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Thailand-Laos border

The Siam Garden is well located on the way to the international Thailand-Laos border of Huai Kon-Muang Ngeun. A new off the beaten tracks route to Pakbeng, Luang Prabang and northern Laos. From Thung Chang direct bus to/from Luang Prabang.


Thung Chang | The bus to Luang Prabang

From Thung Chang there is a daily international direct bus to/from Luang Prabang, by The Transport Co.,Ltd. (999), the official government bus.



Thung Chang | To the Huay Kon-Muang Ngeun border

From Thung Chang to the international Thailand-Laos border (50 km) there are five minivans a day. These are the minivans Den Chai-Phrae-Nan-Thung Chang-Huai Kon border. Minivans cannot be booked in advance. The trip takes an hour. From Siam Garden it is also possible to rent a local taxi.

From the Thai border immigration point there is a collective tuk-tuk (20 Baht per person) to the Lao border immigration point (about two kilometers of "nobody's land") where you get a Laos visa on arrival valid for 30 days. It is also possible to walk through the two kilometers "nobody's land".

Prices for the Laos visa change by nationalities. Normally is about 30-35 dollars. It is possible to pay also in Thai Baht. The tuk-tuk can then bring you to the Muang Ngeun bus station (50 Baht), located about four kilometers from the border.

If you have time before catching the bus or if you decide to spend the night in Muang Ngeun, you can change money at the local bank or make a withdrawal at the local ATM box. The bank is located in the center of Muang Ngeun (about three kilometers from the border), next to the market.

If you do not have time to change money, no problem. In Laos they are very happy to take also Thai Baht. Normally the exchange rate is fair, even if it is better to change and have Lao Kip. Calculate an exchange rate of about 10.000 Lao Kip for 40 Thai Baht.

From Muang Ngeun | How to get to...

From Muang Ngeun bus station there are buses to Vientiane, Luang Prabang (220 km), Oudom Xai and Pakbeng (50 km).

The bus to Luang Prabang, via Xaignabouli (called also Sainyabuli and Sayaboury), allow you to get also to the famous (and ethical) Elephant Conservation Center, located in Xaignabouli.
The bus to Xaignabouli (written Sayabury at the bus station board) leaves at 10:30 a.m. and costs 90.000 Kip.

The bus to Oudom Xai, wich stops also in Pakbeng, leaves at 12:00 a.m. and the ticket to Pakbeng is 50.000 Kip
From Pakbeng, you can take the slow boat to Luang Prabang or to Huay Xai, on the Mekong River.

The boat Pakbeng-Luang Prabang leaves at 9:30 a.m. and arrives in Luang Prabang at about 5:00 p.m.
The boat Pakbeng-Huay Xai leaves at 8:30 a.m. and arrives in Huay Xai at about 5:00 p.m.
Tickets costs 110.000 for both directions. Better to be at the pier at least one hour in advance to buy the tickets.

Feel free to contact us if you need more info about the Thailand-Laos Huai Khon-Muang Ngeun border or about norther Laos.

Have a nice day :)

Siam Garden Bungalows, Camping and Organic Farm
Thung Chang - Nan Province - Northern Thailand

GPS N19.39000 E100.88100
email: info.siamgarden@yahoo.com
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