The cheapest way to get from Vientiane to Udon Thani
So you want to travel from Vientiane to Udon Thani or Bangkok? You can do it easily and get a bus from one of the travel agents. To Udon Thani they asked 60.000 Kip in March 2015. No clue why that is so expensive. At the bus station in Vientiane, a ticket to Udon Thani is 22.000 Kip and you have the choice of 8 different departure times.
In Udon Thani you can choose from a big variety of buses to Bangkok. I had a VIP 1 + 2 for 583 Bath from Udon Thani to Morchit bus station. 1 + 2 means you have one seat on one side of the bus and two on the other. Thus resulting in wider seats and yes they where massage seats as well.
There are 24 Seat VIP buses so you have a lot of legroom and there are some with more seats. The more seats the less space!
The Tuk Tuk drivers wanted 30.000 Kip to haul me to the bus station. After I was laughing he dropped the price to 20.000 Kip. Sound still a lot for 1.3 km! After 15 minutes – not including a Baguette and shake stop I arrived at the bus station and got my ticket.
When you enter the bus station you see the ticket counter on the left. And on the right of the picture, you see the bus that will take you to Udon Thani.
It is the right window where you get your ticket.
Here are the bus times – they do change from time to time so you might check the day before if you think to have the last bus. And if you check – get that ticket anyhow.
Beware – the first and last bus, as well as all the buses at the weekend, require you to get an extra ticket for customs at the Lao side of the border. They do not do anything – at last, I could not see them doing anything else – than selling you that ticket.
This is the border bus. Guess there are a few – yours might look different.
Inside the Border Bus Thailand Laos
When the bus arrives at the border you have to take your all your luggage and proceed to the immigration. In case it is weekend or you are on the first or last bus – get the ticket for custom. Check out of Laos. Get back on the bus. The bus drives you to the Thai immigration where you get out with your luggage again. Then you pass immigration and get back on the bus. Next stop is the bus station in Udon Thani.
The trip took 3 hours but it could be longer – depending on traffic or how many people are queuing in front of the counters at the border.