Border name: Huay Khon - Muang Ngeun (Thailand-Laos)
Date used: often (2011 and 2012)
Opening hours: 8.00 a.m. till 5.00 p.m.
Visa on arrival available: YES
Your nationality (this is useful as not all nationalities get the same treatment): Italian
we have a guest house in Thung Chang (Nan Province), 45 km. away from the border and our customers used this border many times
Hi, just wanted to pass over some info, as I did the border crossing on Sunday, 21 oct. There are 3 minivans listed everyday
from Nan bus station (5,8 and 9am-no reservation possible). Was there at 7:30, was told to wait at lane 13, first minivan
at 8- "no lao border", at 8:30 was told "not today, go back!", took the red bus next lane, bit crumped but open windows, open
doors, great (85 baht). Two thai boys spoke a bit english, they made sure I was in the right direction (saw the highway signs also).
After Thung Chang, we were only 5 passengers - two lao girls, two minority women (Hmong?) and me. The bus stopped somewhere,
the lao girls asked me "khiao?", I nodded, we all ate together at the food stall-songthaeo parking nearby. First meeting with lao
friendliness - the girls actually started paying for me too!! Then songthaeo to the border (100 baht), smooth procedure, no
organized transport between the checkpoints, a tuk-tuk was found somehow. Lao VOA 35 USD + 40baht processing fee (with stamped reciept).
No ATMs bothsides. Tuk tuk waited for me to finish with the papers and with the said lao girls arrived in Muang Ngeun (40 baht).
"Bus station" at the Ngeun market, maybe money cahanging facility (Western Union sign too) but was closed (Sunday). Green ATM-useless.
No English spoken (not at all). Changed 100 USD at a stand opposite from the market(20ies-rate OK). Saw a guesthouse but didn't
check it out. Songthaeo to Hongsa 70k kip,very private-was totally by myself. Road to Hongsa paved like a german Autobahn (well,
in a way), many curves and up-and-downs,nice scenery. It took about 2 hours (not quite sure I remember correctly). Hongsa was
lovely, no falangs,very few english spoken (but Jumbo Guesthouse with its german owner, and elephant tours, if that's your
So, if I could do it (absolute newbie, no thai or lao language skills at all), anybody can. I enjoyed it a lot!