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Sapa to Dien Bien Phu to Muang khua

Posted by marianaamc on 13/4/2014 at 13:02

I heard there's a night bus from sapa to dien bien phu that arrives at 5.30am but that's also the time the bus to Muang khua leaves. Has anyone ever done this or know if it's possible to do?

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Posted by Geer1 on 13/4/2014 at 16:48

Unless you are extremely short on time do yourself a favour and go to Dien Bien Phu during the day, stay the night and catch the bus the next day for the following reasons.

a) There is no guarantee you will get to Dien Bien Phu on time. No transportation in south east asia is ever on time either leaving or arriving...

b) The views are supposed to be quite nice between Sapa and Dien Bien Phu, might as well go during the day so you can see them.

c) These buses won't be comfortable and Sapa to Dien Bien Phu is 10-12 hours itself plus another 8-12 to get to Muang Khua . You won't sleep much if at all on the night bus and by the time you get to Muan Khua you will be exhausted and sore.

And if you don't believe me, here is another person's comment on doing that trip. The only positive from their report is that there seems to be a 7 AM bus to Oudomxay which I am sure can drop you off in Muang Khua as it goes right through(might cost more though).

Overall I am sure it would be a very interesting experience but I would definitely split it up into 2 days.

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Posted by marianaamc on 13/4/2014 at 17:16

Just wanted to add some stuff I found while researching:

"(Update Feb 2013) The road is now paved and good quality all the way to Muang Khua and should only take around 2 hours from the Laos-Vietnam border." @wikitravel

" If you take night bus to Dien Bien Phu, there is connecting bus to OudomXay in Laos, which seems to wait for arrival ofSapa bus even if it is late."@wikitravel

So I'm hoping the jorney is a bit better nowadays, and that the bus going to Oudomxay goes through muang khua and could leave me there.
I am actually a bit short of time. That's mostly the reason why I was thinking about taking the nightbus since the views on that journey are known to be beautiful and I actually like travelling by bus in daylight. Also a bit worried about safety... I will try to cut a day somewhere...

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