A guide to travel to Luang Prabang, Laos from Vietnam

Traveling to the former capital of Laos – the land of a million elephants, wandering around scared monasteries, discovering the charm of Lao culture, shopping for unique local products, and experiencing local lifestyle. This article will help you prepare for your upcoming trip to Luang Prabang from Vietnam.


From Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, you can travel to Luang Prabang in two ways:
By road: through the border gates of Vietnam and Laos: Lao Bao, Quang Tri, Bo Y – Kon Tum) and take a drive to Luang Prabang. In Hanoi, you can buy ticket to Vientiane at 3A Nguyen Gia Thieu, near the Embassy of Laos or 35B Nguyen Huy Tuong or at Nuoc Ngam Car Station. Busses to Laos often departure from 8:00PM and arrive Vientiane at 4:00 PM the next day.

By air: direct flights from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Luang Prabang Airport is quite close to the center of the town.

To get around the town, tuk tuk will save you most if you travel in a group. You should ask the price before get on. You can also rent bikes to explore around Luang Prabang, there are many shops that have bikes for rent.

Best time to visit

The climate in Laos is divided by regions from North to South. Luang Prabang is located in the north with four seasons similar to North Vietnam. You can travel to this ancient town any time of the year, but should prepare carefully.

How long

The most suitable itinerary to Luang Prabang is from 3 to 4 days, which allows you to visit all must-see attractions like Wat Xieng Thong, Kuang Si Falls, Elephant village or Mount Phou Si.


In Luang Prabang, there are all kinds of motels, hotels and resort with price range from $10 per night. It is easy to choose a small hotel or a good hostel. You can stay at a hotel on the banks of the Mekong River or near night market for convenience.

Some cheap and reasonable stay

View Khem Khong

Address: Mekong River Road, Riverfront

Room rate: $17 – $23

Good location. From here, you can easily travel to must-see attraction of Luang Prabang. Rooms are well-equipped and good customer services. This is ideal resting places for budget travelers.

Villa Somphong

Address: Soukaseum Rd, Ban Khili

Room Rates: $26 - $33

Location: in the old town area of ​​Luang Prabang

Thongbay Guesthouse Luang Prabang

Address: Ban Vieng Mai, Vat Sakem

Room Rates: 30-48 $

Location: Nam Khan River

Luang Prabang Oasis

Address: 125 Unit 7, Bane Vixoun

Room rates: $24 - $37

Location: city center

Other information

Exchange money into Kip (Lao currency) for more convenience while shopping and spending.

Don’t shake hands with Lao women, this kind of action is considered as rude.

Don’t use car honk when in traffic in Laos.

Above are some travel experiences to Luang Prabang that we would like to share with you. Hope you have useful information to prepare for your trip. Wish you have a safe, happy and memorable travel.