Vientiane is the national capital of Laos situated on the northeast of Mekong River bordering Thailand. It has a laidback vibe and relaxed atmosphere compared to other Southeast Asian cities. Despite the city’s reputation for simply being a brief transit point, there are actually plenty of awesome things to experience here: from French-inspired architecture and many beautiful temples to delicious Lao food and eccentric local markets.
Luang Prabang is a UNESCO-listed town set in north-central Laos. It is often labeled as the “Jewel in Laos Crown” for its well-preserved cultural and architectural heritage. Travelers can sightsee the many Buddhist temples (there are 33!) or enjoy recreational activities such as climbing the mountains surrounding the city or sailing through the Mekong River.
Bus or Flight?
The fastest way to travel the 340km journey from Vientiane to Luang Prabang is by taking a flight. It only takes 50min ($57) while the bus trip ($24) will take you 11 hours on the road. However, the bus is a more sustainable way of travelling and also saves you a few bucks.
When going from Vientiane to Luang Prabang, you can choose between a day or night bus. Taking the day bus doesn’t make much sense as you will be better off taking a flight.
We recommend taking the night bus with King of Bus leaving at 20:00 and arriving at 07:00. However, bear in mind that travelling by night is less safe as roads are not well-lit.
While departure points are different for each bus company, all the buses will drop you off at the Southern Bus Terminal in Luang Prabang. This bus station is about 2 km from the city center. Be aware that night buses have a slightly higher fare than day buses.
Expect to reach the ancient town of Luang Prabang within 11 hours.
King of Bus
VIP buses provide flatbeds which accommodate 2 passengers. The flatbeds are generally comfortable and will allow you to get some rest.
King of Bus
Departs from Vientiane Phanthavong Tour Office
Arrives at the Luang Prabang Southern Bus Terminal, about 2km south of the city center
This bus company provides good services and is one of the most popular in Laos.
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.
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.
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.