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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 07, 2016
How many days in Luang Prabang including day trips  (4 Answers)

I know that this question is very subjective but would like to get some feedback. I'm travelling solo and am over 50.
I plan on arriving from Bangkok and continuing to Siem Reap and would like to add LP to the mix. This will be in January / February.
Many thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 18, 2016
How would you travel from Luang Prabang to the Plain of Jars and back?  (3 Answers)

I am going to stay a few days in Luang Prabang and thought about visiting the plain of jars near Phonsavan.
I am wondering, how would you visit the plain of jars.
Day1 - travel by bus / minibus to Phonsavan - the saying is 7 to 8 hours each way??
Day2 - do the sights
Day3 - travel back
Or would you travel back on day2?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 16, 2016
Whiat is the fair rate of a Tuk Tuk in Luang Prabang?  (2 Answers)

soon I am going to visit Luang Prabang.
Chances are high that I will explore the city and sourroundings by Tuk Tuk.
I am wondering, what is a fair rate for a Tuk Tuk.
Are they paid per time, distance or kilometer?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 28, 2014
Hiking, biking, kayaking - difficult/extreme


I would like to do an extreme adventure tour that involves biking, hiking and kayaking.

Any suggestions welcome?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 14, 2014
What's the best way to travel from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap  (2 Answers)


Me and my friend will be traveling around SE asia for a month and a half this summer. We are starting in thailand and would like to go to Laos(particularly Luang Prabang) and Cambodia as well. We will travel from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang, but then need to get to Siem Reap or Phnom Penh. I know traveling over land is cheaper but more time consuming. About how long would it take? What trains/buses should we take? How much would it cost? I know that flying is easiest but it is not cheap, and we are on a tight budget and will also probably have to fly from Cambodia into Thailand because I've been told that the Thai/Cambodia border is unsafe right now. What would you recommend we do? I don't want to spend all my time on buses but am on a budget and really would like to see Luang Prabang.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 09, 2014
Bus trip from Luang Prabang to Vietiane  (6 Answers)

How safe is the bus trip?
We are going to do this trip around the end of May. I have read a lot of comments on this route and I am not sure how to rate it. The mud slides, the winding road and the steep drops, the break downs and delays are a little nerve wracking for someone who doesn't like mountain roads. I am also a little anxious about the aviation safety. Yes, I could stay home. But I just want to get the most recent traveller's information to access what to expect. From that I shall make a call to see this amazing country (from all accounts).

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 07, 2014
transport for 6 person 1 child from Vientiane to Laung Prabang.  (1 Answer)

where to get the transport service? via online can ah? which website? how is the cost??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 06, 2014
Stray dogs?  (4 Answers)

Hi there,

I will be visiting Luang Prabang for two weeks from late March to early April. This trip is quite spontaneous so I do not have enough time to get the pre-exposure rabies vaccinations. I am a little bit worried going to LP without the pre-exposure rabies vaccinations because I understand the human rabies immunoglobulin for post-exposure treatment may not be readily available.

So I am wondering - are dog bites quite common in LP? Are there many stray dogs around? And, if the family at the guesthouse where I will be staying has a dog, which is unlikely to be rabid, is it still a good idea to stay away from it?

Thank you for your advice in advance.

Best regards, JT

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 01, 2014
Best time to visit Mount Phousi  (3 Answers)

I intend to visit the mount middle of January, but am warned about the crowds there. Is it better to go at sunrise or sunset? Thanks in advance,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 21, 2013
Luang Prabang visit for 3 nights in Jan 2014  (3 Answers)

Merry X'mas and Happy New Year,

My wife and me will be in Luang Prabang 09.01.14 afternoon for 3 nights, any recommendation for places to visit on 10th and 11th as we will take our time to walk around the city upon our arrival on the 9th.

Thank you for your advice.

Warmest Regards,
Frankie W

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 17, 2013
Luang Prabang to Vientiane by Road  (4 Answers)

I intend to do the overland trip from LP to Vientiane in January. Need advice on two matters:
(1) How long is the travelling distance and what are the road conditions like?
(2) How many hours will it take if I travel in a minivan?
Would appreciate any advice given.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2013
Slow Boat to Luang Prabang  (11 Answers)

I am planning on heading to LP from Chiang Mai and someone suggested getting to the border from Chiang Mai and then getting a slow boat down the Mekong to LP with one stopover along the way....any advice on this would be appreciated...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 16, 2012
Sharing minivan to Vientiane  (1 Answer)

if anyone is interested in sharing a minivan to Vientiane for an earlybdeparture Thursday Dec 20 please let me know. We are two people and capacitybis apparently for nine.
idea will be to stop to,see a few sites on the way with late evening arrival in vientiane

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 25, 2012
Bring US$ to Laos  (5 Answers)

Hello all, a friend of mine will be visiting Laos and is wondering if there is a restriction/limit on the amount of US$ that she can take into Laos. I thought there is no limit. I don't remember seeing a question about how much money one has on the enter/depart form that needs to be filled out before entering the country. Can anyone help me with this question? Thank you very much.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 23, 2012
Siem reap to Luang Prabang  (3 Answers)

We're going to Siem Reap and onto Laos in October and want to know the best way to get from SR to either Pakse or Luang Prabang. Airfares are expensive so are there any alternate methods that aren't too time consuming or uncomfortable?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 09, 2012
Spicylaos bacpackers  (3 Answers)

Hi all, myself and a friend will be arriving in luang prabang on the 2july and staying for 3 nights we want to stay at spicylaos backpackers but can't seem to find any online booking for it. Can anyone recommend the best way to book, we have been recommended this place by our friends so pretty keen on getting in there!

Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 11, 2012
Renting apartment for a few months / visa  (5 Answers)

Hello I've tried to find some information on that in one of the forums but wasn't successful, so, sorry if I post anew and missed older posts. I am planning on going to Luang Prabang for 4 or 5 months and wonder if anyone can tell me about apartments that would be available for rent or maybe houses. I'm hoping to find something inexpensive, does not need to be a villa, just clean with cooking possibility, bathroom w/hot shower and internet connection, maybe TV.

Staying for that long, can someone tell me if I'd have to renew my visa every month or can I get one that is valid for more than 30 days? Thank you for your feedback

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 02, 2012
Coconut Balls - Luang Prabang street food  (3 Answers)

We were in Luang Prabang last November. The street food is fabulous! They make some coconut balls that are fried in a special pan. I'm trying to make them at home. One person told me that they were coconut milk, sugar, and sticky rice powder (for thickening), but I have no idea what the proportions are or how to cook them. Does anyone know? I think they may also be called "canome cope" but I can't verify that. Any help with the recipe would be appreciated.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 27, 2011
Luang Prabang - Chiang Mai  (2 Answers)

My girlfriend and I will be needing to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai at the start of January and are looking to travel by slow boat. Can anyone tell me if it is as easy to go upstream from Luang Prabang to Houay Xai/Chiang Khong as it it to go downstream from KX/CK to LP? Does it take significantly longer? I am struggling to find much info about doing the trip this way...

Sames goes for buses from Chiang Khong to Chiang Mai.

Any help would me much appreciated!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 25, 2011
Hotel with Good Wi Fi?  (1 Answer)

Can anyone recommend a hotel with a good and fast (for Luang Prabang) wi fi Internet connection? Also Internet cafe suggestions. Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 11, 2010
Vaccinations and Mosquitoes  (7 Answers)

Hi - anyone who has been to luang prabang - was it compulsory for you to have immunisations and what did you have to have? Did you have to show proof at the airport or border by way of certificates? What about all the mosquitoes - this sounds corny I know, but I've been reading about malaria in south asia and need to know whether there are zillions of mosquitoes as sites say. thanks in advance for your reply(ies).

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 05, 2010
Cost of ride to Pak Ou caves  (3 Answers)

I read that transport to the caves could be either by boat or tuktuk/jumbo. May I know how much would a tuktuk/jumbo cost and how long will the trip take from LP?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 20, 2010
Vientiane to Luang Prabang  (1 Answer)

Dear all,

Would like to know why August is a peak season to visit Laos?

How is the record of Lao Airlines cancel their flight? If I have the same day flight from Vientiane to Kuala Lumpur, is it recommended to take LP-Vientiane flight on the same day?

Thanks a million :-)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 12, 2010
just another hole in the wall  (3 Answers)

can I use my australian master card debit card to draw funds in local currency from the wall machines like I do in Thailand - in Luang Prabang?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 01, 2010
what is the good price fro Bangkok to Luangprang by flight?  (8 Answers)

please give me a good commend about the flight from Bangkok to Luangprabang ,i never took a flight with the short distance before,,how long it take ? wich airline ?price in thai baht plaese''' how safe is the small airplane?
if any one done this please let me know and i am verry worry a bout the safty cause i an not travalling alone i have to guide my girlfriend's mother shen is over 6o',,

thank you to all,,
and respected,,,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 03, 2010
Boat security  (4 Answers)

I would like to know about the security on board for boats used to go to Pac OU. Do they have life jacket on board, etc . ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 23, 2009
bus to Vientienne from Luang Prabang  (13 Answers)

Anyone has experience taking the bus or know about taking a bus from Luang Prabang to Vientienne?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 11, 2009
Luang Prabang - Hanoi by land?  (6 Answers)

Hi all,

I notice that all the internet posts/forum I've seen say it's very painful and nightmare...
but, still, if I can't really afford it to fly, and if I still have to go to Hanoi from LPB (during New Year).... just wondering if anyone have done any route that takes a night stop-over? (and quite safe for a female to travel alone!)

Thanks so much in advance !!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 01, 2009
Nice place to stay during Xmas in Luang Prabang?  (8 Answers)

Hello! We are staying 4 nights during Xmas in LP, and much to our surprise have been finding everything, except really pricey places, booked! Out of desperation, I finally snagged the last room at Riverside Guest house for66USD, but it seems overpriced to us, for what they offer! Anyone know anything about that place? Or have any ideas on another place to stay in case I can cancel this reservation? Thanks for any help! Should have planned earlier I guess!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 23, 2009
Help! Are there any good Tailors in Luang Prabang?  (4 Answers)

Hello, I will be visiting Luang Prabang in 2 weeks and have heard so much about the wonderful quality of the local silk and cotton. I would very much like to have a tailor made silk suit made while I am there and am wondering whether anyone has any recommendations? Any help much appreciated!

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