Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

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How to get from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Luang Prabang is an ancient Laotian town set at the confluence of Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, secluded by mountains and aligned by a sacred hill. Nicknamed the “Jewel in Laos Crown”, Luang Prabang has managed to preserve its age-old magic. It remains a major tourist attraction for its beautiful temples, French-Lao architecture, and delicious cuisine.

Vang Vieng is a small and pristine town in Northern Laos. It lies halfway between Vientiane and Luang Prabang, on the Nam Song River and is enclosed by limestone mountains and caves. Vang Vieng has no shortage of activities for adventure seekers – go tubing, ride a bike, climb a cliff, or try the zip line. Spend a few days here and enjoy one of Laos ‘ most beautiful spots.

Bus from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus5 hours$16Check bus tickets

Taking a bus or van are the only options to travel the 180 km journey from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng. A ticket costs $16 and travel time takes about 5 hours.

Itinerary from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Bus

  • Luang Prabang
  • 5 hours
  • Vang Vieng
 
Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng travel route on map

Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng by Bus

Duration: 5 hours
Cost: $16
Duration: 5 hours
Cost: $16

Naga Travel has one bus a day leaving from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng. The trip takes about 7 hours, and a one-way ticket costs $33. Unfortunately, this trip is currently not available.

If you prefer to go by van, you have 3 transport companies to choose from – Laos Group Tour, Thavisouk and Naluang. The first van departs at 06:45 and the last one departs at 16:00. The travel time when going by van is 5 hours. The vans also provide a free pick-up service.

We suggest you be extra cautious when travelling this route from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng especially if you go late in the afternoon. The route goes through the mountains and because of the road’s twists and turns, travelling in the dark poses more risks.

See the schedule below.

Bus schedules from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Bus companyScheduleCosts
Naga Travel
(bus – not available)
08:00-15:00
18:30-01:30
$33
Check Bus Tickets
Laos Group Tour
(van)
+ free pick-up
06:45-11:45
09:15-13:15
15:15-20:15
$16
Check Bus Tickets
Thavisouk
(van)
+ free pick-up
09:00-14:00$17
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Naluang
(van)
+ free pick-up
08:30-13:30
09:00-14:00
10:00-15:00
14:00-19:00
15:00-20:00
16:00-21:00
$18
Check Bus Tickets

Naga Travel (bus)

  • Departs from the Southern Bus Terminal near the city centre
  • Arrives at Malany Hotel, Vang Vieng city centre

Naga Travel is more expensive but in return, you also get a higher level of comfort.

Laos Group Tour (van)

  • Departs from the Luang Prabang Southern Terminal, 2 km from the city centre
  • Arrives at the Vang Vieng North Bus Station, north of the city centre

Laos Group Tour is relatively new. However, they seem to be doing well when it comes to being a good transport company.

Thavisouk (van)

  • Departs from any hotel in the city centre of Luang Prabang
  • Arrives at the Vang Vieng Night Market, north of the city centre

Not much has been said about this company but they do provide good service for the Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng route.

Naluang (van)

  • Departs from the Southern Bus Terminal, a little south of the city centre
  • Arrives at the Vang Vieng North Bus Station, north of the city centre

Naluang provides multiple trips on this route. However, they’re not known for having the best customer service.

 

Our favourite places to stay in Vang Vieng

Sunset Nam Ngum Tented Resort

This resort offers the perfect mix of luxury and rustic. The tented accommodations are absolutely top of the line, offering private balconies off the tents overlooking the river and modern, comfortable furnishings. This is not like any camping you’ve done before! Within the resort, you’ll find a bar, garden, and restaurant for your convenience and enjoyment. Breakfast is included daily with your stay. 

  • Breakfast included
  • Private, modern tents with great views
  • Good location along the river
  • Bar and restaurant on-site

Private rooms start at $15 per night 

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Jasmine Vang Vieng Hotel

Excellent location, just 300 meters from the Post office in central Vang Vieng and within walking distance of many sights, restaurants, shops, and amenities.  This hotel offers a restaurant, bar, free private parking, and a large outdoor swimming pool. Many rooms offer a private terrace with excellent city views. The staff is extremely friendly and welcoming. Breakfast included daily with your stay.

  • Swimming pool
  • Breakfast included
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Ideal location

Private rooms start at $31 per night 

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Vang Vieng Victory Hotel

Situated in central Vang Vieng, this hotel is just 400 meters from the post office and a short walk to all amenities, shops, restaurants, and many sights. The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, a garden area, and a sun terrace for guests’ enjoyment. You can rent bicycles or cars from the hotel and they offer a currency exchange on-site.  Breakfast is included with your stay. 

  • Breakfast included
  • Swimming pool
  • Bar, garden, and terrace
  • Excellent location

Private rooms start at $38  

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