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There are 5 ways to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  4 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Tan Son Nhat (SGN) to Luang Prabang (LPQ) SGN - LPQ

$91 - $213

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Bus The Transport Company  •  36 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh Khai Nam Bus
  2. Take the bus from Phnom Penh to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
  3. Take the bus from Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal to Sainyabuli
  4. Take the bus from Sainyabuli to Luang Prabang Southern Terminal

$44 - $93

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  2 days 10 h

  1. Take the train from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi Ho Chi Minh
  2. Take the bus from Ha Noi to Luang Prabang Laos

$76 - $103

Bus Hoang Long Transit Co  •  2 days 18 h

  1. Take the bus from Ho Chi Minh Mien Dong to Ha Noi Nuoc Ngam Bus Station
  2. Take the bus from Ha Noi Nuoc Ngam Bus Station to Luang Prabang - Naluang Station

$84 - $92

Drive  •  23 h 34 min

  1. Drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang 947.3 miles

$110 - $170

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The cheapest way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang is to bus which costs $40 - $95 and takes 36 h 54 min.

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The quickest way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang is to fly which costs $90 - $220 and takes 4 h 11 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang. However, there are services departing from Ho Chi Minh City and arriving at Luang Prabang Southern Terminal via Damnum Kor Market, Monivong/Mao Tse Tung, Phnom Penh, Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal and Sainyabuli. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 36 h 54 min.

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The distance between Ho Chi Minh City and Luang Prabang is 1123 km. The road distance is 1515.7 km.

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The best way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang without a car is to bus which takes 36 h 54 min and costs $40 - $95.

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It takes approximately 4 h 11 min to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang, including transfers.

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Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang bus services, operated by Khai Nam Transport, depart from Ho Chi Minh City station.

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The best way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang is to fly which takes 4 h 11 min and costs $90 - $220. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $40 - $95 and takes 36 h 54 min.

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There is no direct flight from Tan Son Nhat Airport to Luang Prabang Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 5 min and has one stopover.

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Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang bus services, operated by The Transport Company, arrive at Luang Prabang Southern Terminal station.

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Map of how to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang.
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  • Distance: 701.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 11 min

What companies run services between Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Luang Prabang, Laos?

Vietnam Airlines, Thai AirAsia and seven other airlines fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang via Phnom Penh Khai Nam Bus, Damnum Kor Market, Bakor Cinema, Monivong/Mao Tse Tung, Central Market, Phnom Penh, Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal, and Sainyabuli in around 36 h 54 min.

Airlines
Vietnam Airlines
Website
vietnamairlines.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Noi Bai International
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Danang, Noi Bai International
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Pleiku, Noi Bai International
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Siem Reap
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Buonmethuot, Noi Bai International
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Hue, Noi Bai International
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Quinhon, Noi Bai International
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Lao Airlines
Website
laoairlines.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Pakse
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $500
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Pakse, Vientiane
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $500
Cambodia Angkor Air
Website
cambodiaangkorair.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Siem Reap
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Siem Reap, Pakse
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $210
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Train operators
Vietnam Railways
Website
dsvn.vn
Train from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi
Ave. Duration
31 h 35 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Schedules at
dsvn.vn
Book at
12go.asia
Soft Seat With Air Conditioners
$32 - $37
Hard Bed With Air Conditioners
$35 - $55
Soft Bed With Air Conditioners
$40 - $60
Bus operators
Khai Nam Transport
Website
en.khainamtransport.com
Bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh Khai Nam Bus
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9
Schedules at
en.khainamtransport.com
Book at
bookmebus.com
The Transport Company
Website
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Phnom Penh to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $28
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal to Sainyabuli
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $50
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Sainyabuli to Luang Prabang Southern Terminal
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
The Sinh Tourist
Website
thesinhtourist.vn
Bus from Ha Noi to Luang Prabang Laos
Ave. Duration
25 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$42
Schedules at
thesinhtourist.vn
Hoang Long Transit Co
Website
hoanglongasia.com
Bus from Ho Chi Minh Mien Dong to Ha Noi Nuoc Ngam Bus Station
Ave. Duration
37 h 43 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Schedules at
hoanglongasia.com
Mai Linh Express
Website
mailinhexpress.vn
Bus from Ho Chi Minh Mien Dong to Ha Noi Nuoc Ngam Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 days 12 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$34
Schedules at
mailinhexpress.vn
bus
Bus from Ha Noi Nuoc Ngam Bus Station to Luang Prabang - Naluang Station
Ave. Duration
28 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$58
Schedules at
baolau.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang is 1516 km. It takes approximately 23 h 34 min to drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang.

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Bangkok Airways, Thai AirAsia, Cambodia Angkor Air and two other airlines offer flights from Tan Son Nhat Airport to Luang Prabang Airport.

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There are 283+ hotels available in Luang Prabang. Prices start at $15 USD per night.

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