How to get to Luang Prabang
From Russia to Luang Prabang directly not get, I have to change in one of the neighbouring countries Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China. Of these countries can be reached by plane, bus and train. But there are ready options air travel with 2 changes, however these tickets are very expensive, and last for more than a day. Therefore, we would advise you to get to Luang Prabang, stopping for a rest in one of these countries, and then continue the journey by land or air.
On the plane
To Luang Prabang airport Luang Prabang International Airport with international status (the airport's website http://www.luangprabangairport.com/). The airport is five kilometers from the city center (airport map).
The airport is very simple, with minimal infrastructure, but currency exchange, reception, hotels, car hire available. The exchange rate of US dollars and Thai baht are acceptable to exchange the minimum amount, but lower than in exchange offices in the city. For other currencies the exchange rate is very disadvantageous. If you do not want to change money at the airport by disadvantageous exchange rate, it is possible to do without it, and to pay for a taxi to the city in dollars or baht, or to ask you to take it to the exchange point in the middle.
To get from the airport to the city by taxi (minivan) at a price of 50,000 Kip (357.11 RUB, see currency of Laos and the exchange rate). Stand for ordering a taxi inside the airport building at the arrival hall. If you exit the airport and turn right, you can catch a tuk-tuk and bargain for 30,000 Kip, or even walk to nearby hotels by foot.
The airport receives flights from:
|Bangkok (Thailand)||Bangkok Airways, Lao Airlines|
|Chiang Mai (Thailand)||Lao Airlines|
|Hanoi (Vietnam)||Vietnam Airlines, Lao Airlines|
|Siem Reap (Cambodia)||Vietnam Airlines, Lao Airlines|
|Udon Thani (Udon thani, Thailand)||Lao Airlines|
|Pakse (Laos)||Lao Airlines|
|Vientiane (Laos)||Lao Airlines|
Prices for flights is high. For example, a one-way flight from Hanoi will cost from$ 150. The tickets from these cities directly to Luang Prabang it is better to purchase on the airline's website or through a search form:
Check out the prices on cheap flights to and from Russia to Luang Prabang (with transfers):
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To reach Luang Prabang or to leave on the bus in almost all the major cities of Laos and neighbouring countries, but far to the South or to Cambodia will transplant in Vientiane or Pakse or Savannakhet.
Internal flights from Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Nong Hao, Oudomxay, Muang khua, Phonsavan (in the schedule as the province of Xiangkhoang or Xiangkhoang), Louang Namtha, Pangali, Bokeo (Bokeo), Sanya (Xam Neua), Pakse.
Direct international buses to Luang Prabang is at least from Thailand (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai); Vietnam (Hanoi, Hue, Vinh, Sapa, Dien bien Phu); China (Kunming). To get from Bangkok or Pattaya, you need to transplant in Vientiane.
In all areas buses depart daily in the morning or evening (night flight) and most popular (Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Oudomxay, Nong Hao) several times a day. The bus is large and minivans. International buses all large bedrooms.
Arrive/depart all the buses on one of the two bus stations:
- North or North Bus Terminal (2 km on North from the city center on highway No. 13 on the map);
- South or South bus Terminal (2 km on South from the city center on highway No. 13 on the map)
Theoretically, bus to South station arrive/depart on the South, North - North, but in practice not always so, and the flights from Severa from Nong Hao, Sapa and Dien bien Phu (Vietnam) arrive at the South terminal. In addition to these stations, many private buses are using the station Naluang Bus station International, which is located across the road from the North bus station.
To reach any of the stations from the city you can hire a tuk tuk for 20 million Kip (currency of Laos, the exchange rate). From the bus stations in the city of tuk-tuks asking for 20 00 Kip with tourists, and bargaining do not agree, although the plates of the bus station and provided the official price of 10 000. If you purchased your ticket at a travel Agency in Luang Prabang, the cost will include a tuk-tuk to the bus station.
Tickets can be purchased at the stations themselves at the box office, but easier to do it in hotels or travel agencies on the street. The price will be slightly higher than the bus, but the price includes transfer from the hotel to the place of departure. All travel agencies sell tickets on the same flights, but the prices differ from place to place 10-20 000 Kip, so it makes sense to walk around and find a more profitable option. You can also purchase tickets online at 12go.asia, but so far there are not available on all flights.
Find the full schedule of buses from/to Luang Prabang in the Internet is impossible, but in General, the majority of buses nearby directions leaves in the morning (from 9 to 12 hours), and far, including international, on the evening of 18-19 hours. Unfortunately, the cheapest domestic flights schedule is not always followed, and the flight may be cancelled if the driver does not like weather or not the requisite number of passengers. And it also happens that you buy a ticket on a passing bus, and it will be Packed, so you also won't go anywhere (money, of course, return).
The schedule of buses to Luang Prabang available for booking online:
From Hanoi (Vietnam) to Luang Prabang by bus
From Hanoi there is a direct bus route to Luang Prabang NALUANG company TRAVEL company. The route takes you through the town of Phonsavan (Laos) and Vinh (Vietnam).
The tickets need to look at travel agencies in Hanoi, Luang Prabang you can buy at the station Naluang Bus Station International. The dispatch takes place from the hotel where passengers gather on the van and transported to the departure point of the bus.
Bus departs from Hanoi daily (except Thursday) at 17:00 from Luang Prabang at 18:00. The journey takes about 30 hours (not 24 hours as stated by the seller). In Luang Prabang you will be the next day at about 21:00. The cost is $ 50 (when you purchase in Luang Prabang 360 thousand bales).
Depart and arrive in Luang Prabang the bus to the station Naluang Bus Station International (see above).
Another option to get from Hanoi – Dien bien Phu through the.
From Sapa/Dien bien Phu (Vietnam) to Luang Prabang by bus
You can drive to Luang Prabang on the chaise with transfers from Sapa (Vietnam) or Hanoi. The road will take you about a day. We can say that the route is for experienced and prepared for the difficulties travelers.
The route in General will look like this:
- From Sapa or Hanoi to reach the city of Dien bien Phu (Dien Bien Phu). From Hanoi to Dien bien Phu can be reached by bus or fly on a plane (Vietnam Airlines), and from Sapa at 07:00 and 19:00 buses depart to Dien bien Phu (12$), which arrive in the city at 17:00 and 05:00 respectively.
- Overnight in Dien bien Phu. If you have time and will you can just sit on the bus Dien bien Phu - Luang Prabang at 07:00. The fare there is about $ 22, about 15 hours with stops for border crossing to Laos, for lunch and toilet.
But it is much easier to buy ready ticket for the two are moving in Sapa. It will cost 435 000 Kip, but you are guaranteed to reach without additional spending the night in Dien bien Phu. Tickets are sold at travel agencies in Sapa, but it should be around a few to find the price of a smaller one.
From Vinh and hue to Luang Prabang by bus
From Vinh and hue in Vietnam can be reached by a direct bus NALUANG company TRAVEL company. The route goes through the town of Phonsavan (Laos). Sent at 18:30 (from Luang Prabang) daily. In the path of 18-24 hours. The price is 450 000 Kip. Further, from the hue to get to da Nang, Join and other cities in the South of Vietnam.
From Thanh Hoa (Thanh Hoa, Vietnam) to Luang Prabang by bus
Overnight in the town of Sam Neua in Laos.
On the boat
Luang Prabang lies on the Mekong river. By boat here you can swim from other cities in Laos and also the boat is a popular means of transport to get here from the Thai provinces of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai with a stopover.
From the cities of Laos
From Houay Xai. This town is located near the border crossing between Thailand (Chiang Khong in the province of Chiang Rai on the Thai side) and Laos.
Here daily at 10:30 according to the schedule sent slow boat to Luang Prabang. In the way she goes 2 days, making a stop for the night in Pak Beng (Pakbeng). The cost from 800 to 1,200 baht (currency of Thailand, the exchange rate) or from 220 thousand bales. It's a very pleasant journey through beautiful places, and if you will have enough free time it is best to use them.
The fast boat takes 6 hours and costs $ 35, but these boats are not designed for tourists, and sail them in a few cramped, uncomfortable and dangerous. The government of Laos banned the movement of tourists on the fastest boats, so carriers are reluctant to agree to take on passengers.
From Thailand to Luang Prabang
A very popular drive to Luang Prabang from the Thai provinces of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The route runs through the border between the towns of Chiang Khong (Chiang Khong) on the Thai side and Huay Xai (Houay Xai) in Laos.
To the town of Chiang Khong (Chiang Khong) from Chiang Rai can be easily reached by bus, which depart from the old bus station in Chiang Rai from 5.00 to 16.00 every half hour, trip takes about 2 hours and cost 65 baht. From Chiang Mai can be reached by a direct bus for 150-270 baht or again through Chiang Rai with the transplant. You should try to come to Chiang Kong to 10 hours, if you want to catch the slow boat to LP.
The border between the countries is the Mekong river, and after passing passport control and all formalities on the Thai side will need to cross the border to Lao for 10,000 Kip or 40 baht.
From Huay Xai (Houay Xai) to Luang Prabang can be reached in two days on a slow boat with an overnight stay in Pakbeng, six hours fast or by bus (about boats, see above).
The bus leaves at 9:00, 14:00 and 17:00, costs about $ 12 and in the path of 12-15 hours.