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  • mukapecah8

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    Greetings,

    This coming December, I am going for backpack through out Chiang Mai>Luang Prabang> Vinh >Ho Chi Minh..

    Ok, let me get straight to the point.. I've been browsing through the net looking for info & couldn't find satisfying answers, most virtually are shared 'from Vientiane > to Hanoi'

    I am planning to leave Vientiane for Vinh (by bus), & then from Vinh heading to Ho Chi Minh (by train).

    My questions;
    1) is there a DIRECT bus from Vientiane to Vinh and it is can be done in DAY trip and perhaps reaching Vinh by afternoon?;
    2) It is possible right after reach Vinh then straight away take a NIGHT train to Ho Chi Minh?

    I am settling up to take a train right after reaching Vinh & get a sleeper coach to south; instead of staying one night there.

    Your feedback is a big assistance for me!

    #1 Posted: 25/8/2010 - 00:39

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    1) There is a daily bus from Vientiane to Vinh and Thanh Hoa but it leaves Vientiane at 19:00. I'm not sure how long it takes, but it's an overnight bus. I'm not aware of a day service.

    2) Simple answer is I'm not sure. The cross border buses are notorious for delays and breakdowns, I wouldn't count on any smooth and close transitions.

    Lastly, another option would be to get the bus from Vientiane to Hue via Savannakhet - Hue certainly more comfortable than Vinh for an overnighter if you get stuck there!

    #2 Posted: 25/8/2010 - 08:39

  • mukapecah8

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    OH! .Thank you somtam2000.

    By the way, the bus ride from Vientiane to Hue normally would take how long? One day?
    & it is on day service or night service, or both?

    I'll try to get myself heading south, as for the last two year I had managed linger around northern Vietnam already =].

    #3 Posted: 25/8/2010 - 17:13

  • mukapecah8

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    Oh yeah.. how long it will take for a train ride from Vinh or Hue to Ho Chi Minh?

    #4 Posted: 25/8/2010 - 17:31

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