Travel from Vientiane to Thakhek

By bus the journey from Vientiane to Thakhek is scheduled to take 7 hours.

Travel Times to Thakhek

There is one bus service a day from Vientiane to Thakhek which is available to book online.

12:0019:00$15.44 USDChit Prasong

  • The first stage of this journey is by minivan pick up from your hotel to Vientiane Southern Bus Terminal, which is located several kilometres outside the town centre.
  • The second stage of the journey is by large bus from Vientiane Southern Bus Terminal to Thakhek.

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Vientiane Bus Station

Bus services to Thakhek start with a pick from any hotel in Vientiane city centre.

Google Map of Vientiane city centre

Thakhek Bus Station

Bus Services from Vientiane to Thakhek terminate at Thakhek Inter Provincial Bus Station.

Google Map of Thakhek Inter Provincial Bus Station

About Thakhek

Thakhek is the closest town to the Third Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge which is the border crossing to Nakhon Phanom in Thailand. Thai Immigation is 17.9 km by road from Thakhek Inter Provincial Bus Station so you need to take the Thai-Lao International bus service which departs frequently from this bus station throughout the day and terminates at Nakhon Phanom bus station. Travellers are not permitted to cross the bridge on foot.

The Third Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge near Thakhek
The Third Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge near Thakhek

With a population of around 85,000 permanent residents Thakhek is one of the larger towns in Laos. Thakhek is not a tourist oriented town, however, it does attract a steady stream of foreign holiday makers and as a consequence has a small collection of hotels, guesthouses, bars and restaurants near to the river which cater to the needs of these international visitors. Amongst the attractions in Thakhek for foreign visitors are:

  • Konglor Cave: A 7 km cave with a river running through it. To access the interior of the cave you need to take a boat tour, stopping off at various points to explore rock formations on foot.
  • Tham Nong Pafa Cave: Also known as Buddha Cave, is located 14.6 km by road to the North East of Thakhek Inter Provincial Bus Station.
  • Tham Nang Aen Cave: Located 16.9 km by road from Thakhek Inter Provincial Bus Station.
  • Thakhek Loop: A 3 to 4 day motorbike route on poorly maintained roads with foreigner friendly guesthouses to stay at on route. There are plenty of places in Thakhek which rent motorbikes to foreign visitors who come to Thakhek specifically to travel this route.

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