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Luang Prapang, bus help needed!

  • dizriz

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    Ok, hi. Hope everyone is ok!
    I'm having fun out here but I am struggling with one thing...

    I need to get to Vinh and here http://www.travelfish.org/transport/laos/northern_laos/luang_prabang/luang_prabang/all it says there is a bus from Luang Prabang.

    Does anybody know if it is still working as I can't find informaion on it anywhere else. Also if so, which station, the north or the south?

    Your help is greatly appreciated and much needed!

    Thank you!

    #1 Posted: 7/10/2010 - 20:28

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  • wanderingcat

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    from Ban Naluang (southern) bus station:
    http://laomeow.blogspot.com/2010/01/luang-prabang-province-transport.html

    you can check at the tourist info office in central LPB (at the end of the 'night market' road that's closer to the PO) for latest info, they should have the bus timetables pasted on the wall.

    #2 Posted: 12/10/2010 - 10:55

  • dizriz

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Thanks!
    Most of the tour operators/information tried to send me back to Vientane then Vinh ! Found the bus at the station you said, great journey, took about 21 hours and only 3 of us on it most of the way!

    Problems started in Vinh bus station when trying to get a bus to Hanoi... the lady in the ticket office wouldn't sell us a ticket because there were touts around I guess, maybe she was scared or in cahoots with them. Anyway had to get on an over priced minibus crammed full of people.

    Got there in the end though!

    #3 Posted: 15/10/2010 - 18:01

  • wanderingcat

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    only 3 of us on it most of the way!

    very rare in Laos :P have no idea which route the LPB-Vinh bus takes...which towns/border crossing did you pass through?

    #4 Posted: 19/10/2010 - 10:21

  • dizriz

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Ah yes, the details....
    I think it goes WED, THU, SAT and possibly another day. Costs 200,000kip or 180,000 when they run occasional special offers.

    We crossed at Nong Haet / Cau Treo, a very easy crossing. We arrived about half an hour before the border opened (8am I think) and there were us three and a bunch of what looked like builders in big wagons.

    I haven't got my map on me so aren't sure on the villages we passed through but it was a great journey. There's talk of it being too dangerous or twisty-turny on the route, it's fine, really fine. The drivers are very used to the roads, aren't crazy and actually want to stay out of danger too.

    #5 Posted: 19/10/2010 - 10:32

  • wanderingcat

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    thanks for the info!
    btw to get to the Nong Haet/Cau Treo crossing, the bus would have passed through VTE anyway.

    #6 Posted: 22/10/2010 - 16:02

  • dizriz

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    He he, maybe we didn't cross there then... ?
    :)

    #7 Posted: 24/10/2010 - 13:40

  • wanderingcat

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    check the Laos exit stamp in your passport? should have the name of the border crossing indicated.

    #8 Posted: 24/10/2010 - 14:15

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