Boat logistics from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw.
9th January, 2013
My first post here on Travelfish...I am officially a refugee on TT forums(my gain)
I am visiting a host of countries in this coming May but a leg of my trip has my adventures going through Laos.Luang Prabag being the center of my travel there.I have heard much about the boat trips up the Ou river to Nong Khiaw in terms of beauty.But I can't really seem to get a great break down of the logistics.I looking for someone to let me know what they can about hiring a boat for that trip,where to do that and what would be considered a reasonable rate for the trip.What I have heard is that boat Captains wait until there are enough passengers to make the run...If I had to,for how much could I get a boat to take me solo?If I have to make a splash I don't mind but I'd rather go with a few good travelers...Anyway...any help would be very appreciated
#1 Posted: 9/1/2013 - 21:09
Hi. I was there recently and the price was 110,000 per person or 1,500,000 per boat. Travel time about 7 hours, but is dependent on river levels and speed etc.
There are generally quite a few people doing this trip so go with the expectation that you won't need to charter the whole thing. But if it's quite, also be prepared to stump up a bit of cash.
#2 Posted: 10/1/2013 - 03:38
It's a longer trip from LP to NK then the reverse. Another alternative is to get a minivan to NK (70,000 pp) which takes about 3.5 - 4 hours roughly, then take the boat back (5 hours or so). That allows you to enjoy the inland scenery on the way up and the river scenery on the way back.
I was there in September 2011 ( on the cusp of low/high peak season) and had no problems getting on the mini-van or boat. I actually carried on upriver to Muang Ngoi (worth doing!) and again found no problems with the boats. They actually had a few boats leaving at the same time. Boat from NK to MN was 25,000 (1 hr) each way.
#3 Posted: 10/1/2013 - 03:49
I did this trip in late 2009. It took a bit of asking around to find out when a boat was going - they didn't seem to go every day unless you chartered the whole thing. In the end my wife and I paid 150,000 each - there was only one other couple on the boat. I guess inflation may make that figure meaningless.
I think we booked via one of the numerous travel agents in town in the end. We did some asking around down where the boats go from with little luck. Definitely a worthwhile trip, even if the boat does break down a couple of times.
#4 Posted: 10/1/2013 - 03:56
9th January, 2013
Thanks for the quick replies everyone
#5 Posted: 10/1/2013 - 09:18
3rd April, 2012
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I did the trip Nov.2012. It was 110,000 kip (10-12 people on board), 7-8 hours. The boat landing is behind the school.
The seats were very uncomfortable (kindergarden chairs) - no toilet (1stop after 3 or 4 hours) - bring some water and snacks, as you won't have a chance to buy anything. I don't think you are going to need a travel agent.
Next time I'm going to do it the way busylizzy suggested - take the boat the way back.
#6 Posted: 10/1/2013 - 10:08
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