Ban Houayxai Transportation

  • The accident.
    The accident.
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  • Impaled on the electric pole.
    Impaled on the electric pole.
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  • A village along the road.
    A village along the road.
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Most Recent Transportation in Ban Houayxai

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    Road to Luang Nam Tha.

    by pfsmalo Written Apr 29, 2014

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    A village along the road.
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    To get up to Luang Nam Tha, it is first necessary to get out to the bus station by tuktuk. I found this pretty prevalent in Lao that the bus stations were frequently at some distance from the centre. It is not as if the centre of most towns are clogged up with traffic, although I suppose it keeps the tuktuk drivers busy and puts a few KIP in their pockets. Cost is 10.000 LAK per person.
    From there a bus will take you to LNT for 60.000 LAK per person. We had a reasonable driver and a pretty comfortable bus that wasn't too bad in the bends and curves in the hills and got us to LNT in one piece. Couldn't say the same for some of the vehicles on the road though. One particular and spectacular crash lost us an hour in Bam Nam Sing as the crane/lorry that had to move the electric pole was stuck across the road (see pics). The driver was lucky, just a broken tibia and a few bruises.

    Timetables for the bus trip can be found by using the hobomaps site. But be a little circonspect with times and always get there at least a half-hour before announced time.

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    OVERTIME CHARGE

    by davidjo Written Mar 4, 2012

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    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.

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    River Crossing from Chiang Khong

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 21, 2010
    Boats moored up on the Thai side
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    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.

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    GGB Party on the boat

    by l_joo Updated Jul 15, 2007
    GGB in progress

    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.

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    Bus / Boat

    by l_joo Written Jul 15, 2007
    some 90% backpackers

    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).

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    Houayxai to Luang Prabang

    by shintarojon Updated May 23, 2006

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    ready for a 6 hour-travel in the meakong river
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    (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.

    comment:

    too fast...
    terrible...
    painful to your legs...

    enough to experienced this but dont want to try it again.

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    Crossing the Thailand-Laos border

    by chrisvandenbroucke Written Jan 11, 2005

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    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

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    Houayxai to Chiang Kong

    by shintarojon Updated May 22, 2006

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    Immigration, Houyxai, Laos

    Houayxai, Laos to Chiang Khong, Thailand

    (last date took the ferry: Dec. 14, 2004)

    Ferry boat fare: 5 ThB

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