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huay xai to vang vieng transport?

  • kellipoop

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    Hello, I was hoping to get some info about transport from huay xai to vang vieng.

    I will be in laos for 10 days, starting in huay xai for the gibbon experience and then heading down to luang prabang and vang vieng. Is there a way to get from huay xai to vang vieng? without having to go through luang prabang? I have to fly out of LP so I would prefer not to back track.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks!

    #1 Posted: 22/10/2010 - 07:25

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  • LaoNow

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    You really should do a little research and look at a map before coming on this forum. If you did you would see that Vang Vieng is east of Luang Prabang and if you go to Vang Vieng from Huay Xai in the west you will have to backtrack to get to Luang Prabang. I suggest that after you finish the Gibbon thing you go out to Highway 3 at the junction at around 09:00 and wait for a bus to come by from Huay Xai that is headed north to Luang Namtha, Oudom Xai, Luang Prabang or Vientiane . Just flag down any bus and get on it, they all go through Luang Namtha and there you can change buses if you need to at the bus station south of town. If you are lucky to get on the Vientiane bound bus it will go through Vang Vieng and will drop you there but be sure to remind them to stop.

    #2 Posted: 22/10/2010 - 14:09

  • kellipoop

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    Thanks, I was just hoping there was a route that goes west of luang prabang to vang vieng.

    #3 Posted: 22/10/2010 - 15:29

  • wanderingcat

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    #2 has the most straightforward & cheapest option.

    if you really abhor backtracking, a more expensive option:
    Gibbon Ex > bus > Luang Namtha > fly > Vientiane > 3.5+h bus > Vang Vieng
    check http://www.laoairlines.com/ domestic schedule.

    & also other far more time consuming options (e.g. through Sayabouly province, minimum ~4 days depending on transport connections).

    as #2 said, have a look at a map (though VV has always seemed more south than east of LPB to me :P)

    scenery-wise, backtracking between VV & LPB isn't that bad...

    #4 Posted: 22/10/2010 - 15:42

  • kellipoop

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    Thanks again! I did read that the lpb to vv road is very scenic, so maybe ill just do that twice.

    Also, do you know if the armed robbing on that road has stopped?

    #5 Posted: 22/10/2010 - 15:59

  • Captain_Bob

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    Thanks, I was just hoping there was a route that goes west of luang prabang to vang vieng.

    No you definitely need to pass Luang Prabang to get south to Vang Vieng. Route 13 is the way through as shown on this map.

    Between LP and VV is very hilly and scenic. Although it can be a 6+ hour ride you probably won't mind seeing it twice.

    Don't worry about Hmong "bandits" along the way. Not a problem anymore.

    #6 Posted: 23/10/2010 - 00:28

  • wanderingcat

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    there is a route that goes west of LPB, but it is l__o__n__g:
    Huay Xai > Pak Beng > Tha Souang > Hongsa > Sayabouly > Pak Lai > Xanakham > Vientiane > Vang Vieng

    takes 3.5-4.5+ days (there are longer variations if you want to deviate further off the beaten track), but you have only 10 days to spare...

    #7 Posted: 23/10/2010 - 06:20

  • LaoNow

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    Kellipoop - thanks for not being offended at my rude remark about prior research, it bothered me all night. The first bus out of Huay Xai north past the Gibbon junction is a mid-sized local bus headed for L. Namtha and Oudom Xai and it leaves Huay Xai at 08:30 so maybe be on Hwy 3 waiting for it at 08:45 just to be sure. I'd take this bus and then wait in Oudom Xai for a bus going to Vientiane or head on the next bus to L. Prabang.

    #8 Posted: 23/10/2010 - 10:49

  • kellipoop

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    @captainbob: good to know that I don't have to worry about bandits!

    @wandercat: thanks! I was hoping that going west would cut time, but good to know that it would actually be longer.

    @laonow: don't worry, I know you didn't mean to offend... Thanks for the specifics on bus times!

    #9 Posted: 23/10/2010 - 11:02

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