Luang Prabang To Vang Vieng — Bus, Train? ➡️


Situated on the banks of the Mekong & Nam Khan Rivers in Northern Laos, Luang Prabang is an ancient Laotian capital, offering a perfect balance of beauty nature, peace and bliss which stands within the UNESCO World Heritage protected zone. From Luang Prabang, you can access all of nature and wilderness that makes Laos more popular.

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Meanwhile, Vang Vieng lies in perfect location in halfway between Luang Prabang & Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Standing on the banks of song River, Vang Vieng offers stunning landscapes with karst mountain ranges and the scenic paddy fields. This is perfect eco-adventure paradise for those who love active with many attractive outdoor và sporting excursions. You can also have chance lớn enjoy amazing views from a local hot air ballooning operator when it comes in dry season. A great experience!


Stunning landscapes with karst mountain ranges and the scenic paddy fields in Vang Vieng, halfway located from Luang Prabang and Vientiane.

Then, how to travel from Luang Prabang khổng lồ Vang Vieng in Laos?There is no airport in Vang Vieng nor train or ferry services, so the only way khổng lồ access between these two destinations in 183km distance is by land.

Let’s learn about this way of transport và find the easiest và best choice of traveling options khổng lồ Vang Vieng through this post.

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Road Options from Luang Prabang to lớn Vang Vieng: Old Road and New Road

To get in cảm ứng with nature during your Laos trip, there is no better option than a visit lớn Vang Vieng. This destination can give you a lot of things that you could not ask for more. However, the travel to lớn Vang Vieng from Luang Prabang is not the most comfortable journey as the road conditions are not the best. It takes 4-6 hours khổng lồ reach between two places.


The paved road in Laos but twist và windy due lớn mountainous topographic.

There are two road options that you can take khổng lồ Vang Vieng, including the old road và the new road. The old road is simply main route 13, taking longer time – about 6 hours or more by buses. This road condition is twisty, windy that can’t really drive fast but more scenic with great views. The other road called “new” has been upgraded from the other old one. The first 30kms or so from Luang Prabang is still on old windy road, then turn right onto the new road which is widened & better paved to lớn save the driving time much shorter (~ 4 hours instead). This new route is used by private cars & minivans while buses are not allowed.

However, there are some points of new road that travelers should know, that is less scenic and the part of Kasi road is steep và very high which seems more dangerous. Some parts have not been completed with potholes và dirt sections which can cause muddy or even landslips when it’s wet, especially in the rainy season.

For those who get car sick, it is better lớn take motion sickness pills before trip for the best travel experience.

Traveling by Bus to Vang Vieng from Luang Prabang

Bus is good option for those who get sick motion because it is more of a slower journey on the old route which has fewer curves. However, you need to địa chỉ at least one hour more to lớn your trip if taking bus than minivans or private vehicle on new route.


Soutchai Travel is bus company that provides service from Luang Prabang lớn Vang Vieng.

Soutchai Travel is bus company that provides service from Luang Prabang khổng lồ Vang Vieng at the average cost of US$ 18/ticket. From Luang Prabang, the buses leave from Southern Bus Terminal or Luang Prabang Northern Bus Station và arrive at Vang Vieng Soutchai Travel or Vang Vieng Bus Station. So, you need lớn arrange your own way to/from the stations to lớn start the trip with bus.

There is also another type of bus as “Local Bus” with more stops in villages & towns to lớn load and unload the locals. This way of transport can be cheaper but you should be familiar with crowds, xuất hiện windows, small plastic stools added in the walkway as extra seats, especially can add another couple of hours to an already long journey time due lớn more stops along the way.

VIP Tourist Bus for Travel between Luang Prabang & Vang Vieng


A stop from the VIP bus for some refreshing along the way.

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For VIP Tourist Bus, there is service khổng lồ pick you up from your accommodation và take you to lớn the station where you get your bags on bus to lớn Vang Vieng. Depending on the numbers of passengers, it can take you a bit time lớn transfer around for picking up other guests (if any) before reaching the station. The quality of VIP bus is also better with air-conditioner and/or toilet and comfortable seats. However, don’t expect too much for “VIP” in Laos as it sometimes depends on the bus type available on travel day which can bring more or less comfortable khổng lồ the passengers.

The best parts of taking by bus is the beautiful scenery out the window with lush mountainsides và local family’s life. Your journey will finish a few km outside the main center of Vang Vieng where you need to lớn catch a tuk tuk on your own for the final portion of your destination.

Travel by Minivan from Luang Prabang to lớn Vang Vieng

This option better saves time of traveling as it runs on new road. Moreover, the quality of minivans is also pretty good with miễn phí pick-up service. However, the minivan provides less space for leg room. If your seat is at the back, you can even giới thiệu your leg room with other’s luggage inside. Another points for traveler’s awareness, that is some steep roads which can cause “dangerous” feel and the road’s twists and turns can also give more motion sickness to lớn those who have this health problem.

Driving fast or not much customer service from driver is also a part of reviews that you can meet if taking this transport way. Anyway, khổng lồ be honest, there really isn’t much of a choice aside from them. There are several transport companies for your choice, including Naluang, Thavisouk and Laos Group Tour with first van departing at 6.45am & last one at 4.00pm for traveling time of around 5 hours. Not recommend to take the transfer in the late of the afternoon because of the mountain road’s twists và turns which can bring more risks.


Minivans are also one good option for traveling from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng, which can save time better as it is through new road instead of buses on old road.

Naluang departs from the Southern Bus Terminal (2km from the center) but they arrange không lấy phí pick up from the client’s accommodation. It arrives at Vang Vieng North Bus Station, north of the đô thị center. Providing multiple trips on this route, but they aren’t known for having the best customer service.

Thavisouk departs from any khách sạn in the Luang Prabang’s center và arrives at Vang Vieng Night Market. Currently, there are not much đánh giá about this provider.

For Laos Group Tour, this is relatively new but getting more good customer services for this route. This minivan company departs from Luang Prabang Southern Terminal và arrives at Vang Vieng North Bus Station. For all of these, Laos Group Tour comes lớn be a good transport company for every choice.

The station in Vang Vieng is about 2km out of town which seems not too far but becomes a whole lot longer under the heat while carrying all the luggage. Don’t worry as there will be tuk-tuk services around lớn take you into town which cost at least 20,000LAK per person.

Private oto or Taxi khổng lồ Vang Vieng from Luang Prabang

This way of transport is likely the most expensive option for traveling to Vang Vieng from Luang Prabang. However, you are given the most comfort và flexibility along the way with the pick-up & drop-off right at your doors. The cost can be generally around 150$, more or less depending on your negotiating skills. You can ask your khách sạn or travel agent to book for you, better at least one day ahead of time.

While in Vang Vieng, you can explore its best with many outdoor interesting activities, including mountain biking, trekking across rice fields, kayaking down the Nam tuy nhiên River, go caving and explore sacred Buddhist sites, jumping và swimming in refreshing stream stretches or just simply wandering around và enjoy your resort’s facilities. When dry season comes, you can also have opportunity khổng lồ enjoy amazing views from a local hot air ballooning operator.


Private service is always on vị trí cao nhất choice for most comfort and flexibility on your Laos trip.

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Here are some suggested good accommodations in Vang Vieng when you are here. The room rates vary depending on the hotel category, room type & season (green/high/peak).

3* Silver Naga HotelAdd: Ban Savang, Vang ViengTel: +856 23 511 8223* Villa Vang Vieng RiversideAdd: Ban Viengkeo, Vang ViengTel: +856 23 511 4603*+ Villa Nam song Vang ViengAdd: Ban Viengkeo Vang ViengTel: +856 23 511 6374* Riverside Boutique Vang ViengAdd: Ban Viengkeo, PO 360, Vang ViengTel: +856 23 511 726-8