Transport from Laos to Jinhong
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Nov 9, 2012 10:23 PM Last Post By: umeiro
Nov 9, 2012 3:09 AM
Transport from Laos to JinhongHi,
Is it posible in one day, departing from Luang Nam Tha? From the Lao city there's, according my LP guide, only one bus to the border. In the same book you can read there're buses from Mengla to Luang Nan Tha, so it's reasonable to have service in the oposite way. I suposse if you can arrive in Mengla in the morning, you will be able to arrive in Jinhong. Somebody has experience in this route?. One time I've booked yet in Jinhong, in case of doubt I'll cross the border to China one day in advance. Mi visa has space for that.
Nov 9, 2012 3:53 AM
Nov 9, 2012 2:33 PM
2As for bus from northern Laos to Meng La/Jinghong, there exist direct bus services-- ①from Oudomxai to Meng La/Jinghong（daily) and ②from Luang Nam Tha to Meng La/Jinghong(daily)
*(Luang Nam Tha=LNT)
①from Oudomxai to Meng La/Jinghong
*departure point--Oudomxai bus station(Oudomxai has only one bus station)
*departure time--09:00am(please beware that sometimes bus starts at earlier time than it)
*required time--about 5-6 hours to Meng La/ about 8-9 hours to Jinghong including border crossing (in China side, long distance buses use "Highway between Mohan (border) and Kunming" and it depends on your bus.
*bus fare--50,000Kip to Meng La/110,000Kip to Jinghong(--Mar.2012)
②from Luang Nam Tha to Meng La/Jinghong
*LNT has 2 bus stations--northern & southern bus station
*departure point--LNT southern bus station(near the air port and 10-11km from touristy area)
*departure time--08:30am(to Meng La & Jinghong = the same bus)
*required time: about 4-5 hours from LNT to Meng La and about 6-7 hours from LNT to Jinghong including border crossing but required time depends on your bus---a bit uncirtain because every thing is quickly changing now.
*bus fare--40,000 Kip to Meng La/90,000Kip to Jinghong
PS) other informations
1. There are several bus services from LNT northern bus stationto(locates at north end of touristy area) to Lao border "Boten" . And it takes 1.5-2 hours from LNT to Lao border by shared minivan or songtheaw=truck bus.
2."Mohan"(=a border town in China side) also has bus services for going to Meng La/Jinghong/Kunming**(**sleeper bus to Kunming/17:00pm) in a day.
3."Meng La" is a big city now so there are many bus services for going to Jinghong/Kunming**(**including 4 sleeper buses) in a day
4.if you get off your bus at Meng La with your convenience, you may have to move from south bus station to north bus station(2km in distance and both of them are along the same street) by public bus No.1 for going to Jinghong/Kunming because Meng La has 2 bus stations--not big.
5.(Sep.15, 2012)--i took a bus from Jinghong to Mohan border at 08:30am and arrived border at 12:00 noon(very fast!)---used highway all the way, and for returning from Mohan border to Jinghong, i took a bus from Meng La to Jinghong at 16:15pm (of course, before that i took a bus from Mohan to Meng La), my bus arrived Jinghong(Banna bus station) at 20:00pm. so if you start LNT in the morning, it's OK for you to go to Jinghong in a day even if you don't take a direct bus---（LNT→border→Jinghong/LNT→border→Meng La→Jinghong）.
6.Jinghong has 3 bus stations--①Jinghong bus station(north), ②Banna bus station(middle), Southern bus station(south) and if you take a direct bus at Oudomxai or LNT, your bus will arrive "Jinghong bus station-①".
Nov 9, 2012 8:25 PM
I made this trip in reverse a couple of months ago. There's a direct bus from Luang Namtha to Jinghong. It leaves every day. Coming from Jinghong to Luang Namtha, that bus dropped me off in the center of town, close to the guesthouses. It might pick passengers up there in the morning on it's way out of town, but it's also possible that you'll have to go to Luang Namtha's main bus station (10 km away from the center of town!) in order to pick it up. Ask around at guesthouses or the central bus station in Luang Namtha, and they should tell you what to do in order to get on the bus. I don't think you need to book a ticket in advance - my bus was mostly empty.
The bus is very reasonably priced: I can't remember exactly, maybe about 80 Yuan on the Chinese side (something like 100,000 Kip). Border formalities are straight-forward, and there's an official place to change money just before Laos immigration. I'd advise you to get rid of all your Kip in Luang Namtha: you can probably change them for Renminbi. They'll be useless once you're in China.
Nov 9, 2012 10:23 PM
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