The very windy bus ride to Luang Prabang

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The vang vieng bus station
I originally booked a VIP Bus leaving at 10am, arriving in Luang Prabang at 5pm. This option was 10,000 kip less than the minibus and I'd heard the minibuses get extremely packed. When I showed up at 9:30am, the guy who booked it told me the VIP bus was full so I'd be on a minibus instead and I wouldn't have to pay the difference. Score!

It ended up working out extremely well as our minibus didn't end up being full so there was room to stretch out, and the people on the bus with me were fun to chat with. Both of these things were very important for a 6 plus hour bus ride.

The entire ride was on paved road and the first hour was relatively straight and flat. Then the windiness began! I didn't realize that a windy road meant driving up and over a mountain range for about four hours.
Views along the trip from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang


The scenery was absolutely spectacular as the road wound along the side of the mountains, past "villages" consisting of no more than a dozen shacks, hanging over the side of the cliff. For the most part, the view consisted of ranges of rolling, green vegetation covered mountains as far out as you could see.

We saw some water buffalo, lots of cows and for about an hour stretch of road, men working along side the road digging a two foot deep trench. What the purpose of the trench is I don't know, but the working conditions were tough on the side of a mountain in the sun.

We arrived in Luang Prabang before 5pm and I instantly liked the town. As with Vientiane, Luang Prabang has French history and thus the architecture is French Colonial. It makes for very pretty guesthouses and buildings lining the streets and from what my guidebook says, fantastic French food. mmmmmmmm
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The vang vieng bus station
The vang vieng bus station
Views along the trip from Vang Vie…
Views along the trip from Vang Vi…
Views along the trip from Vang Vie…
Views along the trip from Vang Vi…
Views along the trip from Vang Vie…
Views along the trip from Vang Vi…
Luang Prabang Hostels review
Great location but better budget accommodations are available
I stayed at this guesthouse for one night on February 9, 2010. I stayed here because it was recommended by Lonely Planet with room rates of 40,000 to … read entire review
Luang Prabang
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