Getting There & Away

There are two ways to reach Muong Te. Most public transport follow the more scenic northern route, which breaks off from Hwy 72 at Pa Tan, while the southern route follows the course of the Da River, branching off just north of Muong Lay. Muong Te's tiny bus station, located west of town, has daily departures for Dien Bien Phu (via the southern route; 130,000d, six hours) at 5.30am, 7.50am and 9.45am; Hanoi (350,000d, 12 hours) at 5pm and 6pm; and Lai Chau (100,000d, four hours), with hourly departures from 6am to 4pm.