There are quite a few combinations of ways to cross the boarder into Laos. We ended up booking a five hour van and then a two day slow boat ride to Luang Prabang. Martha and I really wanted to see the White Temple (Wat Rong Khung) but heard it was no longer worth it due to earthquake damage. The van we booked happened to include a stop in Chiang Rai to see the White Temple. I am soooooooo glad it did because that thing is SICK. The damages are hardly noticeable. Here are some photos of this beauty!