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    Just wanted to check on these route. My findings are that :
    Muang Khua - Nong Khiaw - 1 day boat ride
    Nong Khiaw - Luang Prabang - 1 day boat ride / x hours bus

    Now question is are they daily transports between these places now? I read you'll need to fill up boat in order to start journey. I'll be going in May (non-peak season).


    Anyone done this route before hope you can share, thanks!

    #1 Posted: 24/4/2012 - 09:24

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    The trip from Non Khiaw to Luang Prabang was about a 5.5 hr boat ride, or 4 hr mini-bus ride. I'd recommend the boat ride - it's very pleasant and reasonably comfortable if you can score a car seat on the boat as opposed to the wooden plank.

    I did the trip last October which was also low-season and there were several boatloads of people then, so I don't think there will be an issue in whether or not the boat goes. And they were running daily at that time.

    Sorry, I don't know about the Muang Khua route.

    #2 Posted: 24/4/2012 - 14:58

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    Seems like Nong Khiaw have quite a lot of tourists recently judging from what you said. From Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang I probably take bus, as from Muang Khua to Nong Khiaw can only take boat. I heard can stop by Muang Ngoi also for overnight before continue to Nong Khiaw.
    And the route from Muang Ngoi to Nong Khiaw can be walked/trekked.

    #3 Posted: 27/4/2012 - 11:19

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    June 2010 I was interested in taking the boat to LP. I walked down to where the boat leaves from. At that time they had a notice outside the office where you could put your name down. I guess if they got enough names they would run a boat. I didn't bother. The next morning I walked to where the minbus departs and bought a ticket.

    Same deal when I was in Vang Vieng. My first option was the minibus/kayak/minibus to Vientiane. Put your name down, come back in the morning and find out. When it comes to transport in SEA I always go for the sure thing. Once again, I took the minibus option.

    #4 Posted: 19/5/2012 - 06:57

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