Luang Prabang Transport


Being only a few miles in width, and largely undeveloped, Luang Prabang has hardly any formal public transportation. Most visitors will find it easiest to simply walk from place to place, which can double up as a scenic experience in itself.

For those not keen on walking, there are plenty of tuk-tuks or minivans around the town that can be hired for a small fee. It may be worth bargaining with the driver to secure a cheaper price, however, as tourists are often initially charged an exorbitant amount.

Despite occasionally being banned due to the high rate of road accidents, renting a motorcycle remains a fun transport option for travellers, when the authorities aren't clamping down. Those intending to rent a motorcycle in Luang Prabang are advised to take the utmost caution on the roads, to wear a helmet, and to take out extensive travel insurance. The roads in and around Luang Prabang are not well-maintained, and can be particularly hazardous with trucks screaming by.

Travellers perusing Luang Prabang will soon discover that street names in the region often vary along a single stretch of road. Furthermore, the English spelling of place and road names can be very inconsistent, so it is often best to either have your destination written out in Lao or be able to sound it out phonetically.

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