Taxi to the airport to to take the Laos Air Lines plane
The tuc tuc is one of the quickest , practical and economic to travel.
Fresh air is guaranteed
Taxi al aeropuerto , para coger el avion de Laos Air Lines
El Tuc tuc es una de las formas más rápidas, práctica y económica de viajar
El aire fresco está garantizado
Such a small place I could walk almost everywhere I need to. However, sometimes you might need a ride, maybe you are just lazy or caught in a rain storm. Tuktuk is the cheapest, quickest and convenient way to get from one place to another.
Hanging around in Luang Prabang especially by the river you will be often approached by owner of boats who will be willing to take you on a river cruise. It can be just across the river if further somewhere else. I used the formal ferry to cross the river, not sure if I would be very comfortable on such small narrow boat.
Ferry across the Mekong River
There is a ferry that can take you to the other side of the Mekong River. The official ferry goes all day long as soon that one side of the river get full it departs and leaves to the other side. I would say about every 20 to 30 minutes depends on the traffic. The cruise to the other side is 10 minutes about.
Luang Prabang Airport
Luang Prabang Airport have new small but nice airport. It is only about 10 minutes’ drive from the city and so very convenience. I didn’t have visa in advance so application on arrival was possible with some fee that you can pay in USD or Euro. Have passport photos available with you which will make it even easier. After passport check the language arrived rather quickly and off we went to our resort.
Check-in for departure was ever easier, smooth and quick, surly much easier to fly then taking any 20 hour bus.
I used Vietnam airlines and found it quick and safe. They used the same airplane model I was flying in Europe on domestic flight so all seems to be familiar and easy. The ticket purchasing was easy doing on-line booking and all the procedures, check-in & boarding was run smoothly and easy. Also the flight to Laos and back was smooth as expected on a good weather conditions. I can surely recommend anyone planning visit to Laos to use flight options on the alternative 15 to 20 hours bus trip.
With the very slow bus lines driving around Laos, airlines are the fastest and safest way to get around the country I assume. Lao Airlines operate domestic and international connection from Luang Prabang. They do not operate direct to Europe, only regional countries but with code share you can easily find some flight combination.
In my case I was very lucky, my accommodation was inclusive transport from/to the airport, it was less than ten minutes ride which was very comfortable in my first few minutes after arriving this lovely country.
Town centre to boat landing.
We hired a private minibus from an agency direct to take us from the Lankhangkhong hotel to the boat landing for 100.000 LAK. (9€) It is probably cheaper by tuktuk but this way we didn't have to go looking for one at 7 '°clock in the morning and were certain that the 'van would be there. Doesn't take 20 mins to get there but it is a fair distance having to go round the airport. Any agency will be able to book this, price depending on how many you are and also your negociating skills. Or if you don't want to be bothered the hotel will also do this, but they will add a commission as well, your choice.
Ariving in luang Prabang
Most buses and mini-vans arrive in LP a few kms from the centre, where many tuk-tuk drivers or representatives of guest houses will pounce on you as soon as you step off your bus. Most will show fotos of accommodation and will try to persuade you to stay there. Pick a suitable one, then they usually try to stick you in a tuk-tuk for a couple dollars, but it is quite easy to persuade them to give you free transportation should you decide to stay in their GH.
TRAVEL BY BUS HERE..NO RAIL..
LUANGPRABANG Whenever I can when travelling I always, if possible ,travel by train as I beleive it is the best and most comfortable way to travel...unfortunately there are no more trains in Laos so the next best cheapest thing is a bus..The busses are generally I found to be in good condition very modern,fast,and clean, for long distance services ..ie: Luangprabang-Vang Vieng-Vientienne..also they are very reasonably priced and usually full.so book a day or so prior to your journey..
- Road Trip
Bus south to Vang Vieng
The road to Vang Vieng takes around 5 hours through some beautiful if bumpy mountain scenery. Bring water and motion sickness tablets if you are poorly as it's not comfortable. I advise paying more with other tourists for a minivan than a public bus.
In order to get across to the small village of Ban Xieng Maen, on the other side of the Mekong from Luang Prabang, you have to take a boat across the river. I took some sort of vehicle ferry thing across which transported two motorbikes, 1 guy, 1 girl and me. On the way back I took one of the many narrow boats. The trip costs 5,000 kip each way.
Stop at Vang Vieng
Chances are you are coming to Luang Prabang via Vientiane.
Sure, this is not the only way to LP, but is the most common one.
Some, however, do come by boat from the South West side. For this there are 2 options: fast boat (where you wear helmets, it's a scary ride), & the slow boat (very chilled & slow, though totally relaxing).
Anyway, if you are coming from Vientiane, you must stop for a while (minimum 1/2 a day) at Vang Vieng. This breaks the otherwise 7 hour journey. From VV it's another 4 hours of a gruelling uphill & meandering route.
Vang Vieng is compact & beautiful. Caving, tubing along the shallow river with some fun mini-rapids, stops along he river for beer/soft drinks, are amongst the activities to be enjoyed.
Fares from VV to LP are 5 USD. from VTE to VV it's 4 USD.
- Arts and Culture
- Adventure Travel
- Road Trip
Get yourself some wheels.
A great way to get about Luang Prabang and the surrounding countryside is to hire a scooter, the all-purpose vehicle of Southeast Asia. Having ridden bikes as a young man, I am quite comfortable with scooters although I would suggest if you have limited or no experience, this region is maybe not the place to learn. In town, the traffic is the usual chaos with people apparently going where they want and road signs ignored totally. Out of town, apart from Highway 13, the roads can be a little tricky, especially if you cross to the far bank of the Mekong. If you are confident though, you can save yourself some money on the tours to the likes of Pak Ou caves, and the two main waterfalls.
I rented a bike from Pinekham Services as it was near my guesthouse. It was the standard 100cc Wave with 71,000 km on the clock and Heaven knows how many more not. It had brakes as soggy as an Irish February and had obviously seen much better days. However, it sufficed for my needs.
It cost 100,000 kip per day and, as is usual, you had to deposit your passport with them. You are required to leave the machine back full and there is a convenient Caltex filling station just along at the other end of Visounarath Road.
It is located on the (only) roundabout on Kisarth Settathirat Road, at the junction with Visounarath Road.