Getting to Sayabouly

You can catch overland transportation to the province from several Lao destinations as well as Thailand. Mekong riverboats also cruise to a few Sayabouly landings.


Local busses depart Vientiane for Sayabouly Town via Paklay at 08:00 and 09:00 (LAK90,000-110,000), and VIP sleeper busses leave the capital at 16:00 and 18:00 (LAK130,000-150,000) via Luang Prabang. Local busses head to Sayabouly from Luang Prabang at 09:00, 14:00, and 17:00 (LAK60,000), and minivan service can be booked at local travel agents. Minivan transport is also available in Xieng Khouang Province, with a 09:00 departure for LAK130,000.

A bus leaves from Loei, Thailand, for Sayabouly Town at 08:00 (LAK125,000), with a brief border stop at both sides of the Nam Heuang Bridge. Visas on arrival are available at the at Phanhkeo checkpoint. You can also cross into Ngeun District from Thailand’s Nan Province with visas on arrival. 

You can reach Tha Souang landing in Hongsa District via Mekong riverboat from Pakbeng (LAK30,000). Check with travel agents or at the pier for departure times. Throughout the year, major Mekong cruise lines offer itineraries between Vientiane and Luang Prabang, which stop at Sayabouly and Paklay.

There are currently no flights to Sayabouly.   

Note: Bus and boat schedules and prices are subject to change. Please check when planning your departure.

Sayabouly: The Land of Elephants
Recommended for Sayabouly
Elephant Conservation Center
Visit the Elephant Conservation Center for an immersive experience while helping conserve Asia's most iconic species. Located on a lake in Sayabouly’s Nam Tien protected area, ECC offers a 2-day Discovery package with forest walks and encounters with elephants and mahouts, nursery and hospital visits, elephant baths, and an overnight in a bamboo bungalow. The 3-day Exploration adds training with positive reinforcement, and cognitive enrichment via playtime. The 7-day Eco Volunteering extends the experience into ECCs projects, such as recording elephant behavior, participating in enrichment activities, and producing elephant dung paper. Packages include 2.5-hour transfers to/from Luang Prabang.
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