Does anyone know if there's a direct bus from Bangkok to Vientaine via the Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge, as well as the schedule and cost?
Also, would anyone know the bus schedule and cost from Nong Khai to Vientaine?
Would anyone suggest which mode of transportation is better, train or the bus?
#1 jadw has been a member since 11/7/2006. Posts: 5
According to our travel section for Vientiane, there's a Sabaidee Bus that runs this route -- I'd suggest checking that this is still running when you arrive -- it was a private service.
For bus schedules from Nong Khai to Bangkok, see the Transport Company website.
I'd much rather do this trip by train than bus.
Take one of the evening trains from Bangkok to Nong Khai (20:00 or 20:45). From the station there are small taxis/buses to the border point (around 20 baht if you're sharing) and from there it's easy to get another into Vientiane (again depends if you're sharing but it's not expensive). People do this every day, and it's infinitely more comfortable than a long, tiring bus journey.
#3 russellb has been a member since 8/8/2006. Posts: 12
I would also suggest the the train option to Nong Khai, especially the 2nd. class, non a/c sleeper, lower berth. Cars with a/c can be like refrigerators on wheels. Totally unecessary in the evening and early morning. Plus, you can drop the massive window and buy food from the hawkers at the stations where you stop.
Thanks for all your reponses.
Do you know how long it takes from Nong Khai to Vientiane? Has anyone taken the 20H00 or 20H45 train, which is better? Is it safe? Can I purchase the train ticket on the same day, or should I purchase in advance?
#5 jadw has been a member since 11/7/2006. Posts: 5
Nong Khai to Vientiane takes about an hour including the time spent at customs/immigration.
Train is perfectly safe.
Your best to buy the ticket a day in advance if time allows -- particularly if you're travelling in peak season.