Mohan is a small border town situated in very south end of Yunnan province in China. If you are planning to go to Laos from China or vice versa, you’ll be passing through this small town, because the immigration (border control) is here.
It’s about 50 min ride from Mengla by bus (van). ¥17 There are frequent buses to/from Mengla every 20 min (52km away).
From Luang Namtha 25,000 Kip (to the Lao side of the border). There are vans leave from the Namtha City Bus Station every morning. But they don’t leave until they have at least 5 passengers, so you might have to wait for a while. It's better to go to the bus station in the morning and ask how many passenger they have at the moment. You can also catch a bus from Luang Namtha’s new bus station, 7km away from the town. There are buses going to Jinghong every morning. They charge 30,000 Kip to the border.
There's not many things to see here except the Border Control.
There's not many things to do here except getting a stamp on your passport at the border.
There are many Chinese restaurants in the town along the main road, but if you go to the backstreet, you'll find a lot cheaper small local diners.
If you don't want to eat Chinese food, there are some shops sell sort of bread and cakes (Chinese style) and biscuits and cookies.
I do not recommend to stay in this border town, unless you arrived here too late to go anywhere. If it's possible, go to Mengla (about 50min by bus) to spend the night. Mengla is a lot better place to stay and visit. There are a lot of hotels and restaurants & bars, caffee shops, temples, and parks. You'll enjoy your night there much better than this newly made artificial border town. When you come to this border town, try not to arrive too late. The last bus to Mengla leaves at 18:00. If you are going to Laos, the nearest touristic town is Luang Namtha. It's a bit over an hour away from the other side of the border. Luang Namtha is a lot better place to stay than this border town.
There is a Bus Station in Mohan (It looks more like a Parking than a Bus Station, you can easily miss it.) about 500m north from the immigration. (Dec 2014)
Departure: Every 20min. (From 7:10 to 18:00)
Departure: 11:30, 17:00
Peparture: 8:30, 9:50, 15:50
Depart: 9:00, 11:00 (every other day)