Getting around Luang Prabang might be challenging for newbies but at the same time an adventure. Unlike in other parts of the world, because of deficiencies in infrastructure even short rides by bus can turn into a "journey of hope" taking hours to reach the destination. Buses are subdivided into ordinary buses characterised by either torn cushions or a hard plank, and air-conditioned-book-in-advance VIP buses. Tickets can be bought at travel agencies or bus stations. Vans and minibuses are also available. It's best not to rely on the timetable displayed as it's often purely speculative.