Travel from Vientiane to Thakhek

By bus the journey from Vientiane to Thakhek is scheduled to take from 7 to 11 hours depending upon which service you use.

Bus Times from Vientiane to Thakhek


There are currently 8 bus services a day from Vientiane to Thakhek available to book online.

VientianeThakhekCostCompany
11:3020:30$15 USDSoutchai Travel
12:0019:00$16 USDFamily Service
13:0021:00$13 USDChit Prasong
18:0005:00$22 USDSoutchai Travel
18:0003:00$21 USDFamily Service
19:3004:30$21 USDKP 79 Transportation
20:0004:00$16 USDChit Prasong
20:0004:00$26 USDRG Adventure

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Vientiane Bus Station


Family Service bus services from Vientiane to Thakhek commence 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.

Travel to 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
Tourism in 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.

Places to Visit near Thakhek

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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