Bangkok to Vientiane @ train, bus, flight May 31, 2017

16 trips (THB 479 — 6,186)

From Hua Lamphong to Vientiane by train

08:20
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
17:45
Nong Khai
9h 25m
Refund
฿ 748
× 2 = ฿ 1,496
20 seats available
18:35
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
04:15
Nong Khai
9h 40m
Refund
฿ 748
× 2 = ฿ 1,496
20 seats available
20:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
06:45
Nong Khai
10h 45m
Refund
฿ 1,088
× 2 = ฿ 2,176
32 seats available
20:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
06:45
Nong Khai
10h 45m
Refund
฿ 1,607
× 2 = ฿ 3,214
10 seats available
20:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
06:45
Nong Khai
10h 45m
Refund
฿ 1,088
× 2 = ฿ 2,176
18 seats available

From Hua Lamphong to Vientiane by train+train+bus joint ticket

20:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
06:45
Nong Khai
10h 45m
Refund
32 seats available
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
07:00
Nong Khai
09:00
Vientiane Naga Travel
2h
Instant
10 seats available
Total
13h
฿ 1,538
× 2 = ฿ 3,076
20:00
Hua Lamphong, Bangkok
06:45
Nong Khai
10h 45m
Refund
10 seats available
This connection is managed by the operating company. You will be transfered between the trips.
07:00
Nong Khai
09:00
Vientiane Naga Travel
2h
Instant
10 seats available
Total
13h
฿ 2,057
× 2 = ฿ 4,114

From Morchit to Vientiane by bus

19:00
Morchit, Bangkok
04:10
Nong Khai
9h 10m
Instant
฿ 558
× 2 = ฿ 1,116
? seats available
19:45
Morchit, Bangkok
05:55
Nong Khai
10h 10m
Instant
฿ 499
× 2 = ฿ 998
? seats available
20:00
Morchit, Bangkok
07:00
Vientiane Talat Sao
11h
฿ 1,000
× 2 = ฿ 2,000
10 seats available
20:30
Morchit, Bangkok
05:50
Nong Khai
9h 20m
Instant
฿ 479
× 2 = ฿ 958
? seats available
21:00
Morchit, Bangkok
07:10
Nong Khai
10h 10m
Instant
฿ 499
× 2 = ฿ 998
? seats available

From Don Mueang Airport to Vientiane by flight

#FD1040
12:05
Don Mueang Airport
13:15
Vientiane Airport
1h 20m
Instant
฿ 2,261
× 2 = ฿ 4,522
  available

From Suvarnabhumi Airport to Vientiane by flight

#PG943
09:45
Suvarnabhumi Airport
11:00
Vientiane Airport
1h 15m
Instant
฿ 3,558
× 2 = ฿ 7,116
  available
#TG570
11:55
Suvarnabhumi Airport
13:05
Vientiane Airport
1h 10m
Instant
฿ 6,145
× 2 = ฿ 12,290
  available
#TG574
19:35
Suvarnabhumi Airport
20:45
Vientiane Airport
1h 10m
Instant
฿ 6,186
× 2 = ฿ 12,372
  available

How to get from Bangkok to Vientiane

Why go to Vientiane
After the bustling capital of Thailand with it proud high rises piercing the skies, modern skytrain whisking passengers around the city above the ground and busy world-class shopping centres, Vientiane may feel too sleepy, too low-storied, too rustic and too simple. And in some way it is. But if you stop comparing Vientiane to Bangkok, you will discover tons of charm in the wide leafy boulevards and elaborately decorated historical wats and enjoy simple Lao pleasures – from spicy laap salad and ice-cold beer Lao to the measured pace of local life. The mighty Mekong adds to the meditative mood, and the amazing sunsets over the river never fail to impress.

From Bangkok to Vientiane

The road distance from Bangkok to Vientiane is 650 km and you need at least 10 hours to get to Laos, including the time you send at the border. Nong Khai–Vientiane border crossing is most probably the busiest one among all the other land border crossings between Thailand and Laos. That said, queues are normally reasonable and you are not pushed too much to pay extra for your Lao visa if you need one.

Flights from Bangkok to Vientiane

There are direct flights between both Bangkok airports and Vientiane, all taking 1¼ hours. The cheapest deals are often offered by AirAsia which uses Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok as their hub. Normally you can get tickets for THB2000, less if you buy in advance during promotion periods. If you prefer to fly from Suvarnabhumi, consider Lao Airlines, which is more expensive (THB3500 and up), but includes 20 kg of checked luggage into their ticket price. Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways also operate their flights from Suvarnabhumi.

In Vientiane the International Airport Wattay is located 3 km northwest of the centre. The terminal building has been given a facelift recently and now features ATMs, currency exchange counters, several snacks outlets, restaurants and the information counter. You can get an official taxi to the centre of Vientiane right at the airport in the arrivals hall. The rate is flat and is USD7. A budget option is to get out of the terminal building and walk to the main road (about 500 m) where you can negotiate a ride with tuk-tuk drivers (normally at half of the taxi price) or hop onto a local bus which costs 4000 kip (USD0.5).

Tip A decent alternative to taking a direct flight from Bangkok to Vientiane is heading from Bangkok to Udon Thani instead. This domestic flight costs less and you have a wider choice of departures throughout the day with AirAsia, Lion Air or Nok Air. From Udon Thani airport you can take a bus to get to the city bus station and take the direct international bus to Vientiane from there. The international service departs eight times a day from 8am till 6pm and costs THB80. There is also van service to Vientiane from Udon Thani airport (THB200). In total it is 80 km from Udon Thani to Vientiane; expect to spend from two to three hours to get to Laos, including the time you spend at the border.

Note If taking the international bus/van from Udon Thani to Vientiane you may be rejected the ride if you do not have your Lao visa yet and are going to get one at the border. The only reason for rejection is that the bus drivers do not want to wait for the passengers obtaining their visas at the border. In this case ask for the transport to the Thai border – once at the Lao side of the border, you can then take a tuk-tuk to your destination.

Direct bus from Bangkok to Vientiane

There is direct international bus service from Bangkok to Vientiane. The service is operated by Transport Co Intl based at Morchit Bus Terminal in Bangkok. The bus departs daily at 8pm from and reaches Talat Sao bus station in Vientiane by 7am the next morning. If you are heading to the Thai consulate in Vientiane to apply for your Thai visa, this bus is a sure bet to get to the consulate in time. Tickets cost THB1000 which is in fact approximately one third more than you would spend if taking a bus to Nong Khai and then catching the international bus to Vientiane from Nong Khai bus station.

Note that there are only six buses a day from Nong Khai to Vientiane with rather an inconvenient gap in schedule between 9.30am and 12.40pm.

The bus from Bangkok to Vientiane is an ordinary VIP bus with four seats per row. Some of the buses serving the route do look rather tired; so do not expect extra comfort. There are several bathroom stops en route at large gas stations with food courts and/or convenience stores to stock up on munchies. Snacks and water are served on board along with late dinner in the form of a lunch box containing some rice and curry. In general, taking the direct international bus from Bangkok to Vientiane is a convenient and hassle free way to get to the capital of Laos.

From Bangkok to Vientiane via Nong Khai

Nong Khai makes for a convenient transit point for travelling to Vientiane overland. In Bangkok, buses for Nong Khai depart all day through from the northern bus terminal, Morchit, and arrive to Nong Khai bus station, the majority of them taking from nine to 10 hours (THB500-THB600).

From Nong Khai bus station take the international bus to Vientiane (7.30am, 9.30am, 12.40pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm. 6pm; THB60; buy tickets on the spot) or get a tuk-tuk to the border (THB60), then hop onto the shuttle bus over the bridge to the other side of the border (THB50) and negotiate a tuk-tuk ride to Vientiane from there (from THB100).

Nong Khai sits at the end of the Northeastern Line of Thai railway network and it is a good point to get there by train. The most convenient option is arguably train #69 departing from Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok at 8pm and reaching Nong Khai at 6.45am the next morning. It offers first (THB1500) and second class (THB1000) sleepers (ladies only as well) which are a great way to travel.

From Nong Khai train station you can either take a shuttle train to Tha Nalaeng train station in Laos or walk to the border, exit Thailand, get onto the shuttle bus running over the bridge to the Lao side, get your Lao visa (if you need one), enter Laos and enjoy a hearty welcome from numerous tuk-tuk drivers offering reasonable prices for a 20 km ride to Vientiane (from THB60 per person or THB200 for the whole vehicle). Taking a shuttle train to Tha Nalaeng is less preferable as you will have then get from Tha Nalaeng to Vientiane, with the transportation options limited to few tuk-tuk drivers who do not know what modesty is about!

Getting your Lao visa on arrival

If you need a visa to enter Laos, you can get one on arrival in Vientiane airport, at the immigration offices on the Lao side of Nong Khai–Vientiane border or at the train station of Tha Nalaeng.

The majority of the nationalities can obtain a 30-day tourist visa on arrival (check in advance). The visa fee varies depending on your country of residence but is USD30 for the majority of the countries. You can pay in Thai baht, too, but it will cost you a bit more (THB1500; ~USD45). Take a visa application form from the officer, fill it in, have 2 small photos to attach to your application (or pay a couple of bucks if you do not have pics) and get your Lao visa.

Getting around in Vientiane

Wide Vientiane boulevards and streets do not see as much traffic as other Asian capitals, and the flat terrain makes it possible to negotiate the city thanons by bicycle. These are available for rent in many guesthouses at about USD1 per day, though the quality of such bicycles leaves much to be desired.

Tuk-tuks are plentiful but those hanging around the night market close to Mekong do not fall below USD5 with their rates.

There are public buses in Vientiane (6,000 kip) and the most useful route is #14 from Talat Sao (Morning market) to the Friendship bridge and further to Buddha Park.

Things to do in Vientiane

Though at first sight Vientiane may look modest compared to the capitals of the neighbouring countries, it definitely has enough sights and activities to keep you busy at least for a couple of days. The city features quite a few interesting wats and stupas out of which try not to miss Wat Ho Phra Kaew, the 16th century temple which used to house the sacred Emerald Buddha image, now resident in Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. Not less impressive is Wat Sisaket, the oldest monastery in Laos with great murals depicting scenes from Jataka. That Luang, one the most important religious monuments in the country, dates back to the 16th century as well, but was rebuilt in the middle of the past century; yet the shape of this stupa reminiscent of a lotus bud has been replicated in many wats throughout the country and in Thai region of Isan.

You will come across Patuxia and the black stupa more than once while taking a stroll around the city; the former has a nice park with a fountain and is especially pleasant at sunset. The weird Buddha Park located 25 km southeast of Vientiane is worth visiting, too, even if you have already seen the similar park in Nong Khai. The atmosphere there is serene and there are usually not too many visitors wandering between the stone images of Buddhist and Hindu deities.

Onward travel from Vientiane

The two star destinations in Laos easily reached from Vientiane are Luang Phabang, a rare gem of elegant French architecture, golden wats and traditional wooden houses, and Vang Vieng, a famous tubing capital of the country which now enjoys a much quieter vibe after all those bars along the river have been ordered to close. Out of international destinations you can get to overland, consider Hanoi, though a 22-hour bus ride is not the experience everyone is longing for.

Passenger reviews out of total 7,636 passengers traveled with us on this route

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that though we are closely monitoring services, we are still an agency marketplace - meaning we focus on ticketing service and route availability / coverage rather than on factual seat recline angle you got today ^_^

★★★★☆ May 22, 2017 (bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour) :
Very comfortable - seating and temperature. Only complaint was the "food" provided. Serving Oreo like cookies with milk at the start of an overnight ride is a joke: maybe a healthier snack option so my teeth don't rot away.
★★★☆☆ May 22, 2017 (train #25 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways) :
2nd class and upper bed is the best one if want to have some rest. Bed is not that comfortable byt bedsheet is warm
★★★★☆ May 16, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very good trip on train no25, the booking was exceptionally easy with a pick up of the ticket by my Thai driver who commented that the company was most efficient and helpful..highly recommended. Jack, New Zealand.
★★★★★ May 15, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ May 13, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ May 10, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ May 10, 2017 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Really easy to book online before our arrival, great communication and clear instructions for getting our train. I would highly recommend 12go Asia for any travel assistance in Bangkok :))
★★★☆☆ May 5, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
We have a delay of almost 4hs. Anyway, the condition facilities of the train are great
★★★★★ May 2, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Trian staffs are very friendly and train opertion system is very nice. Especially, restaurant is clean and foods are deligious. Sleeping beds are clean and confortable. Nice ^^
★★★☆☆ Apr 30, 2017 (bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour) :
The bus was nearly 2 hours late to arrive at the bus station and also I was informed that it wasn't going to be a VIP but an express bus (I did receive a refund for this) The actual bus was comfortable, the chairs fully reclined and had a massage mode which was nice. Snack, water and blanket also provided. Was going to give 2* due to the bus being so late and the down grade etc but throughout the staff members were really helpful and spoke good English in getting to me to my destination.
★★★★★ Apr 29, 2017 (bus Express, Sawadee Esan)
★★★☆☆ Apr 27, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Clean, new and modern trains..touchscreen doors and all that. Looks nice. The seats and mattresses are hard, and with bright white light constantly on during the night, sleep was not good. The old trains were a lot more comfortable, and I slept better on the old trains, even though they were noisier. Still... beats the bus.
★★★★☆ Apr 26, 2017 (bus Express, Sawadee Esan) :
Perfect bus and driver. Only inconveniënt thing is the airco. It was sooo cold in the bus that i couldnt sleep
★★★☆☆ Apr 16, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Sleeping was difficult due to constant light on the train. But generally an easy journey with efficient staff.
★★★★☆ Apr 10, 2017 (train #25 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways) :
My.bed is 12 no. 38 its very shaky because im in the last row overall good
★★★★★ Apr 10, 2017 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Our trip was very pleasant. Great AC. Car clear and confortable
★★☆☆☆ Apr 8, 2017 (bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour)
★★★★★ Apr 7, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Mar 30, 2017 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Great service from 12go Asia. Found office without any problems. 1st class sleeper compartment great. Little sink. Beds made up about 9 pm. Quite comfortable but didn't sleep particularly well because of stopping and starting. Would do again.
★★★★★ Mar 28, 2017 (train #25 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Mar 26, 2017 (bus Express, Sawadee Esan) :
The best bus I've taken! Very comfotabke seats. Wifi was fast! Loved it.
★★★★★ Mar 21, 2017 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Mar 19, 2017 (bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour)
★★★★★ Mar 18, 2017 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
We enjoy a lot.
★★★☆☆ Mar 15, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Mar 12, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Mar 10, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Mar 6, 2017 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Mar 5, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Everything from start to finish was very easy for travellers. The train bed was clean, the journey was fine (bumpy), guard woke passengers up at their stations. Overall very efficient.
★★★★★ Mar 4, 2017 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
nice, smooth and professional
★★★★★ Mar 3, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
I love these new trains, super clean and comfortable.
★★★★☆ Mar 1, 2017 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Buying tickets thru 12go.asia completely hassle free. Pleasant overnight train ride but the bunks are pretty hard.
★★★★★ Mar 1, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Superb service
★★★★☆ Feb 28, 2017 (bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour) :
Ok, decent trip, probably add the possibility to stop at the friendship bridge since we drove passed it.
★★★★★ Feb 27, 2017 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Excellent service from 12goAsia!
★★★★★ Feb 26, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Clean and cosy ride! Dont mind riding it for an even longer distance.
★★★★★ Feb 26, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train was brand new and comfortable. Picking up the tickets was a breeze
★★★★☆ Feb 26, 2017 (bus Express, Sawadee Esan) :
Bus left with 1h delay but very confortable. Had a small meal distributed on the bus and a bottle of water. Arrived a bit earlier than expected. All good.
★★★★★ Feb 25, 2017 (bus Express, Sawadee Esan) :
Very comfortable, no music
★★★★★ Feb 24, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 20, 2017 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Everthing Well organized and exceeded our expectations. Clean compartiment (VIP). Clean toilet. Possibility to shower as Well !
★★★★★ Feb 18, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The train was immaculately clean and very comfortable. The train staff were friendly and helpful. We have travelled this route every year for the last 13 years and this year was absolutely the best!!!
★★★★★ Feb 16, 2017 (bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour) :
Pretty gud mang get that visa run boi
★★★★☆ Feb 13, 2017 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Feb 12, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Feb 12, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great service from 12go.asia. The train was modern and clean, but I couldn't sleep well, because the lights were on the whole night in a sleeping car.
★★★★★ Feb 10, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Feb 5, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Feb 5, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train was two hours late but other wise comfortable ,modern, clean and effective.
★★★★★ Feb 3, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very clean and comfortable. Highly recommend!
★★★★★ Feb 2, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
The service is really fast. Highly recommend!
★★★★☆ Feb 1, 2017 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Feb 1, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Nice clean train and not very crowded. Only problem was that the lights stay on all night - would be nice if they were dimmed but remember to pack and eye mask!
★★★★☆ Jan 31, 2017 (bus Express, Sawadee Esan)
★★★★★ Jan 29, 2017 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Execellent. Clean, comfy. Trains are new and bathrooms clean. You get two bottles of water included. We had a private room in 1st class with a bunk. You can hear the noise from the neighbors and the morning cleaning crew is a bit noisy but outside of that it's quiet. Each bed has its own TV and outlet and the wifi was very reliable. The blankets they provide are a little thin so I wore my sweater through the night. We arrived about 30 min behind schedule at Nong Khai but that was due to single tracking in spots, I think. Overall a great experience. Highly recommend. And 12Go was excellent all around.
★★★★★ Jan 26, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 26, 2017 (train #75 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Since you can not pre buy a train ticket directly with the government railway agency, this is an excellent and secure way to purchase a ticket in advance and be guaranteed your seat. Yes the commission rate is high in my estimation. We purchased 2 tickets @ 498 baht each, and paid 500 baht in commissions!! But in the end it is still good value for the guarantee of getting your preferred booking. The following comment does not reflect on the service provided by 12go.asia. We travelled during the day so we could view the scenery along the way, but the filthy windows made it difficult to see very much. And yes the air conditioning makes for a chilly journey!
★★★★★ Jan 26, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very fast booking process, got 2 Lower as requested. But could not sleep at all train very cold, light is open, will be good if can trun is down little. I understand this is real world))
★★★★★ Jan 25, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Everything went very well, with 123Go operating very efficiently and providing excellent service.
★★★★★ Jan 25, 2017 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Fantastic new carriages, that are very comfortable, clean, and thoughtful.
★★★★★ Jan 24, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
fast and easy service!
★★★★☆ Jan 24, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl)
★★★★★ Jan 19, 2017 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Jan 19, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl)
★★★★☆ Jan 18, 2017 (bus Express, Sawadee Esan) :
It was great! Food and water provided and the seats were very comfortable -- reclined almost flat. A bit chilly but they provide a blanket and be sure to wear a sweater! All in all a great trip. Arrived early too.
★★★★★ Jan 17, 2017 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Train was great as usual pick up at office went smoothly
★★★★☆ Jan 17, 2017 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
12go.asia very efficient service at the office for ticket pick up. Would definitely use again.
★★★★★ Jan 15, 2017 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
First I want to thank 12GoAsia, they were very efficient. Thank you. About the Thai Railways then it was horrible. The train was delayed almost 4hours. We were waiting in the train station in Bangkok, the train was delayed, and delayed, it was announced on one track, then another and finally disappeared from the screens. I asked the persons in charge, they had no answer, did not know where the train was. And finally a train arrived, very late but we could take it. About the trip itself, it was excellent, train (once it arrived and we were on) was clean, good service on board. Air-con was very high (so very cold) but we could manage to shut it down ! In the morning it was possible to take coffee at the restaurant-bar car. Good, and waiter was pleasant and smiling. So good service on board but national thai railways not good to manage when there is a problem....
★★★★☆ Jan 15, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl) :
My bus has a great space for legs and fantastic recliner. Better than airplane seats! Got the voucher as a part of bus ticket to buy something to eat, had 3 stops before we've reached the border(brilliant), smooth border crossing on both sidesThai-Lao, peaceful drive( chance to sleep during night ride)
★★★★★ Jan 12, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Worked as expected. Office is close to train station and they had my ticket.
★★★★★ Jan 9, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Jan 7, 2017 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Good service
★★★☆☆ Jan 6, 2017 (bus Express, Sawadee Esan) :
Left a bit late and stopped a lotação of times on the side of the road but managed to arrive earlier than scheduled. Free water and mal included but the insiste of the bus was old ans smelly. Lower deck had real low roof
★★★★★ Jan 5, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
123Go was convenient and very nice service. The price actually wasnt over too much! The train was also amazing with clean toilet and great service!
★★★★★ Jan 4, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Fantastic service all the way through. Considering they only charge a mere 200 baht or so for their service- it's truly incredible. Remember, what you pay for the ticket price itself- goes to the railways. The only thing these guys make for enabling you to place the order online- is a mere 200 baht. Considering the convenience they provide as a result- I wish I could give them more than five stars. Ticket pick up is easy (building is easy to find, their small office is on the main floor- you can find it by looking for their logo). Trains (if you know which train to book: some are newer trains, some older- get details on which train is best to book from "man in seat61" (google his site- its the most detailed rail travel site on the web). If you book the newer trains, they are even better/cleaner than many trains in Europe (seriously- we travel by train all over Europe). We tried both first and second class sleepers- and even the second class is VERY clean, modern, and up to European standards (again, as long as you book one of the NEW trains- the older ones- very different story). People complain about the cold on the train- but- looking at the temp. inside the train on the screen- (23...24 C... all night long) it was very comfortable. I suppose if you consider +23/24 C freezing, you've been an expat in south-east Asia for too long. ;) Anyway, from one discerning traveller to another- these guys are great, the train service far exceeded our expectations... don't hesitate to book with them. Really, very solid service. Just remember: book one of the NEW trains if possible. And if you do book the new trains- then even second class will be superior to trains we've taken in Italy, Austria, UK, etc.
★★★★★ Jan 3, 2017 (bus VIP, Budsarakham Tour)
★★★★★ Jan 3, 2017 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Good trip. Clean and new waggons. Plenty space. Audio and video Advertisement for Thailand until 9pm.
★★★★★ Dec 29, 2016 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Dec 29, 2016 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Very good. Need to make it more clear that ticket collection is in the downstairs shop (avoid waiting in the wrong queue). Train journey was also very good (could do without the constant Thai commentary on the intercom up until 10:00 pm).
★★★★★ Dec 28, 2016 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
12Go were efficient honest and trustworthy. Will definitely use them again!!
★★★★☆ Dec 27, 2016 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Good Price and good Service. All worked very well. Train is very bright all Night Long, difficult to sleep.
★★★★☆ Dec 27, 2016 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Train is too bright to sleep in comfort especially at upper beth. Other than that, all are good.
★★★★★ Dec 26, 2016 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Service works just as advertised. Happy to book with 12goasia again.
★★★★★ Dec 26, 2016 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Worked as promised.....
★★★★☆ Dec 25, 2016 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Everything right unless misunderstanding
★★★★☆ Dec 24, 2016 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Great organisation by 123go, thank you ! The train was great too, comfortable, perfect service, dining wagon, but freezing... and a little bit too much light.
★★★★★ Dec 24, 2016 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Dec 24, 2016 (train #25 Class II Ladies Only, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Dec 23, 2016 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Dec 22, 2016 (train #75 Class II AC, Thai Railways) :
Worked without problems. Fee 2000 Baht for eight tickets costing 4000 Baht was far too much in our opinion.
★★★★★ Dec 20, 2016 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★★ Dec 20, 2016 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Легко забрали билеты за 2 часа до отправления поезда. Новый слиппер 2го класса хороший, удобный. Широкие полки. 3 туалета и умывальник. Кондёр только морозит.
★★★★★ Dec 17, 2016 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Great experience n facilities n service onboard the train. Only gripe is the train A/C is very cold n uncontrollable. Wear a lot on the train to feel warm n sleep well.
★★★★☆ Dec 15, 2016 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
Brilliant customer service by 12goasia. Trip itself very good, clean, comfy, on time, blankets etc but i wish the lights could have gone out for a few hours being that it was overnight.
★★★★☆ Dec 14, 2016 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
1st class sleeper was great, very clean and comfortable. Only criticism was that the air conditioning was very cold so ask for extra blanklets if you can as we couldn't do much to turn it down. Would highly recommend otherwise.
★★★★★ Dec 12, 2016 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Honestly the train journey I've been on. New, smooth train with comfortable bedding and friendly service.
★★★★★ Dec 11, 2016 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
We got a new train (with red-coloured seats). Very nice and comfortable!
★★★★☆ Dec 9, 2016 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways) :
New sleeper cars and great service. However one of the AC Compressors under the coach kept coming on and off during the night - making it less than perfect. 12goasia service was great!
★★★★★ Dec 9, 2016 (train #25 Class II Sleeper AC, Thai Railways)
★★★★☆ Dec 8, 2016 (train #25 VIP Sleeper, Thai Railways) :
Great first class sleeper on brand new train, but no cargo wagon on express train for bikes, so had to leave it to go on a later Rapid train, and wait for it to arrive at Nong Khai.

News @ Vientiane

24 May 2017

Contractors in northern Laos say work on boring tunnels for a new railway line from China is progressing in leaps and bounds. In Luang Namtha Province, spokesperson Chanthachone Keolakhone says three tunnels on the route are up to 50 metres through mountains.

03 May 2017

The Laos Tourism Ministry has announced the construction of a heritage centre at the historic Vat Phou Temple complex in southern Champasak Province. A director at the ministry’s heritage bureau told reporters the centre would function as a museum and visitor centre and would house important artefacts from the 900-year-old temple.

07 April 2017

Authorities in the Thai city of Khon Kaen have announced they will build a museum to house collections of religious artefacts unearthed recently. Local residents dug up the pieces at Chom Sri Temple.