Getting there and away
If you want to go anywhere from Muang La, you have to be patient as there's no bus stop or station. Sit by the side of the road and wait. One bus is scheduled to pass at around 08:30 on its way to Phongsali (around 8 hours, 53,000 kip), and large songthaews head to Muang Khua at about 09:00, 12:00 and 14:30 (2.5 hours, 20,000 kip).
Songthaews travel between Muang La and Udomxai every few hours, depending on a full truck load (takes about 1 hour, 7,000 kip). In Udomxai these vehicles depart from and arrive at the small street between the monument to Kaysone and the bank.
It is also possible to hire a songthaew privately to take you on a day trip to Muang La, or even just as transport. A one-way journey costs between $8-10, while hiring a songthaew for the day would cost about $15. This can either be organised directly with the drivers at the small songthaew stand near the Kaysone monument or with Noy at Litthavixay Guesthouse. If you're travelling to Muang La in a private vehicle during the dry season, it is possible to stop by Buddha's footprint in Ban Longya on the way.
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