Back to Luang Namtha and on to OudomXai.
We asked our tuktuk driver from the tour to come back to pick us up and drop us at the bus station for the trip down to Luang Namtha. This plus the overcrowded bus cost 10.000 plus 25.000 Lak and took the same two hours for 58 kms!!!! These minibuses are never full and there is always room for one more. Fortunately departure time arrives before I get a sack of rice on the knees.
In Luang Namtha we caught up with another couple of French people and decided to go for a private minibus to OudomXai. This cost us 650.000 LAK (60€) divided by 8 of us after 15 mins of negociation. A lot more comfortable and well worth the extra. Normal price is 40.000 LAK (3€60) about half of what we paid each.
RENT A BIKE
In the main street there area couple of places to rent a bicycle or motorbike. We went to the Chinese border, but not too interesting (just for the sake of going). Better take any of the side roads and visit local villages. Take plenty water.