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What's the best way to enter the south, Champasak, from Bangkok?

Posted by bigfatcuban on 18/12/2007 at 06:07

Hi I am Planning my 2nd trip to Laos and need to get from Bangkok to the south fast. Is there an overnight train or something from Bangkok to the border? This trip must be done a lot but I have not found anything on the topic.
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Posted by somtam2000 on 18/12/2007 at 09:24 admin

Hi BFC,

Best bet is the overnight train from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani and then take a bus to Chong Mek (for the border). Once you're on the other side, songtheaws or share-taxis do the run into Pakse. There's through buses all the way to Pakse if you want, but you need to have your visa beforehand to be able to use those.

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Posted by bigfatcuban on 18/12/2007 at 09:56

Thanks, Is Bangkok the best from Europe, Is it easier to fly London - somewhere else... to get to South Laos? - still to book flights.

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Posted by bigfatcuban on 18/12/2007 at 09:58

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Posted by bigfatcuban on 18/12/2007 at 12:37

Thanks, I'll look. Wasn't really after a deal more the quickest route. Is the closest major international airport centre Bangkok or is it easier to get to Pakse etc from Hanoi, or Cambodia? I am flying from Sydney to Europe for a few weeks then coming back via Laos.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 18/12/2007 at 21:01 admin

You can fly to Pakse from Bangkok, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh but that's about it for international flights. There's also a few domestic flights -- see the Lao Airlines website for more information.

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Posted by bigfatcuban on 19/12/2007 at 04:49

Thanks a bunch.

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Posted by regina5 on 20/12/2007 at 02:45

We are doing Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani with Nok Air. Ticket cost per person 635 Baht! From Ubon it'll be either the direct "international bus" (have not found out if it stops for acquiring a visa) or a combination of buses. Estimated travel time from Bangkok to Pakse: Flight: 1 hour Bus: max. 3 hours.

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Posted by regina5 on 20/12/2007 at 02:46

We are doing Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani with Nok Air. Ticket cost per person 635 Baht! From Ubon it'll be either the direct "international bus" (have not found out if it stops for acquiring a visa) or a combination of buses. Estimated travel time from Bangkok to Pakse: Flight: 1 hour Bus: max. 3 hours.

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Posted by jesseroth on 22/12/2007 at 20:47

any information about the Nam Hinboun River? e.g., is it beautiful, worth spending a few days on?

I was signed up to do a 3-day Boualapha Limestone Forest trip with Green Discovery Laos out of Thakhek but they cancelled it and are now suggesting I do a 4-day trip down the Nam Hinboun River. I can find very little info online and none in the Rough Guide Laos, but i

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Posted by regina5 on 22/12/2007 at 21:45

Have you tried this wording: Nam Hin boun River

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Posted by Antaro on 13/1/2008 at 22:49

Did the trip 3 weeks ago. Some facts:

- Nighttrain 2nd Class Sleeper/AC, Bkk-Ubon, 20.30 pm to 7.30 am (740 Bht)
- Songthaew Nr.2 from Ubon Trainstation to main Busstation (10 Baht)
- 9.30 am AC Bus from Ubon to Pakse (3h, 200 Baht). The bus stops at the border and waits for everybody to get the Visa. Was no problem. Cost for the visa is from 30-42 Dollars, depending on nationality. Better to bring Dollar, otherwise you get a real bad Exchange rate for Baht (Pay 1300 Baht instead of 30 Dollars ...). Don't forget to bring a photo!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 14/1/2008 at 08:19 admin

Thanks for the report back Antaro - appreciated.

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Posted by SR on 15/8/2010 at 01:50

Hi... I'm looking at going to Don Dhet from Bangkok.

Is there any direct bus from Bangkok to Pakse? How long it takes and how much is it?

Thanx

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Posted by Tilapia on 16/8/2010 at 23:37

SR, there is no bus that goes straight to Pakse from Bangkok to the best of my knowledge. Better to take the train or bus to Ubon Ratchathani and then take the International Bus from the UR bus terminal to Pakse. Costs about B200. They drop you off at customs, then pick you up on the other side and continue on to the VIP bus station in Pakse near the southern market.

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Posted by SR on 16/8/2010 at 23:48

thanx a lot for the tips. Just wondering if there's any faster way to get to pakse? Perhaps taxi? Will it be very costly? Coz i'm a girl and i might travel alone. If i use the train to UR, then bus to pakse, can i arrive within the same day or i have to overnight somewhere?

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Posted by Tilapia on 17/8/2010 at 03:58

If you are traveling alone, your least expensive and most convenient option is probably going to be the International Bus unless you get a lift from someone. Taxi might be faster, but it will be a lot more expensive. If you hired a taxi with a bunch of people it might be better than taking the bus, though.

You can take the overnight train from Bangkok to UR, then Songthaew #2 (if memory serves correctly) from the UR train station to the bus terminal. They are quite far away from each other. You could also go by taxi or tuk tuk. Don't bother trying to walk as it's about 10 km. If you took the overnight train on, for example, Monday night, you could be in Pakse by late morning or early afternoon on Tuesday. I think that the 8:30 pm bus out of Bangkok will get you into UR at 7:30 am.

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