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Luang Prabang to Vientiane by bus

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Luang Prabang to Vientiane by bus


I am planning to take a bus from Luang Prabang to Vientiane by bus. I have heard that the trip take 6 - 10 hours and not really safe. Is it true? Should i fly instead? any feedback is appreciated.


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1. Re: Luang Prabang to Vientiane by bus

It takes a while - about 10 hours. What do you mean by not really safe and where did you hear this? The road is certainly windy, if thats what you mean.

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2. Re: Luang Prabang to Vientiane by bus

You pass through some pretty stunning countryside. However, if you are feeling sick due to the windy roads, then perhaps you won't see much!

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3. Re: Luang Prabang to Vientiane by bus

If you are prone to motion sickness, do take some pills. Otherwise, the journey offers some stunning scenery and a glimpse of the lives of the locals.

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4. Re: Luang Prabang to Vientiane by bus

Thanks for your responses. Just how bad is the road?


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5. Re: Luang Prabang to Vientiane by bus

Hi - the road is fine, just very windy for much of it, and the usual potholes. Nice views. It usually takes 10 hours on a good day. My partner always gets motion sickness on this road though. The plane is $60 one way.

However if you are tight on funds - the guesthouses & travel agents in LP and Vientiane offer bus tickets for about double the price of the regular buses you can get direct from the bus station. They say they are 'delux' buses but they are just the same as the regular ones. Also the agents offer only 2 times (from Vientiane 8am/2pm) when in fact they go every hour from the bus stations, giving you more flexibility.

Right. Better do some work I suppose...

6. Re: Luang Prabang to Vientiane by bus

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