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From Ubon Ratchathani to Pakse

  • phancock

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    Hello travellers,
    Would like any up to date advice on options for transfering from Ubon Ratchathani airport (arrive 0900) to Pakse.
    Thanks. Paul

    #1 Posted: 23/1/2010 - 04:13

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  • exacto

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    hi paul,

    i imagine your best option is to transfer from the ubon bus station to pakse by the international bus that runs twice a day in each direction. i just did this the opposite direction from pakse to ubon, and it was very comfortable. the cost is 200 baht per person, and the trip takes about three hours, including the time going through immigration on each side of the border.

    sorry, but i don't know what the two times are for the bus to pakse from ubon. i know in the opposite direction the times are 0830 and 1530. i imagine they'd be somewhat similar heading from ubon to pakse, but i can't say for sure.

    anyway, i imagine you'll want to take a taxi or songthaew from the airport to the bus station and buy your onward international bus ticket there. ask around when you arrive at the airport, however, to see if there are other options too.

    as an fyi, there is also a small service fee of 40 baht/10,000 kip charged by lao immigration officials if you cross the border outside of their normal 0800-1630 M-F work hours.

    i really liked pakse. there were great places to stay and lots of good restaurant choices too. hope that helps. cheers.

    #2 Posted: 23/1/2010 - 08:36

  • UbonTaz

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    Hello Paul,
    Exacto is exactly correct. You need to get from the airport to the main bus terminal. There are no songtaews or tuk tuks allowed to wait for exiting passengers. There are two taxi services with booths at the airport. When you exit the baggage claim area the booths are on your left hand side. The cost for a trip to the bus terminal is 100-150 TB.

    Hope this helps.

    #3 Posted: 24/1/2010 - 06:49

  • christay2009

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    http://i881.photobucket.com/albums/ac13/christay2009/Bus%20Time%20tables/IMG_2748.jpg

    i snapped the bus timetable when i was in the Ubon bus station in Nov.09

    #4 Posted: 24/1/2010 - 18:01

  • phancock

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    Exacto, Ubontaz and Christay2009 thank you very much for your help.
    Seems i will have some time to kill whilst waiting for the 15.30 International bus.
    I wonder of there are any Songteaws plying the route?
    Thanks again.
    Paul

    #5 Posted: 25/1/2010 - 03:20

  • somsai

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    I grabbed a sawngtheau at the main market. I was under the impression they leave when full and fairly often all day long, had to change sawngtheau mid route but the people made sure I got on the right one. Pretty easy, it was early and I wasn't even awake until half way to Laos.

    #6 Posted: 25/1/2010 - 08:54

  • phancock

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    Thanks Somsai,Appreciate your help.
    Is the main market in the centre of Ubon?
    Cheers
    Paul

    #7 Posted: 25/1/2010 - 19:44

  • somsai

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    sorry I can't help much, I was jet lagged and tired from train, and I don't travel with a guidbook, stumbled out of train to hotel, woke up grabbed a tuk tuk and asked to go to Laos, he dumped me and my bag in front of a tuk tuk at a very big market. I speak some Lao and just kind of stumble around, have no idea where I'm going half the time.

    #8 Posted: 26/1/2010 - 09:18

  • somsai

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    Can't even write. Should read, the tuk tuk dumped me in front of the sawngthaew.

    #9 Posted: 26/1/2010 - 09:20

  • phancock

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    Thanks Somsai,
    I like your free spirit style!
    Good luck
    Paul

    #10 Posted: 28/1/2010 - 05:33

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  • altmtl

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    As I understand it, the trip from Ubon Ratchathani to Pakse takes 3 hrs? Is it still 200 baht?

    #11 Posted: 17/12/2011 - 11:43

  • blackadler

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    Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows if it is necessary (or even possible) to buy bus tickets from Ubon Ratchatani to Pakse . It would be bad news to book accommodation in Pakse and then find the bus full.

    Also, is there time allowed when ysing the bus to obtain visas at the border?

    thanks

    Ben

    #12 Posted: 1/1/2012 - 01:43

  • caseyprich

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    If you're arriving on the morning train - just catch a taxi to the bus station and you can book the ticket on the international bus that day. It stops at the border for everyone to get out and pay the fee, get the visa, then you pile back on board and it'll take you directly to Pakse. Don't know the departure times off the top of my head, there were a few each day though.

    #13 Posted: 1/1/2012 - 07:23

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