Travel from Pakse to Vientiane

There are two ways to travel from Pakse to Vientiane: you can fly or you can take a bus. Direct flights are operated by Lao Airlines and take 1 hour 15 minutes to reach Vientiane, compared to over 10 hours on a bus. However, flying costs 5 to 7 times more than taking a bus from Pakse to Vientiane.

Travel Times to Vientiane

There are two direct bus services a day from Pakse to Vientiane which are available to book online.

19:3006:00$33.28 USDNaga Travel
20:0007:30$19.86 USDKriangkai Transport

  • The journey time from Pakse to Vientiane is scheduled to take between 10 hours 30 minutes and 11 hours 30 minutes depending upon which service you use.
  • Both services use buses which have flat double beds rather than seats. This means that if you are travelling alone you need to either book two places on the bus or share a narrow double bed with someone you have never met before.

Buy Tickets to Vientiane

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Pakse Kriangkai Transport Bus Stop

Kriangkai Transport services to Vientiane depart from Chitpasong Bus Station in Pakse.

Pakse Naga Travel Bus Stop

Naga Travel services to Vientiane depart from in front of the Lankham Hotel on the 13th Street in Pakse.

Vientiane Bus Stop

Both bus services from Pakse terminate at the Southern Bus Terminal in Vientiane.

Pha That Luang in Vientiane

Pha That Luang, or the ‘Great Stupa’, is located near the city centre in Vientiane. This is an important structure which is considered to be the national symbol of Laos. Pha That Luang consists of a three level tower rising into a sharply pointed pinnacle the top of which is 45 metres from ground level. Pha That Luang is open to visitors from 08:00 to 12:00 and then from 13:00 to 16:00 every day of the year and entrance into the central part of the temple complex containing the Great Stupa costs 5,000 kip.

Wat Pha That Luang in Vientiane
Wat Pha That Luang in Vientiane

Pha That Luang was initially built in 1566, and then virtually destroyed in 1828 by an invading army from Thailand, who took away the large amount of gold leaf which originally covered the Great Stupa. The structure was subsequently reconstructed in 1930 under the patronage of the French Colonial Government. The temple complex which the famous stupa is located is believed to date back between 2,000 and 1,700 years depending upon which of the theories about the origins of the temple you subscribe to. One theory is that the site first contained a Hindu temple in the 1st Century. Another theory is that the temple was first established by Buddhists from India in the 3rd Century who brought an important relic (the Buddha’s breastbone) to Vientiane and a stupa was built where Pha That Luang now stands to house the relic.

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