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  • laosina

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    Hello,
    I would like to know which is the faster way to get Phongsali from Luang Namtha.
    I would like to avoid to pass by Oudom Xai:

    Luang Namtha --- Oudom Xai ( 4-5h Bus)
    Oudom Xai---- Phongsali ( 8-12h Bus)

    Thanks !

    #1 Posted: 19/7/2008 - 18:29

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  • wanderingcat

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    only ways i know that bypass Udomxai:

    (1) once, some guys rode a trail that branches off eastwards from the Luang Namtha-Udomxai road & ended up at Ban Boun Tai. took 2-3 days, they did it by bike, very very rough trip, not easy to find food, & they had to spend a night or two in villages they found along the way.

    (2) take the Luang Namtha-Mengla bus into China, then at Mengla i think there is a Phongsaly bus. but, only for China & Lao citizens. & i was told that China citizens from certain provinces may not be allowed by their own government to cross at all.

    i don't mind Udomxai, nice views from top of two hills, nearby Muang La is pretty, good place to stock up on kip before heading into Phongsaly, & can guarantee a seat for the long journey on the Phongsaly bus if get to the bus station early enough.

    alternative to Udomxai-Phongsaly bus: take a bus to Muang Khua, then a boat to Hat Sa, then another bus (~2h) up to Phongsaly town.

    #2 Posted: 21/7/2008 - 10:59

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