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From Vientiane to Luang Prabang by bus

January 15th, 2010

Definitely the most weird bus ride I've experienced in my life! We left Vientiane from the Southern Region Bus Station and jumped on something that looked like a green emercency trooper loaded with bags of rice and card board boxes. Then I found out that Lao people prefer to keep their strangest luggage on board.

So there we were, sitting between bags of fish, toy cars and singing chickens on the road to Luang Prabang in the north central part of Laos.

A tuk tuk to the bus stationA tuk tuk to the bus station

Amongst the main touristic attractions in Laos would be the Buddha Garden on Phu Si Hill, also known as Chomsy Hill. From town you can follow the long stairs opposite the Royal Palace Museum which will lead you to a magic forest filled with golden Buddha's.

One of the most memorable statues for me would be The Saturday Buddha. This isn't the statue you pray to when you're looking for a good party on saturday night but resembles the Buddha to bring offerings if you're born on a saturday, just like there's a Buddha statue for all the other days of the week. Very practical!

Getting up the stairs local Lao people will try to sell you incense, flowers and even caged birds to offer in the Buddha garden. Once you have arrived you will see a small temple looking building where you can purchase the entrance fee to the garden for 20.000 KIP which is about 2 USD per person. With this ticket you can entre the That Chomsi Temple on top of the hill.

At the top of the hill you'll find many golden Buddha statues and even a footprint of the Man himself. I'm not sure what the sign reads but it seems something like Buddha's Foof. I guess replacing that last 'f' by a 't' you will get the word 'foot' but somehow I had a difficult moment here.

The bus at the station in Vientiane The bus at the station in..

From the hill you will have a great view of Luang Prabang town including the Mekong River and late at night the fantastic night market. Spending a sunset at the top of Phu Si Hill sure is amazing but be prepared to stand in line because the number of tourists is shocking.

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Travel Tips for Luang Prabang Laos:

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What to do in Luang Prabang: Make sure to visit the night market in Luang Prabang

Where to eat in Luang Prabang: There are many nice food stalls at the market of Luang Prabang

Travel Pictures of Luang Prabang, Laos

  • A tuk tuk to the bus station A tuk tuk to the bus station
  • The bus at the station in Vientiane The bus at the station in Vientiane
  • The coolest bus driver of Laos The coolest bus driver of Laos
  • You can bring everythind on a Lao bus You can bring everythind on a Lao bus
  • Happy fish in the bus to Luang Prabang Happy fish in the bus to Luang Prabang
  • Lots of fish floating around Lots of fish floating around
  • The scenery of Luang Prabang The scenery of Luang Prabang
  • The mountains of Luang Prabang The mountains of Luang Prabang
  • Food stalls in Luang Prabang, Laos Food stalls in Luang Prabang, Laos
  • The night market in Luang Prabang The night market in Luang Prabang
  • Street life in Luang Prabang Street life in Luang Prabang
  • Golden Chedi in the mountains Golden Chedi in the mountains
  • Amazing butterfly in Luang Prabang Amazing butterfly in Luang Prabang
  • The golden sculptures on the hill The golden sculptures on the hill
  • Golden shrine on Phu Si Hill Golden shrine on Phu Si Hill
  • The large reclining Buddha in Luang Prabang The large reclining Buddha in Luang Prabang
  • The face of the reclining Buddha The face of the reclining Buddha
  • Shrine of the Saturday Buddha Shrine of the Saturday Buddha
  • A group of Buddha statues A group of Buddha statues
  • Golden shrine in Luang Prabang Golden shrine in Luang Prabang
  • Reclining Golden Buddha in Laos Reclining Golden Buddha in Laos
  • Cave with golden statues Cave with golden statues
  • Buddha's Foot on Phu Si Hill Buddha's Foot on Phu Si Hill
  • The golden feet of Buddha, Laos The golden feet of Buddha, Laos
  • The stairs up Phu Si Hill in Luang Prabang The stairs up Phu Si Hill in Luang Prabang

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Name: Sasha
Age: 34-41
Travel type: Friends getaway

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From Vientiane to Luang Prabang by bus
Continent: Asia
Country: Laos
City: Luang Prabang
Period: Oct 2009
Lenght of stay: 3 days
Views: 2182

Travel Review

Liked: The golden budda's
Disliked: The crowd upon Phu Si Hill
Trip Rating: Good

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