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Chiang Rai to Huay Xai/Chiang Khong and on to Pakbeng.

  • DShearer86

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    Just a quick question. Is it possible to bus it from Chiang Rai early enough to get to Chiang Khong/Huay Xai and get on a slow boat to Pakbeng in the same day?

    #1 Posted: 23/4/2009 - 04:30

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  • DShearer86

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    Can anyone confirm the above?? Come on Travelfisher's!! Apparently hundreds of people do this every day so surely someone must know :-D

    Thanks

    #2 Posted: 17/6/2009 - 20:17

  • wanderingcat

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    think Chiangrai-Chiang Khong buses start running at 6AM (best to confirm at bus station beforehand), depart every half hour till late afternoon, journey time ~2.5h. then short (

    #3 Posted: 17/6/2009 - 21:00

  • wanderingcat

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    think Chiangrai-Chiang Khong buses start running at 6AM (best to confirm at bus station beforehand), depart every half hour till late afternoon, journey time ~2.5h. then short (10min) tuktuk ride to immigration at other end of Chiang Khong, so should be possible for you to reach the border in time to meet the rush hour (~8-10AM) crowd of tourists crossing the river & queueing for visas & currency exchange on the Lao side. then another short tuktuk ride (or long walk) to the slowboat landing. slowboat departs late morning, actual time not fixed but most reports say ~11-ish AM. along the way you might encounter this guy who will deliver a lecture on why you should travel to Luang Prabang by bus instead - believing what he says is entirely optional ;)

    (realised that typing the mathematical symbol for 'less than' results in all text after that symbol vanishing...)

    #4 Posted: 17/6/2009 - 21:02

  • DShearer86

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    lol wounded about the less than symbol! Thanks for the info.

    #5 Posted: 18/6/2009 - 19:22

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