We're travelling from Luang Probang to Chang Mai next month. It seems most people travel that in the other direction.
Is it possible to take the slow boat and bus this way?
Has anyone travelled this way or has any recommendations?
#1 ifoy6240 has been a member since 2/12/2006. Posts: 3
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yes the boats go both ways -- just take a little longer as the boats travel against the current.
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,652
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slow boat boats going upriver (Luang Prabang - Pak Beng - Huay Xai) leave daily. boats upriver were far less crowded with plenty of extra seats as most tourists travel downriver. there was also enough space for us all to carry our belongings to the back of the boat &/or strap on our backpacks just before the boat reached Pak Beng....to prevent locals from grabbing them off the boat (& demanding money for their return....as mentioned in the Lonely Planet, it does happen).
cheapest was to buy separate tickets for the Luang Prabang-Pak Beng & Pak Beng-Huay Xai sections, sold at ticket office at boat landing (for the former) or on the boat itself (for the latter; for some reason the Pak Beng boat ticket office does not sell slow boat tickets to Huay Xai). 95,000kip per section (correct as of 31/12/06).
some fellow tourists bought their tickets from travel agents in Luang Prabang, thinking that they would get better quality seats all the way, but ended up paying more than 1000 baht (for Luang Prabang to Huay Xai) & sitting on the same boats as us.
Alright so its possible to travel that way, but as we were short on time we rather flew Air Lao. It was about an hour flight for $110 with taxes I think. If you don't mind spending a little bit more, i most definetly rate flying!
#4 ifoy6240 has been a member since 2/12/2006. Posts: 3
Can you tell me where you purchased your plane tickets Air Lao Luang Prabang to Chang Mai please We are going thata way too
#5 jennijago has been a member since 18/2/2007. Posts: 12
We tried to purchase flights through the Lao Airlines website www.laoairlines.com. This is possible if you have time to wait a couple of days for a response as to whether there are available seats.
Instead click 'Contact Us' and then 'General Sales Agent' and they can organise tickets straight away.
#6 ifoy6240 has been a member since 2/12/2006. Posts: 3