How to Plan China-Laos Train Tour between Kunming and Vientiane

Kunming, the provincial capital of Yunnan Province, is one of the first national historical and cultural cities, the political, economic, cultural, scientific, and technological and transportation center of Yunnan Province, an important tourist and trade city in China, an important central city in the western region and a national first-grade port city. The beautiful natural scenery, splendid historical sites and diverse ethnic customs have made Kunming one of the popular cities for tourism in China. Vientiane is the capital of Laos, the political, economic, and cultural center and the largest city in the country, as well as the only municipality in Laos. Nestled closely on the left bank of the Mekong River, the city stretches from west to east and north, with a wide riverfront boulevard running through the city. On both sides of the street, coconuts, bananas, betel nut, longan, fenugreek and locust plants grow in an intermingling pattern. It is one of the few capitals in the world to be located near a national border, across the river from Nong Khai Province in Thailand.

On December 03, 2021, China-Laos Railway had been put into traffic, travelling to Laos by train from China has become reality since then. China-Laos Train Tour Between Kunming and Vientiane will include Kunming-Vientiane Train Schedule, Involving Tourist Destinations in Yunnan and Laos, Best Tours involving Kunming and Vientiane and Travel Tips.

Kunming-Vientiane Train Schedule

Currently, trains cannot enter Laos Boten Border directly from Mohan Railway Station, reaching Boten Railway Station. Travelers can take train to Mohan Railway Station first, then go to China Mohan Border, handling customs formality and passing through Laos border gate, then go to Boten Railway Station and head for Vientiane by train.
Note: Mohan Railway Station – China Mohan Border: 10KM; China Mohan Border – Laos Boten Border: 1KM; Laos border gate-Boten Railway Station: 8KM

Kunming-Mohan Trains

Train Number Port of Departure Time of Departure Destination Time of Arrival Duration Transit Stations Fare
C384 Kunming Railway Station 08:06 Mohan Railway Station 12:43 4 hours and 37 minutes Kunming South, Xishuangbanna, Mengla First class seats: CNY 432 (Kunming Railway Station), CNY 417 (Kunming South Railway Station)
Second class seats: CNY 271 (Kunming Railway Station), CNY 262 (Kunming South Railway Station)
C381 Kunming South Railway Station 08:29 Mohan Railway Station 12:43 4 hours and 14 minutes Xishuangbanna, Mengla
C385 Kunming South Railway Station 14:15 Mohan Railway Station 19:33 5 hours and 18 minutes Yuxi, Huanian, Yuanjiang, Mojiang, Ning’er, Pu’er, Xishuangbanna. Ganlanba, Mengla
C382 Mohan Railway Station 09:30 Kunming South Railway Station 14:20 5 hours Mengla, Ganlanba, Xishuangbanna, Pu’er, Ning’er, Yuanjiang, Mojiang
C386 Mohan Railway Station 17:08 Kunming South Railway Station 21:22 4 hours and 14 minutes Mengla, Xishuangbanna
C386 Mohan Railway Station 17:08 Kunming Railway Station 21:45 4 hours and 37 minutes Mengla, Xihaungbanna, Kunming South

Boten-Vientiane Trains

Train Number Depart Arrival Duration Intermediate Stations
(Fast Train)
Vientiane (07:30) Boten (11:02) 3 hours 28 minutes Vang Vieng(123km, 08:25-08:29);
Luang Prabang(238km, 09:23-09:31);
Muang Xay(339km, 10:17-10:21);
Na Teuy(393km, 10:47-10:51)
K12 (Ordinary Train) Vientiane (08:00) Boten (13:10) 5 hours 10 minutes Phonhong(64km, 08:39-08:43);
Vang Vieng(123km, 09:20-09:24);
Kasi(167km, 09:53-09:57)
Luang Prabang(238km, 10:43-10:49);
Muang Nga(293km, 11:22-11:26)
Muang Xay(339km, 11:55-12:01);
Na Moh(378km, 12:27-12:38);
Na Teuy(393km, 12:51-12:55)
(Fast Train)
Vientiane (09:20) Luang Prabang (11:13) 1 hour 7 minutes Vang Vieng (123km, 10:15-10:19)
(Fast Train)
Vientiane (10:10) Muang Xay (13:45) 3 hour 35 minutes Phonhong (64km, 10:41-10:45);
Vang Vieng(123km, 11:13-11:17);
Luang Prabang(238km, 12:25-12:31)
(Fast Train)
Vientiane (15:05) Luang Prabang (17:10) 2 hour 5 minutes Vang Vieng (16:11-16:15)
(Fast Train)
3 hours 37 minutes Na Teuy(13km, 12:24-12:28);
Muang Xai(67km, 12:54-12:58);
Luang Prabang(168km, 13:45-13:53);
Vang Vieng(283km, 14:45-14:49)
(Ordinary Train)
5 hours 15 minutes Na Teuy(13km, 14:11-14:15);
Na Moh(28km, 14:28-14:32);
Muang Xay(67km, 14:58-15:02);
Muang Nga(113km, 15:31-15:35);
Luang Prabang(168km, 16:10-16:16);
Kasi(239km, 17:11-17:15);
Vang Vieng(283km, 17:44-17:48);
Phonhong(342km, 18:25-18:29)
(Fast Train)
Luang Prabang
2 hours Vang Vieng(12:32-12:36)
(Fast Train)
Muang Xay
3 hours 23 minutes Luang Prabang(15:13-15:19);
Vang Vieng(16:39-16:43);
(Fast Train)
Luang Prabang
2 hours Vang Vieng(19:12-19:16)

Main Tourist Destinations Involved

Name Brief Introduction Top Attractions
Kunming Kunming is warm and spring-like all the seasons, so it is also known as “Spring City”. It has flowers that bloom all the seasons, just like a large city garden. In addition to the beautiful scenery, there are many ethnic minorities gathered here, so that tourists can feel the simple ethnic culture. Stone Forest, Dianchi lake, Jiuxiang cave, Jiaozi snow mountain, and Yunnan ethnic village.
Yuxi Yuxi sits in the center of Yunnan province, with Kunming to its North, Pu’er at its west, Honghe to the southeast and Chuxiong to the northwest. Fuxian Lake in Chengjiang, Yuxi is the second-deepest lake in China. Yuxi is rich in crops and tobacco leaves, hence its honor ‘Barn of Middle Yunnan Province’ and ‘Hometown of Yunnan Tobacco’. The area also has beautiful natural sceneries and colorful ethnic culture. Modou Mountain, Ailaoshan Mountain, Fuxian Lake, Sansheng Palace, Gudao Island of Fuxian Lake, Cherry Blossom Valley, Luchong Scenic Area, and The Former Residence of Nie Er.
Pu’er Puer has a long history before 109 BC, which is located in the southwest of Yunnan Province. It is adjacent to Honghe and Yuxi in the east, Xishuangbanna in the south, Dali and Chuxiong in the north. It is bordered by Vietnam and Laos in the southeast and Myanmar in the southwest. Puer City was once an important station on the Ancient Tea-Horse Road. Due to the subtropical monsoon climate, most of the area is frost-free throughout the year. It is one of the important producing areas of the famous Puer Tea and one of the largest tea-producing areas in China. China Puer Tea Exhibition Garden, Xiniuping Scenic Area, Plum Lake Park, Bixi Ancient Town, Ximahe Wetland Park, Twins Culture Garden, Magic Twin Wells
Mengliehu Lake Wetland and The Ancient Tea Horse Road.
Xishuangbanna Xishuangbanna is a name taken from Dai language which means “twelve administrative regions.” Xishuangbanna, the ancient Dai language as “Meng Bala Naxi”, meaning “ideal and magical paradise”, referring to the magical tropical rain forest natural landscape and ethnic customs known for the world, is one of China’s hot tourist cities. It is connected with Laos and Myanmar by mountains and rivers and also close to Thailand and Vietnam. The annual splash festival is held on April 13-15, known as the “Oriental Carnival”.  Tourists can not only feel strong ethnic flavor but also appreciate beautiful tropical scenery here. Xishuangbanna Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden, Xishuangbanna Primeval Forest Park, WangTianShu Scenic Spot, Wild Elephant Valley, Zongfosi Temple, Mengle Buddhist Temple, Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion, Water Splashing Festival, and Dai Minority Garden at Ganlanba.
Luang Prabang Luang Prabang, also known as ” Louangphrabang”, is the capital of Luang Prabang province, and also the famous ancient city and Buddhist center of Laos, located at the confluence of Nam Khan River and Mekong River. Luang Prabang is rich in tourism resources, whether you want to experience the humanistic landscape and local customs or to feel the natural landscape, you can be satisfied here. Kuang Si WaterfallMount PhousiWat Xieng ThongLuang Prabang Royal PalaceWat MaiWat WisunalatWat ManoromWat Aham, Tad Sae Waterfalls, Pak Ou CavesHmong Night MarketPhousi MarketDara Market, Sisavangvong RoadWhisky Village(Ban Xang Hai Village), Elephant Village and Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre.
Vang Vieng Situated between the two main cities of Vientiane and Lamphrabang, Vang Vieng is a very famous leisure destination in Laos with its picturesque scenery and simple folklore. Vang Vieng is famous for its a large number of caves, the tranquil Nam Song River flowing through it, the magical karst terrain and all sorts of strange caves. Apart from being able to enjoy the beautiful landscape, Vang Vieng is also a paradise for outdoor sports, where you can explore caves, rafting, river tubing, zip-lining, rock climbing, etc. Nam Song River, Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon, Tham Chang Cave, Wat That, and Elephant Adventure Village Tree House.
Vientiane Vientiane was a thriving commercial centre from as early as the 17th century. Modern Vientiane has the impression that the streets are not very wide, but the city is bustling with shops on both sides, most of which are department stores, restaurants, photo and clothing shops. In the suburbs there are wooden and bamboo buildings in the style of the Lao Long people, often with trees or fences in front and behind the houses to form a large or small courtyard, which makes living in such houses cool and comfortable in the hot Laos climate. Vientiane is separated from Thailand by the Mekong River, and in the dry season the shallow half of the riverbed is exposed, leaving only a small stream in the middle, which one can wade through to Thailand. Pha That LuangWat Sisaket, Lao National Museum, Xieng Khuan Buddha Park, Patuxay Monument, and Presidential Palace (Laos).

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