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1. Posted by sheds141 (Budding Member, 25 posts) 9 Sep '10 07:19

Hi

I am a first time backpacker and i am leaving in late december to travel through out indochina. i was wondering what is the best backpackers way from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang? i hear you can catch a bus to Chiang Rai and then one to the boarder crossing, but my really worry is going from the boarder to LP. how should i got about it? how much will it cost? and how long will it take?

Hope you can help.:)

P.S Sorry about the spelling of Lao in the title.

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Sep-2010, at 07:54 by sheds141 ]

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5556 posts) 9 Sep '10 07:38

Ok,
Try not to be offended by this, but please try and use the proper spelling for the locations, it's a pain for my eyes I thought maybe it was just once, but it's Chiang, Lao and Luang Prabang.
Mike

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru, 3537 posts) 9 Sep '10 09:55

Tom,
Never been to Laos, but this website should help with your transport questions.

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5. Posted by jamiep_21 (Budding Member, 10 posts) 12 Sep '10 07:20

Hi,

Get yourself upto Chiang Khong which is right on the border with Laos, and you can get a slow boat which goes to Luang Prabang.
A great experience with a mix of other backpackers and many locals making the same journey so is a great opportunity to meet new people at the same time as seeing some beautiful scenery.
Its quite a long journey and stops overnight in a small village in Laos which is powered by a generator (which turns off about 10pm), theres a couple of places there you can get a hot meal, but take plenty of food and drink for the boat otherwise you may end up very hungry.

If you do decide to take this option, prepare yourself for a long journey but a very fulfilling one.

Jay.

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7. Posted by _Sarah_ (Budding Member, 24 posts) 14 Sep '10 09:55

I have done the same trip as mentioned above, getting a transfer up to the border town to get the slow boat down to Luang Prabang. Even though this is a really long way of doing this trip and you will no doubt get a numb bum along the way, I would highly recommend the slow boat as the best way to travel into Laos from Thailand.

8. Posted by prendy98 (Full Member, 80 posts) 8 Oct '10 17:35

http://www.travelblog.org/Asia/Thailand/Northern-Thailand/Chiang-Khong/blog-180701.html

Thats my blog entry for when i went from Chiang Mai via Chiang Khong to Laung Prabang in Laos.

I stayed in a place called Julies Guesthouse in Chiang Mai an they booked the bus to Chiang Khong which had
air con, also the two day slow boat to Laung Prabang.

http://www.julieguesthouse.com/pGuesthouse.htm

Hope that helps,
Declan