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Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang - how long??

Posted by pikkumyy09 on 31/3/2008 at 21:54

Hello hello travellers!

Am heading to Laos in the next week, curious to find out how long it takes to get from CM to Luang Prabang - Lonely Planet seems to say it takes two days on the boat, but have seen signs here in CM that say you can be in LP in one day? If I take bus early morning, is there a boat that leaves late afternoon or in the evening?

Is it worth staying a night somewhere along the way - if so, where would you recommend?


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Posted by somtam2000 on 2/4/2008 at 05:35 admin

There's no afternoon boat, and short of flying I'm not sure how it could be done in a day.

Most choose to head by bus north to Chiang Rai and then to Chiang Khong -- overnighting at at least the latter. The boats leave from Huay Xai in the morning, so you cross first thing and then get the boat down. See the Laos slow boat thread for some reports on what the boat trip is like. Most opt for the two day boat which means overnighting in Pakbeng, though speedboats can do it in a day.

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