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From Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong and later to Houei Xai (Laos)

Posted by Russian on 1/6/2010 at 02:49


Please help me sort my itinerary out.

How would I go about catching a bus from Chiang Mai across the border to Houei Xai? My final destination is the Gibbon Reserve development in Laos.

What bus terminal will I need to go to in Chiang Mai? According to my map, there are at least 2 bus terminals: Chang Phueak and Arcade.
What bus should I catch?
Will I need to buy tickets in advance?
Is there a bus schedule somewhere online?

Thank you very much!

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Posted by LaoNow on 1/6/2010 at 08:39

There are maybe 4 or 5 buses per day that go from Arcade bus station in C. Mai to C. Khong. The Green Bus line operstes them and you should go to the station the day before to buy a reserved seat, they usually fill up and only take as many as they have seats for. The first bus leaves at 06:45 or so and the 2nd at around 08:30 or so. The trip takes about 7 hours and you get to C. Khong mid afternoon at the bus station which is maybe 3 km from the Thai immigration checkpoint. Costs about 40 baht for a tuk-tuk to immigration, then after clearing out of immig. you cross the Mekong for 40 baht in shuttle boats to Laos immigration in Huay Xai . The Gibbons office is about 150 meters from Loa immig., just turn left on the main street as you come up the road from immig. and the river. Sometimes the good rooms fill up fast in Huay Xai when Thai tour groups come so don't dally getting a room. Sabadai Guest House is a mid range good choice. See for a good map of Huay Xai and C. Khong with all these places on the map. Cheers.

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Posted by Russian on 2/6/2010 at 09:04

Thanks! The maps are awesome!

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Posted by EdSue on 7/8/2011 at 13:54

What is the road like from Chaing Mai to Chaing Khong? Don't do winding mountainous roads! Is it possible to fly?

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Posted by Russian on 10/8/2011 at 01:57

Actually the road was not bad at all. It took ~ 7 hours to get there by bus.
On the way back, we took a minivan, which took only 5 hours to get back. I am not aware of any flights to Chiang Khong from Chiang Mai.

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