Largely undeveloped and just a few miles in width, Luang Prabang
has hardly any formal public transport. Most visitors find it
easiest to walk from place to place, enjoying the scenery as they
That said, visitors won't struggle to find tuk-tuks or minivans
around town. Fares tend to be small, though drivers have been known
to initially charge tourists an exorbitant amount. Visitors may
want to bargain with drivers at the outset of their trips.
Renting a motorcycle remains a fun transport option as well.
Helmets and extensive travel insurance are a must, as roads in and
around Luang Prabang are not well-maintained, and can be especially
hazardous with trucks screaming by. Indeed, authorities
occasionally ban motorcycles because of the high rate of road
Also, street names in the region often vary along a single
stretch of road, and the English spelling of place and road names
can be very inconsistent. Both factors complicate navigation.
Oftentimes, it's best for tourists to have the name of their
destination written down in Lao.
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