Getting to Xieng Khouang
Lao Airlines (www.laoairlines.com) offers 6 flights a week in peak season and 4 flights in low season.
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.
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.
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
|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;
( 6 hours)
|Everyday||8:00 AM||Xiengkhouang – Luangprabang||262 Km
( 8 hours)
|Everyday||08:00 AM||Xiengkhouang – XamNeua|| 250 Km
( 9-10 hours)
|18:00 PM||100,000||Air Bus|
|Everyday||Xiengkhouang – Louangnamtha
|Everyday||9:00 AM||Xiengkhouang – Xaiyabouli||331 Km
( 9 hours)
|Everyday ( Excecpt)||6:00 AM||Xiengkhouang – Vietnam (Vinh)||270 Km
( 10 hours)
|Tuesday & Friday||6:30 AM||Xiengkhouang – Vietnam (Harthing)||150,000 (Lao)
|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|
|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|
|6:30 AM||100,000||45 seat|
|Every Day||8:30 AM||Xiengkhouang-Pakxan||100,000||45 seat|
|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|
|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|
|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|