Luang Prabang, Laos

Getting In


By Road

Highway 13 connects Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng and Vientiane in the south and follows the Mekong River further southward to Cambodia. Highway 13 is asphalt and in relatively good shape during the dry season. However, it can be in poor condition in some places with endless potholes and top layer eroded to reveal the gravel under-layer which causes a bumpy ride. Though there have been incidents of violence along this stretch of road in the past, at present it is safe.

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There are two bus terminals in Luang Prabang, each a little bit out of town, which serve different directions. The northern bus terminal serves destination north of Luang Prabang on Highway 13. The southern bus terminal serves destination south of town. However, there are few exceptions to the rule. Journey time and bus fare to Luang Prabang from various destinations in Laos are as follow:
  • Vientiane - 10-11 hours, USD9-10.
  • Vang Vien - 6-7 hours, USD8-9.
  • Udomxai - 4-5 hours, USD4-5.
  • Luang Nam Tha - 7-8 hours, USD7-8.
  • Nong Khiam - 4-5 hours, USD3-4.
  • Phonsavan - 9-10 hours, USD8-9.
  • Huay Xai - 9-11 hours, USD14-16. 

Buses at the terminal by calflier001

Upon arrival at either bus terminal in Luang Prabang, there will be tuk-tuks that will cram in as many tourists as possible for a flat fare of 20,000 kip to the town centre, which is near the Royal Palace. Many tourists alight here, but if your hotel is not nearby you can request the tuk-tuk driver to take you to your hotel at no extra charge. This is as long as the trip is within the historic part of town.

Road in Luang Prabang by 松岡明芳

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