Sokthavy Inn

Mekong River road, Ban Horxieng, Luang Prabang, 856, Laos

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Bangkok to Luang Prabang

by mosesliew

Hi there - Thank You for reading this posting. I'd like to know if there is a train journey from Bangkok to Chiang Khong (small Thai town bordering Huay Xai (Laos). If yes, can you book in advance before your trip? If not, then what is your recommendation? I plan to only stay in Luang Prabang and hope to include the two-day journey by slow-boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang.

Your kind feedback is appreciated.


Re: Bangkok to Luang Prabang

by meggy88

check out it will give you all the routes, prices and times for train dept ex BKK.

Re: Bangkok to Luang Prabang

by seagypsy

There are NO trains that run from Bangkok to Chiang Khong BUT you have some relatively inexpensive options:
1. Fly a Thai budget airline [Nok Air or Thai Air Asia] to Chiang Rai and take a local bus from the Chiang Rai bus station to Chiang Khong, which will take about 2.5 hours.
2. Take a direct VIP sleeper bus from Bangkok's Mochit Bus Station near the Chatuchak Market to Chiang Khong.

The other option is to take the overngith sleeper TRAIN from Bangkok to Nong Khai which is the town across the Mekong from Lao's capital of Vientiane and then cross over Friendship Border Bridge. Then bus or fly to Luang Prabang.

If you're short on time, then your best option is to fly Lao Airlines of Bangkok Airwyas from Bangkok to Luang Prabang.

Travel Tips for Luang Prabang

My Route

by hana_aya

This was my route of this vacation
I left thailand from Cheng Khong in ChengRai Province and got back to Nhong Kai province to catched the train back to BKK
Long journey but was so fun ,met many people and also had many experinces in both good and bad. That 's why i love travel

Finding the Mailbox in Downtown Luang Prabang

by thedouglas

This was one of my most confusing, and ultimately, amusing experiences in Luang Prabang. I asked for directions from a few locals to the mailbox, clutching postcards in hand - some for VT mates - and was directed to .....yellow.....up the road....round the corner..... With little confidence, I wandered off looking up the street, then around the corner, for a yellow building. And there is WAS! The yellow mailbox was just tucked in around the corner from Sisavangvong Rd, across from Mt Phusi - surrounded by rubble and litter! This was about the most litter I had ever seen in Luang Prabang.

I was quite reluctant to post the cards, but they actually made it!

Jeux de boules

by chrisvandenbroucke

It's obvious the French have been here !
The most popular 'sport' (it's not olympic and I hope it will never be) in the South of France is played here too.
Not only old people but also the young ones try it.

Mosquito Repellent

by thedouglas

Mozzie repellent is a must for Luang Prabang - particularly as you are almost surrounded by river here - they come out as soon as the sun goes down, and they are relentless little buggers.

I also recommend buying this at home, as I had bought our favourite brand here, but my husband insisted on buying something locally - and it was greasy and just horrible. Hard to choose between it and the mozzies in the end.

Lao New Year or Boun Pimai or Pimai Lao

by trisanna

The Lao New year is the same date as the Thai and Cambodian new year. It is celebrated in mid April, during the end of the hot and dry season. The festival is very similiar to the Thai Songkran festival. Many young children will canvas corners with water pistols and buckets in hoping to soak others and especially falang or farang (foriegners). Some rowdy tourists take a little too far and will appear with large super soaker water pistols. To be splashed by a giggling child is one thing, to be soaked and have your luggage wet and camera ruines is another. Most of the splashing down by the rowdy tourists is done on the main road of Sisavong-if you avoid this road, you should not run into them.

The Lao year festival runs over a few days. There is a big carnival outside the city with local bands, amuseument park style food and games. There is a beauty pagent and other events. Some masked dancers as well.


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