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Travelling by boat in lao

Posted by sabaisabai on 23/1/2006 at 16:32

Whats the story with travelling by boat in Laos. I read a story a while ago where some travellers went all the way through laos from burma to Cambodia. But according to my Lonely Planet it says most of the boats do not run anymore. Can you hlp?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 23/1/2006 at 19:52 admin

Many of the boats on the Mekong have been discontinued - mainly because the roads have improved so much. You can still get a boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang (with an overnight stop in Pak Beng), but regular boats [b]no longer[/b] run from Luang Prabang to Vientiane.

Likewise south of Vientiane there are no regular boats, till Pakse where a boat runs fro Paksw down to Champassak and Don Khon, though we've heard this one has become a lot less frequent also.

On the minor rivers boats are still pretty much as always floating along -- if you a question about a specific minor river in Laos let me know and I'll see what I can find out.

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Posted by rayc101 on 19/2/2006 at 08:35

In Nov 2006 I am backpacking Thailand, Laos and some Burma.
I propose to travel by barge or ferry or whatever into S China to Jinghong.
Is there reasonable access from Jinghong into N Laos, and where is the best crossing from Jinghong into N Laos (not necessarily the most touristy). For instance, is there border access to Muang Ou Tai?
I am interested in travelling down the Nam Ou to Luang Prabang just because its off the track a bit, and have allowed 7 - 10 days.
If this is not feasible, alternative will be appreciated.

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