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There are 8 ways to get from Mandalay to Vang Vieng by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus, train  •  35h 26m

  1. Take the bus from Mandalay to Myawaddy
  2. Take the bus from Mae Sot to Khon Kaen 829
  3. Take the train from Khon Kaen to Nong Khai
  4. Take the bus from Nong Khai Train Station to Vang Vieng Naga Travel

$68 - $121

Cheapest option

Bus  •  36h 32m

  1. Take the bus from Mandalay to Myawaddy
  2. Take the bus from Mae Sot to Phitsanulok 829
  3. Take the bus from Phitsanulok to Udon Thani 876
  4. Take the bus from Udon Thani to Vang Vieng Laos

$44 - $77

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Bus, minivan  •  36h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Mandalay to Myawaddy
  2. Take the bus from Mae Sot to Khon Kaen 829
  3. Take the bus from Khon Kaen to Vientiane Talat Sao Station
  4. Take the minivan from Vientiane Bus Station to Vang Vieng Malany

$49 - $72

Bus via Chiang Mai  •  2 days 2h

  1. Take the bus from Mandalay to Myawaddy
  2. Take the bus from Maesod to Chiang Mai
  3. Take the bus from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  4. Take the bus from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

$65 - $109

Drive  •  21h 45m

  1. Drive from Mandalay to Vang Vieng 1454.5 km

Fly to Luang Prabang, bus  •  29h 29m

  1. Fly from Mandalay (MDL) to Luang Prabang (LPQ) MDL - LPQ
  2. Take the bus from Luang Prabang Naluang Terminal to Vang Vieng

$160 - $238

Fly to Vientiane, minivan  •  28h 7m

  1. Fly from Mandalay (MDL) to Vientiane (VTE) MDL - VTE
  2. Take the minivan from Vientiane Bus Station to Vang Vieng Malany

$180 - $266

Fly to Udon Thani, bus  •  14h 13m

  1. Fly from Mandalay (MDL) to Udon Thani (UTH) MDL - UTH
  2. Take the bus from Udon Thani Airport to Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge
  3. Take the bus from Nong Khai Train Station to Vang Vieng Naga Travel

$150 - $201

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Mandalay to Vang Vieng is to bus and minivan which costs $45 - $75 and takes 36h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Mandalay to Vang Vieng is to fly and bus which costs $150 - $210 and takes 14h 13m.

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The distance between Mandalay and Vang Vieng is 745 km. The road distance is 1454.5 km.

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It takes approximately 35h 26m to get from Mandalay to Vang Vieng, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Mandalay Airport to Luang Prabang Airport. The quickest flight takes 26h 45m and has one stopover.

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Vang Vieng is 30 min ahead of Mandalay. It is currently 6:59 AM in Mandalay and 7:29 AM in Vang Vieng.

Yes, the driving distance between Mandalay to Vang Vieng is 1454 km. It takes approximately 21h 45m to drive from Mandalay to Vang Vieng.

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Singapore Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and Thai AirAsia offer flights from Mandalay Airport to Luang Prabang Airport.

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There are 48+ hotels available in Vang Vieng. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Mandalay to Mandalay Airport is to taxi which takes 28 min and costs $30 - $40.

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Map of how to get from Mandalay to Vang Vieng.
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  • Distance: 744.7 km
  • Duration: 35h 26m

What companies run services between Mandalay, Myanmar and Vang Vieng, Laos?

You can take a bus from Mandalay to Vang Vieng via Mandalay, Myawaddy, Mae Sot, Khon Kaen, and Vientiane Bus Station in around 36h 30m.

Airlines
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Mandalay to Luang Prabang via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
26h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $170
Flights from Mandalay to Luang Prabang via Singapore Changi, Don Muang
Ave. Duration
22h 55m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$300 - $800
Flights from Mandalay to Vientiane via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
24h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $220
Flights from Mandalay to Udon Thani via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
6h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Vietnam Airlines
Website
vietnamairlines.com
Flights from Mandalay to Luang Prabang via Don Muang, Noi Bai International
Ave. Duration
24h 35m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Flights from Mandalay to Vientiane via Don Muang, Noi Bai International
Ave. Duration
21h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $300
Train operators
State Railway of Thailand
Phone
1690
Email
webmaster.srt@railway.co.th
Website
railway.co.th
Train from Khon Kaen to Nong Khai
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$2 - $35
Website
http://www.railway.co.th/main/timetable/time-train.html
Book at
https://12go.asia/en/operator/thai-railways
Schedules at
http://procurement.railway.co.th/checktime/checktime.asp?lenguage=Eng
3rd Class (Seat)
$2 - $6
2nd Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
$19 - $26
2nd Class (Air-conditioned Seat)
$9 - $13
1st Class (Air-Conditioned Berth)
$27 - $35
Bus operators
Mandalar Min Express
Phone
09-5020181
Email
mandalarminn.express@gmail.com
Website
mandalarminn.com.mm
Bus from Mandalay to Myawaddy
Ave. Duration
16h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Schedules at
mandalarminn.com.mm
Book at
12go.asia
Economy
$22
VIP
$28
Shwe Mandalar Express
Phetprasert Tour
Phone
+66 56 720 720
Website
phetprasert.com
Bus from Mae Sot to Khon Kaen
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $22
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from Mae Sot to Phitsanulok
Ave. Duration
3h 37m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from Phitsanulok to Udon Thani
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $22
Schedules at
phetprasert.com
Naga travel
Website
nagatravel.com
Bus from Nong Khai Train Station to Vang Vieng Naga Travel
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from Luang Prabang Southern Terminal to Vang Vieng Laos
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
The Transport Company
Phone
089 226 2769
Email
borkorsor@transport.co.th
Website
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Khon Kaen to Vientiane Talat Sao Station
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Udon Thani to Vang Vieng Laos
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $11
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
18h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $40
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Malany Transport
Phone
+856 20 78 889 990
Website
baolau.com
Bus from Vientiane Bus Station to Vang Vieng Malany
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7
Schedules at
12go.asia
Greenbus Thailand
Treasure Travel Laos
Phone
+856 (0) 71254682
Email
info@treasuretravellaos.com
Website
treasuretravellaos.com
Bus from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16
Schedules at
treasuretravellaos.com
Book at
baolau.com
Naluang
Phone
856071212979
Website
naluangstation.com
Bus from Luang Prabang Naluang Terminal to Vang Vieng
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
Udon Kaew Tour
Website
udonkaewtour.com
Bus from Udon Thani Airport to Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$7
Schedules at
udonkaewtour.com
Book at
12go.asia

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