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Vientiene airport to Udon Thani airport by land. How long?

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5 hours ago, MarcB said:

 

You should get a taxi fairly easy, as they surround you like flies

There is worse than a night in Udon :biggrin:

 

And:

my only visit to Vientiane was a day time trip just did some sightseeing and have a big Lao beer.

From what you find on the net they now have some decent places to hang around. No reason to hurry.

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3 hours ago, Moonlover said:

I agree with 'no camp'. I've had a couple of frightening rides on route 2 to Udon Thani and that was in the daytime! When I was last up that way there were big hold ups at the Udon northerly bypass intersection where they're building a flyover, but that might be finished now.

 

From my experience of that trip, I'd go for a night stop in Nong Khai which is a pleasant place to stay, It's easy from there to get a 'flight plus shuttle' from a local agency. All much less stressful.

there were big hold ups at the Udon northerly bypass intersection where they're building a flyover, but that might be finished now.....It IS Now Open.....

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Thanks for the replies.  To speed things up I'll get an evisa for Laos. 

 

Ill probably make it,  but if I don't,  then a night in Udon Thani is no big deal. 

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Another thing to bear in mind is that the late night flights from Udon to Bangkok are very frequently delayed so as long as you do online check-in, even if you're cutting it fine there's a good chance of getting on the plane.

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17 hours ago, Moonlover said:

I agree with 'no camp'. I've had a couple of frightening rides on route 2 to Udon Thani and that was in the daytime! When I was last up that way there were big hold ups at the Udon northerly bypass intersection where they're building a flyover, but that might be finished now.

 

From my experience of that trip, I'd go for a night stop in Nong Khai which is a pleasant place to stay, It's easy from there to get a 'flight plus shuttle' from a local agency. All much less stressful.

I also like Nong Khai, a number of times I took the bus up to NK and spent the night there to cross into Lao the next day. 

One night had bbq at the place set up on the street and met a Mexican guy who was a naturalized US citizen married to a Thai woman, they were visiting her family.  I asked him "am I in Nong Khai or Tijuana?"

 

 

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22 hours ago, UdonRoy said:

I have done this trip dozens of times and you will comfortably make it, arriving at Udon airport between 20:00 and 20:30 would be my guess but if it’s going to stress you then probably best to do the overnight stop.

I would have thought the same.  Should arrive border by 6:45( if plane on time-yes maybe big if).  Done w immig by 7:30. Arrive airport by 8:30 barring any construction I don’t know about. 

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OP UdonThani is an easy in/out airport 10-16 minutes from curb to the gate... Make sure to check which terminal... will save walking 

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On 11/24/2019 at 5:45 AM, Seth1a2a said:

For future reference, you can usually type in just about "any" driving distance request at google.com

 

 

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Or do the same using Google maps.

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Should be ample esp in taxi's as Udon Airport is on the northern ring road. 

The new tunnel/bridge complex is open now. Make sure the taxi driver is aware or you'll end up in the City. 

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Thank you for this topic!


I'm guessing the above estimates presume an international flight into Vientiane and that the Laos visa-on-arrival process isn't long.


Unfortunately it looks like the 21:50 flight out of UTH isn't available on the date I want next month (Dec 30), with the last flight out of UTH being at 21:35. Additionally, I'm scheduled to land from China into Vientiane at 18:10, so 20 minutes later than the original poster (it was late - 15 minutes - once in the last 10 flights).

 

Based on the very-helpful replies here, it seems likely I'd arrive at UTH by 20:50, 45 minutes before the flight. I have no issue accepting a stressful connection. It sounds as though navigating the airport is fast, but Nok Air (and Air Aisa) close check-in 45 minutes before departure so it seems unlikely it would work in my case. Regardless, thanks to everyone who shared their experience!

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A follow up to anybody that's interested.. 

 

Flight arrived in on time at 17.50. I had an evisa so flew through immigration, and was in my taxi to the friendship bridge at 18.00.(560 baht).

 

Arrived at the Laos border at 18.40. No queues. Got a taxi on the Laos side for 1700. No queues at the Thai border,  and through at 19.00. (immigration officer couldn't have been friendlier)

 

Arrived at Udon Thani airport at 19.55.

 

So 2 hours and 5 mins from plane landing in Vientiane to Udon Thani airport.

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On 11/27/2019 at 6:23 PM, landosmiles said:

Thank you for this topic!


I'm guessing the above estimates presume an international flight into Vientiane and that the Laos visa-on-arrival process isn't long.


Unfortunately it looks like the 21:50 flight out of UTH isn't available on the date I want next month (Dec 30), with the last flight out of UTH being at 21:35. Additionally, I'm scheduled to land from China into Vientiane at 18:10, so 20 minutes later than the original poster (it was late - 15 minutes - once in the last 10 flights).

 

Based on the very-helpful replies here, it seems likely I'd arrive at UTH by 20:50, 45 minutes before the flight. I have no issue accepting a stressful connection. It sounds as though navigating the airport is fast, but Nok Air (and Air Aisa) close check-in 45 minutes before departure so it seems unlikely it would work in my case. Regardless, thanks to everyone who shared their experience!

If using taxis, you would likely be able to make the connection. Will you have checked baggage? If not, your chances would be even better as you will not need to handle the bags, and can use online check-in (so arriving at Udon Thani airport 25 minutes before the flight would be just about OK). All this assumes that your flight into Vientiane is on time. It is reassuring that past history suggests an on time arrival.

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