Travel from Pakse to Luang Prabang

There are two ways to travel from Pakse to Luang Prabang:

  • Take a bus to Vientiane and then another bus or minivan to Luang Prabang.
  • Take a direct minivan service.

Travel Times to Luang Prabang

There is a single direct service a day from Pakse to Luang Prabang which is available to book online.

PakseLuang PrabangCostCompany
20:0018:00$47.00 USDAsia Van Transfer

  • The scheduled journey time is 22 hours.
  • Asia Van Transfer uses a 14 seat minivan on this route.

Buy Tickets to Luang Prabang

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Pakse Minivan Station

Minivan services to Luang Prabang depart from Road 24 in Pakse town centre.

Google map of Pakse AVT Minivan stop

Luang Prabang Minivan Stop

Minivan services from Pakse terminate at the Northern Bus Terminal in Luang Prabang.

Google map of Luang Prabang Northern Bus Terminal

About Luang Prabang

With over 50,000 permanent residents, Luang Prabang is one of the few large towns in Laos and also one of its major tourist attractions. Luang Prabang has a long history and is packed full of important historic buildings. Luang Prabang was the permanent residence of the Laotian royal family since the creation of the Kingdom of Laos in the middle of the 14th Century up until the dissolution of the Laos royal family when Laos became a Communist state in 1975. Geographically, Luang Prabang is an isolated position far from the major urban centre of Vientiane near the border with Thailand. It literally is a city in the middle of nowhere surrounded by forests and mountains. Up until the expansion of the local airport in 2013, and the construction proper road to Luang Prabang in 2014, Luang Prabang was a difficult place to get to and this has helped save the city from over development. Luang Prabang is wonderful, peaceful, place with great amenities and lots of things to see making the long trip to get there well worth while.

Wat Xieng Thong in Luang Prabang
Wat Xieng Thong in Luang Prabang

The main things to do in Luang Prabang are to visit its temples, of which there are many, and its former royal palace. The top three attractions in Luang Prabang city are:

  • Phou Si hill: A 100 metre high hill right in the middle of the historic centre of Luang Prabang. There is a small temple at the top and fantastic views over the city and surrounding countryside.
  • Royal Palace Museum: Former residence of the Laos royal family now turned into a museum.
  • Wat Xieng Thong: 16th Century wooden Laotian style temple which is where Kings of Laos used to be crowned. As well as the main temple building there are several other impressive buildings one the grounds including it’s Red Chapel, Chariot Hall and scripture library.

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