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Asia > Laos > Vang Vieng > Useful Info
Updated on Jul 19, 2019 Useful Info

Best way to get to Vang Vieng from Hanoi

  • Vang Vieng has no airport, so you cannot fly into it from Hanoi. In fact, there's no direct transportation of any kind from Hanoi to Vang Vieng
  • What you need to do is to get to Vientiane first, then take a bus or minivan to Vang Vieng
  • Step 1: Getting from Hanoi to Vientiane:
  • The best way is to fly, which will cost you $120-$140USD per person (one way). There's also a direct bus that takes 24 hours and costs $24USD, but the bus is not very well rated and spending 24 hours on it can be extremely taxing
  • I've written about how to get from Hanoi to Vientiane in much more details here, including how to take the bus


  • Step 2 - Bus from Vientiane to Vang Vieng: Once you get to Vientiane, you need to transfer a minivan or a bus to Vang Vieng. This is the only way to get to Vang Vieng as there's we don't really have a domestic passenger train system and Vang Vieng has no airport
  • The bus/minivan fare is $8-$10USD
  • Takes 4-5 hours
  • Prebooking is recommended. Once you book, the you can arrange for the bus company to pick you up from the airport or wherever you are in the city
  • I've written about it in more details here, including where and how to book