Getting there and away
The bus system in Muang Kham is not very organised. A bus station in the centre of town behind the market sees cattle, but no buses or songthaews.
Instead, bus and songthaews generally pass by or mill around the main intersection in town which makes sense. Most songthaews depart for the surrounding areas on a regular basis throughout the morning, when they have enough passengers.
Regular songthaews and the odd bus travel between Muang Kham and Phonsavan (1 per hour, 20,000 kip).
There are also fairly regular departures throughout the morning for Nong Het on the Vietnamese border. These generally come from Phonsavan and just pass through Muang Kham, so it's necessary to be watchful.
The same goes for buses to Sam Neua. These come through via Phonsavan, from Vientiane or Luang Prabang. They are expected at 10am (the best option) and during the evening for arrival in Sam Neua in the middle of the night. The trip typically takes 6-7 hours and costs 80,000 kip.
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