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'''Muang Khua''' is a small town in the Phongsali Province of [[northern Laos]]. Most people use it as a transit town (the halfway point between several other places), but it has its own charm.
 
'''Muang Khua''' is a small town in the Phongsali Province of [[northern Laos]]. Most people use it as a transit town (the halfway point between several other places), but it has its own charm.
  
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===By boat===
 
===By boat===
 
Muang Khua is about halfway between in the north [[Phongsali]] and the backpacker-popular village of [[Muang Ngoi Neua]], with connections further south to [[Luang Prabang]].
 
Muang Khua is about halfway between in the north [[Phongsali]] and the backpacker-popular village of [[Muang Ngoi Neua]], with connections further south to [[Luang Prabang]].
A boat from Muang Ngoi Neua upstream costs 100,000 Kip, and from [[Nong Khiaw]] costs 120,000 Kip. These boats typically only run when there are enough tourists to make it worth the drivers' while, so you may have to wait a few days for one travelling in your desired direction.
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A boat from Muang Ngoi Neua upstream costs between 120,000 and 150,000 Kip depending on the number of pessengers, and from [[Nong Khiaw]] costs 120,000 Kip. These boats typically only run when there are enough tourists to make it worth the drivers' while, so you may have to wait a few days for one travelling in your desired direction.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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==See==
 
==See==
 
* The bridge
 
* The bridge
* The market, in the centre of town tucked in down a small side alley. There are good local fruits and vegetables and cheap Kaho Soi is available.
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* The market, in the centre of town tucked in down a small side alley. There are good local fruits and vegetables and cheap Khao Soi is available.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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==Buy==
 
==Buy==
  
There are two cash machines in town - BCEL and LDB, both situated near the crossroads at the centre of town, although the machines may not always be working (May 2013)
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There are two ATMs in town - BCEL and LDB, both situated near the crossroads at the centre of town, although the machines may not always be working. The ATMs dispense currency in Lao kip and generally allow a maximum withdrawal of 1,000,000 kip with a charge of 20,000 kip. Multiple withdrawals are allowed to a daily maximum of 5,000,000 kip. (Feb 2013)
 
It is also possible to change US dollars and baht into Kip in one of the currency exchanges in town. As of June 2012, there were two places in town that exchanged money at reasonable rate.
 
It is also possible to change US dollars and baht into Kip in one of the currency exchanges in town. As of June 2012, there were two places in town that exchanged money at reasonable rate.
  
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==Contact==
 
==Contact==
 
Internet is available in town at the far end near the Wat, and in one of the guesthouses just past the tourist information on the left hand side. Fast 3G reception is also available.
 
Internet is available in town at the far end near the Wat, and in one of the guesthouses just past the tourist information on the left hand side. Fast 3G reception is also available.
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==Stay safe==
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
 
* [[Muang Ngoi Neua]]
 
* [[Muang Ngoi Neua]]
 
* [[Muang Xay]]
 
* [[Muang Xay]]
* [[Dien Bien Phu]], [[Vietnam]]
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* [[Dien Bien Phu]], [[Vietnam]]: there's a daily bus which leaves at the junction around 11am. Every second day there's also a bus at 7am. Ask at the restaurant at the junction if you want to find out if there's a bus on a current day. It takes about 5 hours. Cost: 60,000 Kip (July 2015)
  
 
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Latest revision as of 05:52, 28 July 2015

Muang Khua is a small town in the Phongsali Province of northern Laos. Most people use it as a transit town (the halfway point between several other places), but it has its own charm.

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

Muang Khua can be reached from four directions: the Nam Ou river crosses through it from north to south, while the roads head east and west.

By road[edit]

By Bus[edit]

To the west, lies the transit hub of Muang Xay. Buses travel fairly frequently throughout the day, and cost 35,000 Kip. Travel time is between 2-3 hours (depending on the size of the bus). The Muang Khua bust station is 2km from Muang Khua itself in a village called Ban Dan Neua. Tuk tuks can take you from the station to the village for 5,000 Kip.

In the east, the road connects Muang Khua to the northenmost border crossing with Vietnam, near the Vietnamese city of Dien Bien Phu. Buses are supposed to leave daily now from Dien Bien Phu's bus station early in the morning. Travel time should be around 4-5 hours. The road is good quality to the Vietnamese border but it is still a bit of a bumpy journey from there to Dien Bien Phu.

By boat[edit]

Muang Khua is about halfway between in the north Phongsali and the backpacker-popular village of Muang Ngoi Neua, with connections further south to Luang Prabang. A boat from Muang Ngoi Neua upstream costs between 120,000 and 150,000 Kip depending on the number of pessengers, and from Nong Khiaw costs 120,000 Kip. These boats typically only run when there are enough tourists to make it worth the drivers' while, so you may have to wait a few days for one travelling in your desired direction.

Get around[edit]

Muang Khua can be covered by foot.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The bridge
  • The market, in the centre of town tucked in down a small side alley. There are good local fruits and vegetables and cheap Khao Soi is available.

Do[edit][add listing]

Trekking and visiting native villages can both be done in the area. The town's tourist information (open Mon-Fri) has information on what is available.

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are two ATMs in town - BCEL and LDB, both situated near the crossroads at the centre of town, although the machines may not always be working. The ATMs dispense currency in Lao kip and generally allow a maximum withdrawal of 1,000,000 kip with a charge of 20,000 kip. Multiple withdrawals are allowed to a daily maximum of 5,000,000 kip. (Feb 2013) It is also possible to change US dollars and baht into Kip in one of the currency exchanges in town. As of June 2012, there were two places in town that exchanged money at reasonable rate.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are many places to eat in town - most of the dozen or so guesthouses serve food.

The local market serves cheap (10,000 Kip) khao soi, which you can enjoy with surprised locals anytime of the day. Namou Guesthouse on the riverfront serves food all day round and has a nice view of Nam Ou and the boats passing by.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are around a dozen guesthouses and hotels in town with prices varying from 30,000 Kip to 80,000 Kip for a double bed room. Guesthouses on the main road can be noisy with the traffic passing through town.

Contact[edit]

Internet is available in town at the far end near the Wat, and in one of the guesthouses just past the tourist information on the left hand side. Fast 3G reception is also available.

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • Muang Ngoi Neua
  • Muang Xay
  • Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam: there's a daily bus which leaves at the junction around 11am. Every second day there's also a bus at 7am. Ask at the restaurant at the junction if you want to find out if there's a bus on a current day. It takes about 5 hours. Cost: 60,000 Kip (July 2015)



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