By bus the journey from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang is scheduled to take 16 hours 30 minutes.
Bus Times from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang
There is currently 1 bus service a day from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang available to book online.
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- Passengers transfer to a sleeper bus after they enter in Laos.
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Chiang Khong Bus Station
Bus services from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang depart from outside the GreenBus Thailand office in Chiang Khong.
Luang Prabang Bus Station
Bus services from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang terminate at the Chokprasert Bus Terminal.
About Travel to Luang Prabang
With a population of 50,0000 permanent residents, Luang Prabang is one of Laos’s larger towns. Luang Prabang is also one of the Laos’s most popular tourist destinations. Since the upgrade of the airport in 2013 and the completion of a concrete road connecting Luang Prabang to Vientiane in 2014, Luang Prabang has quickly attracted large numbers of visitors and developed an expanded tourist infrastructure to support those visitors.
Why visit Luang Prabang?
As a tourist destination Luang Prabang has a lot to offer. The city centre is a very pleasant place. It’s not too built up with a scenic location on the banks of two converging rivers, set within a larger area of hills and forests much of which is too inaccessible to develop commercially. This relaxed atmosphere is complimented by the large number of boutique style restaurants and hotels in the city. Visitors can enjoy many of the same comforts that they might enjoy on holiday in Europe, but at a generally lower cost.
There are also lots of interesting places to visit in Luang Prabang itself, and nearby. In addition, adventurous visitors might want to consider taking the far less comfortable journey from Luang Prabang to the Plain of Jars, which we recommend as one of the last great ‘off the beaten track’ travelling experiences in South East Asia.
Attractions in Luang Prabang
The main tourist attractions in Luang Prabang itself are its many temples and its former royal palace, which is now a museum. In addition, it’s worth visiting some of the lesser known older parts of the city, such as the Old Bridge built by the French colonial government that spans the Nam Khan River.
The most famous temple in Luang Prabang is Wat Xieng Thong. Wat Xieng Thong is Luang Prabang’s oldest survving temple dating back to 1559. Most of the other temples in Luang Prabang were destroyed in 1887 by a warlord from China. Wat Xieng Thong is important in Lao culture and history. Coronation ceremonies for the Kings of Laos were held in the magnificent wooden congregation hall at Wat Xieng Thong.
There are also dozens of smaller temples, most of which are free to visit, located all over the city. The most inetresting of these are Wat Visounarath, Wat Manorom, Wat Mahathat and Wat Aham.
Attractions near Luang Prabang
There are three main places near Luang Prabang which are popular to visit:
- Kuang Si Falls: Located 40 minutes to the south west of Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Falls is a series of falls that you can follow up to the top via a steep path. Many visitors choose not to do the walk but go swimming in the pools at the lower levels.
- The Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre: Located near the entrance to the Kuang Si Falls, the The Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre is a worthwhile proeject to save rare Asiatic Black Bears from the Chinese traditional medicine industry.
- Pak Ou Caves: Accessible only by boat, the Pak Ou Caves consists of two caverns to the north west of Luang Prabang on the banks of the Mekong River. The caves are filled with statues of the Lord Buddha, some hundreds of years old. Shared wooden boat services from Luang Prabang to the Pak Ou Caves depart from a boat pier near Wat Xieng Thong. You can also reach the Pak Ou Caves by taking a tuk-tuk to the samll village of Ban Pak Ou and then taking a short trip to the caves by local boat.