To Laos From China by Road
and Water

Bus, Boat and Border crossing information

China-Laos by Road

Lao overland entry points from China are at its northern provinces (Phongsaly, Luang Namtha, Oudomxai) where the two countries share a border. However, only Mohan/Boten (Mengla in Yunnan province / Luang Namtha province) border crossing point is an international crossing where travellers can get Lao visa on arrival.

Bus from China: There are daily buses from Mengla (Kunming) to Luang Namtha, Udomxai and Vientiane and vice versa. The Kunming-Vientiane bus departs Kunming station at 5:00pm local time (1 hour ahead of Laos) and arrives at Northern Bus Station in Vientiane the next morning. Arrival time varies from 5:00 to 8:00 or 9:00am depends largely on how many goods the bus is carrying. The bus carries quite a lot of trade items and it makes several stops along the way.

The road between Kunming and Vientiane is around 1,600 km long, of which some 900 km are located in Yunnan.


The bus fare is around 400 CNY (China Yuan Renminbi) which equivalent to 600,000 KIP (Lao KIP). For information on the Lao-China route, contact the Northern Bus Station in Vientiane at (856-20) 685 5558.

Note: Chinese citizens holding the Sino-Laos Border Permit can only go to Phongsaly Province, Luang Nam Tha Province, Oudomxay Province and Bokeo Province. To go further than these province mentioned a valid passport with Lao entry visa is required.

China-Laos By Water

It is also possible to travel to Laos by boat from Kunming or Xishuangbanna, China, through the Mekong river straight South to Xieng Kok river port in Luang Namtha province.

At this stage Xieng Kok river port checkpoint does not issue Lao visa on arrival. I'd recommend you get visa for Laos from the Lao embassy beforehand if you plan to enter Laos at this checkpoint.

Got what you were looking for?

Try those links under related pages below, there might be things that you are after. Otherwise here is the search box just in case you want to do more search on the WWW.

Related pages

City Bus
Cross Country Buses
International bus services
Laos – Thailand bus
Laos – Cambodia bus service
Laos – China bus
Laos – Vietnam bus
Travel by Bus


Home | What's New | Contact Us | Link to us | Resources | Disclaimer

blue arrow Flights to Laos

blue arrow Flights from China

blue arrow Flights from Malaysia

blue arrow Flights from Thailand

blue arrow Laos-Cambodia bus service

blue arrow Laos-Thailand bus service

blue arrow Laos-Vietnam bus service

blue arrow Overland from China

blue arrow China Bus

blue arrow Travel by Bus

blue arrow Corss Country Bus

blue arrow International Bus

blue arrow City Bus

blue arrow Border Crossing Points