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Phonsavan Getting in & out

  
 
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By Air

Phonsavan's Xiang Khouang Airport has four flights per week to Vientiane.

Lao Airlines offers six flights a week in peak season and four flights in low season. Coming from Vinh or Hanoi in Vietnam. Visas are available on arrival at the Nam Ka border, which is open daily from 6:00 – 18:00. The bus from Vinh leaves four days a week and takes 12 hours, from Hanoi there is one bus per week.

By Bus

The roads to Phonsavan are paved but there are plenty of serpentines.

If you are traveling from Vientiane you can either take VIP buses or local buses. The buses leave from the northern bus terminal and take about 10-12 hours.

The bus trip from Vang Vieng takes 7-8 hours. Buses run daily from Luang Prabang via Route 13 and 7 and take 8 hours. Shared minivan options to the most popular destinations (Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane) are now offered by travel agencies.

Coming from Vinh or Hanoi in Vietnam, visas are available on arrival at the Nam Ka border, which is open daily from 6:00 – 18:00. The bus from Vinh leaves four days a week and takes 12 hours, from Hanoi there is one bus per week.

Getting around Phonsavan

To get to other towns in the province you can take local buses or pick-up trucks. Inside Phonsavan, there are plenty of tuk-tuks, which might not be available without prior booking very early in the morning or late at night. A normal tour inside the town should cost about 10 000 kip.

There are plenty of travel agents in Phonsavan that arrange bikemotorbike and car rentals. A bike costs depending on quality from 20 000 Kip per day. You can rent mostly scooters for about 100 000 kip. To rent a minivan costs about $50-80 US, but a four-wheel drive costs over $100 US. This includes or excludes gasoline, depending on the company. All prices vary hugely depending on season and availability.

Note that tuk-tuks are not allowed to take tourists to the Jar sites. You can visit the site with a certified guide or individually.

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