Getting there & away
Mukdahan’s bus terminal (0 4261 1421) is on Rte 212, west of town; to get there from the centre, take a yellow sǎwngthǎew (8B) from Th Phitak Phanomkhet near the fountain. There are regular buses to Nakhon Phanom (ordinary/air-con 52/93B, two hours, every 40 minutes) going via That Phanom (ordinary/air-con 28/50B, one hour), and also service to Khon Kaen (air-con 155B, 4½ hours, every half-hour), Ubon Ratchathani (ordinary/air-con 80/144B, 3½ hours, every 45 minutes) and Yasothon (air-con 104B, two hours, 13 daily).
For Bangkok’s northern terminal (364B, 10 to 11 hours) there are frequent air-con departures throughout the day until 8.45pm, and 999 VIP (0 4261 1478), with offices at the terminal, runs a 32-seat VIP bus (571B, 7.20pm) and three 24 seaters (760B, 8.30am, 8pm, 8.15pm).
Even with the bridge, boats continue to connect Mukdahan’s ferry terminal (0 4261 4926) with Savannakhet, Laos, though the frequency of the service may soon be reduced. There are nine ferries daily during the week (9am to 4.30pm), eight on Saturday (9.30am to 4.30pm) and six on Sunday (9.30am to 3pm). Tickets cost 50B each way. Thirty-day Lao visas are available on arrival.