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 ]
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.
Never been to Laos, but this website should help with your transport questions.
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.
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.
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.
Hope that helps,