Since Nong Khiau has shown that it is as bautiful as Muang Ngoi but with less travelers it seem that more and more people stay another day to hang out or go on Tour. November 15, Tiger Trail Outdoor Adventures has opened a branch Office there and release some helpful information. NEW TOURS< NEW RESTAURANTS < NEW PLACES TO STAY seem to enrich the place and make it worth staying. I paste you the info I got there on my Laptop...
Local travel information
Boats on the Nam Ou:
To Muang Ngoi the public boats leaves around 11.00 A.M. and around 2.00 P.M.
The price at the moment is 20.000 K. (might change if not enough people in the boat)
Private boats run for about 300.000-400.000 Kip one way, cheaper if the person driving needs to go anyway. Speedboat (30 min. only) cost return 400.000 and is more dangerous but quite some fun actually!
To Luang Prabang
Public boats are not so common but normally start 11-12 A.M.! The road offers a much faster way to go but less interesting. A private boat down to Luang Prabang (6-7 hours) would cost about 1.3 Million Kip!! It’s recommended to get a small group together and share the cost as the trip is worth it. You can leave your name at the boat station!! If it runs like a public boat you are supposed to pay around 150.000 Kip per person (4 times the price of a public Minivan) In high season there are normally enough people to go
Speedboat to LPB cost 1 Million Kip and takes 2,5 hrs. (up to 6 persons)
Further on the Nam Ou to Muang Khua
You always have to find boats to join in they start here around 11 A.M. A charter cost about 1.1 Million Kip. and takes about 6 hours. Visit the boat landing and pass by a few times to check if there is something to join in. Speedboat to Muang Khua cost 1 Million Kip and takes only 2,5 hours. Especially the part north of Muang Ngoi is extremely picturesque and worth visiting. You can do that also with a day cruise from Muang Ngoi in a small boat.
Please remember: In Laos even the public transportation is mostly privately owned and drivers stand in a queue to grab the next job/drive. So if there is no profit, they won’t go!! Means it’s not really a public but shared transportation system.
Buses from Nong Khiau:
The buses run hardly ever in time. Buy your ticket in advance and leave your name!
To Luang Prabang and Udomxay run daily at around 9 & 11. A.M. price 40.000 K. 4 hrs.+ -
To Luang Prabang by Minivan leaving 2 P.M. and costs 50.000 K. p.p.
To Luang Namtha you have to take the bus to Udomxay and than change the bus which gives you a quite late arrival in Luang Namtha. It cost 40.000 K. to Udomxay
To Muang Khua or Phongsali you need to go to Udomxay (11. A.M.) as well, change bus
To Vieng Thong and Sam Nua (near Viengxay and Vietnam border) the bus starts originally from Luang Prabang and you have to be on call around 12.30 +!
Private minivan to Luang Prabang cost around 500.000 K. (no stops unless you want it!)
Monay change at Post office on working days, NO ATM here,
Wireless Internet at Riverside Bungalows on the other side of the bridge.
#1 marakusch has been a member since 4/4/2007. Posts: 22