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accommodation in Boten, Laos?

Posted by rolltide on 8/3/2017 at 13:20

I'm headed to Boten, Laos on April 22 for one night. The intent is to cross the border from China and reset the 60-day clock on my tourist visa for China. It seems difficult to find accommodation bookable online. Are there places to stay in Boten, Laos? Is it possible to walk into the town and find a place to stay on the spot?

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Posted by telmi on 9/3/2017 at 21:07

I've never been to the Boten border crossing and can't help with that but can advise that there are at least 2 guest houses at what we call the Boten junction where the highway from the border meets Highway 13 in Laos about 20 km from the border - see map here - . Also maybe an option to take a bus all the way to Luang Namtha which would be an additional 30 km or so and stay a night there and then take the 08:00 bus back to China from Luang Namtha to either Mengla or Jinghong China - see bus schedule here - . Still hoping someone can answer your question directly.

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Posted by rolltide on 10/3/2017 at 12:37

I don't see any accommodation bookable online in the Boten junction. Can I just arrive in the town and find a place to stay on the spot? Also, is there convenient transportation (such as bus service) from the border to the Boten junction?

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Posted by telmi on 10/3/2017 at 13:07

The Guest Houses at the Boten Junction don't look like the type to take reservations and I doubt there's any type of bus service from there to the border. Since Luang Namtha is only an hour away by bus and since there are 8 decent guest houses right at the outer bus station I'd suggest just heading for L. Namtha right away and take the 08:00 bus back to China. See the bus station area on this map . I've watched the 08:00 bus depart a few times and it never seems to be full - see a picture of the bus at the bottom of this web page - - and look for it coming by the Boten junction around 09:00 heading to Jinghong & Mengla China if you stay at the junction.

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Posted by SoManyMiles on 13/3/2017 at 09:06 TF writer

There's definitely hotels at Boten, just not the type some would want to stay at. Boten is a border town and is notorious as a kind of place that Chinese and Lao men go to indulge in gambling and sex tourism. It will likely be a Chinese style hotel and while I can't say for sure, if it's just for a night and you're a man it should be fine -- I can't say for sure but usually in Laos, as long as you use some smarts you can avoid dodgy business. However, as a woman I wouldn't want to stay there alone.

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Posted by Rufus on 15/3/2017 at 02:45

That used to be the case but it is not any longer. Yes there are hotels at Boten. It is a pity that some post outdated information.

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