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Iterinary Issue from Chiang Mai - LP

Posted by npar2696 on 25/1/2010 at 07:32

Hi folks,

I just have a quick query, basically I will be arriving in Chiang Mai on the 7th of February, and would like to do a day's trek after which I would like to move on to Luang Prabang as soon as possible.

1. Is it possible/better to leave Chiang Mai on the 7th night or 8th morning?

2. When could I expect to be in LP and consequently Vang Vieng by?

3. Is it realistic booking a flight from Luang Prabang on the 12th to Hanoi as we only want to do a day's tubing.

I would really appreciate any help you could share on this matter.

Many Thanks,


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Posted by npar2696 on 25/1/2010 at 07:32

Oh Also, I forgot to mention that we are quite keen on taking the slow boat from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang.

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Posted by borisborough on 26/1/2010 at 16:40

Slow boat from CM to LP takes three days - minivan from CM (leave 11am) to Chang Khong (arrive 4pm) , overnight in CK. Cross into Laos (9am) Slowboat from CK (leave 11:30am) to Pak Beng (arrive 5:30pm) - 1 day, overnight in PB. Slowboat from PB (leave 9:30am) to Luang Prabang (arrive 5:45pm). Total cost of CM-CK, accomodation in CK with buffet dinner, egg breakfast and sandwich lunch, and the two days of slowboat (but not the accommodation in PB) cost us 1650thb from a travel shop in CM. Did this on 21st December 2009.

We then went overland to Sam Neua in a day and overland from SN to Hanoi in a day.

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Posted by npar2696 on 27/1/2010 at 05:14

thanks for that useful information. If it takes three days, we might not bother with the slowboat, and hence is there a direct bus from Chiang Mai to Vang Vieng?

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 29/1/2010 at 12:30

You could alternatively take the fast boat to Luang Prabang from Huay Xai - takes 6 hours instead of two days. Package deal from Chiang Mai as described above, w/speedboat 2400b.

Also, a company called Aya Tours now operates an overnight van from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai then cross to Laos and connecting bus to Vang Vieng . So you leave in the evening from Chiang Mai and should be in Vang Vieng early afternoon the next day. If you want to do a day trek around Chiang Mai you need to arrange it the day before, so landing on the 7th you could trek on the 8th and be on the van to Laos that evening. Slow down boy! =)

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Posted by npar2696 on 29/1/2010 at 12:34

Ah cheers mate, that really helps.

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