Last updated: Mar 19, 2020


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How To Get From Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang?

Located north of Vientiane on the Nam Song River in Laos is Vang Vieng. It is set in the midst of towering cliffs and lush paddy fields. A hub for thrill-seekers and adventure junkies, Vang Vieng has a lot to offer: from rock climbing and hiking to tubing (the most popular activity!) and swimming in the famous Blue Lagoon.

Luang Prabang lies at the confluence of Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. The quaint town in north-central Laos is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List for its well-preserved architectural and cultural heritage. Here you will find 33 majestic Buddhist temples, vibrant night markets, French-influenced architecture, Indochinese villas, and exquisite food.

The only way to travel the 185km journey from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang is by taking a van. Travel times vary depending on the bus company but the journey normally takes between 5-6 hours and costs $16.

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Van5 hours$16Check van tickets


View itinerary from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang


  • Vang Vieng
  • 5 hours
  • Luang Prabang


Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang travel route on map

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Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang by Van

Duration: 5 hours
Costs: $16

Since Luang Prabang is not far from the picturesque town of Vang Vieng, most companies operate this route with vans.

This route has a lot of winding roads. If you’re prone to motion sickness, make sure you take an anti-sickness tablet before the trip. Also, keep in mind that landslides are common during the rainy season.

Despite the potential motion sickness caused by twisting roads, the route has amazing views of rural life. You get a glimpse of how the locals thrive on having a simple lifestyle.

To serve as your guide in planning your trip, we’ve provided you with an overview of the trips operated along this route:

Bus companyScheduleDurationCosts
Naga Travel
5h 30m$20
Laos Group Tour09:00-14:00
5h$16 + free pick-up
Thavisouk09:00-15:005h$18 + free pick-up

Check Available Van Tickets 

Naga Travel

    • Departs from Malany Hotel, Vang Vieng city center
    • Arrives at the Southern Bus Terminal, a little south of the city center

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

Laos Group Tour

  • Departs from Chillao Youth Hostel in the city center
  • Arrives at the La Poste Post Office in Luang Prabang, within 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.


  • Departs from any hotel within Vang Vieng city center
  • Arrives at the Southern Bus Terminal in Luang Prabang, north of the city center

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


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

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


My favourite places to stay in Luang Prabang

Oudomphong Guesthouse

Located just 600 meters from the amazing Night Market, this guesthouse is in the perfect spot. On-site you will find an ATM, guest terrace, shared lounge, and tour desk. Within walking distance are countless sights, restaurants, bars, and amenities. All rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV, air-conditioning and a desk. The rooms are spacious and the beds are comfortable. A delicious breakfast is included with your stay. 

  • Great location
  • Walking distance to many sights
  • Breakfast included
  • Clean and comfortable rooms

Private rooms start at $20 per night 

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Manichan Guesthouse

The Manichan Guesthouse is the perfect location, just a 5-minute walk from the Night Market, National Museum and plenty of other sights. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and clean and come with your choice of fan or air conditioning. A delicious breakfast is included daily with your stay and there is a restaurant on location for your convenience.  

  • Ideal location
  • Walking distance to many sights
  • Breakfast included
  • Restaurant on-site

Private rooms start at $25 per night

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Villa Boua Thong Hotel

Enjoy the luxury of this hotel, centrally located in Luang Prabang.  This hotel provides a bar, shared lounge, garden area, and room service. You have a choice of a la carte or continental breakfasty with your stay. There is a currency exchange on location for your convenience and a shared kitchen for the guests to utilize. Within walking distance to many sights.  

  • Great location
  • Bar and lounge on-site
  • Breakfast included
  • Walking distance to sights

Private rooms start at $36 per night 

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