How to get from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw

Laos is one of ideal destinations for those who would like to explore the unique architecture of temples and pagodas or enjoy the low pace of life after hard-working days. In addition,apart from deciding where to visit, even in a limited time of the tour, choosing transport which is suitable for your budget and travel style is also very important. If you intend to start your trip from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw, the information below will help you choose the best transport to move between these two destinations.

1. Bus

One of the best ways to get to Nong Khiaw from Luang Prabang is by bus. You willhave to spend 40,000 – 55,000 kip ($4.82 - $6.63) and it takes around 3 – 4 hours. Buses usually run at around 9:00 am, 11:00 am, and 2:00 pm. 

After leaving hotel or guesthouse, you can getthe bus station by a tuk-tuk. However, you have to tell the driver that you are going north to Nong Khiaw and he will drive you to the right one. One tip is that you should not get a ticket bought in advance by your hotel since they can overcharge you. Instead, you ought to book your ticket at the station as long as you do not visit Laos at the peak of the busy season.

If you get a window seat, you can see much scenery along the way but the problem is that the roads are very bumpy so be ready for a rocky ride. In the wet season, mudslides are a big obstacle for any driver so you need to consider this when deciding your travel itinerary.

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2. Minibus

Another means of transportation which will make you feel more comfortable is minibus. You can purchase minibus tickets at many travel agencies in Luang Prabang with the estimated fare of US $5 but their schedule is a little bit different from buses’ one with the departure at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm. 

Once reaching Nong Khiaw, you will be dropped off at the bus station. You can get a tuk-tuk to drive you to the town with the cost of 5,000 kip (US $0.6). If you want to get a brief view of this city and save money, walking a distance of 2 kilometers from the bus station to the city center is really a superb idea.

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3. Private car

When you do not want to be crammed on the bus or you want to save time, hiring a private car is the number one choice. Although it is quite expensive for you to rent it, normally around US $75 - $85, it is still good if you can share the fare with your friends. In addition, you can stop for taking some memorable photos of fantastic scenes no matter when it is or where you are. The driver who is able to speak English well can become your guide during the journey since they may provide you with facts about local villages and the sight you see. 

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In short, above means are ones of many ways to get from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw. Despite the differences in price or the length of the journey, all of them will always be available to help you explore and gain more experiences in this beautiful country.

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