Travel Tips : Traveling from Nan to Luang Prabang in Laos

Destination Travel Guide Nan, Thailand
View over the Mekong River in Luang Prabang,

The bus from Nan to Luang Prabang, Laos

June 2019 : As you know since 2017 there is a bus connection from Nan to Luang Prabang via Huai Kon International Border Crossing. Originally this service was done with 2 busses so there was every day a bus going from Nan to Luang Prabang and every day a bus going from Luang Prabang to Nan. But due to an accident with one of the busses and later technical problems there is at the moment only 1 bus used. That means every 4 days there is a bus going from Nan to Luang Prabang (en visa-versa of course). So on 21 June 2019 a bus goes from Nan to Luang Prabang and on 25 June 2019 the next bus is going from Nan to Luang Prabang. And on 29 June 2019 the next bus. And at in between dates the bus goes from Luang Prabang to Nan.

New route from Nan to Luang Prabang, Laos

June 2019 : Traveling from Nan to Luang Prabang by car was always done by driving via route 101 from Nan to Huai Kon and then cross the border to Hong Sa in Laos. From there one would take route 4A to Xaraboury and from there route 4 to Luang Prabang. But since many years they were building a new, shorter route in Laos from Hong Sa to Luang Prabang via route 4B. And officially that new 114 km long road has been openend in June 2019. It is supposed to bring back the travel time from 9 hours to 5 hours. See also Bangkok Post : New road to Luang Prabang

Destination Travel Guide Nan, Thailand
Beginning of route 4B in Hong Sa in 2018

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