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huay xai border crossing open times

Posted by degsy on 13/4/2015 at 12:33

Hi all,

Hoping to travel from either yangon or Mandalay to huay xai in Laos on a Saturday in June. I can fly by air to Chiang rai arriving around 3pm. Probably take another three hours to get to crossing: just wondering will it be open, and will the immigration office be open to get a visa on arrival.

Many thanks.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 13/4/2015 at 21:28

See travel info on http://www.hobomaps.com/TravelCKHX.html
The bridge is open until 10pm but the tourist shuttle runs until 6pm so you should get there asap to cross same day. Buses from Chiang Rai take about 2.5 hours.

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Posted by Timbucthu on 25/5/2015 at 00:19

Similar travel plans here with plane landing changrai ex Yangon at 1545 thu 11 June . Is it possible by any means to get to Huay Xai same day? Seems from your post captain bob that regular bus would not make bridge on time to cross?

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Posted by telmi on 26/5/2015 at 22:19

You could charter a taxi from the airport to the bridge at the border but the problem is getting over the bridge after 18:00. If desperate you could try to hitch a ride over with anyone going over in a vehicle but if I were a vehicle driver I wouldn't take a hitcher and risk him being a drug runner. Motorbikers have in the past paid 1,000 baht to an immigration official or other authorized govt. person to take them and their bike over the bridge so you could try that. So insane we can't walk or cycle over.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 27/5/2015 at 05:32

^^With 15:45 arrival (if on time) plus passport control and baggage collection (if any) it will really be a pinch to get there before 18:00 even with a taxi, unless everything goes quickly and your driver punches it. In that case just enjoy an evening in Chiang Khong and deal with it in the morning. If you're one of the many taking a slow boat don't worry it doesn't usually get going until 11 or so.

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Posted by Timbucthu on 28/5/2015 at 01:58

Thanks for the feedback telmi and Captain_Bob. Chiang Khong the sensible idea!

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Posted by telmi on 9/6/2015 at 21:28

new info here June 2015 http://hobomaps.com/TravelCKHX.html - now they have late hour shuttle buses going from Lao side to Thai side from 18:00 to 19:30 and you may be able to get one of these as it returns to Laos but the shuttle bus ticket office on the Thai side closes at 18:00 so you need to pay the driver on the bus.

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