Getting to Vientiane
Foreign tourists wishing to visit Laos from Nong Khai must apply for visas at least 3 working days in advance at
- Lao Embassy, 520/1-3 Soi Ramkhamhaeng 39, Bang Kapi, Bangkok, Tel: 0 2539 6667 or
- Lao Consulate General, 171/102-3 Prachasamoson Road, Amphoe Mueang, Khon Kaen, Tel: 0 4324 2856-8 Fax: 0 4224 4918
They can use the services of a number of tour operators in Nong Khai. The visa is valid for 1 month and visitors can extend for additional 2 months.
Visitors to Laos may obtain visas on arrival at the Immigration Office in Laos and are permitted to remain in Laos for 15 days.
Shuttle bus services crossing the bridge cost 20 baht per person. From the checkpoint in Laos visitors can hire a taxi to Vientiane which is 20 kilometres away and costs 500 baht. The checkpoint is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
To bring a car in and out of the country, a document is required with a fee as imposed. Contact a tour company in Nong Khai for the service. For further information, contact the provincial customs checkpoint, Tel. 0 4241 1518, 0 4242 1468-9, fax: 0 4241 2654.
Major attractions in Vientiane are temples, museums, monuments and a morning market. Package tours cost approximately 800-1,500 baht for one-day trip and 2,000-2,600 baht for two-day trip. The prices vary according to the number of people in a group. Details can be obtained from tour operators in Nong Khai.