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Taking the Bus in Laos (Luang Prabang to Vientiane)

Should you take the VIP Day Bus in Laos? Laos is a beautiful country, but its infrastructure is still fairly undeveloped, making it difficult to get around the country from city to city. Even the most popular route, the trip between Vientiane and Luang Prabang, can be long and difficult.
While the short flight between the two cities is ideal, some travelers prefer to go between Luang Prabang and Vientiane by road. There are really two options: the minivan (small, fast, and dangerous) and the VIP bus (big, slow, and slightly less dangerous). The air tickets in Laos tend to be fairly cheap, and ground transportation is notoriously uncomfortable, dangerous, and overpriced. While we highly recommend flying, if you do decide to travel by bus, we recommend choosing the VIP day bus over all other options.

Ticket booking office and travel agents will always push a traveler to travel by minibus (minivan) or night sleeper bus, but there is a third option as well: the VIP Day Bus.
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