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Son la

Getting there & away

Son La’s bus station is 2km southwest of town. Buses run from 4am to noon between Son La and Hanoi (78, 000d), taking about 10 hours or so, assuming there are no serious breakdowns. Regular morning buses also run to Dien Bien Phu (50, 000d, five hours).

Son La lies 320km from Hanoi and 150km from Dien Bien Phu. By 4WD or motorbike, the Hanoi–Son La run typically takes eight hours. Son La to Dien Bien Phu takes another four hours.