I will be traveling to Luang Prabang during new Years, roughly from Dec. 28 to Jan. 3. Ive been trying to book something online but havent been able to find anything. I know that the slow boat from Thailand gets in around dusk. Will it be possible to find accomodation upon arrival_
#1 jsham84 has been a member since 8/5/2009. Posts: 3
most of the budget places (below USD10-12) tend to not accept advanced bookings, just too many no-shows. though tourists are constantly 'treadmilling' down the Huay Xai-LPB- Vang Vieng -VTE trail, so you could crash in any place you can find for the first night & then hunt for a better/more centrally located place the next morning when the previous slowboat-load empties out of LPB guesthouses to continue south to Vang Vieng ;)
most turn to what's listed in guidebooks, but there are plenty of unlisted/new places. what's your budget?
for higher budget, reliable online booking syst i've used for LPB (for a place not listed in Travelfish) is: http://www.luang-prabang-hotels.com
btw, quite a few places in LPB up their rates (some quite drastically) for Christmas & New Year's, incl some of the places listed in Travelfish.
jsham bear in mind I don't go to Luang Prabang much, and haven't been there during New Years for 4 years but....
My bus got in at 6pm due to an accident and flat tire and it was a horror show. I hopped on the motorcycle of a tout and it took us an hour and a half to find a room, we steadily worked our way out of town, each of us taking one side of a street, then back on the bike to another tourist area, I speak Lao. There were other tourists doing the same on tuk tuks, not fun, thought I'd be sleeping at the wat.
Things are supposed to be slower due to the downturn in the world econmomy. The week after Christmas to maybe a week after New Years are the height of the high season.