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South Laos to Chiang Mai

Posted by VenNL on 27/10/2013 at 06:47

We're planning a visit to Laos next february. We leave from - and come back to - Chiang Mai . Does anybody have suggestions for a reasonably comfortable way to travel from the south of Laos (Pakse) to Chiang Mai (or vv). Flying looks a bit expensive. Thanks!

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Posted by Geer1 on 27/10/2013 at 07:24

Depends on how long you have and also where you have been/what you would want to see.

If you are in somewhat of a hurry then bus to Ubon Ratchathani and then fly. Can book straight through via Thai Airways with stop in Bangkok. Or book 2 single tickets with Air Asia(stop in Bangkok as well) which might be slightly cheaper.

Overland can go through Thailand or Laos, Thailand would have much shorter travel time but I wouldn't recommend this over flying unless you plan on stopping places along the way(Ubon, Khon Kaen, Sukhothai or something like that).

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Posted by VenNL on 28/10/2013 at 05:31

Thanks Geer1, good advice. A lot cheaper than flying from Laos. We've seen quite a bit of Thailand already and after 3 weeks travelling by bus in Laos, flying will make a nice change.

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Posted by captainbkk on 29/10/2013 at 03:51

there are direct overnite buses Ubon-ChMai-takes some 18 hrs.
Domestic flites are always much cheaper as international-thats kids knowledge.
Mostly you fly in an airBUS and its much the same (Air Asia) as a bus would be.

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Posted by VenNL on 30/10/2013 at 06:13

Thank you for you reply, captainbkk. Kids knowledge or not, domestic flights in Laos are far more expensive than the thai one's. Overnight bus is also an idea worth considering. Thanks for the tip!

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