Yunnan Tours from Laos

Yunnan Tours from Laos. Next, I will introduce the transportation from Laos to Yunnan. Affected by the terrain, Laos and Yunnan are both high mountains and cliffs, so the common transportation modes are air and bus.

Introduction of the two countries


Yunnan, whose name literally means south of the clouds, is situated in the southwest of China. With over 2400 years of history, exotic indigenous cultural heritage, a pleasant climate and picturesque scenery, Yunnan is renowned tourist destination for millions of travelers every year. Yunnan is a perfect showpiece of China’s many natural wonders, rugged, wild, and unspoiled. Here we provide you the overview of Yunnan.


Laos may be inconspicuous on the travel map of Southeast Asia, but you will fall in love with Laos’ leisurely life and remember those hydrophilic outdoor activities. The neat old city and temple of Luang Prabang, Vientiane, the capital like a village, took a slow boat across the dangerous banks of the Mekong River to see the Mekong River turn into the sea on 4,000 US islands and the mysterious stone urn on the Xieng Khouang Plateau. Diving at Guangxi Waterfall and playing tire rafting at Wanrong. Laos is a land forgotten by time in Southeast Asia.

How to reach Yunnan from Laos

Tourists are currently traveling from Laos to Yunnan. Generally speaking, there are some ways to choose from:

Air (direct flight)

There are 3-4 daily non-stop flights flying from Vientiane to Kunming and 1 direct flight flying from Luang Prabang to Kunming.

Flight Number Routes Airlines Departure Time Arrival Time Duration
3U8710 Vientiane-Kunming Sichuan Airlines 10:30 13:15 1h45m
MU2590 Vientiane-Kunming China Eastern Airlines 10:50 13:25 1h35m
MU2590 Vientiane-Kunming China Eastern Airlines 15:50 18:30 1h40m
QV815 Vientiane-Kunming Laos Airlines 07:25 09:50 1h25m
MU2562 Luang Prabang-Kunming China Eastern Airlines 15:45 18:00 1h15m

The above information is for reference only, the flight schedule is changing at any time, please consult the relevant staff of the website for more information.

Since many flights from Yunnan to Laos have not yet been opened or very few, if you want to reach other cities such as Dali and Lijiang, you can choose to take a plane from Laos to Kunming Changshui Airport and then take a plane or high-speed train to these cities.The following are the relevant modes of transportation

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With a length of 4,060 kilometer boundary line, Yunnan neighbours three countries, Burma, Laos and Vietnam. In Yunnan, there is710 km China-Laos boundary line. More than 2000 years ago, Yunnan was the land gateway from China to Southeast Asia.

Trans-Asian Railway

The Trans-Asian Railway (TAR) is a project to create an integrated freight railway network across Europe and Asia. It is a project of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). The Southern Corridor will go from Europe to Southeast Asia, connecting Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Thailand, with links to China’s Yunnan Province and, via Malaysia, to Singapore. A Southeast Asian network; this primarily consists of the Kunming–Singapore Railway.

Yunnan-Laos Railway

At present, the railway from Yuxi to Mohan is under construction and it is expected to be open to traffic by 2021. The main stops from north to south are Yuxi, Yanhe, Eshan, Luoli, Yuanjiang , Mojiang, Ninger, Puer, Mengyang, Xishuangbanna, Ganlanba, Mengla, Mohan. By then, tourists can take the train to Mohan Border.

Laos-Yunnan Coaches

The Laos – China bus service is available for Yunnan, the border province of China. Buses from Laos to China go to Meng La, Jing Hong and Kunming prefecture, in Yunnan province (the province that shares a border with Phongsaly Province in Laos). There are coaches running from Vientiane to Kunming via Luang Prabang. Six coaches are available from Luang Prabang to Jinghong city of Xishuangbanna. Please note that some of the coaches are not daily and contact us for the coach information before you go.

1) direct bus from LPB to Kunming(sleeper)–about 24 hours
2) direct bus Oudomxai to Meng La(day bus)
3) direct bus Oudomxai to Jinghong(day bus)–about 8.5 hours
4) direct bus LNT to Meng La(day bus)
5) direct bus LNT to Jinghong(day bus)


Self-driving is also a good method. It can take the whole journey overland from Mohan in Yunnan to Laos, and Laos can take landing visa at a cost of about 200 RMB.

More information about Yunnan transportation

Yunnan Travel by Air

Rail Transport in Yunnan

Roads in Yunnan

Edited by Hellen He/何琴