As per somtam's post, you'd have to travel from Luang Prabang to the bordertown of Huay Xai to cross the Mekong River to Chaing Khong. From CK you can take a bus or van to Chiang Mai (or visit much smaller and pleasant Chiang Rai on the way) and from there get tranpsort up to Pai.
The quickest but more costly option is to fly from LuangPrang to Chiang Mai, 1 hour at U$130 on Lao Airlines daily flights
#3 seagypsy has been a member since 5/2/2009. Posts: 136
How long is the bus ride from Luang Prabang? Cost? Is there a bus ride from Huay Xai to Pai ? Cost? It is so much faster to go from Huay Xai to Pai then Huay Xai to Chiang Mai and then to Pai. There has to be a possible way. Does anyone know how much it cost to rent a car in Thailand and if you need an international drivers license.
Any reccomendations on traveling from Siem Reap to Vang Vieng? Bus, (How long) Rental CAR or motorcycle? Or flight?
#4 Glhaskell has been a member since 12/3/2009. Posts: 10
Didn't mention when you're planning to travel? Weather makes quite a difference to travel times in Laos.
LPB- Huay Xai bus: ~12h, up to 16++h depending on no. of stops, bus breakdowns, rainy season landslides & road damage. ~110,000-130,000kip (see: http://laomeow.blogspot.com/2009/02/luang-prabang-province-transport.html).
Look at a map & you'll realise: (1) No bridge between Huay Xai & Chiang Khong = no buses from Huay Xai to Thailand, they have to start from Chiang Khong (2) Fastest way to reach Pai by road is via Chiangmai.
I rented a car from Avis 2 years back in Bangkok and it cost about US50 / day. We spent a month driving around Thailand and for us, it was by far the best way to travel because we were independent, could 'save' money by haggling across accommodation providers (ie. we'd go to 1 get a negotiated price, go to another and start at the negotiated price and go further down, etc.) So, given this, and the fact that we could go anywhere for meals etc, we'd probably 'save' about $10 - 15 / day. We likened the cost of fuel to be equal to bus costs.
That said, I doubt you'd get a car at Chiang Khong unless you paid to have it transferred there.
There are options at Chiang Rai, and definately at Chiang Mai (where you'll probably get a better rate eg. from about 12-1500baht/day).
for rentals in Chiang Mai
for Chiang Rai.
Also google 'rent a car chiang mai - rai