There are 5 ways to get from Pai to Luang Prabang by bus, bus and ferry, car, taxi or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Mini Van, bus The Transport Company  •  23 h

  1. Take the Mini Van from Pai to Chiang Mai 612
  2. Take the bus from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang

$27 - $52

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Mini Van, bus Naga travel  •  24 h

  1. Take the Mini Van from Pai to Chiang Mai 612
  2. Take the bus from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Luang Prabang Laos

$59

Bus and ferry  •  34 h

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Pai Terminal Green to Luang Prabang

$62

Drive  •  12 h 2 min

  1. Drive from Pai to Luang Prabang 467.8 miles

$65 - $100

Taxi, fly  •  19 h 12 min

  1. Take a taxi from Pai to Mae Hong Son
  2. Fly from Mae Hong Son (HGN) to Luang Prabang (LPQ) HGN - LPQ

$130 - $248

Questions & Answers

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Pai Terminal Green and arriving at Luang Prabang. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 34 h.

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The distance between Pai and Luang Prabang is 391 km. The road distance is 748.5 km.

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The best way to get from Pai to Luang Prabang without a car is to Mini Van and bus which takes 23 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 23 h to get from Pai to Luang Prabang, including transfers.

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Pai to Luang Prabang bus services, operated by Prempracha Transport, depart from Pai station.

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There is no direct flight from Mae Hong Son Airport to Luang Prabang Airport. The quickest flight takes 17 h 15 min and has one stopover.

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Pai to Luang Prabang bus services, operated by The Transport Company, arrive at Luang Prabang station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Pai to Luang Prabang is 749 km. It takes approximately 12 h 2 min to drive from Pai to Luang Prabang.

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Lao Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Nok Air and two other airlines offer flights from Mae Hong Son Airport to Luang Prabang Airport.

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There are 290+ hotels available in Luang Prabang. Prices start at $14 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Pai to Luang Prabang.
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  • Distance: 244.6 miles
  • Duration: 23 h

What companies run services between Pai, Thailand and Luang Prabang, Laos?

You can take a bus from Pai to Luang Prabang via Chiang Mai in around 23 h.

Airlines
Bangkok Airways
Website
bangkokair.com
Flights from Mae Hong Son to Luang Prabang via Chiang Mai, Suvarnabhumi
Ave. Duration
19 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Mae Hong Son to Luang Prabang via Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
23 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $260
Vietnam Airlines
Website
vietnamairlines.com
Flights from Mae Hong Son to Luang Prabang via Chiang Mai, Hanoi
Ave. Duration
20 h 50 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Thai AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Mae Hong Son to Luang Prabang via Don Muang
Ave. Duration
24 h 45 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $170
Bus operators
Prempracha Transport
Website
premprachatransports.com
Bus from Pai to Chiang Mai
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$13
Schedules at
premprachatransports.com
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The Transport Company
Naga travel
Website
nagatravel.com
Bus from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal to Luang Prabang Laos
Ave. Duration
20 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$47
Schedules at
nagatravel.com
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12go.asia
Terminal Green
Website
12go.asia
Bus and ferry from Pai Terminal Green to Luang Prabang
Ave. Duration
34 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$62
Schedules at
12go.asia
Other operators
Taxi from Pai to Mae Hong Son
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Estimated price
$55 - $70
Taxi Chiang Mai
Website
taxichiangmai.com

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