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Muang Ngeun is a town in Northern Laos.
Muang Ngeun isn't really a town, but series of mostly Tai Lue villages spread out along the road.
Border from Ban Huay Kon
The main reason to go through Muang Ngeun is the Thai/Laos border crossing. The border is at the Ban Huay Kon checkpoint (Thailand) Many people don't know it but the border crossing with Thailand ( Ban Huay Kon – Muang Ngeun ) has been open for a while (year or two ), also for foreignerss. You can get a visa on arrival an both sides of the border. ( bring a passport size foto for Laos entry) The main problem is that the bus to UdomXai is at 12 from The Bus station, so if you don't want to spend a night In Muang Ngeun you should pass the border in the morning. To get to the border crossing with Thailand go to the Muang Ngeun songthaew station, here is also transport to Hongsa, Laos available.
by bus \ Sawngthaew
a bus from Udomxai
a bus from Pak beng Also possible to get the slow boat heading North from Pak beng to drop you at the road to Muang Ngeun (departs 8:30). Costs 30.000 kip. At the top of the hill is a sort of bus station (empty car park with a hut by the entrance with a friendly Lao in it). We waited 15 mins and a minivan arrived, cost 30.000 kip to go to Muang Ngeun(May 2012).
you can go around by foot ( anyway you don't have a choice.. )
There are few temples in the villages
you can aake a walk on the main road and see the wats, there is all so nice view of the rice field The locles are not reguler to see falangs ( foreigns) so be preperd that evrey body will look at you and maybe point on you ( specelly kids )
not meny foreigns choose to spend the night in Muang Ngoen, But if you feel like digging into local life or you get stuck ( miss the 12 bus to Udom Xai) there are few gust Houses ( no english )