The Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge between Thailand and Laos. Opening hours, how to cross the Friendship Bridge, immigration and visa on -arrival, bus to cross the Friendship Bridge between Thailand and Laos

Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge

One of the more popular and cheaper forms of cross Tailandesaa borders and Laotian is through the Thailand-Laos friendship bridge over the Mekong River.



Information about the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge


It is important to emphasize that there are several bridges of friendship between Thailand and Laos, for example in the city of Savannakhet There is one, however all most popular friendship bridge is the bridge linking the Thai province of Nong Khai with Vientiane, the capital of Laos.

He is a bridge of 1.17 km long above the Mekong River built in the year 1994, the first of all the bridges of friendship between Thailand and Laos, this bridge usually refers to it as the friendship bridge No. 1, which links the District Mueang Nong Khai (Nong Khai province, Thailand) with the Prefecture of Vientiane (Laos).

This bridge is one of the most common forms of crossing the Thai and Laotian borders from points near Vientiane and Chiang Mai and Udon Thani.

Mekong River seen from the bridge of friendship
Mekong River seen from the bridge of friendship


Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge opening hours


The Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge (Mueang Nong Khai and Vientiane borders) is open every day of the week from 6:00 until 22:00 without interruption.


Crossing the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge


The process to cross the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge is:
  • Pay, if applicable, the fine for stay longer count in the country (known as overstay).
  • Pay output tax. If we are crossing from Laos the tax are 10,000 kip (about 1€), if we are crossing from Thailand there is nothing to pay.
  • Cross the passport control still teaching our passport, at this point we have not left the country from where we crossed, either Thailand or Laos.
  • If we come from Laos to Thailand direction, we cross check some lathes where we have paid the departure tax Laos.
  • Buy tickets for the bus to cross the bridge at the box office, situated a few meters from the bus. The price is 4,000 kip or 20 baht (approx. 0.5€).
  • The bridge by bus, is forbidden to cross on foot or by bike.
  • Crossing the area of immigration and visas-on-arrival. In the case of Thailand is not required visa (see Visa to Thailand(), to enter Laos Yes it is necessary visa, it is processed in the same friendship bridge (see) Visa to Laos).

To make it more clear the immigration process in the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, here you have a step by step visual guide.

Departure tax and penalty for overstay


The first step to cross the Friendship Bridge is to pay the fine for stay long (if applicable) and pay the departure tax, 10,000 kip in the case of Laos (1€) and free for Thailand.

Office to pay departure tax at the friendship bridge
Office to pay departure tax at the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge


In the case of leave Laos, after paying tax of output they will give us a card or ticket to be able to cross the bridge.

Ticket to cross the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge
Ticket to cross the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge


Passport control before leaving the country


The last step before leaving the country, is crossing passport control to check that everything is in order. In the case of Laos is very simple, the Thai side checks have not exceeded the maximum time of stay in Thailand and in case of having it passed, that the fee has been paid by corresponding overstay.

Crontol passport - Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge
Crontol passport - Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge


The bus to cross the Friendship Bridge


It is forbidden to cross the friendship bridge No. 1 on foot or by bicycle, it is necessary to take the bus to travel the distance of 1.17 km of the bridge.

Bus to cross the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge
Bus to cross the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge


The taqulla to the ticket booth is right next to the bus.

Box office to buy the bus tickets friendship bridge
Box office to buy the bus tickets friendship bridge


The bus ticket costs 20 baht or 4,000 kips (approx. 0.5€), amount that is paid in cash at any of the 2 mentioned currencies.

Bus Ticket bridge of friendship
Bus Ticket bridge of friendship


The bus to cross the friendship bridge has a frequency of 20 minutes, but if the bus is completely filled, will depart immediately.

Bus bridge to cross the friendship bridge between Thailand and Laos
Bus bridge to cross the friendship bridge


Immigration across the Friendship Bridge


After crossing the bridge of friendship, it must cross the immigration area of the country he arrived, Thailand or Laos, and if applicable on the basis of nationality, processing a visa-on-arrival.

Area immigration Friendship Bridge
Area immigration friendship bridge


To access to Thailand do not need visa ( varies according to nationality, see Visa to Thailand(), simply put a stamp in the Passport that will allow a stay in Thailand for 15 days (30 in the case of arriving in the country by plane).
In case you want to enter Laos do need to process an on -arrival visa (see Visa to Laos(), is required to pay an amount in cash, fill a form and submit photographs.

Visa to Thailand in Friendship Bridge
Visa to Thailand in Friendship Bridge


Entry into Thailand or Laos


Once through immigration control and processed, if applicable, the on -arrival visa, has already crossed the bridge of friendship and has come to the country concerned, either Thailand or Laos.

The Friendship Bridge seen from the Laotian border
The bridge of friendship from the Laotian border

The Friendship Bridge seen from the Thai border
The bridge of friendship from the Thai border


Transportation on the bridge of friendship


Once crossed the friendship bridge is necessary, take a tuk-tuk to reach to get to Vientiane or Nong Khai bus station. It is also possible to take a taxi or a limousine, obviously the price is higher.

Transportation after crossing the Friendship Bridge
Transportation after crossing the Friendship Bridge

Nok Air: low - cost tickets between Bangkok and Vientiane


One of the cheapest to fly between Vientiane and Bangkok options is to use the company Thai low-cost Nok Air. It's a combined ticket bus and plane where it flies from Bangkok (DMK Don Mueang International) airport to Udon Thani, and take a mini-bus from Udon Thani to Vientiane. The journey can be done in the opposite direction and the Combi-ticket price is 30€, taking 6 hours to go through the Vientiane - Bangkok route. Tickets are booked directly from the Nok Air website www.nokair.com.

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