The Best Ways To Travel From Vientiane To Luang Prabang

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Mount Phousi in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is the ancient capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom until King Phithorasat moved the administrative seat to Vientiane in 1545. Both Luang Prabang and Vientiane own plenty of beautiful landscapes and historical relics, attracting tourists to visit. 

If you are unsure how to travel from Vientiane to Luang Prabang, here are the best ways to get Luang Prabang from Vientiane. It is about 340km from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. There are 3 best ways to get to Luang Prabang by bus or by plane.

1. Bus from Vientiane to Luang Prabang

You can choose between the day bus or night bus when getting Luang Prabang from Vientiane. Bear in mind that the night buses have a slightly higher fare than day buses.

It takes about 10 – 13 hours to travel by bus from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. You can see the nice sight from two sides of the road if you use the bus. 

Bus from Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Bus from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. Source: 12go.asia

During your journey to Luang Prabang, you will pass through mountains and drive up and down some bumpy roads. It’s a lot better on the plane to Luang Prabang from Vientiane. But go by bus is more fun than by plane. Besides, don’t worry about demanding the bathroom. There are some stops along the way for you to use the toilet. There are also food stops along the way to get a meal.

You should come to the bus station at least 30 minutes before departure. If you want to save time, you can book and buy a bus e-ticket and receive the e-ticket by email, print or carry in your phone and present at the ticket counter of the station before boarding the bus. You can book the e-ticket on Baolau or 12go.asia.

Inside of a bus from Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Inside of a bus from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. Source: 12go.asia

There are many bus companies for you to choose such as King of bus, Malany, Naga Travel, PST transit service, Soutchai travel. The one-way ticket from Vientiane to Luang Prabang costs about 22~32 USD/person.

Bus Company

Schedule

Departure point

Duration

Costs

King of Bus

08:00 – 19:00

20:00 – 07:00

Vientiane Phanthavong Tour Office

11 hours

22 USD

24 USD

Naga Travel

07:00 – 20:00

18:00 – 07:00

Vientiane Haysoke Guest House in the city center

13 hours

30 USD

33 USD

Soutchai Travel

18:00 – 08:00

Vientiane Soutchai Travel Office in the city center, near Khamkong Minimart or from your hotel (pick-up service)

14 hours

27 USD

Despite different bus companies with different departure points, you will be dropped off at the Southern Bus Terminal in Luang Prabang. This bus station is about 2 km from the city center. 

Southern Bus Terminal in Luang Prabang Map

2. Vientiane to Luang Prabang by Plane

Another option to travel from Vientiane to Luang Prabang is to book a plane ticket. This is the best choice for you if you want the fastest and most comfortable way to travel. Of course, the cost is more expensive than by bus. (Around 70 USD – 140 USD).

Two companies are having direct flights between these two cities: Lao Skyway and Lao Airlines. The flight to Luang Prabang from Vientiane takes about 50 minutes, and many fights are running daily between these 2 top cities in Laos. You can book the ticket online on Baolau or Skyscanner. Skyscanner is the cheapest way to buy a plane ticket. Especially for Asia flights.

Laos Airlines

Laos Airlines. Source: golaos.tours

In Vientiane, Wattay International Airport is far about 10km from the city center. Besides, Luang Prabang’s international airport is right in the town around 3km from the center. You can grab a tuk-tuk.

Wattay International Airport Map

 3. Vientiane to Luang Prabang by train?

There’s no train from Vientiane to Luang Prabang.

4. Recommend some things to do in Luang Prabang 

There are many things you can experience in Luang Prabang because it is so famous for beautiful landscapes and delicious food. You can have a look at the best selection of things to do in Luang Prabang.

4.1. A must-see Ban Phanom village for handicraft lovers

Located 6 kilometers from Luang Prabang, Ban Phanom village is so famous for handicraft products, supplied to the royal family in many centuries. Nowadays, these products are purchased and displayed in tourist attractions as well as night markets. It is interesting for tourists to learn how to locals make products and buy some souvenirs for your friends.

Ban Phanom Village

Ban Phanom Village

4.2. Nahm Dong Park 

Nahm Dong Park is an eco-tourism place outside Luang Prabang city that attract natural lover to explore. It is situated in Ban Xiengmouak, just 10km from Luang Prabang’s city center, the 18-hectare park is where scenic natural beauties come together. Nahm Dong Park connects tourists with nature with stunning scenery of lush vegetation, spectacular waterfalls, as well as an enjoyable adventure game in nature. There are some amazing activities you should try in Nahm Dong Park: Zip-lining, Botanical Gardens, Canopy aBridge Walkway, Cooking class 

Nahm Dong Adventure Park in Luang Prabang

Nahm Dong Adventure Park in Luang Prabang. Source: biig-travel

 4.3. Khao Soi – Luang Prabang’s noodle soup

Khao Soi is a special noodle soup in Northern Laos. Instead of using coconut milk in Thailand and Myanmar’s Khao Soi, in Luang Prabang, locals use bone broth to make a good taste. Chef dip noodles into boiling water, then add the soup with the mixture of ground meat, garlic, and tomato into precooked noodles. Bean sprout and chopped herb are served with this dish to make taste better. If you tasted it somewhere, let’s try one more time to feel unique styles in Luang Prabang with the best local food.

Khao Soi in Luang Prabang

Khao Soi in Luang Prabang. Source: Migrationology

If you are looking for Luang Prabang Food Tour, I highly recommend you to check this tour out. The foods are so good and the local guides are knowledgeable!

Luang Prabang Food Tour
Price: 55 USD/person

4.4. Khmom Ang – Grilled Bee Honeycomb With Larvae

The grilled bee honeycomb with larvae is common in Luang Prabang’s street foods. The name of this dish may sound strange to some of you. It is listed in the top 10 food in Luang Prabang as it’s tasty and nutritious. The hawkers wrap small pieces of honeycomb with bee larvae into banana leaves and then grill it on coal fires. Khmom Ang has its unique taste thanks to a sprinkling of dense honey left inside. International tourists, as well as locals, are really into the mellow taste, even delicious greasy taste in Khmom Ang.

Khmom Ang - Grilled Bee Honeycomb With Larvae

Khmom Ang – Grilled Bee Honeycomb With Larvae. Source: @richowens406

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