I planning to am fly from BKK to Vientiane peak season. Than returning to BKK from Luang Prabang.
I am considering the cheapest option. How far in advance do I book NOK AIR to Udon Thani? I read somewhere that I week in advance is good. I am not comfortable with leaving it that late for peak season. Is there a site that will allow me to book well in advance? Has anyone ever encountered any problems flying to Yudon Thani than shuttle bus it to Friendship Bridge border than continue 1 more hr into Vientiane?
Do I need the correct $ in US dollars Thai Baht or Kip for the bus? Where do I find the shuttle bus from Yudon Thani Airport?
I am Canadian and plan to purchase my Visa On Arrival with the required US funds. I have downloaded the Visa On Arrival form and it will be filled out prior to arrival. Has anyone ever had any problems buying Visa on arrival “when traveling by shuttle bus?”
(I am hoping for a smooth and reasonably quick process.) *Do I buy the Visa at a counter when I arrive in Yudon Thani? Or collect my luggage and wait until I arrive at Friendship Bridge to get Visa On Arrival? Where do I buy the shuttle bus ticket? When I arrive at Friendship Bridge Border do I go inside somewhere or stay on the bus?
As an alternative I did look at Lao Airlines direct flight into Vientiane. The prices for Dec/Jan have gone up since last month. I am cutting costs where I can as my holiday is short & I don’t want to waste time traveling. I am definitely flying one way direct to BKK from Luang Prabang. Any thoughts on that?
Thanks in advance!