Viet to Laos overland
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Sep 19, 2012 9:36 PM Last Post By: nabanga
Sep 18, 2012 3:38 AM
Viet to Laos overlandThanks in advance for any advice. I am in HCMC and plan to travel north in Vietnam (Hanoi, maybe Sapa) and cross overland into Lao. I would like to know which border crossing you recommend. I would prefer not an overlong, uncomfortable bus journey (8 hrs is fine) and would like to avoid overcharging at the border. I would like to see northern Lao, then plan to travel south, and cross into Thailand (Ubon Rat). Also any recommendations on must-sees in Lao are appreciated (I like culture, nature, hiking, animals).
Thank-you very much.
Sep 18, 2012 6:24 AM
1then dien bien Phuu to mon khua and bus direct to Oudamsai, next easiest is Hanoi to sam neue and Vihn to Ponsivon.
maybe the 26 hr "Fun Bus" is more up your street Ha! Ha! Hanoi direct $25 to Vientianne, after that one no bus journey will ever be too long again Ha! Ha! go on I dares yer! ;-))
culture sam neue vang xie caves and Luam phrabang waterfalls palace and the theatre at palace;
Plain of jars day trip Ponsivon, Hiking Phongsali amongst the Akha etc (cheaper than the expat prices in luam phrabang and Nong Khiaw)
Animals that definietly has to be Vang Vieng as they all sit around bit like a zoo watching friends re-runs after do Konglor caves and also on way in from Vietnam from Vihn to nahin on route 8 then head to junctionr route 13 sth to North
Sep 19, 2012 9:36 PM
2The easiest / quickest bus border crossing is probably Hue (via Dong ha & Lao Bao crossing) to savannakhet province and onto savannakhet town (now renamed Kaysone Phomvihan.district). Road is good all the way and there are many buses and songthaews plying the route. Hue to the border can be done in 2-3 hours, and border to Savannakhet another 4 hours (200km).
However - this may not be the best fit with your plans to visit north Lao first and then south Lao unless you swapped them round and then flew LP to BKK
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