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Upstream or downstream on the Mekong?

San Jose, California
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Upstream or downstream on the Mekong?

Hello everyone,

Most of the posts I am seeing are from people who went from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang, but economically I will be coming from Hanoi (late July 2014) and going all the way to Chiang Rai first is so expensive. Has anyone gone upstream from LP to Huai Xai? I can do this tour on the Nagi and I'm wondering if it's just as good. Another question- am I missing something? Is there a better way to do this that I haven't thought of? Are there some genius flight finding techniques? I was looking not long ago and the flights to Chiang Rai were only $182 from Hanoi to CR, but they have now jumped and they want me to wait around at BKK for 20 hours. The Mekong tour is such a highlight, so I don't want to skip it. Thanks so much for all your help!

Bangkok, Thailand
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1. Re: Upstream or downstream on the Mekong?

Why not fly from Hani to LP directly on Vietnam Airlines as there are 2 flights a day?

Kerobokan Kelod...
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2. Re: Upstream or downstream on the Mekong?


The journey upstream is just as good as the journey downstream, same scenery, same boats, same overnight in Pak Beng. If anything it's nicer as there are fewer pax so more space to spread.


3. Re: Upstream or downstream on the Mekong?

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