The Pakbeng bus station is located 2.1 kilometres out of town along the main road. A tuk tuk there will cost 10,000 kip.
Most go to and from Pakbeng by river, but a good paved road leads to Udomxai, 144 kilometres away. It is a smooth and easy ride, however, the bus does stop frequently to pick up and drop off passengers and their goods. If the 09:00 bus from Pakbeng departs on time, it is possible to get to other destinations like Muang La or Luang Nam Tha via Udomxai in one day.
The bus from Pakbeng terminates in Udomxai’s new bus terminal and depending on where you’re heading next, you may have to transfer by tuk tuk to the old bus station in the city centre. See our Udomxai Transport section for more information.
Udomxai: Departs 09:00 and 12:30, takes 4 hours and costs 40,000 kip. Your best bet is to get on the earliest departure in case the later one is cancelled due to low passenger numbers.
This is the popular way to take the two day slow boat trip down the Mekong River.
Mekong River Cruises Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang, the trip will stop an overnight at Pakbeng. If you want to take a more comfortable boat tour we can stop and visit the local people and the famous Buddha caves (includes two lunches on board and transfer to Luang Prabang city).
You can get more information connecting Mekongsmilecruise.com (open a new tab)
Shompoo cruise, organizer of cruises on the Mekong since 2011, allows you to move and discover Laos through to the one of biggest river of Asia.
With his four traditional slow-boats full of charm, enjoy the beautiful landscapes and learn the story of this famous watercourse. 1-day to 3-day options, from/to Luang Prabang and Houessai.
For more information, tariffs and schedule: Shompoocruise.com (open new tab)