Getting Around Luang Prabang
You can easily get around Luang Prabang on foot and bicycle, unless you want to get out of the heritage area and discover other off-the-beaten-path attractions. Most 5-star hotels offer scheduled shuttle service to/from the old city.
If you want to travel outside the town centre, your option is limited to tuk-tuks (motorised 3-wheelers), which can easily be flagged down. Whether you’re just going from 1 place to another or hiring for a day, these tuk-tuks come in very handy. Always negotiate a price before getting in.
For crossing the river, you will need to charter a long-tail boat. To get to Pak Ou or Ting Cave, hire a boat in front of Vat Xieng Thong. Boats that go to Xieng Maen are in front of Vat Phon Xai (west of town centre). To get to Vang Vieng, charter a tuk-tuk and get to Naluang Bus Station.
Luang Prabang International Airport
Luang Prabang International Airport is about 4km north of the old city. To get to town, there are several options in case your hotel doesn’t offer shuttle services. Taxis are convenient but relatively expensive – depending on the distance, it may cost around S$7 per trip.
You can locate a taxi stand right outside the arrival hall, while hotel shuttles are available on a pre-arranged basis. The cheapest option is a tuk-tuk, which waits for passengers outside the airport gate. There’s no bus service to the old city.
Luang Prabang Phone Numbers
• Laos Country Code +856
• Police 191
• Fire 190
• Ambulance 195
• Tourist Police 192
• Naluang Bus Station +856 71 212 979