There are 8 ways to get from Vientiane to Pai by bus, night bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus Orsuksa Tour, Mini Van  •  19 h

  1. Take the bus from Nong Khai to Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal
  2. Take the Mini Van from Chiang Mai to Pai 612

$42 - $46

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Bus Thai-Lao International Bus, Mini Van  •  21 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai Terminal 2
  2. Take the Mini Van from Chiang Mai to Pai 612

$53

Night bus, Mini Van  •  18 h 35 min

  1. Take the night bus from Nong Khai to Chiang Mai
  2. Take the Mini Van from Chiang Mai to Pai 612

$43 - $47

Drive  •  12 h 41 min

  1. Drive from Vientiane to Pai 509.1 miles

$70 - $110

Bus to Udon Thani, fly to Chiang Mai, Mini Van  •  9 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Central Bus Station Vientiane to khon kaen
  2. Fly from Udon Thani (UTH) to Chiang Mai (CNX) UTH - CNX
  3. Take the Mini Van from Ban Mae Malai to Pai

$54 - $150

Fly Vientiane to Chiang Mai, Mini Van  •  10 h 15 min

  1. Fly from Vientiane (VTE) to Chiang Mai (CNX) VTE - CNX
  2. Take the Mini Van from Ban Mae Malai to Pai

$93 - $303

Bus to Khon Kaen, fly to Chiang Mai, Mini Van  •  12 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Vientiane to Khon Kaen
  2. Fly from Khon Kaen (KKC) to Chiang Mai (CNX) KKC - CNX
  3. Take the Mini Van from Ban Mae Malai to Pai

$56 - $113

Bus to Udon Thani, fly to Mae Hong Son, Mini Van  •  9 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Central Bus Station Vientiane to khon kaen
  2. Fly from Udon Thani (UTH) to Mae Hong Son (HGN) UTH - HGN
  3. Take the Mini Van from Mae Hong Son to Pai

$49 - $190

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Vientiane to Pai. However, there are services departing from Vientiane and arriving at Pai via Nong Khai and Chiang Mai. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 19 h.

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The distance between Vientiane and Pai is 465 km. The road distance is 814.6 km.

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The best way to get from Vientiane to Pai without a car is to bus and Mini Van which takes 19 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 19 h to get from Vientiane to Pai, including transfers.

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Vientiane to Pai bus services, operated by Orsuksa Tour, depart from Nong Khai station.

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The quickest flight from Udon Thani Airport to Chiang Mai Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Vientiane to Pai bus services, operated by Prempracha Transport, arrive at Pai station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Vientiane to Pai is 815 km. It takes approximately 12 h 41 min to drive from Vientiane to Pai.

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Thai Lion Mentari and Nok Air offer flights from Udon Thani Airport to Chiang Mai Airport.

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There are 187+ hotels available in Pai. Prices start at $7 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Vientiane to Pai.
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  • Distance: 290.5 miles
  • Duration: 19 h

What companies run services between Vientiane, Laos and Pai, Thailand?

You can take a bus from Vientiane to Pai via Nong Khai, Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal, and Chiang Mai in around 19 h.

Airlines
Nok Air
Website
nokair.com
Flights from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $140
Flights from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $140
Flights from Udon Thani to Mae Hong Son via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $170
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $440
Flights from Udon Thani to Mae Hong Son via Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $170
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $150
Flights from Khon Kaen to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $120
Thai Lion Mentari
Website
lionairthai.com
Flights from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Lao Airlines
Website
laoairlines.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Thai Smile
Website
thaismileair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $400
China Eastern Airlines
Website
en.ceair.com
Flights from Vientiane to Chiang Mai via Kunming
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,100
Bus operators
Orsuksa Tour
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Nong Khai to Chaing Mai Arcade Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27
Schedules at
easybook.com
Prempracha Transport
Website
premprachatransports.com
Bus from Chiang Mai to Pai
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$13
Schedules at
premprachatransports.com
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12go.asia
Bus from Ban Mae Malai to Pai
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
premprachatransports.com
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from Mae Hong Son to Pai
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
premprachatransports.com
Book at
12go.asia
Thai-Lao International Bus
Bus from Vientiane to Chiang Mai Terminal 2
Ave. Duration
17 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
baolau.com
Sueksa Tour
Website
12go.asia
Night bus from Nong Khai to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
12 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28
Schedules at
12go.asia
Book at
12go.asia
Vientiane Capital Bus Enterprise
Website
vientianebus.org.la
Bus from Central Bus Station Vientiane to khon kaen
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6
Schedules at
vientianebus.org.la
Lao-Thai International Bus
Website
baolau.com
Bus from Vientiane to Udonthani
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
baolau.com
Bus from Vientiane to Khon Kaen
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16
Schedules at
baolau.com
Naga travel
Website
nagatravel.com
Bus from Vientiane Talat Sao Station to Udonthani
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
nagatravel.com
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The best way to get from Vientiane to Vientiane Airport is to shuttle which takes 16 min and costs .

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