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Luang Prabang and its UNESCO world heritage badge draws a much more mature crowd than rowdy Vang Vieng to the south and as expected youíll find the prices substantially higher. Ridiculously high for Laos in this writers opinion, though the smart traveler can find reasonable guesthouses tucked in the cracks between fancy hotels and the night market always offers cheap street food.
Luang Prabang is a long 9 hour bus ride from the border in Vientiane. It's much more tollerable as a 5-6 hour ride from Vang Vieng, then just swing through for a rest night on your way back down. Buses leave either city almost hourly, it shouldn't be difficult to track one down.
Accomodation and Supplies
The Lao here are still getting used to the finer details of the supply vs demand curve, and it's not being helped by the hordes of resort travelers that don't mind coughing up the dough. The hotels here can be absolutely ridiculous. I had one hotel quote me $80 US per night. I also stayed in a guest house just across the street for $5. Besides the obvious loss of money, supporting this gouging only makes it worse. They need to find their balance.
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