Getting to Xieng Khouang

Airplane

Lao Airlines (www.laoairlines.com) offers 6 flights a week in peak season and 4 flights in low season.

 

Bus

From Vientiane:

If you are travelling from Vientiane, you can either take VIP local buses. The buses leave from the northern bus terminal and take about 9-10 hours. It is also possible to book a minivan in Vientiane.

*Note: The roads are paved but there are plenty of serpentines.

 

From Vang Vieng:

The bus trip from Vang Vieng takes 7-8 hours.

 

From Luang Prabang:

Buses run daily from Luang Prabang and take about 8 hours. You could also hire a minivan in either Luang Prabang.

From Nong Khiaw:

If you want to travel from Pakbeng/Nong Khiaw you take the bus to Xam Neua via Route 1, get off at Nam Ngeun and take the bus to Phonsavanh.

From Vietnam:

Coming from Vinh or Hanoi in Vietnam visas are available on arrival at the Nam Ka border, which is open daily from 6:00 – 18:00. The bus from Vinh leaves four days a week and takes 12 hours. From Hanoi, there is one bus per week.

 

*Note: Schedules are subject to change.

Getting around Xiengkhouang
To the Jars:

While most visitors book tours to the jar sites, there are other portions for visiting and exploring the province as well. All the districts can be reached by public transportation leaving the bus station near the market. Tuk-tuks, motorized tricycles (sam lor), and “jumbos” (pickup trucks with benches) also leave from here or can be flagged down in the street. For those who really seek freedom and independence then bicycles or motorbikes can be rented in Phonsavanh town as well.

Around the Province:

To get to other towns in the province you can take local buses or pick-up trucks. Inside Phonsavan there are plenty of Tuk-Tuks, which might not be available without prior booking very early in the morning or late at night. A normal tour inside the town should cost 3,000 to 10,000 LAK. *

Drive on your own:

There are 9 travel agents in Phonsavan that arrange bike, motorbike and car rentals. A bike costs (depending on quality) approximately 20.000 kip per day. You can rent scooters for about 100.000 kip per day. To rent a minivan costs about 50-80 USD, while a 4WD costs over 100 USD. This includes or excludes gasoline, depending on the company. All prices vary hugely depending on season and availability.

*Note: Prices may be subject to change.

4.2 Transportation in Xieng Khouang

Traveling within the province, there are plenty of options; buses, song thaew, Toyota-taxi, tuk tuk, motorbikes, bicycles, and private cars.

 

Public transport

This is an inexpensive the cheapest option and allows one the opportunity to get to know Lao people better. However, bear in mind, that most local public transport does not leave or arrive according to the set time table. Public vehicles typically leave once they are full and stop to pick up and drop off passengers along the way. It is also important to understand that leg-room and space on public vehicles is very limited.

Prices for public vehicles outside Phonsavanh are pre-determined, so bargaining is only necessary for the jumbos in Phonsavanh town. Public transportation is available from 3 different bus terminals. Service locations for each bus station are as follows:

Provincial Bus Terminal:

This is the terminal were VIP buses depart/arrive from Vientiane and Luang Prabang, and local buses depart/arrive regularly to/from Vang Vieng, Xam Neua, Paksan, Vinh and Hanoi in Viet Nam. The terminal is located on Route 7 about 3 km west of town.

Nam-Ngum Market Terminal: 

Song taews serving the southern districts Khoun, Phaxay and Mokmai leave from the market. The terminal is located on Route 13 going south, next to the Tourist Information Center.

Phonsavanh Market Terminal:

From this terminal song thaews and local buses go to Phou Koud District Paek, Muang Khoun, and Non Het District.

4.3 Travel Distances and Road Conditions from Phonsavanh

 

Destination Distance Road Condition
Border Nam Khan 125 km Rte 7 Paved road
Muang Kham 50 km Rte 7 Paved road
Muang Khoun 32 km Rte 10 Paved road
Mokmai 164 km Rte 10 Paved until Khoun,  then 132 km dirt road, not passable in the rainy season
Nam Ngeun 154 km Rte 6 Paved road
Nong Het 120 km Rte 7 Paved road
Nong Pet 25 km Rte 7 Paved road
Nong Tang 48 km Rte 7 Paved road
Phaxay 30 km Rte 10 Paved road
Phou Koud 23 km Rte 7 Initially paved, then 4 km dirt road
Phou Koun 135 km R 7 Paved road
Thathom 140 km R 1D Paved road

 

  • Northern Bus Station

Northern Bus Station is located in Ngauy Village, Peak district, Xieng khouang province about 5 Km from Phonsavanh. There are services about the bus for other province and other country, Gestation, Guest house, Shop store.

 

Daily schedule for bus going to other province Northern Bus station
TEL: 030 5170 148-020 2383 3313
           
Daily Departure Time Destination Distance/Travel time price( Kip ) Type of Bus
Everyday Xiengkhouang – Vientiane 400 Km

( 8 hours )

8:30 AM 110,000 Air Bus
18:30 PM 110,000 Air Bus
 20:30 PM 130,000 VIP Bus
   
   
Everyday 7:30 AM Xiengkhouang –Vangviengs;

KM 52.

219 Km

( 6 hours)

100,000 Air Bus
         
Everyday 8:00 AM Xiengkhouang – Luangprabang 262 Km

( 8 hours)

95,000 Air Bus
      120,000 VIP Bus
Everyday 08:00 AM Xiengkhouang – XamNeua        250 Km

( 9-10 hours)

80,000 small Bus
  18:00 PM     100,000 Air Bus
Everyday Xiengkhouang – Louangnamtha

–   Oudomxay

180,000

150,000

Air Bus
                   –    Pamong 130,000
Everyday 9:00 AM Xiengkhouang – Xaiyabouli 331 Km

( 9 hours)

130,000 Air Bus
Everyday ( Excecpt) 6:00 AM Xiengkhouang – Vietnam (Vinh) 270 Km

( 10 hours)

130,000  (Lao)

150,000 (Foreigner)

VIP Bus
Monday          
Tuesday & Friday 6:30 AM Xiengkhouang – Vietnam       (Harthing)   150,000  (Lao)

170,000 (Foreigner)

VIP Bus
           
Everyday 6:30 AM Xiengkhouang – Nonhai   130,000 Air Bus
           

 

 

 

  • Southern Bus Station

Southern Bus Station is located in Phonthong Village, Peak district, Xieng khouang province about 7 Km from Phonsavanh. There are services about the bus for other province and other country, Mini bus for rent, Gestation. And there are also have the free Wi-Fi inside the bus.

Daily schedude for bus going to other province Southern Bus station ( Bounmixay )
                                 TEL: 020 55562555 – 020 23833336
 

Daily Departure

Time Destination Distance/Travel time Price( Kip ) Type of Bus
  6:30 AM Xiengkhouang – Vientiane 365 Km ( 8 hours ) 110,000 45 seat
Every Day 8:30 AM     110,000 45 seat
  20:30 PM     130,000 VIP
  6:30 AM     100,000 45 seat
Every Day 8:30 AM Xiengkhouang-Pakxan   100,000 45 seat
  20:30 PM     120,000  VIP
Every Day 6:45 AM Xiengkhouang-Pakse 1040 Km 170,000 25 seat
Every Day 6:45 AM Xiengkhouang-SeNo   150,000 25 seat
Every Day 6:45 AM Xiengkhouang-Thakhaek   120,000 25 seat
Every Day 6:45 AM Xiengkhouang-Luk20   120,000 25 seat
Every Day 6:45 AM Xiengkhouang-pakkading   120,000 25 seat
Every Day 7:00 AM Xiengkhouang-Viengthong   80,000 25 seat
Monday – Friday 6:30 AM Xiengkhouang-Vietnam ( Vinh)   130.000-150.000 VIP
           

 

  • Xaiphasouk Bus station

Xaiphasouk Bus station is located in Phonthong Village, Peak district, Xieng khouang province about 6 Km from Phonsavanh. There are services about the bus for the provincial, other province and other country. And there are also have the Gala for fix the car.

     Daily schedule for bus going to other province Xaiphasouk Bus station
                 TEL: 020 52518999
 

Daily Departure

Time Destination  

Distance/Travel time

price( Kip ) Type of Bus
  6:30 AM     110,000 Air Bus
Every Day 8:30 AM Xiengkhouang – Vientiane 365 Km ( 8 hours ) 110,000 Air Bus
  16:30 PM     110,000 Air Bus
  20:00 PM     130,000 VIP
Every Day 6:30 AM Xiengkhouang – Khammouan   120,000 Air Bus
Every Day 13:30 PM Xiengkhouang – Longchaeng   60,000 25 seat
Every Day 7:30 AM Xiengkhouang – Luk20   110,000 25 seat
Every Day 5:30 AM Xiengkhouang -Paksan   80,000 25 seat
Every Day 6:30 AM Xiengkhouang -Vietnam (Hating)   130,000 VIP