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LP - VV - Vientiane - BKK (train/ day allocation /help)

  • noakess

    Joined Travelfish
    14th February, 2010
    Posts: 32

    Hi - her'e my plan to my Laos part of my trip,
    need to be back in /BKK on Dec 7th for a flight but have about 7-8 days to spend in Laos. Planning to come from Chiang Rai - and exit from Vientiane . Can you pleas ehelp allocating days - and if anyone knows a bit more about train from Laos to BKK - or is over night train Laos (Nong Kha) to BKK the only option? I would prefer to not to fly if possible.

    Also - not loving what i read about VV - but think it might be worth to break the long bus journey with quick stop....

    Chinag Khong -> Huay Xai (Border Crossing)
    Huay Xai -> Luang Prabang (by boat, with an overnight stay in Pak Beng)
    Luang Prabang -> Vang Vieng
    Vang Vieng -> Vientiane
    Vientiane -> Bangkok (sleeper train www.seat61.com/Laos)

    #1 Posted: 11/10/2010 - 03:35

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  • wanderingcat

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    Not much choice in allocating days - in terms of travel time:
    1. full day: Chiang Khong > Huay Xai > Pak Beng (assuming overnight in CK or HX)
    2. full day: Pak Beng > LPB
    3. 6.5+ hours: LPB > VV (buses leave every hour or so in daytime)
    4. 3.5+ hours: VV > VTE
    5. Vientiane > Nong Khai > Bangkok

    that's about 4+ days spent just on transport to get from one place to the next...leaves you ~3+ days worth of time to allocate, & allocation depends on your specific interests...

    #2 Posted: 12/10/2010 - 10:43

  • noakess

    Joined Travelfish
    14th February, 2010
    Posts: 32

    Thanks for the quick response....In total I have full 19 days to visitBKK - Highlight of Central+North Thailand, Luang Prabang and Vientiane.not to keen on Vang Vieng - but seems liek good idea to break thejourney...

    another option would be to fly BKK- Vientiane, then travel to LP, cross border and make my way south...


    #3 Posted: 12/10/2010 - 19:56

  • Rufus

    Joined Travelfish
    22nd April, 2007
    Location Laos
    Posts: 973

    Flying to Vientiane is a much better idea. You can also fly to Udon Thani with Air Asia or Nok, and take a mini bus to the Friendship Bridge. This will save a bit of money. Udon is also worth a day or so, if you have the time.

    #4 Posted: 13/10/2010 - 09:22

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