Luang Prabang - Transportations

Transfer to Luang Prabang is straightforward due to its transportation variety, either overland or by flying. Let’s follow us to know more about vehicles to Luang Prabang. 

Travel to Luang Prabang by plane

The city of Luang Prabang is about four kilometers from the airport, which have both local and international flights. Luang Prabang International Airport has a vast number of scheduled flights from Lao Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways, China Eastern Airlines, and Vietnam Airlines. Moreover, shops, restaurants, information, currency exchange, ATMs, shuttles, and more can all be found at the Luang Prabang Airport Terminal.

Luang Prabang International Airport

Luang Prabang International Airport

Travel to Luang Prabang by bus

- Domestic bus: There are a few early morning departures from Vientiane's Northern Bus Terminal to Luang Prabang; the trip takes around 10 hours and costs 150000 kips (US $18.38). Travelers arriving at the Naluang (Southern) Bus Terminal in Luang Prabang may take a shared tuk-tuk to the heart of the city for about 10,000 kips. Minibusses are a more expedient substitute for standard buses. Most hotels and travel agencies will sell you a ticket. Minibusses get you where you're going quicker, but passengers should be aware that space is limited. It takes 60000 kips and 5 hours to go by minibus from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang (7.35 USD). It takes roughly 7 hours and 150.000 kips to get there from Vientiane (18,38 USD).

- International bus: Luang Prabang is accessible by international bus from Hanoi, and Vinh in Vietnam to Loei in Thailand, and Kunming China (Time and cost vary due to the departure point). 

Hanoi Luang Prabang Sleeping Bus

Hanoi Luang Prabang Sleeping Bus

Travel to Luang Prabang by boat

Crossing the Thai border at Chiang Khong to Huay Xai and taking a boat up or down the Mekong through beautiful scenery is one of the best ways to arrive at Luang Prabang. The slow boat takes 2 days and costs US $20, stopping at Pakbeng overnight.

Luang Say Cruise provides 2- or 3-day luxury Mekong cruises in both directions at a higher price. In peak season, the 2-day cruise departs Luang Prabang on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays; in low season, just Wednesdays and Saturdays (May - September). Luang Say Lodge near Pakbeng hosts overnights. Seasonally, this package costs US $758–1,084 for a double cabin. In peak season, the 3-day option leaves Monday, Tuesday, and Friday; in low season, Tuesdays and Fridays. The exact itinerary includes an overnight stay at the Kamu Lodge near an ethnic Kamu community US $ 970–1386 (Wine, coffee, and meals are provided). The yacht features a complete bar; however, beverages other than tea and coffee are extra.

Speed boat on Mekong River to Luang Prabang

Speed boat on Mekong River to Luang Prabang

Tuk-tuk in Luang Prabang

If you should negotiate a roundtrip fare when taking a tuk-tuk. The tuk-tuk driver waits while you explore the attraction, and you pay the full fee when you return to Luang Prabang. 20.000–30.000 kips ($2,45–$3,67) for small city trips, 50.000 kips ($6,12) for a shared tuk-tuk, and 150.000 kips ($18.35) for a private one to the Kuang Si Fall.


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