Getting there and away
Until recently the bus station was just a collection of vehicles parked on the old airstrip east of town, but now Vang Vieng has a proper one. The bad news is that the new station is about 2 km north of town near the high school and, with backpacks, a bit too far to walk.
Songthaews and tuk tuks were firm at 10,000 kip per head for a ride between the bus station and town, but if you're with a big group it makes sense to negotiate for the whole vehicle. The "tourist bus station" near the old airstrip is still in use, but only for mini-vans. Everyone and their dog sell bus tickets but will charge a small commission. Get them at any guesthouse, tour agency, internet cafe, or at the station.
To Luang Prabang
Minivan: 09:00, 14:00, 90,000 kip, 7 hours
Express bus: 10:00, 80,000 kip, 8 hours
Minivan: 09:30, 90,000 kip
Minivan: 09:00, 70,000 kip, 4-5 hours
Express bus (a/c big bus): 08:00, 10:00, 13:00, 14:00, 60,000 kip, 4-5 hours
Local bus: 05:30, 06:00, 06:30, 07:00, 09:00, 11:00 12:30, 14:30, 30,000 kip, 5 hours
Songthaew (pick-up truck): every 20 minutes during the day, 30,000 kip, 5 hours
Pakse: 13:30, 200,000 kip, 16 hours
4000 Islands: 13:30, 260,000 kip, 20 hours
Hanoi or Hue, Vietnam: 13:30, 200,000 kip, 24 hours to Hue
Bangkok, Thailand: 13:30, 850B, 17 hours
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