When leaving the town to cross the Mekhong to Chiang Khong in Thailand the Immigration Office opens at 8 am and at the weekend there is an extra dollar charge for an overtime fee. We spent all our spare change leaving just enough to pay for the boat across the Mekhong, so had to change another $100 to get across. i think the office closes at 6 pm.
The only way to reach Huay Xai from the Thai side at Chiang Khong, is by taking a long-tailed boat across the Mekong River. It's certainly a fun way to enter a country! The Lao side of the border closes at 6pm. The crossing costs 30B plus an extra 10B per bag.
GGB in the making, take a look at the photo. If you want some, you can join them at the back, I play card games with all the guys, but I did not smoke, because I quited smoking. I did not beer because I have no mood yet. I play card games because it is a pastime, 6 hours.
220,000 kips from Houay Xai to Luang Prabang (2 days by slow boat), 65000 kips to Luang Namtha by bus (4 hours).
Taking slow boat is crazy, it is a crazy international backpacker's party on the Mekong river. 6 hours on the first day and again 8 hours the second day, to get to Luang Prabang. You can sit at behind the boat to join the GGB Team (Grass, Gambling and Beer).
(date took the speed boat: Dec. 15. 2004)
speed boat fare: 600 ThB or 152,000 kip
travel time - 6 hours with at least 2 to 3 stop-over
speed boat good for 6 people
departure time: 11:00 am
estimated arrival time - 5 p.m.
painful to your legs...
enough to experienced this but dont want to try it again.
When coming from Chiang Khong (Thailand), you can go with a tuk-tuk to the border for 20 Baht.
Visa ona rrival costs 30 US $ for 14 days and you only have to wait 5 minutes (bring one passport picture).
Then you can ride free with a pickup to the Mekong where you can take a ferry (20 Baht) to the slow boat.
For the slow boat you pay 750 Baht or 225.000 Kip
Houayxai, Laos to Chiang Khong, Thailand
(last date took the ferry: Dec. 14, 2004)
Ferry boat fare: 5 ThB