Taking Bike to Lao

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  1. finzean100

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    Morning everyone. I hope to take my Thai Registered Bike to Lao next Week.I want to take a look at Luang Prabang. On my previous two visits to Lao by Bike I crossed into Lao on the Ferry at Nakon Phanom as on both occasions I was heading South (Sii Pan Don) if you have never been GO!!

    As I live in Udon the Bridge at Nong Kai would be the perfect entry point. I read that someone with a Thai Bike crossed there recently without any problems. I wonder if anyone has some reliable intelligence as to the Likelihood of my being allowed to take my Bike over the Bridge at Nong Kai.

    Unless I hear that I have an even chance of crossing at Nong Kai would crossing at Nakon Phanom be my best alternative. I suppose that never knowing if you will be admitted is all part of the adventure of a trip to Lao, although frankly riding up and down Thailand looking for a way into Lao is beginning to become something of a Bore!!
     
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    Just a couple of quick questions. Should I be refused entry at the Friendship Bridge at Nong Kai where is me nearest crossing point to get me on the road to Luang Prabang. Assuming I can get in via Nong kai how long a trip is it from Vientiane to Luang Prabang, on the Map it looks like an easy Days Ride!!

    I promise I will let you know if I was allowed over the Bridge when I get back!!!
     
  3. Changnoi1

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    You could go east (about 140km) to Bung Kan and take the ferry.
    Or you could go west to Thali and hit the "highway" to LP.
     
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    Hi thanks for information. I think if I have no luck at Nong Kai Bung Khan is favorite. Any idea if Visa on arrival is issued at Pakxan (Lao town opposite Beung Kan!!
     
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    No Visa on Arrival in Pakxan - get a visa in the Lao consulate in Khom Kaen if you want use the Bung Khan to Pakxan crossing.
     
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    Cannot be bothered with the inevitable Hassle at Nong Kai. So will waste a Day going to Nakon Phanom!! Thanks for replies/Suggestions
     
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    Nong khai Vientiane crossing is straight forward.
    Busy but no hassle.

    Let us know how you go getting across which ever crossing you decide.
     
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    Thanks very much Brian. That is a definite positive!! I will go to Nong Khai!! As I am planning on going to Luang Prabang crossing at Nong Khai will save me a day, as Nakon Phanom Vientiane would be a Good days Ride!! Thanks again!!!
     

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