How to go → BANGKOK to LAOS? ☀️

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How to get from Bangkok to Laos? You can travel to Laos by plane, bus, minivan, train, car or private taxi.

1. Bus – Bangkok to Laos
2. Flight – Bangkok to Laos
3. Taxi – Bangkok to Laos
4. Train – Bangkok to Laos
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From Thailand to Laos in Asia you can travel and get by various ways.

    • Laos in Southeast Asia stands out as a captivating destination, drawing travelers from across the globe. Serving as its capital, Vientiane lies nestled on the northern border of Thailand, a mere 5 km from the Thai town of Nong Khai. Positioned as the first stop at the border crossing in the north – Thanaleng (Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge), Vientiane serves as a pivotal entry point for many travelers journeying from Bangkok to Laos. Travel options abound, ranging from trains departing Bangkok to the Thai city of Nong Khai to tourist buses, direct flights, and private minivans or cars. From Vientiane, onward travel beckons towards picturesque destinations like Luang Prabang or Vang Vieng, enticing visitors with their scenic allure.
    • For those traversing the route from Bangkok to Pakse in Laos via the Chong Mek border crossing in eastern Thailand, diverse travel options await. Travelers can opt for trains bound for the Thai city of Ubon Ratchathani, situated approximately 100 km from the Laos border at Chong Mek. Additionally, tourist buses, direct flights, and private cars facilitate seamless journeys from Bangkok to Pakse. Alternatively, travelers can explore the route from Bangkok to Luang Prabang, another coveted destination teeming with cultural riches and natural splendor. With direct flights available, Bangkok to Luang Prabang flights offer swift access to this enchanting city. Secure your travel arrangements by booking tickets or flights from Bangkok to Laos online. Additionally, acquaint yourself with essential travel information by perusing articles such as Weather in Laos prior to your arrival.

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From Bangkok to Laos – travel by bus / minivan, plane, train, car.

    • For expedited travel from Bangkok to Laos, consider the convenience of direct flights to Vientiane, Luang Prabang, and Pakse. Leading Asian airlines operate routes between Bangkok and Laos, facilitating swift connections. A direct flight from Bangkok to Vientiane spans approximately 1 hour, while the journey from Bangkok to Luang Prabang takes roughly 1.5 hours. Both Vientiane and Luang Prabang boast international airports, facilitating seamless travel connections, including flights to neighboring Vietnam.
    • Alternatively, budget-conscious travelers can opt for train or tourist bus travel. Although no direct trains operate from Bangkok to Laos, travelers can journey by train to Nong Khai, a border town in northern Thailand, or Ubon Ratchathani in the east. Tourist buses and private minivans offer convenient alternatives, traversing the route from Bangkok to Vientiane and Pakse. Traveling by tourist bus from Bangkok to Vientiane via Nong Khai and the Thanaleng border crossing typically costs between $14 to $25 per person. For those seeking the ultimate in convenience, private car hire provides a premium travel experience. Secure your travel arrangements by booking bus or train tickets, or direct flights, from Bangkok to Laos online. Upon arrival in Vientiane, consider continuing your journey to the enchanting city of Luang Prabang, renowned for its cultural richness and scenic beauty.
Transfer Mode – Bangkok to Laos: Travel Time Price
International Flight 1 hour $50 – $300/pp
Tourist Bus / Van 10-14 hours $20 – $40/pp
Train 10-12 hours $12 – $50/pp
Private Taxi / Car 10 hours $350 – 400/car

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How do I get from Bangkok to Laos?


1. BUS / VAN from Bangkok to Laos


A) BUS / MINIVAN from Bangkok to Vientiane

    • a cheap option how to travel by tourist bus or minivan from Bangkok to Vientiane
    • modern, comfortable, airconditioned day night sleeper tourists buses (+toilet)
    • travel by bus or minivan from Bangkok to Vientiane takes about 10-14 hours
    • buses to Vientiane: Air Udon (Sombat), Budsarakham Tour, Naga Travel, Thai-Lao International buses
    • price of the one-way bus ticket from Bangkok to Vientiane is about $14-25/pp
    • read all the information abouttransport by bus to Vientiane before you book your tickets
    • there are also some buses to Nong Khai border town (Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge)
    • Book and buy bus e-tickets from Bangkok to Vientiane on Baolau ➜ or 12go.asia ➜

B) BUS / MINIVAN from Bangkok to Pakse

    • another popular bus routes from Bangko to Pakse in the east of Laos
    • there is a modern, airconditioned tourist Thai-Lao International bus
    • travel by tourist bus from Bangkok (Mochit) to Pakse in Laos takes about 12 hours
    • bus companies to Pakse from Bangkok: Kriangkai Transport
    • price of the one-way bus ticket from Bangkok to Pakse is about $36/pp
    • buses from Bangkok arrive to Kriangkrai Bus Terminal (lak3) in Pakse
    • there is an immigration process in Chong Mek border crossing
    • Book and buy bus e-tickets from Bangkok to Pakse on Baolau ➜ or 12go.asia ➜
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From Bangkok to Laos you can travel by bus. This is the bus from Bangkok to Pakse (Kriangkai bus, photo: 12go.asia).


2. DIRECT FLIGHTS from Bangkok to Laos


A) DIRECT FLIGHT from Bangkok to Vientiane

    • the most fastest and comfortable way how to travel from Bangkok to Vientiane in Laos
    • flight time from Bangkok to Vientiane is only about 1 hour
    • airlines from Bangkok to Vientiane: Thai AirAsia, Bangkok Air, Thai Airways, Lao Airlines
    • flights to Vientiane – Wattay International Airport
    • flights from Bangkok – Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Mueang Airport
    • direct flight from Bangkok to Vientiane in Laos costs about $50-150/pp

B) DIRECT FLIGHT from Bangkok to Luang Prabang

    • direct flight from Bangkok to Luang Prabang in Laos is the most fastest way of transport
    • direct flight from Bangkok to Luang Prabang in Laos takes about 1.5 hour
    • one-way direct flight from Bangkok to Luang Prabang costs about $55-120/pp
    • there are also flights with stopover in Vientiane – the capital of Laos
    • airlines from Bangkok to Luang Prabang: Bangkok Air, Air Asia, Lao Airlines…
    • direct flights to Luang Prabang – Luang Prabang International Airport
    • flights from Bangkok – Suvarnabhumi International Airport or Don Mueang International Airport
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Direct flight from Bangkok to Laos – Vientiane or Luang Prabang is the most fastest option of transport between these countries.


3. TAXI / CAR from Bangkok to Laos


A) PRIVATE CAR / TAXI from Bangkok to Vientiane

    • from Bangkok to Vientiane in Laos you can also travel by private taxi or car
    • transport by private taxi/car from Bangkok to Vientiane in Laos takes about 10 hours
    • private taxi company from Bangkok to Vientiane: Glassflower
    • transport by private taxi/car from Bangkok to Vientiane costs about $400 (vehicle)
    • Book your taxi or private car from Bangkok to Vientiane on 12go.asia ➜

B) PRIVATE CAR / TAXI from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand

    • you can also travel by private car from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand
    • Ubon Ratchathani is about 130 km from Pakse in Laos, there are buses between these cities via Chong Mek border
    • you can also travel by private taxi or car from Ubon Ratchathani to Bangkok
    • private car to Ubon Ratchathani from Bangkok costs about $260-320/vehicle
    • travel by private car / taxi from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani takes about 9 hours
    • private cars from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani are operated by Glassflower company
    • Book taxi or private car from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani on 12go.asia ➜
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You can also travel by private car/taxi from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani, it is about 70 km from Pakse in Laos.


4. TRAIN from Bangkok to Laos


There is no direct train from Bangkok to Laos.
But you can travel by train of Thai Railway from Bangkok to the border area – to Nong Khai border town (about 25 km from Vientiane) in the north of Thailand or Ubon Ratchathani in the east of Thailand. Ubon Ratchathani is about 90 km from the Chong Mek border crossing. From Ubon Ratchathani you can travel by bus to Pakse and from Nong Khai by bus to Vientiane.

A) TRAIN of Thai Railway from Bangkok to Nong Khai

    • from Bangkok to Nong Khai you can travel by train of Thai Railway
    • travel time by train to Nong Khai from Bangkok is about 9.5-11 hours
    • travel by train to Nong Khai from Bangkok costs about $12-40/pp
    • there are seat, sleeper trains of 1st, 2nd or 3rd class from Bangkok to Nong Khai
    • trains depart from Hua Lamphong Station or Don Mueang Station in Bangkok
    • Book tickets from Bangkok to Nong Khai on 12go.asia ➜ or Baolau ➜
    • there are also tourist buses to Nong Khai from Bangkok

B) TRAIN of Thai Railway from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani

    • there are trains of Thai Railways from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani
    • you can buy drinks and snacks, and there is a toilet in these trains
    • trains to Ubon Ratchathani depart from Hua Lamphong Railway Station
    • travel by train from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani costs about $27-45/pp
    • there are these trains to Ubon Ratchathani: 1st class, 2nd class, class ladies only…
    • travel by train from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani takes about 9-12 hours
    • Book tickets from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani on 12go.asia ➜ or Baolau ➜
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There is no direct train from Bangkok to Laos. There are trains from Bangkok to Nong Khai + Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand (photo: 12go.asia).


FAQ + Tips – Travel route from Bangkok to Laos:

1. How to book and buy tickets or flights from Bangkok to Laos?

    • You can book tickets + flights from Bangkok to Laos on Baolau or 12go.asia.
    • You can search various travel routes, e.g. Bangkok to Vientiane, Bangkok to Pakse…

2. What are the most popular routes from Bangkok to Laos?

    • The most popular travel routes from Bangkok to Laos are from Bangkok to Vientiane or Pakse.

3. How long does it take to travel from Bangkok to Laos?

    • Direct flight from Bangkok to Laos takes about 1 hour to Vientiane and about 1.5 hour to Luang Prabang.
    • Travel by bus / minivan from Bangkok to Laos takes about 10-14 hours (to Vientiane or Pakse).
    • Travel by taxi or private car from Bangkok to Laos (Vientiane) takes about 10 hours.
    • Travel by train takes about 10-11 hours from Bangkok to Nong Khai and about 9-12 hours to Ubon Ratchathani.

4. What is the travel distance from Bangkok to Laos?

    • Travel distance from Bangkok to Laos is about 650 km to Vientiane and about 730 km to Pakse (by road).
    • Travel distance from Bangkok to Savannakhet in central Laos is about 680 km by road.

5. How much does it cost to get from Bangkok to Laos?

    • Travel by bus from Bangkok to Laos costs about $14-36/pp (depends on the travel route).
    • Travel by plane (direct flight) from Bangkok to Laos costs about $50-150/pp.
    • Travel by taxi or private car from Bangkok to Laos – Vientiane costs about $400/car.
    • Travel by train from Bangkok to the border area (Nong Khai, Ubon Ratchathani) costs about $12-50/pp.

6. What is the best and fast way of transport from Bangkok to Laos?

    • The best and comfortable option how to reach Laos from Bangkok in Thailand is to take a direct flight to Vientiane or Luang Prabang. These direct flights to Laos will save a lot of travel time.

7. What is the most cheapest option of transport from Bangkok to Laos?

    • The most cheapest option how to get to Laos from Bangkok is to travel by tourist bus or train (trains to Nong Khai and Ubon Ratchathani). There are tourist buses from Bangkok to Vientiane or buses to Pakse with stopover in Ubon Ratchathani. The most cheapest bus tickets to Vientiane cost about $14-17/pp.

8. Is there a direct train from Bangkok to Laos?

    • No, there is no direct train to Laos from Bangkok in Thailand. But you can travel by train of Thai Railway from Bangkok to Nong Khai (border town in the north of Thailand) or to Ubon Ratchathani (95 km from the Chong Mek border crossing) in the east of Thailand.

9. Is there a railway network in Laos?

    • There was opened a new railway from Vientiane to Boten in December 2021 (via Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang). It is possible to travel by train from Vientiane to Kunming (The China-Laos Railway). You can check Laos Railway Map.

10. What are the transport options in Laos?

    • There are various ways how you can move in Laos. There are cheap tourist buses or minivans, private cars, train, boats or you can rent a motorbike, scooter or bicycle. Read this article: Transportation in Laos.

11. Where to travel from Vientiane or Pakse in Laos?

    • There are various popular travel routes in Laos where you can go. One of the most frequented is from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. Another popular travel route is from Vientiane to Savannakhet. From Pakse you can travel by bus/minivan to Don Det in southern Laos, Don Det is a popular tourist site and from there you can also cross the border to Cambodia by bus or tourist minivan.

12. What is the weather and climate in Laos?

    • Weather in Laos varies between distinct wet and dry seasons. The wet season, prevailing from May to October, brings heavy rainfall and heightened humidity, contributing to lush landscapes and abundant rivers. In contrast, the dry season, spanning from November to April, features lower humidity and cooler temperatures, making it an ideal time for travel with clear skies and enjoyable outdoor activities.

13. Is traveling in Laos cheap or expensive?

    • In summary, traveling in Laos is a cost-effective and budget-friendly experience. From affordable accommodations, local street food, and transportation to reasonably priced cultural and adventure activities, Laos caters to the needs of budget-conscious travelers. Entrance fees to historical sites and healthcare services are generally economical. While Laos provides an inexpensive travel environment, it’s advisable to allocate a contingency fund for unforeseen circumstances, ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey. Read this article: Prices in Laos.

14. What is the official currency of Laos and how to exchange money?

    • The official currency of Laos is the Laotian Kip (LAK). Travelers can exchange money at various locations, including banks, currency exchange offices, and some hotels. While banks might offer better exchange rates, they often have more restricted operating hours. It’s advisable to keep an eye on the current exchange rates and, if possible, conduct larger transactions at banks for potential cost savings. Additionally, some establishments may accept U.S. dollars or Thai baht, especially in larger cities, but it’s generally recommended to have the local currency.

15. What is the food and cuisine in Laos, what to expect?

    • In conclusion, Laotian cuisine is a delightful blend of simplicity, freshness, and cultural diversity. With rice as a staple, the dishes reflect a harmonious balance of flavors, influenced by Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai culinary elements. From the iconic sticky rice to flavorful salads, grilled meats, and aromatic soups, Laos offers a unique gastronomic journey. The use of local herbs, spices, and the mysterious Padaek sauce adds depth to the culinary experience.

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4 Ways of Transfer from Bangkok to Laos:

1. BUS / VAN from Bangkok to Laos
A) BUS / MINIVAN from Bangkok to Vientiane
Travel Time About 10-14 hours
One-Way Ticket Price About $14-25 per person
Bus Companies Air Udon (Sombat), Budsarakham Tour, Naga Travel, Thai-Lao International buses
B) BUS / MINIVAN from Bangkok to Pakse
Travel Time About 12 hours
One-Way Ticket Price About $36 per person
Bus Company Kriangkai Transport
2. DIRECT FLIGHTS from Bangkok to Laos
A) DIRECT FLIGHT from Bangkok to Vientiane
Flight Time About 1 hour
One-Way Ticket Price About $50-150 per person
Airlines Thai AirAsia, Bangkok Air, Thai Airways, Lao Airlines
B) DIRECT FLIGHT from Bangkok to Luang Prabang
Flight Time About 1.5 hours
One-Way Ticket Price About $55-120 per person
Airlines Bangkok Air, Air Asia, Lao Airlines
3. TAXI / CAR from Bangkok to Laos
A) PRIVATE CAR / TAXI from Bangkok to Vientiane
Travel Time About 10 hours
Price About $400 per vehicle
Private Taxi Company Glassflower
B) PRIVATE CAR / TAXI from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani
Travel Time About 9 hours
Price About $260-320 per vehicle
Private Car Company Glassflower
4. TRAIN from Bangkok to Laos
A) TRAIN of Thai Railway from Bangkok to Nong Khai
Travel Time About 9.5-11 hours
One-Way Ticket Price About $12-40 per person
Train Options Seat, sleeper trains of 1st, 2nd, or 3rd class
Train Stations Hua Lamphong Station or Don Mueang Station in Bangkok
B) TRAIN of Thai Railway from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani
Travel Time About 9-12 hours
One-Way Ticket Price About $27-45 per person
Train Station Hua Lamphong Railway Station

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