (9 h)
- 8:30AM
- 75,000 kip

To Muang Beng (2 h)
- 2:00PM, 4:00PM
- 22,000 kip

To Muang Houn (2 h)
- 12:00PM, 2:00PM, 4:00PM
- 30,000 kip

To Pak Beng (4 h)
- 8:00AM, 10:00AM
- 40,000 kip

To Meungla (Mengla, China) (6 h)
- 8:00AM
- 55,000 kip

To Sieng Houng (景洪 Jinghong, China) (8 h)
- 9:00AM
- 130,000 kip

To Boten (Lao-China border) & Mohan (China)
- time not indicated, possibly refers to the buses to Mengla & Jinghong that will pass through Boten & Mohan enroute
- 40,000 kip

Note: journey times are just estimates

October 2010 updates (benhctan):
- To Muang Ngeun - 55,000kip (new bus service; Muang Ngeun is in Sayabouly province & ~4km from the international border crossing to Huay Kon in Nan province, Thailand)

Oudomxay - Muang Khua - Tay Trang - Dien Bien Phu (Vietnam) direct bus (January 2012) (hobomaps):

Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday **
Oudomxay to Dien Bien Phu - 8:30AM / 80,000 kip
Dien Bien Phu to Oudomxay - 7:30AM
** June 2012 update - this bus might be operating daily now according to this notice (hobomaps):

Words in brown font are about contact information for staff in charge of vehicle taxes.

Old info for reference:
Jan 2011 info (hobomaps)
Feb 2010 info (
Oct 2009 info (christay2009)
Sept 2008 info (Ian Taylor)
2007 info

Pak Beng slowboat landing
See this map.
* 26 October 2008 fares
To Luang Prabang - 110,000kip/pax
To Huay Xai - 110,000kip/pax

Luang Namtha province - transport information

- errors, suggestions & contributions - kindly contact: laomeow at gmail dot com
- last updated on 01 September 2012

Maps by &

Luang Namtha new bus station (photo, September 2008)
~10km out of town, at KB198 on this map.
~10,000kip songthaew ride into town centre.

Timetable (August 2012) (hobomaps):

To Bokeo
- 9:30AM, 12:30PM / 60,000 kip

To Oudomxay
- 8:30AM, 12:00PM, 2:30PM / 40,000 kip

To Luang Prabang
- 9:00AM / 90,000 kip

To Vientiane
- 8:30AM, 2:30PM / 180,000 kip
(there might be a VIP bus at 8:30AM in peak season, 200,000 kip)

To Meuangla (Mengla, China)
- 8:30AM / 50,000 kip

To Jienghong (景洪 Jinghong aka. เชียงรุ่ง Chiang Rung, China)
- 8:30AM / 90,000 kip

To Dien Bien Phu (Vietnam)
- 7:30AM / 120,000 kip

To Phongsaly
- 8:30AM / 85,000 kip

- Luang Namtha-Phongsaly bus is only for Lao & China passport/border permit holders (28 October 2010) (benhctan)
- Luang Namtha-Phongsaly bus runs only on Wednesdays & Saturdays (January 2011)

Old info for reference:
Jun 2011 info (hobomaps)
Oct 2010 info (benhctan)
Oct 2009 info (christay2009)
Mar 2009 info (Ian Taylor)
Jan 2009 info (ariyan)
Apr 2008 info

Luang Namtha songthaew station
At GF209 on this map.

Timetables (January 2011) (hobomaps):


June 2011 update: no change in timings; fare increased to 25,000kip (hobomaps).


June 2011 update: no change in timings; fare increased to 50,000kip (hobomaps).


June 2011 update: no change in timings; fare increased to 25,000kip (hobomaps).


June 2011 update: no change in timings; fare increased to 25,000kip (hobomaps).


June 2011 update: no change in timings; fare increased to 40,000kip (hobomaps).

Old info for reference:
Oct 2009 info - part 1(christay2009)
Oct 2009 info - part 2 (christay2009)
Note: only top 3 lines of part 2 refer to Luang Namtha songthaew station; 4th line & below refer to bus services from Luang Namtha new bus station.
Jan 2009 info (ariyan)
Apr 2008 info


* 29 December 2008 info (laobumpkin)
To Xieng Kok - 9:00AM, 12:00PM 12,000kip
To Muang Sing - 8:30AM, 11:00AM, 2:00PM 22,000kip
To Luang Namtha - 9:00AM 44,000kip

Map by

Muang Sing bus station (photo, December 2006)
At FF174-175 on this map.

Timetable (27 January 2011) (hobomaps):

Click on image for larger version

- Buses to China (Muang Mang & Muang La) via Pangthong border checkpoint are only for Lao & China nationals.

Old info for reference:
To Luang Namtha - 8:00AM, 9:30AM, 11:00AM, 13:00PM, 15:00PM (mzungu70, 10 July 2008)


* January 2007 info
Songthaew to Muang Long - three daily 8-9AM, 11AM-12PM, 1-2PM (actual time depends on weather & no. of pax) 12,000kip

* 29 December 2008 info (laobumpkin)
Speedboat to Ban Mon - 3000baht/boat (max 6 pax)
Speedboat to Ton Pheung - 4000baht/boat (max 6 pax)
(from Ban Mon & Ton Pheung to Huay Xai, see Bokeo section)
Speedboat to Huay Xai - 6000baht/boat (max 6 pax)
Speedboat upriver to Xieng Khaeng - 4000baht/boat (max 6 pax)