Getting from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang by Bus

Travelling to Laos, no one can forget visiting Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang which are Southeast Asia's most beautiful spots as well as Laos' premier tourist destinations.  In particular, Vang Vieng, a backpacker paradise, deeps in the jungle of Laos, where there are no rules. Meanwhile, Luang Prabang, situated in the center of northern Laos, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 for its outstanding history, cultural, and architectural values and a harmonious relationship between the natural and built environment.

Actually, depending on your time and budget, you will find a suitable way for yourself. By referencing our information about buses from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang below, you will have an overview on this vehicle.

So, how can you travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang by bus?

In fact, travel distance from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang is about 185 km by land.

Choosing to reach Luang Prabang from Vang Vieng by buses, you need to spend about 8 hours to finish your transfer. Specifically, there are some buses, minivans, or sleeper buses on this route. You can already very easily book and buy bus tickets through the help of guest houses, travel agencies, and tour companies such as Malany, Naga Travel, etc…We would recommend the big bus for anyone who gets car sick. You should still bring extra anti-motion sickness tablets in case of need.

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Mini bus: Departs 09:00 am and 14:00 pm, takes 7 hours, costs 100,000 kip/ passenger.

Express bus: Departs 10:00 am, takes 8 hours, costs 90,000 kip/ passenger.

VIP bus: Departs 12:00 am, 20:00 pm, and 21:00 pm, takes 8 hours, costs 110,000 kip.

Sleeping bus: Departs 22:00 pm.

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In reality, the Vang Vieng bus station is about 2 kilometers north of town on Route 13 near a high school.To save energy, you should catch a tuk-tuk to the bus station for 20,000 kip if you choose to take a regular bus and go at it on your own because it is a long way to walk with backpacks. But if you arrive at the bus station with a big group, it makes sense to try and negotiate for the whole vehicle. In addition, coming to the bus station at least 30 minutes before its departure time will help you hold the initiative.

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In conclusion, one thing you must remember about taking a trip to Laos is that charming destinations are often far away from where you are. That is the reason why you can look out of the windows, looking into people’s lives and incredible mountain scenery as the road twists and turns. Needless to say, the journey from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang will bring you unforgettable experiences about a fantastic holiday in Laos.


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