Friday, December 6, 2013

Getting from Vientiane to Udon Thani

This is not really a post, rather a storing of information for us to refer back to.  And it maybe useful to someone else searching for shuttle information – at times i’ve searched and searched for this info.

It’s easy to get from Udon to Nong Khai on the limousine van service (airport counter to Friendship bridge 200 baht), but we had never managed to work out how to do it in reverse.  So this trip with time on our side we worked it out

Vientiane Bus station to Friendship bridge: 
Bus 14 (our old favourite bus) 6,000 kip, pay the driver when getting off the bus (departs every 10 –15 minutes)

Through Immigration Lao & Thai (4,000 kip for the bus over the bridge).

We departed the bus station at 7:05am and were through Lao and Thai immigration by 8:05am

Nong Khai, Friendship bridge to Udon Thani Airport
At the Nong Khai end the limousine vans drop passengers off just before the Thai immigration departure booths – you can pick up a ride there to the office.  Or can go to the offices of the van operator along the Pranangcholpratan road.  We were quoted 50 baht by a tuktuk driver to do this – we didn't bargain because we didn't plan to actually go by tuktuk – so 50 is the ballpark starting figure.

(update) I walked from the border last time because I had plenty of time.  Turn left at the corner then walk 20 minutes straight down the large road, passing through 2 sets of lights.  Office just past 2nd set, on right hand side of road

We caught a limousine van – signage only on the top front windscreen and on the rear window, not on the van itself and it is a 3 or 4 minute drive from the bridge to the office.

Here were purchased a ticket 150 baht.

Departures are 6:30am, 9:15am, 10:30 am 12:00 13:00 14:00 16:00 17:30

It is about an hour direct through to Udon airport.

The details of the operator Udon Kaewtour Ltd udonkaewtour@csloinfo.com or udonkaewtour@hotmail.com 

business card i picked up at the tour office
photo

At the other end we flew into Bangkok, Don Muang airport for the 1st time.  To get to the city we used the airport bus/ BTS combination in both directions.

From Don Muang to city
The airport bus is "A1" and is located outside the arrivals hall doors (possibly exit 6 if I remember correctly) It was a bit of an old dunger of bus and there is no space for luggage. The ticket collector comes around and collect the 30 baht fare per person.

The journey to the Mo Chit BTS/ Chatuchak Park MRT Station takes about 30 minutes depending on traffic.

There are no announcements, but the fact everyone departs the bus en-mass is a good clue you are there.

Returning to Don Muang
After exiting the BTS (on the Chatachuk Park side of the road) we stood at the bus stop and waited watching all the local buses.  Eventually A1 arrived and picked us and some other tourists up.  Then it went 50m further down the road to a sign that actually said A1 airport bus and picked up the remainder of the passengers.

 (I think I read the bus goes every 20 or 30 minutes, something like that anyway.)

1 comment:

  1. Hey! Thanks a lot! Exactly what I was looking for!

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