There are two ways to travel from Pakse to Vientiane: you can fly or you can take a bus. By bus the journey from Pakse to Vientiane is scheduled take between 10 and 13 hours depending upon which service you take.
Bus Times from Pakse to Vientiane
There are currently two direct bus services a day from Pakse to Vientiane available to book online.
|20:00||11:00||$33 USD||Green Paradise|
|20:30||08:00||$23 USD||Kriangkai Transport|
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Pakse Kriangkai Transport Bus Stop
Kriangkai Transport services from Pakse to Vientiane depart from Chitpasong Bus Station in Pakse.
Vientiane Bus Stop
Both bus services from Pakse to Vientiane 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.
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.