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Up Nam Ou River from LP

Posted by realalaskan on 12/11/2007 at 08:10

Flew into Luang Prabang from Chiang Mai last year. Didn't get to spend enough time. Going back in January. Looking for information on traveling upstream from LP to Hat Sa on the Nam Ou River. Road connection to Phongsali and back to LP. Have any of you done this loop? I understand it takes about a week. Feedback?

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Posted by somsai on 15/11/2007 at 09:33

I’ve only done the Muang Khua to Hat Sa portion of the river and then the road. I’d use the search function on the Thorn Tree lonely planet, the river has been discussed often.

In general the river gets traffic up until the backpacker town of Ngoi Nua, then things thin out. People say the portion of the river between Ngoi Nua and Muang Khua is one of the prettiest in Laos. Parts of the river where there isn’t much traffic because it’s cheaper and faster by road, you might have to hire a boat yourself, and being on a six day schedule is a horrible way to start looking to hire a boat. Much better to have the option of just hanging out an extra day to see what happens.

I liked Muang Khua. A lot. Many find it less than interesting. If you are pressed for time at the end there is a direct bus Phongsali to Vientiane, probably slightly more than 24 hrs.

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Posted by realalaskan on 17/11/2007 at 01:39

Thanks, Somsai. Your input is helpful and appreciated. Further research has led me to much of the info you reference. Our schedule is very fluid so am not locked into any set time to be anywhere, other than visa requirements. The search continues. Once we get to LP we will have to decide where to go from there.

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Posted by deuxbecs on 27/8/2009 at 00:58

You don't have to take a fast/slow boat! You can also experience the very slow boat, and row all the way down the Nam Ou from Phongsali to Luang Prabang! Here are a few lines about my adventure :

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