I am leaving Oz on March 4th for Bangkok and want to head straight for Laos to meet up with a friend. I was wodnering if anyone had any info on the best, and also ideally cheapest way to get there!
Doing a bit of googling it seems I could fly to Udon Tani and then cross the boarder into Laos on "shuttle buses", this seems the cheapest way so far.
Ahh i wish i could remember what the border crossings are called. But you can get a bus/coach from Bangkok which will take you to the border.
Also sorry i'm sure someone else on here will remember, you can do a two day slow boat journey down the river which is part of the Mekong.
Or a fast boat which does it in like 5hrs i think. But the slow boat is so much more fun.
So cheapest is a bus. If you like being squashed.
best,fastest and convenient is TG or QV from BKK-Vientiane...but the price.
alternatives: train or bus to nongkai...so close to friendship bridge...and then to vientiane...
Do you know where your friend is in Laos? There's no point heading straight for the south of the country is they're in the north and vice versa.
Cheapest quick way to get into Laos from Bangkok would be to take a sleeper train (or night bus) to the Friendship Bridge broder crossing. From there it's about an hour to Ventiene.
If your friend's up north then it could be worth flying direct from Bangkok to Luang Prabang.
Thanks for your help everyone.
Not 100% sure where my friend will be yet, she will be coming from Hanoi, we still have to sort the details of where we are going to meet.
The option I was looking at was fly to Udon Thani and then transfer by bus to Vietanne.
But maybe this bus/boat/train option could be better. I don't mind if it takes a day to get there.
Where could I find out some more details about this option?