Oudomxai Things to Do
Walking from the bus station on the right hand side you will come across Samlaan Cycling office where cycling tours are offered (day tours, or longer tours if there are enough people). You can bring your own bike or rent from them.
There is an ugly concrete structure just across the bridge and downstairs you will find many Chinese goods for sale. Check it out for jackets and pants (military style, lots of pockets for carrying all you need on your days out.
If you have not tried a massage or herbal sauna yet try having one here. As with other towns in Loas the Lao Red Cross offers this service and the proceeds go to help the children in the villages. The building is located a little way from the main street but only 10 min walk from the centre. Leaving the bus station turn left at the second petrol station and walk down the road for 500m and you will find it, just past the Phouxay Hotel. We try to get a massage or herbal sauna in each place we visit and this lived up to the usual good standards.
An easy flat 15 mins walk to the bus station from our hotel to catch the local bus to Luang Prabang, and a quick bite to eat on the way. Bus cost 55.000 (5€) LAK per person and took just over 7 hours. I must say a puncture held us up for some while. These buses do not overload with people but goods, yes. Throughout the ride at every stop for toilet or just a drink stop we had to clamber over bags of rice to get down the aisle, but it's all part of the experience. Some nice vistas along the way over a few hilly parts with unbelievable dust everywhere. Impossible to have the windows open most of the time except on tarmac. The bus station in Luang Prabang is well outside town so is necessary to negociate a tuktuk to take you into the centre.