Overland Laos Travel

Obviously i have not been to these places. This is my planner. Once we are on the road i will post the real life experiences. For now, i wish to give others advice using my planner. I am a travel agent and have very closely researched everything i can about these countries and hope to have and give lots of different choices when backpacking. What can i say? I am obsessed.

It all starts in Bangkok.

Laos, i originally kept off my list, but the amazing stories i have heard quickly put it close to the top.

We will have nothing booked except freethebears volunteer program in Cambodia.

So from Northern Thailand there are quite a few options when it comes to getting to Laos. A lot of them look extremely complicated, others easy with a big fat price tag.

GETTING THERE:

First and best option.

Flying.

Now your probably thinking why would anyone consider any other way of traveling when flights are roughly an hour and overland travel is 8 hrs up to 2 days. There however is a reason myself and many other backpackers would skip the flight and tough out the long ride.

1 simple 5 letter word. Money.

No, Air Asia do not fly into Laos.

Bangkok Airways is roughly $210 one way

Thai Airways $286

Vietnam Airways $337

and last but not least Lao Airways- a whopping $371!

So, that right there is why no budget traveler would even dream of flying into Laos. However, if your an older person, someone who cant handle a night in a tent camping- i would pay the extra to fly. Some of the reviews i have read can be bad and talk about how horrible the long hall trips are- to me, just part of the experience 😉0c10ff8ed8c4cf32f23d125900b84fe7

Option 2:

Train from Bangkok

The train is probably the way i will go.

For a few reasons

1 being i am not sure if i or my boyfriend will be able to handle 2 days on a slow boat.

The train departs Bangkok at 8pm and arrive in Laos the next morning approx 9am. Cost between 20 – 30 USD.

The one thing i am still trying to work out is Visas. I have read some forum’s that make it out to be easy, some not so much. I will do a new post once i find out more information.

Last but not least, option 3. The 2 Day Slow Boat.

Basically says it all. This is probably the cheapest option. However it is also the longest option. 2 days on a boat for 8 hours a day is a long time!

Personally, i think i will go with the bus.

What option would you choose? and why ?

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