Getting Around

Largely undeveloped and just a few miles in width, Luang Prabang has hardly any formal public transport. Most visitors find it easiest to walk from place to place, enjoying the scenery as they move.

That said, visitors won't struggle to find tuk-tuks or minivans around town. Fares tend to be small, though drivers have been known to initially charge tourists an exorbitant amount. Visitors may want to bargain with drivers at the outset of their trips.

Renting a motorcycle remains a fun transport option too. Helmets and extensive travel insurance are a must, as roads in and around Luang Prabang are not well-maintained and can be especially hazardous with trucks screaming past. Indeed, authorities occasionally ban motorcycles because of the high rate of road accidents.

Also, street names in the region often vary along a single stretch of road, and the English spelling of place and road names can be very inconsistent. Both factors complicate navigation. Oftentimes, it's best for tourists to have the name of their destination written down in Lao.