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Best way into Laos from Hanoi? Fly? Motorbike? Bus?

  • W_Sobchak

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    plan to depart Hanoi around Nov 1, spend 10 days in northern laos and we dont have a set starting point. What is the most convenient, efficient route and method to spend 10 days.....

    #1 Posted: 12/10/2010 - 19:58

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  • MADMAC

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    If money doesn't matter - then fly. If money matters, then "efficient" has a new defition.

    #2 Posted: 12/10/2010 - 23:43

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    arah

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Fly to LP and do a loop from there (by bus and boat I guess, I'm not sure how easy it is by bike but there a no doubt posts and stories on this website which cover that) or travel slowly overland through NW Vietnam, cross over at Dien Bien Phu and travel through Northern Laos from there. It really does depend upon what you mean by convenient and efficient and what you want to get out of your 10 days but I'd go for the latter option personally.

    #3 Posted: 13/10/2010 - 10:05

  • Rufus

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    Best and most efficient would be to fly to Vientiane . The bus trip is horrible. From Vientiane you can take a bus to Luang Prabang via Vang Vieng. Do a trip to the Plain of Jars from Luang Prabang.

    #4 Posted: 13/10/2010 - 10:36

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    arah

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    I wasn't suggesting getting the direct bus from Hanoi to Laos, as yes, it's horrible, - but when you said Northern Laos I assumed you meant north of LP, if so then there seemed little point in flying to Vientiane hence my two alternative suggestions. If you mean more north-middle of Laos then Rufus's suggestion makes sense of course.

    #5 Posted: 13/10/2010 - 10:41

  • MADMAC

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    Is there anything west of Luang Prabang / VV in Laos other than remote, desolate villages?

    #6 Posted: 13/10/2010 - 16:30

  • Rufus

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    Bokeo and Luang Namtha have stunning scenery, Mac.

    #7 Posted: 15/10/2010 - 10:17

  • MADMAC

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    Rufus
    As you've undoubtedly observed, I'm not much of a scenery kind of guy. Guess it has an appeal for some folks though.

    #8 Posted: 15/10/2010 - 14:58

  • darcon

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    Hi,

    Just wondering if you tested Rufus' way of flying to Vientiane and then the bus from Luang Prabang? If so...hoe did it work out and which airline carrier was best to use from Hanoi? Hoping to do this journey some time in the next 2 weeks!!


    Thanks

    #9 Posted: 25/10/2010 - 13:50

  • kgroarke

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    Hi,
    i was also wondering whether you done this flight from Hanoi to Vientaine and how did it work out on cost and efficency?? and how was the bus to luang prabang??

    cheers

    #10 Posted: 27/6/2011 - 21:28

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