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Luang Prabang to Sapa: Particular route questions.

  • Sparkwander-

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    Posts: 2

    We are currently in Luang Prabang , planning to make our way north and into Vietnam (not the most direct route, but hopefully more beautiful). Through forum research, I have learned the following, but still have a few questions and would also love any clarifications or other recent tips:

    - Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw
    By bus about 4 hours & 80,000 K (boat no longer available due to dam construction)

    - Nong Khiaw to Muang Ngoi
    By boat about 1 hour & 25,000 K
    * Does this boat only leave when full? Is the river high enough right now?

    - Muang Ngoi to Muang Khua
    By boat about 6 hours & 100,000 K
    * This boat only leaves if full or we have to charter it ourselves? Is there a bus alternative from here north or only other option to backtrack to Nong Khiaw?

    - Muang Khua to Dien Bien Phu
    By bus about 6 hours & 50,000 K
    * Is this route now shorter and smoother due to recently sealing the road? How is the border crossing - can you buy a ticket for the entire route in Muang Khua?

    - DBP to Sapa
    By bus about 12 hours? How much? This is the bus headed to Lao Cai, I think.
    ** Is this road just awful, dangerous & stomach churning? Is taking a minibus the safer, quicker, better option?

    Thanks for the help.

    #1 Posted: 19/4/2014 - 10:25

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  • captainbkk

    Joined Travelfish
    16th February, 2012
    Posts: 472

    1.general: its now end of dry season-so that means river/waterlevels are at their lows. Even in Lao boats are a dying species to transport people.
    2.check hobomaps.com-it has a kind of drawn map with basics on travel bybus in that area, North Lao. Its a bit simple minded to even assume a non very busy forum like this would list each and every bus.
    3.IF the road is bad, this would mean that both cars, minibus=van and big bus suffer and all the people in it. Vans have a nasty habit of trying to speed more and crash more often too. But if a big bus crashes/tumbles down, many more people will suffer. In practice in VNam you usually have no alternative.

    #2 Posted: 21/4/2014 - 06:27

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