How to Get from Luang Prabang to Pakse

It is said that Luang Prabang and Pakse located in the north and the south of Lao respectively are the beloved destinations of the majority of tourists when traveling to this country. Due to the long distance (about 1000 kilometers), how to choose a mean of transport to move from Luang Prabang to Pakse which is suitable with time, budget, and traveling style is a common question among travelers. If you have not decided which vehicle that you will use to reach chiming Pakse, you can consult information below.

1. By Flight

The way that helps you save time most is traveling by flight. There is a daily direct flight from Luang Prabang to Pakse operated by Lao Airlines. It only takes you more than an hour to reach Pakse so if you do not want spend much time on transport, this is a perfect option. Despite the high fare (the average one is about $220), you will feel very comfortable with air conditioning and soft chair during the journey.

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2. By Bus

Unlike traveling by flight, there is no direct bus from Luang Prabang to Pakse. Thus, you have to change bus once at Vientiane. 

First, you need to take a bus from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. There are buses from 7 am to 8 pm every day. It costs you around 130,000 Kip ($16) and after 7 hours, you will arrive in Vientiane.

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Then, you will need to catch another bus to Pakse. Though there are night buses, it is advisable to take a day bus as it is safer. In case you choose an overnight bus, bring a torch and warm clothes with you. The tickets can be booked online and this second part of the journey lasts in 10 – 12 hours.

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  • From Vientiane, you can travel to Pakse by flight, which takes you only an hour and 15 minutes. The ticket costs about $150.
  • If possible, do not travel by bus under monsoon and bad weather. Instead, it is recommended to wait a few days for better weather.

3. By Private Car

Private vans or cars seem to be a good way to travel since you will not be crammed like traveling by bus. Once arriving in Vientiane after a 6-hour journey from Luang Prabang by private car, you can stay here overnight. Vientiane also has a lot of tourist attractions so you should spend a few days discovering the beauty of the capital city of Laos before returning to your journey.

To get to Pakse from Vientiane, you have to continue driving on the private car and it will take you 12 hours. One of travel agents in Luang Prabang and Vientiane can help you book a private car. Regardless of high price, it does not matter if you go with you your friends and family and the comfort it brings about is worth your money.

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To sum up, each journey will be a memorable experience because you have many chances to broaden your horizons about Laos and its friendly people. Nevertheless, you should choose appropriate way to get from Luang Prabang to Pakse to save time and energy to continue your tour at the later place.


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