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Getting Around Vientiane – Local Transport Options


Vientiane is pretty easy to move around in although be warned that most maps are not very accurate and rarely to scale. Traffic here is not as thunderous as other Southeast Asian cities and the local people will help where they can but most do not speak much English so bring a translation guide book if seeking directions. Also be warned if attempting to use a pedestrian crossing as drivers do not pay them any attention and generally will not stop.

Taxis are readily available with fares being negotiated as you go, most are also happy to be rented for the day at a cost of around $30USD. Tuk-tuks and song-teows also navigate the city streets. Tuk-tuk drivers usually charge the most and will not barter on a fare.

White mini-buses and the old blue and white ones take passengers out of the city to places such as Buddha Park and Friendship Bridge, the one signposted to the airport does not actually go quite that far and you will need to walk a bit at the other end. Vientiane lends itself very well to navigation on bikes which can be hired by the day by leaving a small deposit. Cars can also be hired through international companies such as Europcar as long as you are happy to take a chance on the local erratic driving.

  Important Phone Numbers

    Police   191 or 212703
    Fire   190 or 212707
    Ambulance   195
    Friendship Hospital   71 0006 Ext 103
    Setthathirath Hospital   21 351 159
    Nakhornphen Clinic   414 913
    Tourism Information   021 212 248 or 021 212 251
    Wattay Airport Flight Information   21 512 165
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