Planning a trip from Vientiane to Chiang Mai – the most favorite place in the Northern Thailand famous for the fresh air, beautiful nature with the great mountains, the diversity of ethnic minorities and Buddhist relics? Let’s see how to get from Vientiane to Chiang Mai. To get more information, you can click: Thailand travel tours
Flight from Vientiane to Chiang Mai
AirAsia operates only 1 daily flight from Vientiane to Chiang Mai. However, it is not a direct flight. You will have to stop over at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok. This flight will depart at Vientiane Airport at 2.30 PM and arrive at Chiang Mai Airport at 10.05 PM. The total traveling time is 7 hours and 35 minutes. First, you will have a 1-hour-5-minute flight from Vientiane to Bangkok. After 5 hours staying at Don Mueang Airport, at 8.40 PM, you will get on the plane to fly a 1-hour-25-minute flight to Chiang Mai. Depending on the date of your trip and the time you book the flight ticket, the price will vary from USD $92 – $125 for low-fare tickets, from USD $128 – $ 161 for Value Pack and from USD $185 to $218 for Premium Flex. With Value Pack, you will have one meal and Standard seat selection and with Premium Flex, you will have one meal, Hot Seats selection, 2X change of date/time, Xpress baggage and Xpress boarding. 20kg baggage allowance is included in all types of tickets.
You can also use the service of Bangkok Airways, Nok Air, Thai Lion Air, Thai Smile. Even though the ticket piece is pretty high, if you want to save much time, there is no better choice than a flight from Vientiane to Chiang Mai. A connecting flight with transfer in Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok and another flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is clearly the fastest way to go.
From Vientiane to Chiang Mai by bus
It takes approximately 14 hours and 2 minutes to complete the distance of 670 km between Vientiane and Chiang Mai by bus. Indochina travel and tours
There are 2 options to travel from Vientiane to Chiang Mai by bus. You can choose between a direct bus from Vientiane town to Chiang Mai and another direct bus at Nong Khai. Buses running on this route are all modern, comfortable and air-conditioned. If you choose the latter one, the first thing to do is to go cross the border to Nong Khai, which is about 27 km from Vientiane and accessible by taxi, local bus ride. A 1-hour bus ride is 55baht or 15,000kip. From Nong Khai to Chiang Mai, a bus ride will cost you from USD $22-33 with the traveling time of about 12 hours. Sueksa Tour is currently operating bus on this route.
A direct bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai with transit in Nong Khai border town in Thailand takes about 18 hours and costs $35-48 USD. At the Vientiane Central Bus station, you can catch a bus to Khon Kaen and from there, catch another one to Chiang Mai. There are 2 daily buses running on the 194km-long route from Vientiane to Khon Kaen: 07:45 AM and 02:45 PM for 50,000 kip. The traveling duration is 4 hours. A bus ride from Khon Kaen to Chiang Mai will take you 12 hours and about USD $20.
Bus tickets can be bought directly at the bus station, booked online or through a travel agent or at your hotel. When it comes to preparation and buying bus tickets, make sure to carefully prepare with the name of your desired destinations translated into Lao. Another thing to remember is to come to the bus station at least half an hour before departure time.
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