Jade Hotel

Phou Vao Road, Luang Prabang, Laos
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Any buses from Luang Prabang to Thai border?

by vanmancan

I am currently in Vietnam and thinking of going to Laos for a week or 10 days but I am not sure if I need that much time. I would have to cross into Loas from near Hue. The plan would be to go from Dong Ha to Savannakhet, then on to Vientiane and then to Luang Prabang.

I am hoping that I can cross into Thailand from Luang Prabang by bus but cannot find any info for that. I am not too keen on taking the slow boat for 2 days and I would prefer not to have to go back to Vientiane either. I have been told by tour operators in Vietnam that there is bus service available from LP to the Thai border but I don't know if I can rely on that.

Any info would be appreciated.

Re: Any buses from Luang Prabang to Thai border?

by seagypsy

There are regularly scheduled buses between Luang Prabang and Vientiane which pretty much takes up a full day (9-11 hour busrides) and there are regularly scheduled buses between Vientiane and Nong Khai and Bangkok but no direct bus from LP to Bangkok.

You could catch a bus from Luang Prabang to Luang Namtha in the northwest of Laos, which like northwest Vietnam, is popular for its concentrations of ethnic minorities BUT you would still have to take a bus from Namtha to Huay Xai to exit to Thailand's Chiang Khong, and then onward to Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai or book budget flights back to BKK.

Another good option is to fly back from Luang Prabang to Vientiane for about U$65 and then take the VIP buses or night sleeper train to Bangkok. There are several bus companies in Vientiane that go direct to Bangkok.

Re: Any buses from Luang Prabang to Thai border?

by vanmancan

Thanks for the info. I had considered using the route you suggested and see some minority villages. Maybe that is what I wiil decide to do.

Re: Any buses from Luang Prabang to Thai border?

by zeke7

The Luang Nam Tha - Huay Xai road is newly-reconstructed by the Chinese and is quite fast & smooth.

Another option is a 1-day jetboat from L.P to H.X., but that's a real nerve-wracker and occasionally dangerous as well.

Re: Any buses from Luang Prabang to Thai border?

by zeke7

Another way to look at it is L.P to H.X. by bus via L.N.T. is probably 2 full days of bus rides: 1 to LNT and another to HX. (I don't know of a direct non-stop bus from LP to HX, though it's not out of the question these days with the new LNT-HX stretch; check once you're in LP.) Spending those same 2 days on a slow boat could prove a more attractive option. (Upriver the slow boat is much less crowded than downstream.)

Travel Tips for Luang Prabang

No night life

by yuet29

I was in Luang Prabang with 2 Thai friends met in Vang Vieng. One of them love night life.

He asked a youngster playing football on the middle of the road at 10pm whether there are places for clubbing. The youngster answered him that LP is under UNESCO list, which one of the rule is there is no night life.

No wonder the night market ended before 10pm.

Get to know them

by SirRichard

Young monks are really friendly and communicative. They are normally from poor families in the countryside whose only choice to get some education is to enter these monasteries where they can get some education from free. Most of them have nothing at all, so depend on people's generosity.
Nowadays they start knowing about the outside world from tourists and internet (though most of them can't afford to connect). They are really curious and will ask you a lot of questions about your life, family...
The one I met invited me to see his cell and we had a long chat there, surrounded by sone of his pals. On the walls of the cell you could see pages of Thai magazines with girls, cars, movie stars... just like any western kid! Some of them (the richest) even had CD players... and all of them studied english, they all know is the best way to real knowledge.
After my visit, my friend asked me for some money. He needed 200 USD to afford 1 term at University next year. He had already got the 200 USD from another tourist for the 1st term, and was trying to get the rest from charity, as he had no family or incomes.

Scam or solidarity? U decide...

Too many gods

by muddybok

Names of God ('Elohim, 'El, [`Elyon], Shadday, Yahweh; Theos):

"God is a spiritual essence, intelligent, eternal, true, good, pure, just, merciful, most free and of infinite power and wisdom."

Do we need so many of them? Isn't that One is powerful enough?

Breakfast of Champions

by sieffron

In Southeast Asia, natives don't start the day with a Pop Tart or a bagel, but instead have a bowl of noodles.
Each region has a variation on its morning noodle bowls. In Luang Prabang, the breakfast noodle bowl includes chicken, beef, or pork, along with fresh raw veggies, and peppers. Some of the aspects of the noodle bowl that make it distinct are the addition of green Yanang leaves and the availability of jaew bawng, a thick condiment made from buffalo skin and chillies that spices things up.
Noodle bowls are a great way to start the day, especially if your stomach not up for heavy bread-based food that is common for breakfast in the West. Still, if you prefer to stick to Western breakfasts, there are plenty of place in Luang Prabang to get your fix.

Wat Longkhoune

by strollingfish

It's on the opposite side of Mekong River. Take a ferry there which costs 1.5$ for a return. Climb up some steps then there'll be signs. The ferryman also will show you the direction. There's a cave nearby with small Buddha sculptures inside. Not interesting in my opinion. Admission 5,000 kip for the two together. There's also a small Wat Chomephet nearby where you could have a seeing of the opposite bank. But the view is not good. Not that worth a visit and the wat is disused. Admission 5,000 kip.


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