Are buses from Savannakhet to Mukdahan frequent? Are there buses from Savannakhet to Vietnam? Is it expensive to travel by bus through Laos, for example, from Savannakhet to Thakhek?
The answers and more are below. I updated the info about timetables and fares in 2018. Still, this is Laos, and you should understand that ..buses can start earlier or later or can be just canceled...
Let's start with the bus station location (google is correct this time):
The most regular way, people get to Savannakhet is a bridge that joins two sides of Mekong river and connects Savannakhet with a Thai city Mukdahan. So let's get started with the Savannakhet - Mukdahan buses schedule.
Savannakhet - Mukdahan buses
A bus every hour, the first bus at 8:15 in the morning and the last bus to Mukdahan at 19:00:
The fare is 13000 ("official time") / 14000 ("over time") Laotian kips for a ticket. See the chart of rates of Southeast Asian currencies >>
About "official time" and "over time" -- not sure what they mean --- you will pay 14 000 kips, most probably, as a foreigner.
Savannakhet - Vientiane buses
Ticket price - 75.000 kip.
Savannakhet - Vientiane sleeper VIP bus
Ticket price - 120.000 kip
Savannakhet - Thakhek buses
Ticket price - 30.000 kip
Savannakhet - border buses
Ticket price - 40.000 kip.
(This is about the Lao - Vietnamese border near Lao Bao).
Savannakhet - Pakse buses
Ticket price - 40.000 kip
Savannakhet - Attapeu bus
Ticket price - 75.000 kip
Savannakhet - Sekong bus
Ticket price - 65.000 kip
Savannakhet - Salavan bus
Ticket price - 65.000 kip
Buses from Savannakhet to Vietnam
Maybe this is the most intriguing information of the article -- you can have a bus from Savannakhet to Vietnam. Further, I will share all I read at the bus station.
Savannakhet - Hue (Vietnam) buses
- at 8:00 every day except Friday, ticket price (VIP): 110.000 kip
- at 21:00 on Thursdays and Friday, ticket price: 90.000 kip
Savannakhet - Danang (Vietnam) buses
- at 9:00 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, ticket price (sleeper): 150.000 kips
- at 21:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, ticket price: 110.000 kips
Savannakhet - Hanoi (Vietnam) buses
- at 10:00 on Monday (?), Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, ticket price: 250.000 kip
I didn't see the information about Hanoi buses while the visit to Savannakhet in 2018. Maybe I just didn't notice... :(
Savannakhet - Guangbinh (Vietnam) buses
- at 10:00 on Mondays, Fridays, ticket price: 110.000 kip
I shared the schedules to show what generally happens at Savannakhet bus station. So after that, you know that buses to Mukdahan are frequent, buses to Thakhek are inexpensive and there are buses to Vietnam there as well. As for other things, they are subjects of change, of course.