1. Getting locked out of your hostel at 11:30pm
If you don’t do the necessary research prior to your arrival, you’ll likely be unaware of the fact that Luang Prabang shuts down early. Before midnight early.
In turn, if your bus drops you off in Luang Prabang at 2am, you’d better hope your bags are rather comfortable — you’ll be using them as pillows on the sidewalk. And if you’re lucky, a friendly traveler will be outside his or her hostel smoking a cigarette. Hopefully they’ll be kind enough to give you the hostel’s wifi password. If you’re not quite so lucky, at least the stray dogs roaming the town will keep you entertained.
Just keep your fingers crossed that you don’t need a restroom before Luang Prabang wakes up.