Photo: Suspension bridge in Muang Khua.


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The northern town of Muang Khua (Muang Khoua) sits at the crossroads of two major “roads”, Highway 2E linking Udomxai to the Vietnamese border, and the Nam Ou river, a waterway-highway through three provinces.

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Muang Khua is located on the banks of the Nam Ou, at the confluence with the smaller Nam Phak river. The little town is a transit point, with options to go east (Vietnam), south (Muang Ngoi, Nong Kiaow), southwest (Muang La, Udomxai) or north (Ban Samphanh for the boat to Hat Sa and Phongsali). For those travelling by boat, it’s the midway point and necessary layover on the scenic two-day journey between Hat Sa and Nong Kiaow. For those heading to Dien Bien Phu, it’s the last major bump of civilisation before the border 66 km away.

One road and one river. Photo taken in or around Muang Khua, Laos by Cindy Fan.

One road and one river. Photo: Cindy Fan

The town was once a beautiful, peaceful spot and the necessary layover was a welcome pause—some relaxing downtime by the river was a good argument for lingering. A picturesque wooden suspension bridge spans the Nam Phak, in dry season a lazy waterway lined with palms and ... Travelfish members only (Around 900 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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