The only way to do Luang Prabang to Chiang Khong in one day is by speedboat. The fee for the full trip is around 300,000Kip from memory. They leave Luang Prabang at 07:00 and get into Huay Xai (for Chiang Khong) at about 16:00. You can read a good comparison of the fast and slow boat here.
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#2somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 8,062
Just did the slow boat the other way a few days ago; they are currently charging 1200 Baht ($30) for the speedboat.
However I've met several people here who have said 'never again' - the speedboat is cramped; you have to sit in the same position for the whole trip aside from the lunch stop in Pak Baeng, and your hearing will take about 2 days to recover from the sound of the motor. It is also dangerous, and although I've only heard rumours of regular fatalities, I've heard a couple of definite stories about people losing their bags and other items in the water.
Do it if you want to, but I'd say if the one extra day is that important it's worth forking out $85 for a flight from LP to Chiang Mai (which when you take into account all costs probably isn't so different price wise).
If you can stretch to an extra day I'd recommend the slow boat, it is cramped and uncomfortable but the journey is spectacular and with a few bottles of beer lao along the way, quite good fun.
#3pauljaymes has been a member since 10/7/2006. Posts: 75
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