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From Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang by van

09:00
Vang Vieng, Vientiane
15:00
Luang Prabang Southern Station
6h
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15:00
Vang Vieng, Vientiane
21:00
Luang Prabang Southern Station
6h
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From Malany Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang by van

09:00
Malany Vang Vieng
15:00
Luang Prabang Southern Stop
6h
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14:30
Malany Vang Vieng
20:30
Luang Prabang Southern Stop
6h
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Passenger reviews out of total 513 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Feb 20, 2019
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★★★★
Long and hard on the butt. All okay. Thanks!
Feb 16, 2019
van Regional, Malany Transport
★★★☆☆
Van okay, street awful, driver risk taking, view great, duration of trip as estimated.
Feb 16, 2019
bus Express Sleeper 41, Naga Travel
★★★★☆
Bring some earplugs and you are fine.
Jan 29, 2019
bus VIP 24, Naga Travel
★★☆☆☆
We were booked for a VIP24 bus. A day or 2 before our trip we were contacted that it required to be changed to a van. We agreed, no problem. When we showed up to the bus terminal were were guided to a van, not in the greatest shape??? OK?? Once the trip started and we got into the mountains all of us passengers realized 2 things. The van was old and might not make the trip, and the driver did not know how to drive in the mountains. It was clear to all of us that there were better vans because ALL of them passed us as we crawled up and down the mountain pass in 1st gear. What should have been a comfortable 4 hour trip, became an uncomfortable 6 hour trip. !!!!!!!!! Can't say I got any sort of a VIP service!!
Jan 29, 2019
van Regional, Malany Transport
★★★★☆
Driver was experienced and stuck to the schedule. The road is heavily pot holed but the journey was still comfortable.
Jan 22, 2019
bus Express Sleeper 41, Naga Travel
★★★☆☆
A bumpy ride, but quite okay, through the mountains. The bus didn’t have so much space, but the beds were fine for sleeping. At the paper it said we were supposed to leave at 18 pm but the bus took off at 20.30 pm. It also said a ride for about 13 hours, and were supposed to be in Luang Prabang at 7.00am. But the bus came in at 12pm. At the bus station tuktuk’s are ready to pick you up, but be aware that they drive you to city center and not the accommodation, even though you tell them where to go.
Jan 21, 2019
bus VIP 24, Naga Travel
★★☆☆☆
Trip was an adventure in itself. Can’t blame the driver but the agency, 12go Asia is a rip off paid more for VIP bus because I was travelling with kids and wanted to be comfortable but instead we had to hop into a minivan. Will not book through this agency again. Recommend you book locally yourself much more cheaper...
Jan 9, 2019
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★★☆
The mini-van was in pretty good condition and the driver drove reasonably safely. The roads aren’t in great condition but the beautiful scenery en route compensates. Overall, I’d recommend this service, especially at busy times of the year where it’s worth paying the 12go. premium to secure a seat in advance.
Dec 25, 2018
bus Express Sleeper 41, Naga Travel
★★☆☆☆
Booked sleeper bus from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. Time on booking was 18.00 but not a real departure time. Mini van shuttle picked up me to northern bus terminal and real departure time was 20.00(same as another bus company) They gave a meal voucher that no staff speak english to tell how and where to use. The meal voucher are value 10k kip that can exchange some snack or drink, not enough for meal. Few passenger got only fucking sticky rice!!
Dec 24, 2018
van Regional, Malany Transport
★★☆☆☆
Driver spoke on his phone for most of the trip whilst driving. Would say 90% of the trip.
Nov 29, 2018
van Regional, PTS Transit Service
★★☆☆☆
The good: Someone picks you up from your hotel. GREAT scenery. Trip included lunch. The bad: Bus was fairly dirty, needed dusting and a good wipe down and vacuum. Driver played music for most of the trip, which seemed kind of weird. When it gets dark no lights are turned on, so you’re just sitting in the dark. This could have been a good opportunity for sleep, but the music was still playing. Near the end of the trip he made a lot of stops. Trip took about 13 hours
Oct 9, 2018
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★★★
Amazing costumer service and excellent driver. Our ride to Luang Prabang from Vang Vieng was smooth sailing. Highly recommend!
Sep 21, 2018
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★★★
Driver was very friendly, has good experience driving a bus in slippery conditions. Bravo !
Sep 15, 2018
bus Standard AC, Naga Travel
★★☆☆☆
It is not a tourist bus. Some locals bring live stocks on board. Seats are too small even for asian size. AC is not cold and I was even sweating. There was a landslide an hour drive near luang prabang and buses and lorries couldnt go as half of the road was covered with mud. Only small vans were able to go thru. Had to hitchhike a van to get to luang prabang.
Sep 14, 2018
bus Express Sleeper 41, Naga Travel
★★★☆☆
Waited 2 hours to get on the bus, wasn't even told when it was leaving
Sep 12, 2018
bus Standard AC, Naga Travel
★★★★☆
Nice scenary. Bus ok-lah.
Aug 29, 2018
van Regional, Soutchai Travel
★★★★★
Comfortable van
Aug 8, 2018
bus Express Sleeper, Soutchai Travel
★★★☆☆
The actual bus was absolutely fine - actually slightly better than expected. There was a complete mess up with my pick-up - it wasn't available from my hotel so I had to go to another hotel for pick-up which is fair enough, but it didn't arrive and the phone number I had didn't work. I was fortunate that the hotel I was being picked up from, although I wasn't their guest, were really helpful, found an alternative contact number, and sorted things out. The pick-up driver then got me to the bus station (still in good time) got my ticket sorted and got me to the right bus, which is why I have still given 3 stars as it was all sorted out in the end despite some stress.
Aug 1, 2018
bus Standard AC, Naga Travel
★★★☆☆
Good, careful driver, spectacular scenery but a loooooong trip. Not for the vertiginous. You spend a LOT of time very close to a sheer drop. The A/c didn't work so bus was a sauna, windscreen wipers didn't work (and it was raining). No communication, no head count. A Spanish girl was left behind at the lunch stop.
Jul 5, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, Soutchai Travel
★★★☆☆
It was cheap overnight bus travel and ok for the price, I guess. There wasn't much room for getting some good sleep though because the seats were not wide enough to turn on the side. But probably that's what comes at this price, I don't have much experience with overnight traveling in buses yet, so can't say anything for sure. One area where I probably would like some improvement though is providing more accurate departure times. In this case, the departure listed in the voucher was 6pm (so we all reached the ticket office before 6pm) but after we were dropped at the bus station we were told that the bus will depart at 8:30pm. That's over 2.5 hours of time that we could've used for sightseeing etc instead of spending it at the bus station. But then again, this was my first experience with overnight buses, so I don't know how it all realistically works.
Jun 21, 2018
van Regional, Malany Transport
★★★☆☆
Trip departed on time and took 4 hours. It's a van not a bus. Dangerous driving on dangerous road. Driver uses the mobile with one hand and drives with the other hand. Extremely irresponsible but sadly this seems to be the norm in Laos. Also not happy that the price charged by 12goasia is more than twice the actual price.

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How to get from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang

When you want to get from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Van

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Van. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Van ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A van ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about LAK 163,117. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a van as a van ticket costs as low as LAK 162,830.

How far is Vang Vieng from Luang Prabang?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Your trip will be a total of 187 miles (300 km). The flying distance is 81 miles (130 km).

How long does it take to get from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang?

The travel time from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 6 to 6 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang?

The cost of the trip from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Malany Transport (ມາລານີ): travelling by van expect to pay as low as LAK 162,830 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a van - a one-way van ticket can cost as much as LAK 163,117.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang:

  • Van price : LAK 162,830 - LAK 163,117;

How many trips per day are there between Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Vans from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang depart during the day - there are approximately 4 departures a day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?

Vans

A shared van is another means of transport for travelling from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. As far as travel time is concerned, it’s basically equal to a taxi ride, while price-wise it’s way more affordable. The majority of tourists book a van online in advance.

Sometimes, when trains or buses aren’t available, a van is your only way to get from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang.

Things to remember: while travelling by van, you might not have as much space for luggage as you would on a train or a plane. It’s a good idea to pack only the most useful things for a van trip and put them in a backpack that will be easy to carry around.

The most popular transport from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 1000 opted for a van.