Friday, January 27, 2006

Nong Khai/Udon Thani, Thailand <--> Vientiane, Laos Bus

I mentioned in a previous post about the new Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand <--> Pakse, Laos bus service, to commence in February, 2006. Previously the Tourism Authority of Thailand had announced service between both Nong Khai and Udon Thani, Thailand to Vientiane, Laos.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The routes will operate from the Thai province of Nong Khai to the Lao PDR capital of Vientiane, and from the Thai province of Udon Thani to Vientiane. Both will go across the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, the first to be opened across the Mekong River in 1994.

The Nong Khai - Vientiane route is about 30 kms and will be covered in 30 minutes. The Udon Thani - Vientiane route is about 80 kms and will be covered in a little more than an hour, excluding the time that will be spent at the border crossing.

One-way fares for the two routes are 30 baht and 80 baht respectively.

The state-owned transport companies of Thailand and Lao PDR will each operate two round-trip services a day on both routes. Thailand's Transport Company Limited will operate 45-seat air-conditioned buses.

A timetable was also included.

The contact information given is:
TAT Northeastern Office: Region 5
Tel: +66 4232 5406 – 7
Fax: +66 4232 5408

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