Van Regional 14pax, PTS Transit Service, 15.11.2019
Die Reise bestand aus zwei Teilen: Zuerst wurde man von einem Minivan vom Hotel abgeholt und zum zentralen Busbahnhof gefahren. Dann ging es mit einem grösseren Bus weiter nach Luang Prabang. In meinem Fall war diese in einem weiteren Minivan. Der Chauffeur erwähnte, dass bei hohem Passagieraufkommen auch ein Car eingesetzt werden könne, womit die Fahrzeit sich etwas verlängere.
Van Regional 14pax, PTS Transit Service, 18.08.2019
The bus was small an tight and without aircon. But it is stunning and interesting to see the real Laos out of the window - fascinating village life and increadibly beautiful mountain landscape. This journey is taking you through the mountains, including a stop for lunch at the top. Fantastic! And for me this payed out for the difficult circumstances inside the bus. Arrival was about 1 hour late, which I consider ok for an 11 hour journey through the countryside. The operators where very kind, but did not speak a lot of English. Bigger luggage will be put on the roof of the bus.
Van Regional 14pax, PTS Transit Service, 01.06.2019
Alles super gelaufen, sehr zu empfehlen.
Van Regional 14pax, Soutchai Travel, 27.03.2019
6 Stunden waren angepeilt. 4 Stunden hat der Fahrer gebraucht. Top! Fahrt war in Ordnung. Habe schon schlechtere Straßen erlebt.
Einziger negativer Punkt: Fahrer machte 2 mal eine kleine Pause um sich zu entleeren und die Gäste wurden nicht gefragt.
Bus Express Schlafwagen 41, Naga Travel, 13.12.2019
The bus was on-time (actually got to Luang Prabang early), but the conditions were pretty bad. The shuttle that takes you to the bus station at 18:00 didn't mention that you have to wait 2.5 hours at the station (food stalls close by the time you arrive). Also, the bus operators have no idea what assigned seats mean. It's mostly first-come first-serve and everyone ignores their ticket's seat number. It was a hassle finding a bed and the sheets smelled terrible.
Van Regional 14pax, Soutchai Travel, 18.11.2019
Mini van, road has lot of curves at some high speeds prones to stomach ache and throwing up from some people.
Van Regional 14pax, Soutchai Travel, 12.11.2019
I was suppose to travel by bus and they told me in advance I would be traveling by van. It is ok if you book a decent number of people with their luggage. They expected us to be 13 in a van crowed with luggage. Back to the bus station, I asked to change van. I finally travelled in better conditions. I was aware of it by previous complaints from travelers. Please check on the reviews if you think they mean something to you. We, as travelers take time to write them.
Bus Express Schlafwagen 41, Naga Travel, 27.09.2019
Stuck three of us in tiny compartment over engine at back of bus.
These spaces not designed for three large western guys.
Van Regional 14pax, Soutchai Travel, 18.08.2019
We were packed into a tiny mini bus that could barley fit us all so I had to sit in the middle front seat which was concrete hard unlike the seat everyone else was sitting on the difference was night and day, made for a very uncomfortable journey, although the driver got us there an hr early so that was positive and he was nice
Bus Express Schlafwagen 41, Naga Travel, 22.07.2019
Communication on what bus to get was poor, we got told to stay on transport which was going to Paksa when we were going to Luang Prabang. The driving was crazy and my partner was unable to sleep more than 2hrs. Air conditioning was good and bed wasn’t too bad.
Van Regional 14pax, Soutchai Travel, 16.07.2019
So many people in a small van, the baggage storaged on a roof rack and the driver stopped along the way several times to pick up more package.
We already knew the bad road bad conditions, so no complaints about it,but in our opinion the driver could have been more careful due to this and the weather (so much fog)
Bus Express-Schlafwagen, Soutchai Travel, 11.07.2019
We travelled with overnight bus from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. On the plus side - we arrived early (just in time for the sunrise alms-giving ceremony) and managed to get some sleep on the way. There was AC and we got blankets. On the minus side - we had to arrive at 18:00 in the Soutchai office, while the bus leaves at 20:30 from the Northern bus station. We first waited for the transfer from the office to the bus terminal. Our vouchers were changed into tickets there and we had to wait nearly 2 hours at the dirty station. The bus was there, but they would not let us in before the 20:15. The price of the ticket at the station was 150.000 kip, we paid twice the price (over 30$) per person through 12GoAsia. The reclining seats allows you to sleep if you are less than 170 cm. There is no toilet and no toilet stops on the way. Instead of 8:00am stated on the tickets we arrived at 5:20am. Also we arrived to Southern station in Luang Prabang, while our tickets stated that we will arrive at the Northern one. Still this trip was more restful than the other way round.
Bus Standard AirCon, Naga Travel, 29.04.2019
I bought the ticket via 12go and I am aware that they are only selling the ticket and are not operating the buses. The bus had 12-15 passengers, give or take, during the tour. The trip between Vientiane and Luang Prabang was interesting and I can summarize it as:
- We made it all the way without any incidents . That said there was several near-misses and some serious incidents observed on the way (see below)
- The driver of the bus was politely and friendly
- The air-con was not to cold (which is often a problem on this buses)
- Plenty of stops en-route (might be annoying for some) ensured that the engine - and most importantly - the brakes could cool down before continue the ride.
- We observed a truck involved in a "front to front" collision with another heavy vehicle. This caused some delays both southbound and northbound.
- We observed an incident involving two motorcycles with at least two fatalities. Shocking!
- I showed up the 1 hour before pick up (as instructed on the ticket) just to experience that I had to wait for 1 hour and 20 minutes for the pick-up.
- At the bus station there was some confusion about which bus to take, wen it was leaving etc, but it was sorted out in the end.
- The bus was old, noisy and had seen better days. But remember- this is Laos
- The roads was bumpy, and to some extent, unpaved. But remember- this is Laos
Van Regional 14pax, Soutchai Travel, 23.04.2019
Driver did not seem that confident on the roads and at times felt dangerous. On the plus side, the bus left 15 mins early and did not take 6 hours, more like 4.5 - with a 30 min food stop and a shorter 10 min toilet break.
Van Regional 14pax, Soutchai Travel, 10.04.2019
Van Regional 14pax, PTS Transit Service, 10.04.2019
Overall we managed to reach the destination safely and on time.
However, we booked a sleeper van but we got a sleeper bus where the aircon broke down.
Van Regional 14pax, PTS Transit Service, 04.04.2019
The driver who picked me up was very helpful and kind. The bus left 45 minutes late, and we got to Luang Prabang 3 hours late. The bus smelled very moldy and made me cough. The bathroom was closed, which was very inconvenient for me because I was sick. Thankfully the driver stopped many times so we could use the bathroom. The bus service was kind about letting me have my own bed since I am bigger than most Asian people.
Van Regional 14pax, Soutchai Travel, 20.03.2019
We weren’t happy that once we boarded the mini bus in Vang Vieng, we had to drive around for ages back and forth to the same places to pick up other travellers who were not ready on time. There was not enough space in the mini van for every plus our bags, it was so cramped for a 4 hour plus journey.
Van Regional 14pax, Soutchai Travel, 18.03.2019
Great driver, great travel