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Luang Prabang is one of the most popular destinations in Laos and one of the most popular cities to visit in all of Southeast Asia. The old city has a wonderful feel of being the royal capital and then a French colonial centre. It is very easy to spend several days relaxing by the Mekong or jumping off of water falls outside of town.
Luang Prabang has a hot and humid tropical climate. There are two seasons. The rainy season lasts from May to October while the much more pleasant dry season lasts from November to April. During the rainy season there is about 200 to 300 mm of rain a month and the high temperatures, averaging around 33 °C during the day and around 24 °C degrees at night, makes this time the worst for a visit. Winter is much more pleasant with days still close to 30 degrees and nights a nice 15 °C to 18 °C. March to May can be very hot, with temperatures exceeding 40 °C and the record stands at 45 °C!
|Avg Max||27.7 °C||30.9 °C||33.5 °C||34.6 °C||33.8 °C||32.5 °C||31.6 °C||31.4 °C||31.7 °C||30.9 °C||28.8 °C||26.5 °C|
|Avg Min||14.2 °C||15.1 °C||17.9 °C||21.3 °C||23.4 °C||24.3 °C||24 °C||23.6 °C||22.9 °C||21 °C||17.9 °C||14.4 °C|
|Rainfall||13.5 mm||16.1 mm||33.7 mm||94.1 mm||149.2 mm||177.3 mm||223.8 mm||226.5 mm||165.8 mm||107 mm||28.2 mm||13 mm|
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Luang Prabang International Airport (IATA: LPQ, ICAO: VLLB) is a small international airport located outside of town with regular domestic flights to Phongsaly, Vientiane and Xieng Khuang. There are also international flights to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Udon Thani, Hanoi and Siem Reap. Remember that flight schedules can change so make sure to check for the most current destinations served.
Slow boats up and down the Mekong to Hoay Xai (or Hoay Say) in the north leave daily, stopping overnight at Pak Beng.
|Villa Merry No 1 at the Khan River||Visun Village||HOSTEL||85|
|Sala Prabang Boutique Hotel||102/6 Thanon Ounkham Xieng Mouane||Hotel||-|
|Souk Lan Xang Guest House||NO: 2, Unite: 20, Groups:Xeingthong, Ban: WAT NONG, Luang prabang District||Guesthouse||70|
|Spicylaos Backpackers||Ban Thong Cha-Leaun||Hostel||74|
|Villa Merry Lao III||Bahn Aphay Phousi Road||Hostel||83|
|Thony 1 Guesthouse||Ban Visoun, Chao chopho Road.||Guesthouse||-|
|Luang Prabang Backpackers Hostel||19/2 Ban Meun Na Village||Hostel||76|
|Rama Hotel||Ban Visoun Visounnarath RD||Hotel||84|
|Chitlatda2 Guesthouse||Mekong river road Ban Horxieng||Guesthouse||77|
|Xayana Guesthouse||Ban Hua Xieng Luang Prabang||HOSTEL||68|
|Halolao Backpackers||222 Ban That Luang Luang Prabang.||GUESTHOUSE||65|
|Sopha House||52 Soukkasem Rd. Ban Vat Sene ,Luangprabang||HOTEL||77|
|Merryguesthouse No2||Chaoxomphou Road Unit 8\1 Ban Muanna||Guesthouse||84|
|Tanoy Guest House||wat that village||Guesthouse||71|
|Channuane||Luang Prabang Houa xieng village||Guesthouse||-|
|Villa Thony 1 House 1||Ban Visun House No 26 Luang Prabang||HOSTEL||78|
|Saysamphanh Hotel||13 North Road Ban Nasamphanh||HOTEL||-|
|Villa Merry No1 House 2||Ban muanna,Chaoxomphou Road Luangprabang Provine||Guesthouse||71|
|Halolao Villa||Ban Khili, Sakkaline Road,||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Phonepraseuth Guesthouse||Ban Phanluang Luang Prabang||Guesthouse||-|
|Halolao Home Stay||Luang Prabang Xiengthong Village||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Vangsavath Hotel||Phetsarath Road Ban Nongkham Laos||Hotel||-|
|Hongkham1 Guesthouse||Sakkalin Road Ban Xiengthong||Guesthouse||-|
|Namsong Sai EcoLodge||road13 ban viengmai village close to namkhan new bridge||Guesthouse||71|
|Vangphaikham Hotel||Lao-Thai Friendship street Ban Phosi||HOTEL||-|
|Liberty Guest House||Ban Thadluang, Luang prabang, Laos||GUESTHOUSE||78|
|Khammany Inn Hotel||Phouthisalath Road Ban That Luang||HOTEL||79|
|Dao Fa Hotel||Naluang Village 13 North Road||HOTEL||-|
Most provincial capitals have internet access, particularly those that a more popular with tourists. In Luang Prabang and Vientiane rates are usually very reasonable at about US$0.50 to US$1.50 per hour. In more remote towns where competition is low, rates are a fair bit higher at around US$3 to US$6 per hour. If you're looking to save a bit of money, it's best to save your emailing until you reach the larger towns and cities.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country code for Laos is 856. To dial out of the country, the international access code is 00. There are plenty of public phone booths in Laos but these are pretty useless as phonecards are no longer sold and the technology is rather archaic. For long distance calls it's much better to use a post office or internet cafe. The best place however is the local Telecom Office.
Mobile phone users can use their own GSM mobile phone in Laos. Roaming tends to be expensive, so if you're planning on using your phone a fair bit it may well be worth buying a local SIM card and purchasing prepaid minutes. SIMs are normally around US$5 and both Lao Telecom and ETL have good network coverage.
For the best postal services, send your mail from Vientiane as the post in the provinces is less reliable. In general it takes anywhere from 1 to over 2 weeks to send post to/from Laos. Post offices generally are open from 8:00am to 5:00pm, with some having shorter hours on weekend days as well. If you are going to Thailand, post from there as it's more reliable and faster. If you are worried about sending home valuable items there is a Federal Express office inside the main post office in Vientiane. You might also check possibilities with companies like DHL, TNT or UPS.
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