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Thailand to Yunnan (China) border crossing - anyone with experience?

Posted by brucemoon on 31/5/2009 at 09:17


I'm planning a trip from Chiang Mai in Thailand to Yunnan in China.

I understand there is a passenger boat from Chiang Sean in Thailand to Jinghong in China.

Has anyone any details on this trip:

* ie times, prices, etc.,

* the border crossing requirements (eg. visa on arrival to China for an Australian, or is it necessary to pre-order), and

* what 'problems' might need to be addressed along the way.

Cheers (in advance)

#1 brucemoon has been a member since 27/12/2008. Location: Australia. Posts: 1,941

Posted by hawaiianlungs on 20/7/2009 at 21:03

Easy The boat only goes when the Mekong is high.

The boat is a Speedboat. It is based in China. They were threatening to cancel the boat due to low water levels, so check if still operating.

Lunch is provided.
I forgot cost.
It takes all day.
No problems. It is a no brainer.

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Posted by BruceMoon on 21/7/2009 at 06:10



I was hoping someone might know the place to contact in Thailand (ie Chiang Sean, I think) with whom I could discuss.

And, also any immigration 'issues' when entering China.

Any ideas?


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