Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima) to Vientiane Bus
There is a bus each day at the main bus station (near St-Mary’s hospital). They used to leave in the morning but changed the schedule in 2012. And now, the price is 540 baht.
It is at the first gate, the one at the completely end of the bus station.
You will stop 10 minutes around Ban Sida for Toilet.
This is the bus:
Bus was almost empty, as you can see…before they packed it 10 minutes before the border. (see below)
Foreigners need a visa. If you do not have passport pictures, they will make 3 quickly for 50 baht.
Going out of Thailand:
And you leave Thailand. Do not forget your passport and the departure card. The bus waits for you on the other side. You go back inside. It takes 10 minutes.
After the bridge, you make your visa for Laos. Bring a pen or buy one for 10 baht. The visas depends of your country, Canada pays the most, 42$ US or 1,800 baht. I think Americans pay 35$. That takes maybe 20 minutes, and the bus wait for you after.
The bus goes directly to bus station in Vientiane. Very comfortable. Air con. Thai music all the time (bring an Ipod or phone with headphone if you can support Look tung music!).
I really enjoyed that trip. Vientiane is not the best city but food is good. We went later to Vang Vieng (4 hours in bus) and Luang Prabang (7 hours from Vientiane in Bus).