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A stop for lunch
There are at least 3 daily buses from Vientiane to LP. The first one leaves at 7:30. It takes 9 hours to get to LP, as the road (paved, one of the few in Laos) is narrow and twisted (though there is practically no traffic).
The trip is long and there are no night buses, but is cheap (about 6 USD I think). It stops in Vianvieng too on the way.
the 2 kinds
If you wanna go out of LP by boat, there are mainly 2 kinds:
- Slow Boats, the traditional ones.
- Speed Boats, modern powerful off-shore motors.
With both you can go up the river to the Thai border or down the river to Vientiane.
The slow boats do this in 3-4 days, they take their time and have frequent stops. Take your own food if you choose this, as there is not always restaurants on the way.
The speed boats are HIGHLY DANGEROUS, as they go fast as hell by the river, and the Mekong is a dangerous river. You have to wear a helmet in these, and is kind of extreme sport. They do the same routes in 8-9 hours!!!! so imagine...
Jumbos are the laosian "Tuk Tuks". They have place for up to 8 persons, so don't be surprised if in the middle of the ride the driver stops and gets a few more customers.
Distances in LP are very walkable, but you might get one to go to the bus station (about 10.000) or to the airport (same price).
Some of them offer also daytrips to the caves or waterfalls. Bargain the price before.
Type: Car/Motor Home
The main (and only) building
LP has a little airport for local flights only. It's 10 minutes away, expect to pay about 2 USD if you go there by jumbo or moto.
I took there a flight to Vientiane, that took 40 minutes with Lao Aviation (45 USD).
There is a little shop, a cafeteria and 2 waiting rooms. No airport taxes, as U won't leave the country from here.
Driver in front
There are a few excursions that can be made by the river. Basically, there are 2: Some nice waterfalls down the river and some buddhist caves up the river. I did only the caves, which took me 2 hours to get there (upstream) and 1 to come back (downstream).
You will see advertising of those daytrips everywhere. I just went to the riverside and chose the first little boat I saw. He charged me 10 USD for the trip, having the boat (capacity 6 persons) all for my own. I guess if you are a group you can negotiate.
It rained, but as it has a wooden roof, I didn't care. They always go by the shore, as the currents in the Mekong are strong in Monsoon Season.
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