Get to the start

 

Getting to the Nam Et-Phou Louey headquarters in Muang Hiam (Houaphan Province)

To get to the start of the Nam Nern Night Safari, you can meet your guide here and join them in taking public transport to the start, or you can travel to Ban Son Koua independently.

Departing from Luang Prabang

PUBLIC BUS: Take the bus heading to Sam Neua, which leaves daily between 7-8 am from the Luang Prabang northern bus station, and get off in Muang Hiam . The bus trip to Muang Hiam is about 10 hours, passing Pak Mong and Nong Kiau along the way.
PRIVATE CAR/MOTORCYCLE: From Luang Prabang go north on Road #13 about 100 km and turn right onto Road #1C at the Pak Mong junction (follow the sign towards Nong Kiau). Travel 200 km on Road #1C northeast to Muang Hiam. The drive is about 7-8 hours.

Departing from from Nong Khiaw

PUBLIC BUS: Catch the bus from Luang Prabang heading to Sam Neua, which stops at Nong Khiaw daily around 12o’clock. Get off in Muang Hiem where the Head Office is located. The bus trip to Muang Hiamis about 5-6 hours.
PRIVATE CAR/MOTORCYCLE: From Nong Khiaw travel 175 km on Road #1C northeast to Muang Hiam. The drive is about 5 hours.

Departing from Sam Neua

PUBLIC BUS: Buses and public mini vans leave from the Sam Neua bus station to Muang Hiamdaily between 7-8 am. The trip is 4-5 hours.
PRIVATE CAR/MOTORCYCLE: Follow Road #6 southwest towards Muang Kham/Phonesavanh. Veer right at the Ko Hing junction and follow Road #1C to Muang Hiam. The trip is 151 km and takes 3.5-4 hours.

Departing from Phonesavanh

PUBLIC BUS: There is no longer direct public transportation between Phonsavanh and Muang Hiam.
You should take a bus with destination “Sam Neua” and get out at the Ko Hing junction. The bus drive is around 3.5hours. A pick-up can be arranged from the junction to Night Safari starting village. Please contact us for more details.
PRIVATE CAR/MOTORCYCLE: Follow Road #6 northeast towards Sam Neua passing Muang Kham along the way. Turn left at the Ko Hing junction and follow Road #1C to Muang Hiam. The trip is 203 km and takes about 5 hours.

Getting to the start of the Nam Nern Night Safari in Ban Son Koua village

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If you are traveling from Phonesavan or Sam Neua you will meet your guide here.
If you are traveling from the direction of Luang Prabang or Nong Khiaw, you can either meet your guide in Muang Hiam and join them in taking public transport to the start next morning or you can travel to Ban Son Koua independently and meet your guide there.

Departing from Luang Prabang

PUBLIC BUS: Take the bus heading to Sam Neua, which leaves daily between 7-8 am from the Luang Prabang northern bus station, and get off in Ban Son Koua. The bus trip to Muang Hiam is about 10 hours, with an addition 1.5 hours to Ban Son Koua.
PRIVATE CAR/MOTORCYCLE: From Luang Prabang go north on Road #13 about 100 km and turn right onto Road #1C at the Pak Mong junction (follow the sign towards Nong Kiau). Travel 200 km on Road #1C northeast past Viengthong. The drive is about 9-10 hours.

Departing from from Nong Khiaw

PUBLIC BUS: Catch the bus from Luang Prabang heading to Sam Neua that stops at Nong Khiaw daily around 12o’clock. You can either get off in Muang Hiam where the Head Office is located and stay overnight here (the bus trip to Muang Hiam  is about 5-6 hours), or you can continue to Ban Son Khoua (additional 1.5hour after Viengthong) where you can stay in overnight in a village home stay.

PRIVATE CAR/MOTORCYCLE: From Nong Khiaw travel 175 km on Road #1C northeast to Muang Hiam. The drive is about 5 hours.

Departing from Sam Neua

PUBLIC BUS: Buses and public mini vans leave from the Sam Neua bus station towards Muang Hiam daily between 7-8 am. The trip is about 3.5 to 4 hours.
PRIVATE CAR/MOTORCYCLE: Follow Road #6 southwest towards Muang Kham/Phonesavanh. Veer right at the Ko Hing junction and follow Road #1C for another 7km.

Departing from Phonesavanh

PUBLIC BUS: There is a daily bus leaving Phonsavan at 8:30 am from the “Bus station of Xiengkhouang province” to Muang Hiam. The bus drive to Ban Son Koua is about 5.5 hours and an additional 1.5 hour to Muang Hiem.

PRIVATE CAR/MOTORCYCLE: Follow Road #6 northeast towards Sam Neua passing Muang Kham along the way. Turn left at the Ko Hing junction and follow Road #1C for 7km.

And after the Nam Nern Night Safari, departure from Ban Son Khoua

PUBLIC BUS: The buses to Nong Khiaw, Laung Prabang, Sam Neua and Phonsavan are driving through the Ban Son Khoua village daily between 9.30-12am. Please inform our guides in advance about your further travel plans and they will make sure that you catch the right bus in time.