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Nong Khiaw Getting in & out

  
 
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Nong Khiaw is 3-4 hours via the road or 6-7 hours by boat from Luang Prabang along the Mekong and Ou River. Boat travel is by far the most spectacular but more costly.

By boats

Boats on the Nam Ou

To Muang Ngoi the public boats leaves around 11.00 A.M. and around 2.00 P.M.

The price at the moment is 20,000 Kip and it might change if there isn't enough people to fill the boat.

Private boats run for about 300,000 to 400,000 Kip one way and it is cheaper if the driver needs to go to the same destination. Speedboat takes 30 minutes only and cost return is 400,000 and it is more dangerous but fun!

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To Luang Prabang

Public boats are not so common but normally start at 11 to 12 A.M. The road offers a much faster way to go but it is less interesting. A private boat down to Luang Prabang takes 6 to 7 hours and would cost about 1 to 1.3 Million Kip. It’s recommended to get a small group together and share the cost as it is a good deal. You can leave your name at the boat station! If it runs like a public boat you are supposed to pay around 150,000 Kip per person which is 4 times the price of a public minivan. In high season there are normally enough people to go.

Speedboat to Luang Prabang costs 1 Million Kip and takes 2.5 hrs. (up to 6 persons)

Further on the Nam Ou to Muang Khua

The boats leave around 11.00 AM if there are enough people to fill it. A charter cost about 1.1 Million Kip. and takes about 6 hours. Visit the boat landing and pass by a few times to check if there are some/enough people signed up. Speedboats to Muang Khua costs 1 Million Kip and takes only 2.5 hours. Especially the part north of Muang Ngoi is extremely picturesque and worth visiting/cruising through. You can do that also with a day cruise from Muang Ngoi in a small boat.

Remember: In Laos even the public transportation is mostly privately owned and drivers stand in a queue to grab the next job/drive. So if there is no profit, they won’t go!! Means it’s not really a public but shared transportation system.

Getting out by bus

The buses run hardly ever on time. Buy your ticket in advance and leave your name!

To Luang Prabang

To Luang Prabang and Udomxay run daily at around 9 and 11. A.M. Price from 40.000 Kip and the journey takes 4 hours more or less.

To Luang Prabang by Minivan leaving at changing hours and costs 50.000 Kip.

Private minivan to Luang Prabang can cost as low as 500,000 Kip especially if drivers have empty returns. It has no stops unless you want to.

To Luang Nam Tha

To Luang Namtha you have to take the bus to Udomxay and than change the bus which gives you a quite late arrival in Luang Namtha. It cost 40.000 Kip to Udomxay

To Muang Khua or Phongsail

To Muang Khua or Phongsali you need to go to Udomxay. Bus leaves at 11. A.M and you need to change bus there after.

To Vieng Thong and Sam Nua

To Vieng Thong and Sam Nua (near Viengxay and Vietnam border) the bus starts originally from Luang Prabang and you have to be on call around 12.30.

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