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Travelling from Laos to Hanoi

  • diablohowes

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    7th November, 2010
    Posts: 3

    Hi guys,

    We're currently in Vang Vieng in Laos, and we're aiming to be in Hanoi in about 6 days time. We're thinking of heading to Luang probang tommorow on the 6 hour bus. I know there is a very long and "interesting" bus journey that does go straight to Hanoi and there is the alternative of heading back the 9 hours to Vientiane and getting a slightly more comfortable bus from there to Hanoi.

    I'm just wondering if there is a good route for getting to Hanoi that we can take that doesn't involve spending 48 hours on one bus journey and instead breaking the journey into several smaller journeys whilst taking in some nice places along the way.

    Any advice or information would be really appreciated.

    Henry and Kat

    #1 Posted: 23/11/2010 - 20:22

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  • MADMAC

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    I would recommend this:

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    #2 Posted: 23/11/2010 - 23:30

  • diablohowes

    Joined Travelfish
    7th November, 2010
    Posts: 3

    Yeah I know we can fly direct but at $400 for two tickets its something we can't afford to do, hence asking about overland travel.

    #3 Posted: 24/11/2010 - 12:18

  • Captain_Bob

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    Go from Vang Vieng to Phonsavan for a couple days, then go to Xam Neua and then the Na Meo border. Basically you have three ways; Quick and expensive (flight), Long boring and monotonous (24-hour bus) or slow cheap and interesting (go in stages, see stuff on the way).

    #4 Posted: 24/11/2010 - 16:13

  • MADMAC

    Joined Travelfish
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    Posts: 6051
    Total reviews: 10

    If it were me, Hanoi would be off the schedule, because I hate long bus rides. Basically I'm with Bob here, break it up. There isn't squat out there - at least not from my perspective. Eastern Laos is remote, nightlife is crap, I imagine the food isn't any better. But at least you can get off the bus and get a break in route. Remote villages hold zero appeal for the kid here, but some people do enjoy the scenery - or so I've been told.

    #5 Posted: 24/11/2010 - 21:28

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