ล้านนาตะวันออก / Tawan Og (eastern) East Lanna
เริ่มต้น ณ ที่นี้ น่าน (ห้วยโก๋น) ประตูสู่อินโดจีน From here Nan (Huay Kon) Gateway to Indochina
ไปหงสา เขตเศรษกิจพิเศษ 35 กม / To Hongsa Special Administrative Zone (rough translation)
ไปหลวงพระบาง ลาว 152 กม ทางน้ำ 90 กม / To Luang Prabang 152km, by river 90km
ไปเมืองลา ประเทศจีน 295 กม / To Mengla China 295km
ไปเดียนเบียนฟู ประเทศเวียดนาม 406 กม / To Dein Bein Fu (old name) Vietnam 406km

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Read more about Ban Huay Kon

The small village of Ban Huay Kon is the closest point to the Ban Huay Kon / Muang Ngoen border crossing between Thailand and Laos. Aside from the border crossing, there is a border market which runs every Saturday morning -- but that's about where the "attractions" end.

Aside from the border crossing, there is little reason to visit here aside from the stunning scenery, although if you want to hang out in a isolated village, then this is a fine choice.

Basic food is available in the village as is accommodation, on the hill overlooking the village.

We've heard, second hand, of an independent crossing at this border in early May 2008, but it's unclear if the crossing was truly independent, or part of a semi-organised trip out of Chiang Mai. At the moment, it's safe to say the border crossings status for independent travellers is unclear.

That said, should the crossing open fully, it will open up a terrific new route for travel into Laos. Read our complete Ban Huay Kon travel guide

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