Photo: Lush in wet season.


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The Nakai bus station is located in the centre of town at the market. The nearest accommodation to here is Phu Phieng Guesthouse. If you want to go anywhere from Nakai, get to the bus station early. Sample fares include:

Lak Sao: 50,000 kip, 10am
Tha Khaek: 35,000 kip, 08:00, 10:00, 12:00

Lak Xao

The main bus station in Lak Xao is located 100m east of the roundabout on Route 8. Sample fares include:

Paksan: 06:00, 60,000 kip
Tha Khaek: 07:30, 60,000 kip
Vieng Kham: 08:30, 16:00, 35,000 kip
Vientiane: 05:30, 06:30, 08:00, 85,000 kip
Vinh (Vietnam): 12:00, 120,000 kip

Na Hin

The transport situation in Na Hin is not so bad given that it's a tiny town. That said, it's quite possible you will miss your connecting bus and have to stay in town overnight when all you really want to do is go on your way. The worst case scenario is having to try and find any transport leading to Vieng Kham, which is at the intersection of Routes 8 and 13. From there, a regular convoy of buses travels north to Vientiane and south to Pakse.

Songthaews to Konglor depart when full, with approximate departure times stated as 10:00, 12:30 and 15:00. We did spot songthaews plying this route outside of these times and believe that should demand be there, you might get one at a different time, more likely in the early morning. Cost is 25,000 kip and takes 1 hour.

Lak Xao: Departs regularly between 08:00 and 17:00. Costs 25,000 kip.
Tha Khaek: Departs at 08:00, 09:30, 11:00. Costs 75,000 kip.
Vieng Kham: Departs regularly between 08:00 and 17:00. Costs 25,000 kip.
Vientiane: Departs 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 19:00. Costs 70,000 kip.


There are only two options for getting in and out of Konglor. Either a direct bus to/from Vientiane or a songthaew to/from Na Hin from which a change of songthaew is required.

Na Hin: Departs 06:30, 11:00, 15:00. Costs 25,000 kip.
Vientiane: Departs 07:30. Costs 80,000 kip (can drop off at Vieng Kham for onward transport to Tha Khaek and Pakse)

Should you miss any of the direct buses to Tha Khaek or Vientiane, simply catch a songthaew to Vieng Kham and hail a through bus to your destination.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Tha Khaek Loop? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Laos.

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