I was wondering if anyone can help me. I plan on visiting Don Det again.
I only have week holiday so I decided to fly Air Asia from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchanthani (only 1000B). I will arrive around 10am.
Does anyone know the best way to get from the airport in Ubon Ratchanthani to Pakse ?
Once I get to Pakse I should have no problems getting to Don Det. Thank you very much for your help.
#1 andywb has been a member since 26/10/2010. Posts: 3
From the Getting There & Away section of Pakse :
To/From Ubon Ratchathani
Buses leave Pakse for Ubon Ratchathaniat 07:00, 08:30 and 15:30. Two hours, 200B. Of course they stop at theborder for everyone to clear immigration. From the main bus station inUbon Ratchathani, there are departures at 07:00, 09:00, 14:30, 15:30.We did the trip on our own -- one bus, two motorcycle taxis, threesongtheaws, cost us 180B, took three hours.
VIP Bus Terminal
To get here, take your second left after the stadium, heading east onRoad 13. It's a clean, modern terminal with a nice coffee shop andinternet cafe.
Vientiane - 20:00 - 10 hours - 148,000 kip
Ubon - 07:30/08:30/14:30/15:30 - 2 hours - 55,000 kip
Bangkok - 14:30/15:30 - 13.5 hours - 700 to 950B
Ubon is less than 100 km from the Lao border at Chong Mek / Pakse.A regular bus service now operates direct from Ubon bus station (nearthe "Big C" shopping complex) to Pakse in Laos, and caters fortravellers who wish to obtain a Lao visa on arrival (it waits for allpassengers to complete immigration and visa formalities beforecontinuing to Pakse). The fare is 200 baht.
I took the International Bus from Pakse to Ubon in January 2010. There were departures at 0830 and 1530. Plenty comfy. The cost was 200 baht or 55,000 kip at the time and took three hours, including the time crossing the border. I'm sorry, but I don't know what the departure times are for the other direction of Ubon to Pakse but I'd expect they are similar.
Anyway, I'd imagine that you'd catch a bus or taxi from the Ubon airport over to the bus station and from there take the international bus to Pakse. As I think you already know, that bus arrives at Pakse's southern bus terminal, which is where the connections are to the 4,000 islands area. Given connection times and delays, you may need to spend one night in Pakse, but that isn't such a bad thing...
If you are coming from Bangkok and can speak a tiny bit of Thai. ..
There are songtheaws leaving the market all day long as demand dictates. There was a change half way but no wait, then a cheap mini van from the border. Another time I took the through bus and it seemed to take about the same except a longer wait at immigration for every one to check through.
That big market in Pakse (mentioned upthread) where everyone gets dropped is worth a visit in itself and it seems to be songtheaw central for places in the province. I like those little overloaded pick ups because they always seem to be leaving but you can't expect anyone to speak English.
Thanks for the info everyone.
"And away we go!"
#5 andywb has been a member since 26/10/2010. Posts: 3