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Pak Kading advice needed

Posted by Mirjam1970 on 29/4/2017 at 06:02

Hi everyone, I would be very glad and thankful if you have some information for us on this:
We are heading to Laos in May and planning to go by bus from Vientiane to Na Hin. Thought about having a break in Pak Kading, if possible for one night. But we hesitate as we did not find up to date information about accommodation in Pak Kading. There seems to be Vilada Guesthouse, but is it still operating? Or any other guesthouse? I am just scared we will drop off the bus and find us without a place to stay. And is it easy to catch a bus next morning to continue south? or do the long distance buses not stop in Pak Kading? Thank you so much in advance! Take care Simone

#1 Mirjam1970 has been a member since 29/4/2017. Posts: 2

Posted by SoManyMiles on 29/4/2017 at 10:12 TF writer

Hi Mirjam1970,

There's no real reason to stop in Pak Kading and I would suggest you make the journey from Vientiane to Na Hin in one go. From Vientiane you take the bus to Konglor or Lak Xao and these can drop off en route in Na Hin. You can find a fresh update on Na Hin accommodation, transport in Travelfish's guide to the Tha Khaek Loop: https://www.travelfish.org/transport/laos/southern_laos/khammuan/tha_khaek_loop/all

To answer your question though:

-any bus from Vientiane heading south on Route 13 can drop you off en route in Pak Kading. That means any bus from Vientiane to say, Tha Khaek, Savannakhet, Pakse. You'll simply be drop off on the side of the road. A big air-con bus will certainly be faster than a local bus or songthaew. There will be a few very basic motels/guesthouses in Pak Kading, not many as now there is little reason for people to stop there. Likewise, the next morning you can stand on Route 13 and can take any bus headed south. There will be many.

-but all this doesn't make much sense. If you do need to break off the journey, you are better off taking any southbound bus to Vieng Kham, the junction between Route 13 and Road 8 (road that leads east to Na Hin). The junction is just another 40 km on from Pak Kading. Vieng Kham is a major junction and there's plenty of accommodation, including decent Khamphone Keokhamphan. The next morning, take any bus headed east to Konglor, Lak Xao or the Vietnam border. They can drop off along the way in Na Hin.

#2 SoManyMiles has been a member since 7/2/2014. Posts: 147

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