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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  •  4h 11m

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

$91 - $213

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Bus The Transport Company  •  36h 18m

  1. Take the bus from Ho Chi Minh - Sinh Tourist Office to Phnom Penh Cambodia - Sing Tourist Office
  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

$50 - $99

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  2 days 12h

  1. Take the train from Ho Chi Minh City to Ha Noi
  2. Take the bus from Ha Noi - Sinh Tourist Office to Luang Prabang

$77 - $104

Bus Hoang Long  •  2 days 15h

  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  •  23h 34m

  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 $50 - $100 and takes 36h 18m.

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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 4h 11m.

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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 - Sinh Tourist Office and arriving at Luang Prabang Southern Terminal via Leang Heng Bookshop, Phnom Penh, Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal and Sainyabuli. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 36h 18m.

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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 36h 18m and costs $50 - $100.

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It takes approximately 4h 11m 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 The Sinh Tourist, depart from Ho Chi Minh - Sinh Tourist Office station.

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The best way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang is to fly which takes 4h 11m and costs $90 - $220. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $50 - $100 and takes 36h 18m.

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There is no direct flight from Tan Son Nhat Airport to Luang Prabang Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 5m 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: 4h 11m

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 Cambodia - Sing Tourist Office, Leang Heng Bookshop, Soriya Cinema, Phnom Penh, Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal, and Sainyabuli in around 36h 18m.

Airlines
Vietnam Airlines
Website
vietnamairlines.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Noi Bai International
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Quinhon, Noi Bai International
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Hue, Noi Bai International
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Danang, Noi Bai International
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Siem Reap
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Tamky, Noi Bai International
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
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
6h
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $500
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Pakse, Vientiane
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $500
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $210
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Cambodia Angkor Air
Website
cambodiaangkorair.com
Flights from Tan Son Nhat to Luang Prabang via Siem Reap
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Train operators
Vietnam Railways
Phone
19006469
Email
support1@dsvn.vn
Website
dsvn.vn
Train from Ho Chi Minh City to Ha Noi
Ave. Duration
34h 12m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Schedules at
dsvn.vn
Book at
12go.asia
Soft Seat With Air Conditioners
$32 - $38
Hard Bed With Air Conditioners
$35 - $55
Soft Bed With Air Conditioners
$40 - $60
Bus operators
The Sinh Tourist
Phone
+84-28 3838 9596
Email
info@thesinhtourist.vn
Website
thesinhtourist.vn
Bus from Ho Chi Minh - Sinh Tourist Office to Phnom Penh Cambodia - Sing Tourist Office
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
thesinhtourist.vn
Book at
12go.asia
Bus from Ha Noi - Sinh Tourist Office to Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
25h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$42
Schedules at
thesinhtourist.vn
The Transport Company
Phone
089 226 2769
Website
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Phnom Penh to Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
11h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $28
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Bangkok Mochit Bus Terminal to Sainyabuli
Ave. Duration
13h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $50
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Bus from Sainyabuli to Luang Prabang Southern Terminal
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
home.transport.co.th
Hoang Long
Phone
0225 3920920
Email
info@hoanglongasia.com
Website
hoanglongasia.com
Bus from Ho Chi Minh Mien Dong to Ha Noi Nuoc Ngam Bus Station
Ave. Duration
34h
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 12h
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
28h
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 23h 34m to drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabang.

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

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There are 287+ hotels available in Luang Prabang. Prices start at $17 USD per night.

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