Last updated: Sep 13, 2019


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Trip overview from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

To make trip planning super easy and fast, we created a step-by-step guide to find the best way to travel from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng.

To start with, use the slider to compare the different options:


  • Luang Prabang
  • 5 hours
  • Vang Vieng


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.

The distance between Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng is about 181 kilometers and getting from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng takes about 4-6 hours on the road. There are no direct flights available so your only option is to travel by bus or van which costs $16.


Your options at a glance

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus5 hours$16Check bus tickets

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If you haven’t found your best transport option yet, no problem. This was just the intro. Below we share our step-by-step guide of how to get from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng.


Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng travel route on map.


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Bus from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Duration: 5 hours
Costs: $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 traveling this route especially if you go late in the afternoon. The route goes through the mountains and because of the road’s twists and turns, traveling in the dark poses more risks.

See the schedule below.

Bus companyScheduleDurationCosts
Naga Travel
(bus - not available)
Laos Group Tour
5h $16 + free pick-up
09:00-14:005h$17 + free pick-up
5h$18 + free pick-up

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Naga Travel (bus)

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

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, 2km from the city center
  • Arrives at the Vang Vieng North Bus Station, north of the city center

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 center of Luang Prabang
  • Arrives at the Vang Vieng Night Market, north of the city center

Not much has been said about this company but they do provide good service through this route.

Naluang (van)

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

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


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