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Luang Prabang to Hanoi

  • shannon20

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    11th November, 2011
    Posts: 1

    Hey there!

    My friend and I are wondering what the safest and best way to get from Luang Prabang to Hanoi is? We don't plan to fly, so wondering if anyone has taken this bus ride before? If so, do you know what border crossing it would be and if it's safe? How long? Any advice would be great!

    Thank you!

    #1 Posted: 11/11/2011 - 06:10

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  • tf_geckozy

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    Posts: 74

    You have 3 options for going to Ha Noi by overland as below.
    A---LPB - Oudomxai - Muang Khua - Pang Hoak(the name of new Lao border gate)/Tay Trang border - Dien Bien Phu - Ha Noi
    B---LPB - (Phonsavan) - Nam Khan/Nam Can border - ( Vinh ) -Ha Noi

    C---LPB - Xam Neua - Nam Xoi/Na Meo border - (Thanh Hoa ) - Ha Noi

    (A route)
    LPB to Oudomxai---by local bus/5-6 hours/09:00am, 12:00, 16:00pm
    Oudomxai to Muang Khua---by local bus/3-4 hours/08:30am, 12:00, 15:00pm
    (i'm not sure about the conection of bus from LPB to Oudomxai/09:00am & bus from Oudomxai to Muang Khua/15:00pm is possible or impossible)
    Muang Khua to DBP via Pang Hoak/Tay Trang border---by direct bus operated by Vietnamese bus company/Dep.time:around 06:00am till the new paved road at Lao side had been completed recently/Dep.point: opposite bank of Nam Ou river/required time: i estimate about 6 hours now after the new paved road was completed(i had eagaly hoped it's completion for long time since 2009)
    DBP to Ha Noi---by day bus or night bus(sleeper) about 10-11 hours/sleeper:4-5 buses a day/Dep.time:17:30-19:30pm

    (B route-1)
    "DIRECT BUS FROM LUANG PRABANG TO HA NOI" via PHONSAVAN and VINH (required time: about 24 hours)

    Operator---NALUANG COMPANY TRAVEL
    Departure days of the week---every Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat (every Thursday only no bus service)
    Departure time---18:00pm
    Departure point----new "Naluang Bus Station International"(opposite side of the road to LPB southern bus station(=Naluang Bus Station)
    Bus type----all buses are sleeper
    Bus fare----360,000kip (directly booking at the new bus station or NALUANG's office in front of it) / 20,000-40,000kip more(booking at a travel agency)
    Arrival point in Ha Noi---Nuoc Ngam Bus Station (about 9 km from Old Quarter area and 1 km south of Ha Noi Giap Bat=Ha Noi southern bus station along NR.1)

    (B route-2)
    "DIRECT BUS FROM LUANG PRABANG TO VINH" via PHONSAVAN (required time: about 18 hours)

    Operator---NALUANG COMPANY TRAVEL
    Departure days of the week---every Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat (every Tuesday only no bus service)
    Departure time---18:30pm
    Departure point----new "Naluang Bus Station International"(opposite side of the road to LPB southern bus station(=Naluang Bus Station)
    Bus type----Sun & Thu=sleeper/ Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat=sitting bus
    Bus fare---sleeper bus: 250,000kip/sitting bus: 200,000kip (directly booking at the new bus station or NALUANG's office in front of it and booking at a travel agency is also possible)
    Arrival point in Vinh---Vinh Bus Station (night bus from Vinh bus station to Ha Noi is avalable/4-5 buses a day & Dep.time:21:30-23:00pm, Arr.time Ha Noi 04:00-05:30am)

    (C route)
    LPB to Xam Neua----by local bus/11-13 hours/Dep.time:08:30am
    Xam Neua to Thanh Hoa(VN) or Ha Noi---by direct bus/required time; about 11-12 hours(Thanh Hoa)/180,000Kip=22.5 USD)/13.5-14 hours(Ha Noi)/300,000Kip=37.5 USD)/Dep.time: 08:00am/ Dep.point:Xam Neua southern bus station=Phoutanu bus station, 1 km from touristy area (ascend road) or Vietnamese Restrant & Cafe "Yen Linh" on the way to eastern bus station=Nathong bus station, 700-800m east of Nam Xam bridge(city center).
    (Thanh Hoa to Ha Noi by local bus or express bus that run on NR.1 is possible/60,000-70,000 VND(3-4 USD)--catching it on NR.1/about 4 hours to Ha Noi)
    Xam Neua to Ha Noi with the same direct bus is possible on Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri=not every day(Xam Neua 08:00am - Ha Noi 21:30-22:00pm)

    (Above informations B & C are all at the time of Oct, 2011)

    #2 Posted: 11/11/2011 - 13:41

  • stoneman

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    Post #2 is one of the best posts for detail I have ever read, and I'm a member on various travel websites.

    My only input is to say that when I was researching Hanoi to Laos a couple of years back I found very few comments about the bus (they were on travel blogs). The two comments that stuck in my mind were "takes about 24hrs" and 'the bus ride from hell". Hence, if I ever travel this route, either way, it will be by plane (Vietnam Airlines).

    But I guess if your young, have the time, want to save a few bucks and have a sense of adventure then it will be Option A, B or C. Safe travels.

    #3 Posted: 15/11/2011 - 04:45

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