How to get to Luang Namtha


Best known as a stopover point on the backpacker trail from China to Laos, and as an alternative to the long and cramped boat journey between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang, Luang Namtha has become increasingly popular as a starting point for hill tribe treks, especially those into the Luang NamTha NPA - National Protected Area. While short on jaw dropping sights, it's a compact and fairly pleasant little town, albeit one divided in two distinct parts: the "old" or original town near the airport (bombed out in the 1970's war), and the "new" or replacement town to the north where the trekking companies and most guesthouses can be found. The two are about 6 km apart. The "old" town sits aside Highway 3 - the modernised route from China to Thailand. The "new" town is located along highway 17A which serves to connect Muang Sing.





 

Luang Namth outside bus timetable

 

Destination

Distance

Price

Departure Time

Approximate Arrival

Hours

Remark

Luang Namtha-Oudomxay

120 km

40,000

08:30am
12:30pm

11:30am
15:30pm

3

Luang Namtha-Luang Prabang

300 Km

70,000

08:30am

17:30pm

8

Luang Namtha-Vientiane

700 Km

140,000

08:30am

22

Luang Namtha-Houay Xay

195 Km

65,000

08:30am
12:30pm

13:30pm

4

Luang Namtha-China (Muangla)

125 Km

45,000

08:00am

10:00am

2

 

Luang Namtha inside bus timetable

Destination

Distance

Price*

Departure Time

Approximate Arrival

Hours

Remark

Luang Namtha-Muang Sing

60 Km

25,000

08:00am
09:30am
11:00am
12:00am
14:00pm
15:00pm

10:00am
11:30am
13:00pm
14:00pm
16:00pm
17:00pm

2

Luang Namtha-Muang Long

110 Km

45,000

08:00am

12:00am

3,5

Luang Namtha-Vieng Phoukha

60 Km

25,000

09:00am

1,5

N/A

Luang Namtha-Nalae

75 Km

45,000

09:00am

3

N/A

Luang Namtha-Boten

60 Km

25,000

08:00am
09:30am
11:00am
12:00am

09:30am
11:00am
12:30pm
13:30pm

1,5

Remark: *Prices subject to change without notice! Remark: *Prices subject to change without notice! Useful Link: http://www.luangnamtha-tourism-laos.org/



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