How to get to Luang Prabang, transport
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.
It is best to get to Luang Prabang by airplane, because an hour after taking off from a neighbouring state you will be in place. The disadvantage of this method are quite high by Asian standards, the prices for the flights. But it's the same way on earth it will take you two days or more.
On the plane
In Luang Prabang airport Luang Prabang International Airport with international status (the airport's website http://www.luangprabangairport.com/). The airport is a few kilometers from the city (airport map).
To get from the airport to the city by taxi (minivan) for $ 6 or 50 000 Kip (Laos money, 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 some hotels in Luang Prabang 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:
The cheapest flights from Russia to Luang Prabang (with transfers):
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In Luang Prabang there are two bus stations: North (2 miles North of Central city on highway 13, on the map) and South (2 miles South from downtown on highway 13, on the map). Theoretically, bus to South station arrive/depart on the South, North - North. In addition to these stations, many private buses going in all directions, use his station, which is located across the road from the southern bus station (Naluang Bus Station International).
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). If you purchased your ticket at a travel Agency Luang Prabang, the cost will include a tuk-tuk to the bus station.
Find bus schedule from/to Luang Prabang in the Internet is impossible. But in General, most of the buses leaves in the morning (from 9 to 12 hours), and arrives in the evening. There are several night buses departing about 19 hours. In General, the departure schedule is not respected, 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 and you won't go anywhere (money, of course, return).
Less the current schedule (but not in all directions) can be found here: http://www.tourismluangprabang.org
Here is the info for reference:
- Vientiane. From 7 to 10 buses per day; travel time is 10-11 hours; depart from 6:00 to 19:00; cost 110-165 thousand bales.
- Phonsavan (Phonsavan, plain of jars). 3 buses a day at 7:30 - 8:30; time: 10 hours; cost 90 thousand bales.
- Vang Vieng (Vang Vieng). All buses in Vientiane, make a stop in Vang Vieng. Journey time 6-7 hours. The cost 120 million Kip.
- Oudomxay (Udomxai, he Muang Xay). 3 buses a day; journey time 5 hours; cost 40 thousand bales.
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 purchased 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 at least a day, often even more than two. 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 gorazdo easier to buy a ready-made ticket for these two buses to Sapa. It will cost cemerno $ 5 more expensive than separately, 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.
Additional information and the place of departure of buses from Sapa here http://pinocchiohotel.com/
From Vinh (Vinh, Vietnam) to Luang Prabang by bus
From/to Vinh (Vietnam) is accessible by a direct bus NALUANG company TRAVEL company. The route goes through the town of Phonsavan (Laos).
The bus leaves at 18:30 (from Luang Prabang) daily except Tuesday. In transit 18 hours. The cost 200-250 thousand bales. However, it should be borne in mind that the frequency of the send to this bus may vary and in low season it can recover only a few times a week.
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. On the boat from here you can reach other cities of Laos. Also the boat is a popular means of transport to get here from the Thai provinces of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai.
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
Very popular the 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.
Transport in Luang Prabang, than to move on
Luang Prabang is a very small town. All its length and breadth is easily explored on foot. As a rule, most tourists do. If desired, you can use the services of the tuk tuks who charge around $ 1 per trip.
For a trip outside the city to the attractions convenient to use leased vehicles: a motorcycle or Bicycle. Renting a bike will cost from $ 5 per day, a Bicycle is about 3 dollars.
To some interesting places outside the city can be reached by boat.
In the airport you can take a tuk-tuk for 30 thousand bales or taxi for $ 6 (50 million Kip).