Luang Prabang International Airport is just 4km from the city center. A spacious new terminal opened in 2013, but depending on your craft, you may still experience a blast of nostalgia walking across the tarmac for departure or arrival.
Flights to Luang Prabang International Airport(LPQ)
International Routes: Hanoi, Chaing mai, Bangkok, Siem Reap, Guangzhou, Jinghong, Singapore, Incheon and Kuala Lumpur.
Domestic Routes: Vientiane and Pakse.
[Getting to and from the airport]
From the airport: A flat-rate taxi (50,000kip/group) is available to each hotels/guesthouse or else in the town. The ticket counter is by the exit. A tuk-tuk is not allowed to pick the tourists at the airport.
To the airport: A tuk-tuk is available and takes about 15 minutes from the town centre.
For a more comfortable ride, your hotel or guesthouse should be able to arrange a transfer by air-conditioned minivan for 50,000 – 60,000 kip.
Luang Prabang has a mini-bus terminal to go to the South and North of Laos and also go to Vietnam, Thailand and China. Further more, there are two main bus stations, one serving destinations to the north and the other for destinations to the south.
[Southern Bus Terminal]
The Southern Bus Station known as Kiew Lot Sai Tai is located near the Luang Prabang stadium and about a 10 minutes ride southwest of town. The Southern Bus station is the customer depot for all buses arriving and departing to southern cites. This Bus Station is near the mini-bus service terminal. Tickets bought at the Bus Terminal or travel agencies around the town.
Open Daily from 7:00 to 17:00. (If you want to go by yourself have to pay 20.000 kip for Tuk-Tuk.)
To the south: Xayabouly, Kaenthao, Phonsavanh, Vangvieng and Vientiane.
[North Bus Terminal]
The Northern Bus Station in known as Kiew Lot Sai Nuae is located near the airport about a 15 minutes ride east of town. In general, the Northern Bus Station services buses going in the northerly direction. Tickets bought at the Terminal Counter.
Open Daily between 7 am to 17 pm. (If you want to go by yourself have to pay 50.000 kip – 70.000 kip for Tuk-Tuk).
To the North: Nongkhiew, Phonthong, Oudomxay, Luangnamthar, Huaphanh (Xamneua), Bokeo (Houayxai) and Phongsaly.
Minivan prices quoted at the minivan station are inclusive of hotel pickup and a discount is not provided if you are making your own way to the station.
Open Daily between 7 am to 21 pm. (If you want to go by yourself have to pay 20.000 kip for Tuk-Tuk and for the E-Bus ticket is 4.000 Kip).
To the north: Nongkhiew, Luangnamthar and Bokeo (Houayxai).
To the south: Phonsavanh, Vangvieng and Vientaine.
International Routes: Dien Bien Phu (Vietnam), Hanoi (Vietnam), Hue (Vietnam) and Ving (Vietnam); Chieng Mai (Thailand), Chieng Rai (Thailand) and Loei (Thailand); Kunming (China), Jinghong (China) and Meuang Lar (China).
Bus departures are subject to changes to time and even point of departure, and getting to the North or South station by tuk-tuk can be expensive. Arranging transport through your guesthouse or a tour agency and paying a small commission is usually good idea: as third-party booking ensures that the ticket price includes pick-up from your guesthouse and transportation to the correct bus station.
Transport, particularly minivans, is often filled to capacity (and then some), so arrive early, which will give you have a better choice of seats. Leave a bag of non-valuable belongings on your seat to reserve it if you don’t want to hang around there until departure time.
The boat from Luang Prabang to Chiang Khong, Chieng Mai or Chieng Rai, the north of Thailand (the other direction than you’re planning). From LPB to Thailand takes 2 days and those 2 days are an absolute highlight of the trip. The relaxation, the scenery, the whole expereince is wonderful. To accross the Mekong River from Bokeo (Houayxai) to Thailand, there are 2 ways: crossing by boat or by Song Thaew (mini-bus) through the International Third Friendship Bridge (Visa on arrival is depend on the condition of the country), for mini-bus ticket is about 50 Thai Bath or 5.000 Kip.
To go to the boats peir is far form the town center about 9 kilometers, close to Souphanouvong University. Tuk-Tuk cost about 50.000 Kip.
There are two different boats: slow boats and speed boats.
Slow boats: To Pakbeng and Bokeo (Houayxai). It take 2 days and you should spend a night at Pakbeng.
Speed boats: To Pakbeng and Bokeo (Houayxai).