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Posted by Sekelly89 on 30/1/2013 at 08:09

Hello! I was hoping to get some specifics on some alternative transport options from luang probang along the nam ou river? Boats, buses, something else? And what would the rice ranges be? Any info would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Posted by sblundy on 30/1/2013 at 20:39

A couple of weeks ago we chartered a boat going to Luang Prabang from Nong Khiaw. We had a group of 7 and it cost just under 1.5 million kips (~190USD) obviously not something you'd want to do with a smaller group, but it meant we had a whole day to travel and we stopped at the caves and for lunch etc. I think we may have paid a lot as there were only 2 places in Nong Khiaw to book boats so they could really charge us whatever so I'm not sure if you'd get cheaper rates in Luang Prabang.
There were also public boats which I think they were going to charge us $15/person to Luang Prabang.

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Posted by mooball on 2/2/2013 at 21:43 TF writer

Alternative options to what? You could use a bicycle or motorbike. Hire a car and driver... Not many other alternatives unless you can find someone to rent you a horse. Most people just catch the bus. Others take the boat up river, but it's quicker if you're heading back to Luang Prabang to catch it down river. And if you've already been on a slowboat, there's no real reason to use a slowboat for this leg as the bus is simply a much better option.

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