How to get to Pakse?

 From Laos :

Paksé – Luang Prabang (1.065 km) :
For flights, timetable and fees, direct access to website :http://www.laoairlines.com/
Paksé – Vientiane (675 km) :
By plane  For flights, timetable and fees, direct access to website : http://www.laoairlines.com/
By VIP day bus   No direct link by VIP day bus : compulsory stop in Thakkek or Savannakhet.
Trip duration 15 to 20 hours when taking an ordinary bus.
More comfortable alternatives exist !
Planning:arrowFrom Vientiane : 20:00 / 20:30 from the south bus station (8 km from the city). Registration 30 minutes before departure.
arrowArrival at Paksé : 5:30 / 6:00, 2 minutes walking distance to the Hôtel, or 5 minutes in local taxi from the private bus station (km 2), which offers connections to Thailand by International buses.
arrowCompulsory half-way stop in Thakkek, at midnight for about 30 min.Advice :
arrowKeep a pair of socks (the temperature may be quite cold in the bus), why not a sleeping mask and ear plugs as those provided in the planes (you may not appreciate the film or the music played during the 1st part of the trip).
arrowIt is recommended that money, passports, credit cards and any valuable items must be tightly secured in ad hoc contents (bags, belts, “bananas”, “holsters”…).
arrowThe bus stops half-way in Thakkek, at midnight for about 30 minutes. There is no obligation to get out and visit the basic night market. If you wish to leave the bus to visit the night market, it is recommended that you take with you all valuable stuffs (money, credit card, camera, video, cell phone, …)
By VIP night bus
(toilets, A/C,
reclinable seat, or
couchette, TV.)
We can organize your private trip from (or to) Vientiane (see fees on the “Journeys’ notice”.)
Such an arrangement allows you to visit sites on your way around Thakkek or Savannakhet.
The total distance is 675 km : count 9 hours for a non-stop trip. One night in Thakkek or Savannakhet is recommended.Advice :
arrowThe quality of the road is almost correct, but some bridges between Savannakhet and Paksé ask for more attention because of uneven junctions : the car may slightly jump.
arrowAfter the rainy season, the small holes may have grown and no posts are here to mark them. Watch carefully : a changing in color (red) indicates an absence of tarmac… our drivers know that and you may trust them, they will slow down.
arrowIt is highly recommended to avoid travelling at sundown when people and animals go home : no lights on many vehicles (bikes, mopeds, motorbikes, lorries, tractors…) and many people use to sit on the border of the road, totally invisible. After 20:00, the traffic becomes easier since having less vehicles, animals and people on the road.
By private car
with driver
Paksé – Thakkek (350 km) :
By plane  There is no airport in Thakkek. You may easily reach Savannakhet by road (about 100 km) by local bus or vans (easy to find.)
We can organize your private trip from or to ThakkekAdvice :
arrowThe quality of the road is almost correct, but some bridges between Savannakhet and Paksé ask for more attention because of uneven junctions : the car may slightly jump.
arrowAfter the rainy season, the small holes may have grown and no posts are here to mark them. Watch carefully : a changing in color (red) indicates an absence of tarmac… our drivers know that and you may trust them, they will slow down.
arrowIt is highly recommended to avoid travelling at sundown when people and animals go home : no lights on many vehicles (bikes, mopeds, motorbikes, lorries, tractors…) and many people use to sit on the border of the road, totally invisible.After 20:00, the traffic becomes easier since having less vehicles, animals and people on the road.
By private car
with driver
By night bus arrowAs all Vientiane/Paksé VIP buses stop in Thakkek, you may register in order to get to your destination around 6:00, but do it in advance through the bus companies to ensure your seat or bed will be kept.
Planning:
arrowDeparture from Thakkek : normally, once per hour from 07:00 to 14:00.
arrowArrival in Paksé : about 5 to 8 hours after departure, to the north bus station (7 km north on road 13.) You will then need using local transportation (tuk-tuk) to join the Hôtel down town (about 15 minutes.)Advice :
arrowTo avoid if you have no time left and love comfort !
arrowIf you use it, use the morning buses. A late arrival may be questionable as to the possibility to find cheap local transportation.
By day bus
Paksé – Savannakhet (250 km) :
By plane For flights, timetable and fees, direct access to website : http://www.laoairlines.com/
We can organize your private trip from or to Savannakhet Advice :
arrowThe quality of the road is almost correct, but some bridges between Savannakhet and Paksé ask for more attention because of uneven junctions : the car may slightly jump.
arrowAfter the rainy season, the small holes may have grown and no posts are here to mark them. Watch carefully : a changing in color (red) indicates an absence of tarmac… our drivers know that and you may trust them, they will slow down.
arrowIt is highly recommended to avoid travelling at sundown when people and animals go home : no lights on many vehicles (bikes, mopeds, motorbikes, lorries, tractors…) and many people use to sit on the border of the road, totally invisible.
After 20:00, the traffic becomes easier since having less vehicles, animals and people on the road.
By private car
with driver
Planning :
arrowDeparture from Savannakhet : normally once per hour from 07:00 to 14:00.
arrowArrival in Paksé : about 4 to 7 hours after departure, to the north bus station (7 km north on road 13.) You will then need using local transportation (tuk-tuk) to join the Hôtel down town (ca. 15 minutes.)Advice :
arrowTo avoid if you have no time left and love comfort !.
arrowIf you use it, use the morning buses. A late arrival may be questionable as to the possibility to find cheap local transportation.
By day bus

From Thailand :

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Bangkok – Paksé :
Flight via
Savannakhet
You can fly from Bangkok to Savannakhet. The plane will do a 30 minutes stop in Savannakhet.Direct access to flights, timetables and fees on the website :
http://www.laoairlines.com/
Bangkok – Ubonratchathani :
By plane Direct access to flights, timetables and fees on the websites :http://www.thaiair.com/
http://www.airasia.com/
http://www.nokair.com/
By train Direct access to information on trans between Bangkok and Warin Chamrap (suburbs of Ubonratchathani – 5 kms), timetables and fees on the website
http://www.railway.co.th
By road Many bus proposals exist, with various fees depending mainly on the bus quality : the trip lasts about 10 h. You have a choice between day trips and night trips (some buses have reclinable seats).
Ubonratchathani – Paksé :
 Information The distance between Ubon and Paksé is about 140 km, all on good road : 90 in Thailand, up to Chong-Mek (border on Thai side), then 50 km from Vang-Tao (border on Lao side) to Paksé.
The border offices are open daily from 07:30 to 16:00 with a daily extension to 20:00
Planning :arrowDeparture from Ubon: 9:30 and 15:30 (registration 30 min before departure.) The bus station is located near the supermarkets MAKRO and BIG C (write these 2 names on a piece of paper to show to the taxi or tuk-tuk driver that will bring you there).
arrowDeparture from Paksé : 8:30 and 15:30 (registration 30 min before departure). The distance between the bus station and the Hôtel is 2 km (about 5 minutes in local taxi.)
arrowPrice (one way) is 200 Bath (THB) person and 100 THB for a bicycle. The trip lasts about 3 hours.Information :
arrowThe bus will stop at the border to allow you to proceed to immigration and through the customs. Be aware that having already a visa is an advantage as too many people arriving at the same time without a visa could block the system and stick you on place : the bus could leave without you to stand with its arrival schedule.
By international bus
By private car
with driver
arrowWe can arrange your private trip from your point of arrival (Ubon airport, any other place in Ubon, Warin Chamrap railway station) to the Paksé Hôtel.
Such a mode of transportations will allow you to prepare your immigration and customs papers for your transfer from Thailand to Laos (it is always better to show up not after 16:00 to get your visa).
How to get a visa ?
arrowA passport valid at least six months from the date of entering is requested, 1 photo per person and payment of a fee (slight variations according to country of origin.)
arrowThe visa is valid for 30 days from the date of entry. It may be extended in the offices of the Paksé police, 50 meters from Hôtel Paksé (2$ per day)

From Cambodia :

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Siem Reap and Stung Treung :
By Plane Direct access to flights, timetables and fees on the website :
http://www.laoairlines.comarrowPossible delivery of the visa at the arrival in Siem-Reap and Paksé.
arrowA passport valid for more than six months is requested, 1 photo per person and fee payment, slightly variable, according to countries of origin.
arrowWe recommend this option for reaching those two cities.
By bus
or boat
arrowNew offers have appeared, proposing buses and/or boats, with professional travel agencies.
arrowFrom Siem Reap, the trip lasts 1 and ½ day, which means a night in Kampo Cham.
arrowFrom Phnom Penh, the trip lasts about 10 hours, and can be done within 1 day.
arrowYou may also arrive in Laos from Stung Treung (40 km from the frontier) and choose a car or a van to Veune Kham, check point between Cambodia and Laos. Then you will probably find a local transport there to Paksé, or on request we can send you a private shuttle
By private car
with driver
arrowWe can organize your private trip from your point of departure in Cambodia to your destination in Laos.

From Vietnam :

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From Ho-Chi-Minh City (Saigon)
For flights, timetables and fees, direct access to website :http://www.laoairlines.comarrowPossible visa delivery on arrival in Paksé International Airport.
arrowA passport valid for more than six months is requested, 1 photo per person and fee payment, slightly variable, according to countries of origin.
arrowThe visa is valid for 30 days from the date of delivery. It can be extended in the offices of the Paksé police, located 50 m from Paksé Hôtel.
From Hanoï, via Vientiane
For flights, timetables and fees, direct access to website :
http://www.laoairlines.com
http://www.vietnamairlines.comarrowPossible visa delivery on arrival in Vientiane International Airport.
arrowA passport valid for more than six months is requested, 1 photo per person and fee payment, slightly variable, according to countries of origin.
arrowThe visa is valid for 30 days from the date of delivery. It can be extended in the offices of the Paksé police, located 50 m from Paksé Hôtel.
From Kontum et Pleiku (Bo-y)
The new road joining Attapeu from Kontum area and Pleiku (Vietnam) is now open to cars and busses.How to get your Lao visa ?
arrowThe frontier and the immigration offices are open every day from 08:00 to 16:00.
arrowA passport valid for more than six months is requested, 1 photo per person and fee payment, slightly variable, according to countries of origin.
arrowThe visa is valid for 30 days from the date of delivery. It can be extended in the offices of the Paksé police, located 50 m from Paksé Hôtel.How to get your Vietnam visa ?
arrowyou should contact the vietnamese consulate in Paksé or any other official delegation to check in real time schedule what are visa delivery conditions at the border crossing point.http://www.vietnam-embassy.org/vietnam-laos-pakse.htmlPhone : +856 31 214 199 / fax consular section : +856 31 214 140
E-mail : vnemb.la@mofa.gov.vnSince the 1st of July 2015, the Vietnamese visa is free for 15 days and can be done upon arrival for the following nationalities only : France, UK, Germany, Spain and Italy
From Lao Bao
The road between Lao Bao (frontier) and Savannakhet 250 km is good.
It connects then to the road #13 southwards to PakséHow to get your visa ?
arrowThe border and the immigration offices are open every day from 07:30 to 19:30, but you will have to pay a tax for “overtime” on Saturdays and Sundays.
arrowA passport valid for more than six months is requested, 1 photo per person and fee payment, slightly variable, according to countries of origin.
arrowThe visa is valid for 30 days from the date of delivery. It can be extended in the offices of the Paksé police, located 50 m from Paksé Hôtel.Since the 1st of July 2015, the Vietnamese visa is free for 15 days and can be done upon arrival for the following nationalities only : France, UK, Germany, Spain and Italy
By private car
with driver
arrowWe can organize your private trip from (or to) Vietnam