Muang Ngern & Entering Laos - Xayaboury Province

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Had an exit on Sunday, to my knowlege I didn't have a permit, unless the gave me one in Chiang Khong. I had aother paper unknown to me, but didn't check it. As Chiang Khong customs and immigration seems to make their own laws anyway.
 

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I guess that's then for Entry as well??
Where can we actually still cross? My last crossing was Chiang Khong, but I'll not repeat that, Exit there might be an option although.
Need to go for a new Visa in 'bout 5-6 weeks, seems Laos is not an (good) option (anymore). :(
 

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I guess that's then for Entry as well??
Where can we actually still cross? My last crossing was Chiang Khong, but I'll not repeat that, Exit there might be an option although.
Need to go for a new Visa in 'bout 5-6 weeks, seems Laos is not an (good) option (anymore). :(

Why not just have a nice ride down to Mukdaham.
Stay and you leave your bike for 1 nigth at this Hotel


16.574729 104.719915

It's only about 2 km away from the bridge, Robinson shopping mall is only 200 meters away.

Do you visa over in Laos, pick up the bike and ride home.
 

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Hello folks, sorry to ask a question thats prob been asked a zillion times but hopig for the latest accurate update as i plan to enter laos in abt 2 weeks.
I am on a Thai registered bike ( more than 500cc )and riding solo. From the info i gathered , currently the only border I can ride across solo into Laos is Chiangkong/HuayXai crossing. After which I plan to exit at either Kenethao/Thali if possible ( which may not be allowed if the latest update from 2 years back is still accurate). If this is not possible I will exit Laos into Thailand by Tha Dua/ Nong Khai ( Friendship Bridge 1 ).

Can anyone shed some light if my entry /exit crossings will pose any problems for a solo bike? Been reading about some crossings needing a group or a guide etc. Very sketchy info out there but i guess thats part of the adventure
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Hello folks, sorry to ask a question thats prob been asked a zillion times but hopig for the latest accurate update as i plan to enter laos in abt 2 weeks.
I am on a Thai registered bike ( more than 500cc )and riding solo. From the info i gathered , currently the only border I can ride across solo into Laos is Chiangkong/HuayXai crossing. After which I plan to exit at either Kenethao/Thali if possible ( which may not be allowed if the latest update from 2 years back is still accurate). If this is not possible I will exit Laos into Thailand by Tha Dua/ Nong Khai ( Friendship Bridge 1 ).

Can anyone shed some light if my entry /exit crossings will pose any problems for a solo bike? Been reading about some crossings needing a group or a guide etc. Very sketchy info out there but i guess thats part of the adventure
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:) Thanks for any input !

Chiang Khong / Houei Xai is ok.
I don't like your chances exiting at Kenthao, but you could exit at Phu Doo.
You can exit at Muang Ngern / Huay Kon.
You maybe able to enter Laos from Nong Khai too now I understand, got late at night 9PM +.

This thread should be a help
Laos Border Crossings
if you want to take a look
 

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Chiang Khong / Houei Xai is ok.
I don't like your chances exiting at Kenthao, but you could exit at Phu Doo.
You can exit at Muang Ngern / Huay Kon.
You maybe able to enter Laos from Nong Khai too now I understand, got late at night 9PM +.

This thread should be a help
Laos Border Crossings
if you want to take a look
Thank you David. Phu Doo is definitely helpful. I didnt know there was even a crossing there.
Oh so Muang Ngern/Huay Kon is now opened for entry/exit again. Was reading on an earlier thread that Xayaboury crossings were all closed to motorbikes. Guess there has been another change of laws. Such is the fun of border crossings. You never know what that box of chocolates open to ! :)
 

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Thank you David. Phu Doo is definitely helpful. I didnt know there was even a crossing there.
Oh so Muang Ngern/Huay Kon is now opened for entry/exit again. Was reading on an earlier thread that Xayaboury crossings were all closed to motorbikes. Guess there has been another change of laws. Such is the fun of border crossings. You never know what that box of chocolates open to ! :)

@ Phu Doo there is no Lao Visa on arrival, so unless you are Swiss or Thai, you need a visa in advance from a Lao embassy.
But you can exit there no problem.
I've exited a couple of times there, but was refused entry just after it opened not knowing there was no visa on arrival.

A Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang loop via Uttaradit Nan - Hongsa

Muang Ngern is ok for exit. BUT If I understand correctly they are enforcing the "tour company rule," for entry even if you are one bike.
 

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@ Phu Doo there is no Lao Visa on arrival, so unless you are Swiss or Thai, you need a visa in advance from a Lao embassy.
But you can exit there no problem.
I've exited a couple of times there, but was refused entry just after it opened not knowing there was no visa on arrival.

A Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang loop via Uttaradit Nan - Hongsa

Muang Ngern is ok for exit. BUT If I understand correctly they are enforcing the "tour company rule," for entry even if you are one bike.
Thanks for heads up. I am Singaporean and wont need a visa for Laos. Am based in Phitsanulok sometimes so I will try entering Laos from Phu Doo another time. This time I will use it for exit from Laos to head to Phitsanulok
 

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Does anyone have any updates on crossing from Huay Kon to Muang Ngoen with a motorcycle? I know it has been banned since 2016, so just wondering if there has been any change or if any member here has been able to enter Laos via this border crossing. I heard there might be an agency somewhere that could arrange the paper work, even for a solo rider.

Thanks. I hope to do the road in the cool season before smoke arrives, if I can get in.
 

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Does anyone have any updates on crossing from Huay Kon to Muang Ngoen with a motorcycle? I know it has been banned since 2016, so just wondering if there has been any change or if any member here has been able to enter Laos via this border crossing. I heard there might be an agency somewhere that could arrange the paper work, even for a solo rider.

Thanks. I hope to do the road in the cool season before smoke arrives, if I can get in.

I have a GTR contact for the permits, but the issue now is getting a visa on arrival.
Muang Neun was in the list of ports where they were supposed to stop issuing Visas on Arrival.
I've been unable to confirm if that policy has taken effect immediately, or whether it starts on 1st January 2020.
 

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I have a GTR contact for the permits, but the issue now is getting a visa on arrival.
Muang Neun was in the list of ports where they were supposed to stop issuing Visas on Arrival.
I've been unable to confirm if that policy has taken effect immediately, or whether it starts on 1st January 2020.

Visa on Arrival is still available at Muang Neun, but to enter on a bike you need to go via a tour company.
 

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Hi All, apologies if this is on the wrong thread. Just a couple of questions. Is the 250cc and above policy enforced if entering Lao using the ferry at Bung kan /Paxsan?. Are the Lao immigration insisting on tour guide groups at this border?

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Confirmed from 1st January no Visa on Arrival at Muang Ngern.
People are getting turned [email protected] Muang Ngern for no visa in advance.

Kenthao should also be the same now, as it was on this hit list
  • Pang Hok (Phongsaly Province) bordering China
  • Nam Soy (Huaphanh Province) bordering Vietnam
  • Nam Kan (Xieng Khouang Province) bordering Vietnam
  • Nam Ngeun (Xayaboury Province) bordering Thailand (Muang Ngern)
  • Nam Heuang (Xayaboury Province) bordering Thailand (Kenthao)
  • Nam Phao (Khammouane Province) bordering Vietnam
  • Na Phao (Khammouane Province) bordering Vietnam
  • Savannakhet International Airport
  • Phou Keua (Attapeu Province) bordering Vietnam

Laos Smaller Border Crossings To Stop Issuing Visa-on-arrival?
 

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The Muang Ngeun border between Xayabouri and Nan province is open as normal since 28th of September. BUT you need a special permit from Xayabouri Government Transport office. To get this permit or need any help with a tour guide please contact Mr. Mongkhon from Luang Prabang Holiday travel. Cheers everyone.

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A new Xayaboury international border crossing to Thailand was opened on 1st February 2020.
On the Laos side the crossing is called Pangmone
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Supposedly there is VoA, Visa on Arrival on the Laos side.
Entry by a motorbike without a tour permit is most likely to be in force.

A view of the crossing on the Laos side
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Officials on the Thai side for the opening
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