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Get Around Laos By Bus

The cheapest way to travel long distances between the provinces and there are different standards and prices available

There are ordinary buses that provide cheap transport between major towns and also link provincial hubs with their surrounding districts. You could be squeezed into one of these busy buses like a tinned sardine. They are small in size to fit the general frame of the local people, the seats might be nothing more than a tattered cushion or even just a plank of wood, and the luggage is packed and stacked into every conceivable space and can range from enormous sacks of rice and other market produce to actual living, moving livestock such as buckets of splashing fish or bamboo cages of squawking poultry. There’s also the good chance of a roadside breakdown which could result in further delays to your arrival at your planned destination. From Vientiane to Luang Prabang or Pakse it costs just 100,000 kip one-way.

A fleet of blue, government-run buses operates out of the capital Vientiane and connects it to the city’s outer districts with a few services linking a few towns out of Vientiane such as Vang Vieng, Xiengkhuang, Thakhek, Savannakhet and Pakse. While these buses are bit of a step up from the ordinary buses in terms of quality and comfort, they still lack air-conditioning and they will also fill up to the brim, leaving you squashed into the small seats which still lack any great amount of leg room.

For tickets, they are for sale at the actual bus station you’re departing from. It’s recommended to get down there early to get your ticket and locate yourself a seat away from the bumpy backside of the bus. In bigger towns which have a general flow of tourists passing through you’ll probably be able to buy tickets from a travel agent, which will include transport to the bus station, although this will work out more expensive than just turning up and winging it. Out in the more rural areas you pay for your ticket onboard.

There are three main bus stations in the capital, Vientiane each catering to destinations in different parts of the country.

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