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Phongsali to China

Posted by changkt on 11/5/2006 at 10:14

Can I enter China from Phongsali?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 11/5/2006 at 11:02 admin

Hi changkt,

Welcome to Travelfish!

To my knowledge the only border crossing which is open to tourists is the Boten crossing north of Muang Sing in Luang Nam Tha province.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 11/5/2006 at 11:03 admin

sorry, hit submit too soon. So from Phongsali you'd need to back-track to Udomxai, then west to LNT and Muang SIng to reach the border.

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Posted by pillz on 24/9/2009 at 22:05

Hi ... so am I right to say there is no direct rout to Mengla in China even though they are not that far apart? I am thinking of doing Muang Sing-Mengla-Phongsali ...

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Posted by wanderingcat on 25/9/2009 at 00:07

no direct route, unless you are a Lao or China national. one guy from my country tried to cross out of Phongsaly into China by the road leading west from Ban Yo in 2008, was turned back.

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Posted by wanderingcat on 25/9/2009 at 00:08

#3: think you mean Boten rather than Muang Sing right? AFAIK Muang Sing crossing also not open to third country nationals...

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Posted by somtam2000 on 25/9/2009 at 09:00 admin

Yeah sorry my mistake - meant Boten - thanks cat.

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Posted by somsai on 25/9/2009 at 09:43

Three years ago the tourism office in Phongsali was wishing for this border as if it was the holy grail. They were dreaming of an undending line of backpackers carabinered together from Dien Bien Phou to Muang Kua and on up to Boten via Phongsali. They hate being a dead end.

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Posted by wanderingcat on 27/9/2009 at 20:36

might be useful for those interested in Phongsaly:
http://phongsali.net/

the town map on that site lists 3 tour operators.

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