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boats from pakse to champasak

Posted by kobnoi on 20/3/2008 at 22:48

i'm planning to go to southern loas next month. not sure if there are boats running regularly from pakse to champasak.

also, since i plan to stay overnight at champasak before heading south to 4000 islands, is there any boat from champasak to don khon?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 22/3/2008 at 19:36 admin

Last I heard the boats were still running -- on an irregular basis -- ie., most days, but maybe not every day. Same for Champasak to Don Khong -- if there are no boats to suit, it's a straightforward sun by bus between each point.

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Posted by kobnoi on 24/3/2008 at 13:07

thanks for your input, somtom2000

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Posted by rayc101 on 24/3/2008 at 17:56

Dear Somtam
I assume these boats fast boats, not ferries...and approximately how much would I expect to pay for the Champasak-Don Khon leg?

My other question is about the border crossing between Ubon Ratchathani (UR) and Pakse. Any idea what time it closes on weekdays? My flight from BKK arrives in UR at 15:10, and I would like to cross into Laos by bus same day if possible, and spend the night in Pakse before venturing further. Any information would be appreciated.


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Posted by regina5 on 27/3/2008 at 23:14

The following information was all found on this website!
You've got 2 options to get to Pakse. Easiest is the International Bus. It departs from the main bus station. A taxi will take you there from the airport for about 3$ However, the last bus leaves at 15.30 (07:00, 09:00, 14:30, 15:30). So you'll probably have to do the slightly more complicated version. Here the info I found on Travelfish:
Chong Mek / Vang Tao
Open 06:00-19:00
From Thailand a regular bus runs from Ubon Ratchathani to the border town of Chong Mek taking 1-1.5 hours. Sometimes you may be required to change buses as Phibun Mangsahan depending on the bus caught. Once deposited at Chong Maek it is a five minute walk through each crossing and regular songtheaws run from Vang Tao to Pakse, taking about one hour.

Seeing that the border is open til 19.00 you should make it to Pakse on the same day. Be sure to verify the opening hours again though.
Good luck!

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Posted by rayc101 on 28/3/2008 at 13:15

Once again, thankyou for your helpful information.
I have purchased the Travelfish guides to Remote S Laos, and the Guide to Pnom Penh, and found them also very helpful.


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