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Transport from Nong Khiaw to Luang Namtha

  • lakyw

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    Hello.
    I'm going on a trip to Nong Khiaw from Luang Prabang in mid September. I have a dilemma in which route to travel. I would very much want to visit Nong Khiaw and Luang Namtha, and doing some trekking in both areas. The problem is, I'll be leaving Luang Prabang at the 21st of September and I absolutely have to be at Houay Xay at the 28th. This doesn't leave much time to visit both places. So I have a some of questions:

    1. Is it reasonable to visit both Nong Khiaw, Muang Ngoi and Luang Namtha in that time?
    2. For those who've been to both places, which of them would you recommend for trekking?
    3. Is there a reliable mode of transportation from Nong Khiaw to Luang Namtha or Nong Khiaw to Houay Xay.
    4. Same question goes for Luang Namtha to Houay Xay.

    Thanks in advance.

    #1 Posted: 26/8/2010 - 16:32

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  • wanderingcat

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    3. no direct bus.
    [ul][li]there's supposed to be a daily Nong Khiaw > Oudomxay songthaew, but have heard of tourists being asked to pay more than the usual Oudomxay > Nong Khiaw fare (maybe cos too few passengers on that day?); from Oudomxay there are a few buses to Luang Namtha per day.
    [/li][li]there's also transport from Nong Khiaw to Pak Mong (incl the Nong Khiaw > Luang Prabang minivans); at Pak Mong just wait for an Oudomxay-/Luang Namtha-bound bus to pass through & hop/squeeze on.[/li][/ul]4. yes.

    use the info here as a guide to work out the connections.

    #2 Posted: 26/8/2010 - 23:17

  • Pjotra

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    Indeed, the guy that runs the busstation in Nong Khiaw ( 1.5 k outside the village) is asking up to double the price for any connection, puts 18 ( eighteen) people in a songthaw, and then even quarrels with the driver about what his share is. We refused to pay , so he phoned the driver ofbthe Xam Neua bound bus to skip the station, us being the sole pax and the bus drove on without stopping. I fear there is only one way to get anywhere from NK, andbthat is, pay the extortion ( or maybe better, shoot the guy in the head)

    #3 Posted: 27/12/2011 - 05:53

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