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I am on quite a tight trip, and am planning on getting an early morning bus from Vang Vieng to Vientiane, to get a flight at 5PM. I believe the journey time is max 5 hours, so I think I should make it ok. Does everyone think this is a safe bet, or is there a risk of breakdowns/ delays/ general slowness that would make me miss my flight?
Thanks for your help.
Hi Alex, You'll be just fine. Yes, it's 5 hours max, in fact more like 3-4 hours.
Also, don't forget it's a downhill journey, so less issues re breakdown ;-) Besides the coaches used are quite new so that isn't a problem!
This is a very well-served route so services are regular & timely.
Well, breakdowns do happen on this route as well, we've witnessed few of them (did the route several times between the places)... unpredictable thing of course; in case that two cars/bus/trucks crash in some of the narrow bridges after VV then you're stucked for hours. But if they don't then 4 - 5 hrs is reasonable time.
I'd go a day earlier if catching a flight is significant to you. All up to you :)
I would agree with Vesna (picek?) who is something of a VT expert on this area. I use her tips when I travel there.
I have not done this particular route on a bus (I did it on a truck many years ago) but you must remember that road transport anywhere is subject to holdups and rural Southeast Asia is probably worse than most. In your position, I would be far happier to get to Vientiane the night before at which point you can always get a taxi if all else fails.
Hope this assists,
It's an easy, well "traveled" path that won't take more than 4 hrs.. but expect the unexpected... I'd leave super early.