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Getting to Huay Xai

Tel Aviv, Israel
posts: 20
Getting to Huay Xai

Hi,

I’m going to Laos in mid-Feb for 30 days!

I plan to start with the north, the main places I want to visit:

Luang Prabang

Huay Xai - "The Gibbon Experience"

Muang Sing

Luang Nam Tha

Muang Ngoi

(And later on – I plan to go towards Vang Vieng, Vientiane and south.)

My connection flight is via Bangkok. Does it make sense to take a flight from BKK to Luang Prabang and start my journey from there, including take a boat to Huay Xai? or do you think it’s better to take a domestic flight from BKK to the north of Thailand and then cross the border to Huay Xai, and start my Laos adventure from here?

I don’t really plan to travel in Thailand, it’s only a connection point in this trip, so my considerations are about time, cost and ease of arrival.

Thanks!

lewes uk
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1. Re: Getting to Huay Xai

Hi,

I think it would be quicker, and cheaper, to fly to Chiang Rai. Then take the 2.5 hour bus ride to the new Friendship bridge crossing 10km south of Chiang Khong and you'll be in Huay Xai. Then you could do the Gibbon, back to HX for the boat down to Luang Prabang.

Otherwise, fly to Luang Prabang, take the two day boat ride to Huay Xai, do the Gibbon and then use buses back via Luang Namtha, Oudom Xai, Muang Noi, etc.

Cheers

Tel Aviv, Israel
posts: 20
2. Re: Getting to Huay Xai

Thanks!

3. Re: Getting to Huay Xai

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