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River travel Nong Khiaw to Phongsali

Posted by donsdancing on 20/2/2018 at 02:17

Hi. Is it still possible to travel by boat from Nong Khiaw to Phongsali. Cheers Don

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Posted by SoManyMiles on 20/2/2018 at 21:09 TF writer

Hi donsdancing,

I just did this trip and will write it up for Travelfish soon. In the meantime: yes it is still possible to go by boat but the journey involves a combination of boat + transport around the dams.

Nong Kiaow to Muang Khua is 1 day. Departs at 10:30, costs 150,000 kip per person (surcharge applies if there's not enough people) and it includes boat to dam, tuk tuk around dam, and boat to Muang Khua. You overnight in Muang Khua. On day two, in the morning you have to take local bus (songthaew) up past the dam, then boat to Hat Sa. Local bus waits for boat to arrive and it's a 1.5hr bus to Phongsali town.

It's still a great trip albeit now a more tedious one with the land transfers.

#2 SoManyMiles has been a member since 7/2/2014. Posts: 147

Posted by penelopes on 24/2/2018 at 04:38

you will need to take a cushion - very hard seats!!!!!!!!!
and warm clothes We did it in 2007 NK to MN in Dec It was cool when the sun went down

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