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Planning your trip

Traveling to Luang Prabang

By Air

Air Asia flights between Bangkok and Luang Prabang are now making air travel more affordable to Luang Prabang! Connect with Air Asia to Bangkok and then to Luang Prabang. 

Lao Airlines - Lao Airlines flies between Luang Prabang and Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and Siem Reap. Flights to Vientiane are also available from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Da Nang, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kunming, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Singapore. From Vientiane you can get a connecting flight to Luang Prabang.

Bangkok Airways - Bangkok Airways has connecting flights between Bangkok and Luang Prabang.

Vietnam Airlines - Vietnam Airlines has connecting flights between Hanoi and Luang Prabang

By Boat

From the northern border with Thailand, several boat options are avaialbe including a slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang (2 days with overnight in Pak Beng) or the speedboat (7 hours). For a more comfortable trip, opt for the Luang Say Riverboat, departing from Huang Xai to Luang Prabang and takes 2 days with an overnight at the Luang Say Lodge in Pak Beng. The price of the Luang Say Riverboat trip includes meals and overnight accommodation in Pak Beng.

By Bus or Minivan

Buses are available from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang, but expect a long and uncomfortable ride as roads are unsealed part of the way. If you're coming from Vientiane, overnight and day buses are also available (approximately 10 hours) and the view is spectacular.


Visa on arrival is available for most passports for a period of 30 days. Be sure to have at least 2 passport photographs with you when you arrive. Passport holders of ASEAN countries do not require a visa to enter Laos. 

Traveling to Nong Khiaw

From Luang Prabang

By Minibus - Nong Khiaw is easily accessible by road from Luang Prabang. Nong Khiaw is approximately 150km from Luang Prabang and minibuses run regularly between the two. Minibus tickets can be purchased from various travel agencies in Luang Prabang. Minibuses depart Luang Prabang at 9:00, 11:00 and 13:00. The journey takes approximately 3 hours.

We recommend that you arrive in Luang Prabang before the retreat date so that you can arrange your transportation with a travel agency the day before you leave for Nong Khiaw.


From the North

If you are traveling either from Northern Thailand or Northern Laos, you can travel to Nong Khiaw either by public or VIP buses. Depending on the route, you may have to stop in Pak Mong and hire a tuk-tuk to take you the rest of the way to Nong Khiaw.

If you are traveling by road and river from Vietnam, regular buses run from Hanoi to Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam. From there, you can connect by bus to Mueng Khua in Laos. From Mueng Khua to Nong Khiaw is a lovely 6-hour boat ride.

When planning your trip, please be sure to arrive in time for the introductions and opening ceremony on the first day.

RETURNING to luang prabang from nong khiaw

Private minibus transfer back to Luang Prabang will be arranged with the resort. If you are traveling on from Nong Khiaw to another destination, we can advise you on the best way to arrange your onward travel. 

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