There are direct minivan services from Huay Xai on the border with Thailand to Luang Prabang. The journey time is 11 hours. Services depart in the morning so you need to spend the night before in either Chiang Khong in Thailand or Huay Xai to ensure that you are in time to board the minivan the next day.
Travel Times to Luang Prabang
There is a single service a day from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang which is available to book online.
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- Naluang services are by minivan.
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Huay Xai Bus Stop
Naluang services to Luang Prabang depart from Huay Xai Bus Station.
Luang Prabang Bus Station
Naluang services from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang terminate at the Tourist and International Bus Station on the opposite side of the road to Luang Prabang’s Southern Bus Terminal.
About Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang is the third most popular tourist destination in Laos after Vientiane and Vang Vieng, but in many ways the most interesting of the places you can go to Laos. Unless you fly, its long journey to Luang Prabang whichever way you go there and for this reason Luang Prabang receives fewer visitors than other major tourist destinations in South East Asia, which adds to the charm of this relatively small town of around 55,000 permanent residents. The facilities for those tourists who do make it to Luang Prabang are excellent. There are lots of great, and mostly good value for money, hotels and guest houses in Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang also has a good range of restaurants and bars, as well as a lively night market for those people after cheaper street food and souvenirs.
Luang Prabang became the first capital city of Laos in 1353 and the home of the Laos Royal family until the dissolution of the Laotian monarchy in favour of Communist rule in 1975. The royal patronage of the town sponsored the construction of many temples, and a palace, in Luang Prabang, some of which have survived relatively intact for over 600 years. The old town area of Luang Prabang was granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1995 because of this rich heritage. You need about 3 days of dedicated sight seeing to visit the most interesting attractions in Laung Prabang and the surrounding countryside before carrying on a tour of South East Asia.