THAI-LAO INTERNATIONAL BUS SERVICE:
The governments of Thailand and Lao PDR concluded an agreement in March 2004 to jointly inaugurate a Thai-Lao International Bus Service in April 2004 to facilitate travel between Nong Khai & Vientiane and Udon Thani & Vientiane and promote cross-border travel and tourism between Thailand and Lao PDR.
The routes will operate from the Thai province of Nong Khai to the Lao PDR capital of Vientiane , and from the Thai province of Udon Thani to Vientiane . Both will go across the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge , the first to be opened across the Mekong River in 1994.
The Nong Khai - Vientiane route is about 30 kms and will be covered in 30 minutes. The Udon Thani - Vientiane route is about 80 kms and will be covered in a little more than an hour, excluding the time that will be spent at the border crossing.
One-way fares for the two routes are 30 baht and 80 baht respectively.
The state-owned transport companies of Thailand and Lao PDR will each operate two round-trip services a day on both routes. Thailand 's Transport Company Limited will operate 45-seat air-conditioned buses.
CROSS-BORDER TRAVEL BY INTERNATIONAL VISITORS
Foreign visitors holding valid visas and travel documentation will be able to travel by public transport buses back and forth across the border.
APPLYING FOR A BORDER PASS:
Individuals of Thai nationality will be able to apply for a 3-day/2-night Temporary Border Pass valid for a travel within Vientianne, while Thai residents of Nong Khai province will be able to apply for an Annual Border Pass.
Application forms are available from the Nong Khai Provincial Administration Centre (Sala Klang Changwat) open daily from 06.30 - 16.30 hours.
Annual Border Pass : 200 Baht
Applicants of Thai nationality with children between the ages of 12-15 are required to attach a signed copy of the household registration or birth certificate together with the application form.