Getting there and away
The bus station is located beside the Morning Market at the north end of town, a 10-minute walk from Phou Iu Guesthouse. Buses or songthaews from Muang Sing travel to Muang Long, Luang Nam Tha and China. To get to Xieng Kok, change buses in Muang Long. You can also buy bus tickets at the Tourism Office (they add a 10,000 kip commission) but there is really no reason to. Buy your ticket at the bus station at least 30 minutes before the departure time, wait and hope for the best.
Buses from here are usually modern minibuses, but it won’t depart until full – or overfull. Our personal Muang Sing bus record was 16 people, three babies and luggage in an eight-passenger van.
The nearby border to China is open to Lao and Chinese only. The nearest border crossing to China for foreigners is Boten (via Luang Nam Tha).
Luang Nam Tha (60 km) departs 08:00, 09:30, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:30, takes 2 hours, 25,000 kip
Muang Long (50 km) departs 09:00, 11:00, takes 2-3 hours, 30,000 kip
Motorbikes (80,000 kip per day) and basic bicycles (20,000 to 25,000 kip per day) can be rented at Tigerman Treks on the main road across from the Tourism Information Office. They can also arrange for tuk tuks or minvan and driver. Contact Mr. TongMua at T: (020) 5546 7833 or email@example.com
Phou Iu Guesthouse has a fleet of good mountain bikes they use for their own tours but you can rent them for 50,000 kip/day. They are open seven days a week and can also arrange for private minivan or pickup truck with driver, ideal for journeys further afield such as a daytrip to Muang Long. Cost depends on the vehicle, distance and petrol but it will be up to 700,000 kip per day. Contact Mr Sisomphone at T: (020) 5598 5557 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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