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We go further in this section on travel to and in Laos.
Travel in Laos can be a time consuming process and travel by public transport is often not very high comfort.
Laos is a very mountainous country and has an impact on travel times.
Most main roads are paved today and that is a very positive development for overland travel.

Getting to Laos (see getting here)

Transport in Laos, see also Tickets

Bus (see Bus Tickets)

Train (see Train Tickets)

Tuk-tuks and jumbo
Drivers of jumbos and tuk-tuks will take passengers on journeys as short as 500m or as far as 20km. In theory, chartering a tuk-tuk should be about 5.000 kip for distances of 1km or less, plus about 1.600 kip for each kilometer beyond 2km. Bargaining is essential. 
Agee theprice always in advance, and if the price is not clear write it down.

Travelling by boat
B
oat trips into Laos are from Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar on the Mekong River.
Crossing to/from northern Thailand at Chiang Khong on the Thai side of the Mekong and Huay Xai on the Laos side is popular with travellers coming from northern Thailand. This is the starting point for two-day boat trips to Luang Prabang.
Boat trips to/from Cambodia can be completed via the Stung Treng - Veun Kham border checkpoint, though there is a rumour that the immigration office at this crossing point has been closed.
There is a crossing to/from Myanmar, Xieng Kok on the Mekong to north of Huay Xai in Laos, but at present foreigners cannot legally cross between Laos and Myanmar. To travel to Laos from Myanmar, foreigners need to go via Thailand or other Laos' neighbour countries.


Sawngthaews
In rural areas transport is largely provided by sawngthaew. They are converted pickup trucks. You sit opposite each other on benches on the sides of the vehicle. Aawngthaew travel on dirt roads full of potholes may be a true mart. Payment is usually done only at the end of the ride. Another vehicle where the countryside occasionally made ​​use of a cart pulled by a small tractor. These are mainly used on short and very muddy paths 

Travel by car
It's possible to drive your own vehicle into Laos from Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and China (at of 2011 driving from Myanmar into Laos not yet possible). Proper documentation including Carnet de Passage, driving license and insurance are required. If the vehicle is registered in someone else's name who is not travelling with you, a written permission is neccessary.
You can also rent a car with or without a driver.
It is a great way to explore Lao by car.

Riding motobike or bicycle
Motocycling or bicycling into the country is also possible with the right paperwork of course. 

Taxi
Car taxis of varying shapes, sizes and vintages can often be found stationed in front of the larger hotels or at the airport. Some of these (usually the newer models) are fitted with air-con and meters and wear a 'Taxi Meter' sign. The meters, however, are ornamental only - you'll still have to negotiate the fare, which will be higher than in a naturally cooled jumbo.
Car and driver costs about US$30 to US$40 per day as long as the vehicle doesn't leave town. If you want to go further afield, expect to pay more.