I can’t give you a lot of information about Vientiane as I only spent a night there. I had intended to stay for longer but a friend I met on my travels, who’d been to Laos a number of times, told me it wasn’t that nice and I was much better off spending more time in Vang Vieng.
I can tell you where I stayed tough as that was lovely and seemed like it would be a really fun hostel.
Where to stay in Vientiane
I stayed at Vientiane Backpackers Hostel. It was easy to find from where the bus drops you off when coming from Vang Vieng and didn’t take me more than 5 minutes or so to walk there. The hostel is really socialable with a nice common area/bar downstairs. I’d happily stay there again if I do one day decide to explore Vientiane
How to Get from Vientiane to Southern Thailand
You can do this route by bus but it will be a REALLY long journey. You’ll need to get a bus Bangkok and then head on down to the south. Bear in mind it’s about 12 hours from Bangkok to the islands in the south of Thailand, assuming the journey runs to time. Let alone the time it will take you to get to Bangkok first. You’re likely to be on busses and boats for about 24 hours, if not more, if you chose to take this route.
I thought about it a lot but decided to fly in the end since the cost difference wasn’t actually that much as to save myself a day or two or my life sat on transport it seemed worth it.
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