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Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang

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3 ways to get from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang

Taking a Bus from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang
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There is 1 operator that run from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. If you decide to take a Bus, you can take the Economy option.

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Taking a Minivan from Vang Vieng to Luang PrabangDuration: 5h
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There is currently only one option for transit from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang, which is by van. The Lao vans depart multiple times per day and provide the most important amenity of all: air conditioning. The most expensive option allows for pick up at any hotel. Not all providers allow for cancellations.

  • Pros
    • Consistent price
    • Consistent duration
    • Pleasant service
    • Inexpensive
    • Pick up offered
  • Cons
    • No toilet on board
    • Cancellation policy varies
    • Bad roads
    • Motion sickness possibility
    • Few amenities offered - only basic necessities
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Taking a Car from Vang Vieng to Luang PrabangDuration: 4h
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There is 1 operator that run from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. If you decide to take a Car, you can take the Standard option.

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About the ride from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang

Every day, countless globetrotting travelers take the trip from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang, possibly the most popular tourist spot in Laos. Formerly the nation’s royal capital, it’s full of French colonial architecture, great food and unparalleled charm.

It also offers lots of opportunities for outdoor adventure, with enchanting waterfalls and towering hilltop temples. Many tourists even use the city as a base for multi-day treks in the surrounding areas. Attractive and alluring, many travelers fall in love with Luang Prabang’s laid-back delights.

For the 183km (114 mile) journey to Luang Prabang from Vang Vieng, you have two options: 

  • Car from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang - typically around 4 hours
  • Minivan from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang - typically around 5 hours

 

What to see when traveling from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang

There are two separate routes to Luang Prabang from Vang Vieng - the old road and the new road. While the old road is windier, more scenic and more exciting, it’s also longer (by 1 to 2 hours), and can be a little more-stomach-churning.

Most cars and minivans to Luang Prabang from Vang Vieng will take the new road, but it’s best to check with each individual provider to be sure. Sometimes, drivers may choose to take the old road because of poor weather - or some private drivers may take the old road on request.

That said, both roads offer great views, with steep drops, cliffside bends and verdant vistas. Whichever road you take, you’ll pass mountains, forests, quaint villages and smiling locals.

Though both Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng are endlessly charming, the smaller settlements between them are even more so.

Upon reaching Luang Prabang from Vang Vieng, you might be surprised by the relative opulence of its glistening temples, colonial architecture and modern buildings. 

 

How to get from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang

Taking a car

Taking a car from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang is a great idea if your priorities are spontaneity and flexibility. Because all cars from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang are private transfers, this allows you to choose your own departure time and your own pick up point. 

A private car also allows you to stop along the way wherever you like to take pictures of all the views and vistas - perfect for those who want to indulge in Southeast Asia’s stunning scenery!

Taking a car to Luang Prabang from Vang Vieng is also a very comfortable choice, though it is pretty expensive.

An important note: all cars from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang drop passengers at Luang Prabang Airport. Though this may be convenient for some, it might not be ideal for other travellers.

Taking a minivan 

If you choose to take a minivan from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang, you have two different options: you can either purchase a single ticket for an individual seat in a shared public minivan, or you can hire an entire private minivan with the people you’re traveling with. 

If you take the pricier option of the full minivan, you can choose your own pick up point, departure times and pit stops along the way, just like with a private car.

If you take the cheaper (but still very comfortable) option of a public minivan, you leave at designated times, and you can’t choose where you stop along the way. But some public minivans will drop you off at, and pick you up from, your hotel.

All minivans from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang have AC. None have toilets. Instead, they will stop off along the way for toilet breaks.

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Reviews of the ride from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang

  • Y
    Y
    Driver drove like crazy. Not
    Driver drove like crazy. Not a safe ride
  • J
    J
    Private transfer
    Far more comfortable than a shared van
  • M
    M
    A beautiful trip
    A good trip made by a new and confrotable mini-van. Fantastic the surround and not to long the tip, just 4 hours. On time pick up and departures
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Your questions, our answers

Bookaway's customers prefer Standard Minivan by Naluang

Standard Minivan 7 PAX by Laos Group Tourwhich usually takes 4h

BUSNaga Express Travel

MINIVANNaga Travel | Naluang | Laos Group Tour | Thavisouk | Naga Express Travel | Soutchai Travel

CARLaos Group Tour

110 Km (Air)

Standard Minivan by Thavisouk starting at US$14

Approximately, there are 11 departures each day. You can also book a private ride and leave whenever you want.