The journey from Nam Neun to Nong Khiaw along Route 1 is one of northern Laos’s great road journeys, crossing numerous mountain ranges and valleys. These days, you’re most likely to travel directly from Sam Neua to Nong Khiaw or Luang Prabang (twelve and fourteen hours, respectively), but if you want to experience local Lao life then it’s worth considering stopping en route, though don’t expect much more than basic accommodation and noodle shops.

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