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Luang Prabang International Airport

Luang Prabang International Airport

Luang Prabang International Airport lies just about 4km (2.5 miles) from the city and is one of the few airports in Laos handling both international and domestic flights. Bangkok Airways, Lao Airlines, and China Eastern Airlines are just a few companies operating here. From 2012 to 2013, the airport underwent major renovations, including the expansion of the airstrip. Note that, unlike at most other airports, security controls are placed before the check-in desks. Tuk-tuks, taxis and pre-booked hotel shuttles are an easy way to get from the airport to the city centre.
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Passport/Visa

Passport/Visa

Visitors to Laos must obtain a visa from one of the Laotian diplomatic missions or online unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or qualify for a visa on arrival. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months. Citizens of Cambodia, Indonesia, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, and South Korea enjoy visa-free access to Laos for a maximum of 30 days; citizens of Japan, Luxembourg, and Switzerland can visit Laos visa-free for a maximum of 15 days; citizens of Brunei and Myanmar can visit Laos visa-free for 14 days. Visitors of other nationalities may obtain a visa on arrival valid for 30 days for a fee at most of the 27 ports of entry to the country, except for Napao-Chalo (Vietnam), Subhun (China), Pakxan-Bueng Kan (Thailand), and Xieng Kok river port (Myanmar). All other citizens must obtain a visa before arrival from a Laotian diplomatic mission. Please check the following list of whether the e-Visa service is available in your country. Please find the link below:
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Best Time to Visit Luang Prabang, Laos

Best Time to Visit Luang Prabang, Laos

Planning your trip to the 'city of the Golden Buddha Phra Bang' from November to March means that you'll have the chance to experience the city with relatively dry and chill weather. However, these months are known as the peak season, meaning that the area will be overcrowded and accommodation rates doubled. This is also the period to hit several important festivals and events: Pimay, Lao new year and Boun That Luang held respectively in April and October are among the most fascinating ones. An alternative to this would be visiting Luang Prabang during the rainy season (May to September) when the main chunk of tourists leaves and the weather is still pleasant enough to enjoy the city (despite the afternoon showers).
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Buses

Buses

Getting around Luang Prabang might be challenging for newbies but at the same time an adventure. Unlike in other parts of the world, because of deficiencies in infrastructure even short rides by bus can turn into a "journey of hope" taking hours to reach the destination. Buses are subdivided into ordinary buses characterised by either torn cushions or a hard plank, and air-conditioned-book-in-advance VIP buses. Tickets can be bought at travel agencies or bus stations. Vans and minibuses are also available. It's best not to rely on the timetable displayed as it's often purely speculative.
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Tuk-Tuk

Tuk-Tuk

Tuk-tuk is the most traditional and popular way to discover Luang Prabang for only 15,000-30,000 LAK ($1.7-$3.5 USD). These small colourful vehicles are everywhere in the city and you can get one by waving to the driver or approaching one of the many in the parking lots. In 2015, Luang Prabang launched the eco-friendly E-Bus project along with an electric vehicle station to reduce pollution in the city. Today, E-Buses have become a common way for tourists and locals to move around the city. Fares start at 10,000K for a short ride and 20,000K to further areas of the city.
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Boat

Boat

To live Luang Prabang to the fullest, hop on a boat and experience the most scenic and picturesque way to marvel at the city's mind-blowing scenery. The main aquatic thoroughfares are the Mekong River, Nam Ou, Nam Khan, Nam Tha, Nam Ngum and Se Kong. Boats of different sizes navigate jewel-blue streams through lush vegetation. The Mekong River is the most important route and navigable year-around. You can get from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang on the so-called 'slowboat' on a two-day journey. The fare is around 250,000K (30 USD) and it is the cheapest option. If patience is not your friend, there is also the speedboat which is slightly more expensive but takes you to Luang Prabang in 6 hours. To make it more comfortable for travellers, Mekong Cruises and Mekong River Cruises organise multi-day cruises, providing the best service on board. Contact them at the websites below for detailed information.
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Medical Care in Luang Prabang

Medical Care in Luang Prabang

Medical care in Luang Prabang has improved significantly over the last few years, but the lack of medical facilities remains a major problem in the whole area. Some of the most reputable hospitals in the area of the Luang Prabang are Attapeu Province Hospital and Khammouane Province Hospital with French- and English-speaking staff ready to help travellers in need and a 24-hour emergency service, including ambulances. Most of the time, patients with more serious injuries are transferred by road or air to Thailand. As for pharmacies, please avoid purchasing medicines from markets since counterfeit pharmaceuticals are a common problem. Here's a shortlist of reputable pharmacies in the area: - Bouaphan Pharmacy (English-speaking staff) Sakkaline Rd., Luang Prabang - Phakan's clinic (English-speaking staff and efficient service) Laos
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