Travel from Vang Vieng to Vientiane

By bus the journey from Vang Vieng to Vientiane is scheduled to take from 2 to 5 hours depending upon which service you use.

Bus Times from Vang Vieng to Vientiane

There are currently 11 bus services a day from Vang Vieng to Vientiane available to book online.

Vang ViengVientianeTicketCompany
09:0011:00$7 USDFamily Service
09:0013:00$8 USDRG Adventure
09:0011:30$10 USDSoutchai Travel
11:3017:00$9 USDNaluang
12:0014:00$7 USDFamily Service
12:0016:00$8 USDRG Adventure
13:0017:00$8 USDRG Adventure
13:0015:30$10 USDSoutchai Travel
14:0016:00$7 USDFamily Service
14:0018:00$8 USDRG Adventure
15:0019:00$8 USDRG Adventure

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Vang Vieng Bus Station

All services, except the Naluang service, commence with a hotel up pick up in Vang Vieng.

Google Map of Vang Vieng town centre

Vientiane Bus Station

Soutchai Travel bus services from Vang Vieng terminate at the Soutchai Travel Office in Vientiane.

Google Map of the Soutchai Travel Office in Vientiane

About the Patuxai Monument in Vientiane

The Patuxai Monument is located in the centre of a small well kept park ,with ponds and fountains, in the very centre of Vientiane at the end of a Parisian style grand boulevard called Lang Xang Avenue.

History of the Patuxai Monument

Patuxai means ‘Victory’ and the monument is known locally as Victory Gate. The Patuxai Monument was commissioned in 1956 (but not completed until 1968) by the new government of Laos which had attained independence from France in 1954.

Design of the Monument

The choice of design of the monument is itself a statement; the Patuxai Monument in many ways resembles the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, but incorporates many Laotian design features. Unlike the Arc de Triomphe the Patuxai Monument has four gates, rather than two, aligned with the cardinal points on a compass. The Patuxai Monument also has five towers to represent the five key principles of Buddhist belief and the ‘Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence’ which included in the 1954 peace treaty between India and China and popular amongst many post colonial countries in Asia at the time as a model for international relations.

Symbolism of the Monument

The Patuxai Monument is a grand building intended not only to be a permanent reminder of the Laotian journey to independence (a journey which some believe is yet to be completed) but also to symbolise grand notions of how Laos should interact with the rest of the world as an independent country.

Patuxai Monument in Vientiane
Patuxai Monument in Vientiane
Inside the Monument

You can go inside Patuxai Monument. It has 7 floors with shops and offices on the first. The middle floors house a museum. The interior of the monument is elaborately decorated in a style which is also reminiscent of a French palace but with distinctive Laotian designs.

Opening Hours and Entrance Fee

If you want to go inside the monument it will cost you 5,000 kip ($0.59 USD) and opening hours are from 08:00 to 16.30 from Monday to Friday, and from 08:00 until 17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.

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