I was just wondering if anyone had any experiences or suggestions on what to expect/the best way to get from Huay Xai to Nong Kiao? If you could help me out on estimates for time and $ that would be very helpful. Thanks
#1 baparker has been a member since 4/4/2006. Posts: 1
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I'd say the best way from Huay Xai to Nong Khiaw is the following route (though via Luang Nam Tha may be faster)
Huay Xai - Pak Beng (by boat - 1 day)
Pak Beng - Udomxai (by road - 3-4 hours)
Udomxai - Nong Khiaw (by road - 3 hours)
It may be faster though to go Huay Xai to Luang Nam Tha (by land) and then head east to Udomxai from there.
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,772
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Hi, i am thinking of doing the same journey in December, we would like to travel from Huay Xai - Nong Khiaw in one day. Do you think this is possible and can you recommend a route?
We will actually be in Chiang Rai and were hoping to get as far to Nong Khiaw in one day as possible...might be optimistic...?
#3 iamjay has been a member since 6/10/2012. Posts: 1
direct transport to Nong Khiaw from Oudomxay (Udomxai) departs only once a day at 9:00am. getting from Huay Xai to Nong Khiaw within a day would probably mean hiring your own private transport.
9:00am Huay Xai > Oudomxay bus (~8h journey) > charter own transport to Nong Khiaw (~4+h journey; don't know if any drivers are willing to make this journey so late in the day, & how much they'll charge you, cos they'll have to spend the night in Nong Khiaw)
what time will you reach Chiang Khong/Huay Xai from Chiangrai?
I'm not sure why your schedule requires you to get to Nong Kiaow in a day, but I'd recommend stopping in Luang Nam Tha on the way to Oudomxai. I spent a day in Oudomxai and wasn't that pleased with the place, not really a nice place to relax like Nong Kiaow or Pakse are. I believe that whatever transport you take to Nong Kiaow would pass through Luang Nam Tha and you'd probably find more transport there than to Oudomxai even. That way you get into LNT earlier and get a little rest before getting up early the next day to try and catch transport to Nong Kiaow from there . . . of course, that would also mean you'd be finicky on getting that 9am bus from Uodomxay to Nong Kiaow . . . so my advice is probably just bunk. However, many people I've talked to really liked LNT and Muangsing for hiking and motorbiking around the area, so if you have time it may be nice to stop there to break up the trip from Chiang Rai . . though it sounds like you're in a hurry . . . so as before . . my advice is probably just bunk.