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Direct bus Chiang Rai to Luang Namtha via new bridge-any updates?

  • boleslav

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    I just found out this information on the hobo's web site and would like to know if anyone has any update on when/if this direct bus from Chiang Rai to Luang Namtha starts running? thank you

    - A new bridge over the Mekong about 10 km south of the current immigration checkpoints is finished and scheduled to open later in 2013. It's far outside of the towns on both sides and will provide options to cross the border and completely avoid Chiang Khong and Huay Xay. A direct bus from Chiang Rai to Luang Namtha would only take about 5 hours driving time on excellent roads all the way. An hour at the bridge clearing immigration would make it a 6 hour trip.

    #1 Posted: 3/10/2013 - 16:34

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  • Geer1

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    I doubt there will be a "direct" bus service. Probably will have to switch buses at the border and almost certainly will make other stops along the way for locals.

    If no one on here knows try emailing a couple guesthouses in Chiang Khong/Huay Xai asking about it and one of them should be able to help.

    #2 Posted: 3/10/2013 - 18:41

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