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Attapeu is a town in Laos.

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By bus[edit]

Buses leave from the Km 8 Southern bus station in Pakse. There are several buses per day but handy ones are 8am and 10am.

Green Paradise sells ticket from the island to Attapeu for a 120,000 kip (~14$). Every bus ticket shop on the island seems to offer the same price, line and company. A ticket should come with a boat ride that picks you up near the hostel you stay around 11am and brings you to Nakasang, where you need to walk 500m to the Green Paradise parking on the right side of the main road. After a first ride to Paksé, you'll be asked to change bus to another one that goes to Attapeu.

Get around[edit]

There appears to be nowhere to hire motorbikes in Attapeu (as of Jan 2014), although there is a possibility that you might get lucky asking one of the guesthouse if you can rent the personal motorbike of the owner. (Ex: The owners of Siamphone hotel rented their bike for 105,000 kip/day in March 2019)

Having one would greatly facilitate getting out and around so may be worth bringing one from Pakse - can be put on the bus or driven (200km).

Although you may find Tuk Tuk's at the bus station to greet buses generally there are no tuk tuks or jumbo's in town and you will have to walk everywhere (not such a huge problem as the place is kind-of small).

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The major draw card of Attapeu would be Nong Faa lake out near the Vietnamese border. Access only in dry season and need 4WD or off-road motorbike.

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Get out[edit]

Buses to Pakse (5 hours), Salavan and beyond depart from the main bus station at the edge of town as per the following schedule.

06:15 - Savannakhet

06:55 - Pakse

07:40 - Pakse

08:25 - Vientiane

09:00 - Pakse (VIP)

10:30 - Pakse

12:00 - Vientiane

13:30 - Pakse

15:00 - Vientiane (VIP sleeper)

16:00 - Vientiane (VIP sleeper)

There may also be a possibility of catching Vietnamese minivans to Pakse which would likely be quicker. These vans coming from Gia Lai seem to come every few hours and stop in the center of town in front of the large Vietnamese restaurant just before the large bridge. Ask at the restaurant about possibility of getting on the vans.

To get to Salavan, you can also take one of the above Pakse bound buses and get off at Tataeng (40km south of Sekong) and wait for transport coming from Pakse or Sekong to take you the rest of the way to Salavan.

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  • Vietnam - Ngoc Hoi, Kontum Vietnamese bus from May Linh leaves Pakse very early, passes Attapeu a few hours later and arrives in Kontum after a lunch-stop around 3 pm. The border-crossing goes on smoothly, and no tea-money is required for stamping (jan 2013). The road is new and well maintained. PleikuCreate category

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