About 6 years ago I did the slow boat from luang prabang - pak beng - huay xai. I then got a shared taxi from there to Chiang Mai. I did this because I met a few people on the boat (I think). Either that or I met them at the border. A coach is preferable.
Does anyone know if it is easy to travel to Chiang Mai these days from that border location? Should I get a coach? Will I be able to get a reliable coach from that border area or should I pre-book in luang prabang or something? I really would rather not do stuff like that too far in advance. I like to keep things fairly open. I may wish to stay longer in one particular place for example.
I am currently in Bangkok Khaosan Road so I thought it would be worthwhile being prepared this time. If anyone has any sound advice on the best way to go about this then that would be good.