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Land border between Laos and Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia

August 31, 2023 - 5069 views

Laos has two types of border crossings, international and local. International crossings are generally open to all foreign nationals in possession of a valid passport and visa, while local crossings are open only to locals (on each side of the border) who are able to cross back and forth using some form of border pass.

Laos has two types of border crossings, international and local. International crossings are generally open to all foreign nationals in possession of a valid passport and visa, while local crossings are open only to locals (on each side of the border) who are able to cross back and forth using some form of border pass.

1. Land border between Laos – Thailand

There are 8 border crossings from Thailand open to foreigners:

  • Nong Khai – Vientiane (Thai – Lao Friendship Bridge No. 1)
  • Mukdaharn – Savannakhet (Mukdahan Province to Savannakhet Province via Thai – Lao Friendship Bridge No.2)
  • Nakon Phanom – Tha Khaek (Thai – Lao Friendship Bridge No.3)  (Nakhon Phanom Province to Khammouane Province)
  • Chiang Khong – Huay Xai (Thai – Lao Friendship Bridge No.4)
  • Tha Li – Kaen Thao (Loei Province to Sayaboury Province)
  • Bueng Kan – Pakxan (Nong Khai Province to Bolikhamxay Province)
  • Chong Mek – Vang Tao (Ubon Ratchathani Province to Champasak Province)
  • Thai Li – Nam Hueang Local Bridge crossing Nam Heuang River.

Thai - Laos  Friendship Bridge No. 1

Thai - Laos  Friendship Bridge No. 1

2. Land border between Laos – Vietnam

From Vietnam, travelers can cross border at these 7 Vietnam – Laos border crossing points (Visa available on arrival at Laos only):

  • Lao Bao - Dansavanh: Dong Ha (Quang Tri Province) to Savanakhet
  • Bo Y - Phou Keua: Kontum to Attapeu Province
  • Cha Lo - Na Phao: Dong Hoi (Quang Binh Province) to Thakhek (Khammouane Province)
  • Nam Can - Nong Haet:     Vinh City to Phonsavan (Xiengkhuang Province)
  • CauTreo - Nam Phao: Vinh City to Thakhek (Khammouane Province)
  • Nam Soi - Na Meo: Thanh Hoa to Xam Neua (Houaphan Province)
  • Tay Trang - Pang Hok:  Dien Bien Phu (Lai Chau Province) to Muang Khua (Phongsaly Province)

  Lao Bao - Dansavanh International Border Gate.

  Lao Bao - Dansavanh International Border Gate.

3. Lan border between Laos – Cambodia

There is currently only 1 official checkpoint at the Cambodia - Laos border: Dong Kralor – Veun Kham crossing. The checkpoint links the Champasak Province of Laos with the Strung Treng Province of Cambodia, where Laos’ National Road No.13 meets Cambodia’s National Highway No.7.

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23/09/2023

Is it possible to cross from Cambodia to Laos by river? I thought I read somewhere that it was possible between Koh Khan Kham and Veun Kham. Thanks

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27/09/2023
@Dave:

Usually, there're locals boat at Koh Khan Kham crossing from Cambodia to Laos. However, it isn't recommended for tourists as this way of transfer is quite dangerous. You should crossing the border by road way instead. 

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