I am looking to get from Phuket to Vientiane. I found a cheap Air Asia flight to Udon Thani. My question is regarding the travel from Udon Thani - Vientiane.
I understand I will take a shuttle from the airport to the Laos border, cross over, and then hire another driver once in Laos to take me into Vientiane. As a female solo traveller, is this safe to do, or am I better off paying much, much more and flying from Phuket right into Vientiane?
Also, regarding the bus in Udon Thani - where does it depart from? Will I have to worry about taking a taxi from the airport to a bus station? Is there a schedule posted online somewhere? I was unable to find it and will be landing in Udon Thani at 4:30pm so would need a late afternoon transfer.
And, once I am in Laos, will it be easy to get a bus into Vientiane or will I be stranded at the border?
Thanks in advance. I'm sure this has been asked before, and I've been searching around and have found some information, but nothing concrete, and nothing about how safe this is for females travelling alone.