Transportation & Maps

 

City Map 

 

Getting There

Airplane
The nearest airport is in Phonsavan. Lao Airlines offers daily flights to and from Vientiane.
Lao Airlines: www.laoairlines.com

 

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 10-12 hours. It is also possible to book a minivan in Vientiane.
*Note: The roads are paved but there are plenty of serpentines.

 

Bus
From Vientiane or the South of Laos, Paksanand Bolikhamxay province
If you are travelling from Vientiane or Southern of Laos , you can either take VIP local buses. The buses leave from the Southern bus terminal and take about 8-9 hours. It is also possible to book a minivan in Vientiane. 

    


From VangVieng:
The bus trip from VangVieng takes 7-8 hours.

From LuangPrabang:
Buses run daily from LuangPrabang and take about 8 hours. You could also hire a minivan in either LuangPrabang.


From NongKhiaw:
If you want to travel from Pakbeng/NongKhiaw you take the bus to XamNeua 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 (samlor), 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. Fairs of tuk-tuks are negotiable and do ask around.

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.*

Local Public Transport

This is the cheapest option, and also allows one the opportunity to get to know the 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, stopping to pick up and drop off passengers along the way. It is also important to understand that leg-room and personal space on public vehicles is very limited. Prices for public vehicles outside Phonsavanh are pre-determined, so bargaining is only necessary for the jumbos within Phonsavanh town.

*Note: Prices may be subject to change.

 

Bus Terminals:
Public transportation is available from 3 different bus terminals.  Service locations for each bus station are as follows:

  • Provincial Northern  Bus Terminal: This is the terminal were VIP buses depart/arrive from Vientiane and LuangPrabang, and local buses depart/arrive regulrly to/from VangVieng, XamNeua, Paksan, Vinh and Hanoi in Viet Nam. The terminal is located on Route 7 about 3km west of town.
  • Provincial Southern Bus Terminal: This is the terminal were VIP buses depart/arrive from Vientiane, Paksan, Bolikhamsay province and Southern of Laos and local buses depart/arrive regulrly to/from M. khoun, M Phaxay and M MokMai. The terminal is located on Route 1D about 4km south of town.
  • Phoukham  Terminal: Song taews serving to districts Kham.Phoukood.Nong Het District. leave from the market. The terminal is located on the old air.

Tour Operators

Booking a tour though one of the local tour companies is a great way to see Laos, as it offers the opportunity to learn from experienced guides who have extensive knowledge and understanding about XiengKhouang history, culture and natural sites. Tour companies can also help to arrange for visa extension, airline tickets, private vans and 4-WD vehicles and trips to new destinations within and outside the province.

Diethelm Travel

Phonsavankang Village, Peak District, Xieng Khouang Province.
Tel: +856-61-211118.
Website: www.diethelmtravel.com

 Douangsaychai Travel

 

Phonsavanxay village, Peak District, XiengKhouang Province.
Tel: (856-20)22941044
Website:

Jinda travel

 

Phonsavanxay Village, Peak District, XiengKhouang Province.
Tel: +856-61-3312403.
Email:knovahan@yahoo.com 

Lao- Falang Travel
Phonsavansay Village, Peak District, XiengKhouang Province.
Tel: +(856-20)2221 2456

Interlao  Travel
Phonsaath Tai, Peak District, XiengKhouang Province.
Tel: +856-61-312031.
Website: www.interlao.laopdr.com

Phoukham Travel
Phonsavansay Village, Peak District, XiengKhouang Province.
Tel: +856-61-213899, Mobile: (856-20) 999986888