One of the oldest backpacking tricks is to take a night bus to save money on accommodation. But is the Luang Prabang to Vientiane night bus safe? If you ask us, of course the answer is a big yes, as long as you choose one of those VIP sleepers.
Now, let’s share some notes and tips for you.
[The image above is taken from the top of Patuxai showing a part of Vientiane. The United Nations House is on the left.]
Some people take the slow boat to Chiang Mai. Here’s a list of top-rated hotels in Chiang Mai’s Old City.
Book a 10-PM ticket or a later time.
If you want to get to Vientiane as early as possible, then skip this tip.
At the travel agency, we were informed that the trip would take 10 hours. We factored in a few hours of delay, so we opted for the 8:30, thinking that we’d reach our destination at around 7 or 8 AM. The cost of the ticket was 150,000 kip (see image below).
But the ride was smooth, and there was no delay.
We arrived in Vientiane early in the morning, around 5 o’clock. It was also raining that day, so we had to wait a bit for the skies to change its color.
The Northern Bus Station in Vientiane is several kilometers from the city center.
We got lucky because there was a tuk-tuk offering to take us downtown, but we don’t know if transportation would be easier or difficult had we arrived at the expected time.
Also read: What’s the Best Area to Stay in Vientiane?
Take the VIP Sleeper.
This is what it looks like inside – 3 rows of upper and lower berths. You’ll have room for your feet, but if you’re over 6 feet, you might find it difficult to fit in.
Why should you not take the other types of buses?
Here’s a precautionary story courtesy of Backpackerlee. Read it to learn from his experience.
No need to buy food or water.
Your ticket comes with a meal with a small bottle of water. You’ll also be given a plastic bag for your footwear. If you don’t have one, simply ask the conductor.
Don’t forget your jacket.
You’ll be provided with a fleece blanket, but this may not be enough especially for coldies. Expect the AC to be on full blast.
If you decide to put your backpack in the luggage compartment, do not forget to take your jacket with you.
Also read: Dos and Don’ts in Luang Prabang, Laos
Sleep and enjoy the ride.
Some people say the road is rough, but we don’t have any recollection of it being so. That’s because we were fast asleep.
Enjoy your Luang Prabang to Vientiane night bus ride!