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Chiang Rai to Huay Xai/Chiang Khong and on to Pakbeng.

Posted by DShearer86 on 23/4/2009 at 04:30

Just a quick question. Is it possible to bus it from Chiang Rai early enough to get to Chiang Khong/Huay Xai and get on a slow boat to Pakbeng in the same day?

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Posted by DShearer86 on 17/6/2009 at 20:17

Can anyone confirm the above?? Come on Travelfisher's!! Apparently hundreds of people do this every day so surely someone must know :-D

Thanks

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Posted by wanderingcat on 17/6/2009 at 21:00

think Chiangrai-Chiang Khong buses start running at 6AM (best to confirm at bus station beforehand), depart every half hour till late afternoon, journey time ~2.5h. then short (

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Posted by wanderingcat on 17/6/2009 at 21:02

think Chiangrai-Chiang Khong buses start running at 6AM (best to confirm at bus station beforehand), depart every half hour till late afternoon, journey time ~2.5h. then short (10min) tuktuk ride to immigration at other end of Chiang Khong, so should be possible for you to reach the border in time to meet the rush hour (~8-10AM) crowd of tourists crossing the river & queueing for visas & currency exchange on the Lao side. then another short tuktuk ride (or long walk) to the slowboat landing. slowboat departs late morning, actual time not fixed but most reports say ~11-ish AM. along the way you might encounter this guy who will deliver a lecture on why you should travel to Luang Prabang by bus instead - believing what he says is entirely optional ;)

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Posted by DShearer86 on 18/6/2009 at 19:22

lol wounded about the less than symbol! Thanks for the info.

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