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There are 6 ways to get from Chiang Mai to Vientiane by bus, night bus, car or plane

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Bus Orsuksa Tour  •  16 h

  1. Take the bus from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Nong Khai

$27 - $36

Cheapest option

Bus Phetprasert Tour  •  17 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani 876
  2. Take the bus from Udon Thani to Vientiane Talat Sao Station

$21 - $39

4 alternative options

Night bus  •  21 h 28 min

  1. Take the night bus from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai

$67 - $92

Drive  •  10 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Chiang Mai to Vientiane 385.9 miles

$50 - $80

Fly to Vientiane  •  6 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Vientiane (VTE) CNX - VTE

$83 - $293

Fly to Udon Thani, bus  •  6 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Udon Thani (UTH) CNX - UTH
  2. Take the bus from Udon Thani to Vientiane Talat Sao Station

$41 - $147

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The cheapest way to get from Chiang Mai to Vientiane is to bus which costs ฿850 - ฿1200 and takes 16 h.

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The quickest way to get from Chiang Mai to Vientiane is to fly which costs ฿2700 - ฿10000 and takes 6 h 10 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chiang Mai to Vientiane station. However, there are services departing from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal and arriving at Vientiane Talat Sao Station via Nong Khai. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h.

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The distance between Chiang Mai and Vientiane is 392 km. The road distance is 617.5 km.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Vientiane without a car is to bus which takes 16 h and costs ฿850 - ฿1200.

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It takes approximately 16 h to get from Chiang Mai to Vientiane, including transfers.

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Chiang Mai to Vientiane bus services, operated by Orsuksa Tour, depart from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal station.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Vientiane is to bus which takes 16 h and costs ฿850 - ฿1200. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs ฿2700 - ฿10000 and takes 6 h 10 min.

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There is no direct flight from Chiang Mai Airport to Vientiane Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 25 min and has one stopover.

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Chiang Mai to Vientiane bus services, operated by Orsuksa Tour, arrive at Nong Khai station.

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Map of how to get from Chiang Mai to Vientiane.
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  • Distance: 245.2 miles
  • Duration: 16 h

What companies run services between Chiang Mai, Thailand and Vientiane, Laos?

Orsuksa Tour operates a bus from Chiang Mai to Vientiane once daily. Tickets cost $27 and the journey takes 13 h. Alternatively, Lao Airlines, Thai AirAsia and seven other airlines fly from Chiang Mai to Vientiane hourly.

Airlines
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Vientiane via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $440
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $140
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Vientiane via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $160
Flights from Chiang Mai to Vientiane via Khon Kaen, Don Muang
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $190
Thai Airways International
Website
thaiairways.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Vientiane via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Lao Airlines
Website
laoairlines.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Vientiane via Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Vientiane via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $440
China Southern Airlines
Website
csair.com
Flights from Chiang Mai to Vientiane via Guangzhou Baiyun
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $600
Bus operators
Orsuksa Tour
Phone
084-2626003
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Nong Khai
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27
Schedules at
easybook.com
Phetprasert Tour
Phone
056 720 720
Website
phetprasert.com
Bus from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani
Ave. Duration
12 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
The Transport Company
Phone
089 226 2769
Website
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Udon Thani to Vientiane Talat Sao Station
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $12
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Sueksa Tour
Phone
(053-248537).
Website
12go.asia
Night bus from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai
Ave. Duration
12 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28
Schedules at
12go.asia
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12go.asia

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Yes, the driving distance between Chiang Mai to Vientiane is 618 km. It takes approximately 10 h 40 min to drive from Chiang Mai to Vientiane.

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Thai Airways International, Thai Smile, China Southern Airlines and three other airlines offer flights from Chiang Mai Airport to Vientiane Airport.

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There are 220+ hotels available in Vientiane. Prices start at $16 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Mai Airport is to bus which takes 8 min and costs ฿20.

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