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overland from laos to vietnam

Posted by annalouisas on 19/12/2007 at 19:16

i'm looking for information on traveling from:
the south of Laos (pakse or savannakhet?)
to the north of Vietnam, let's say a city north of Huè (Dong Ha?)

-what is the best way to do this?
-how much time does one need?
-what kind of transportation is available?
-which is the bordercrossing and what do you need to enter Vietnam?(can we get the visa at the crossing?)
-which is a good travel-agency to arrange for this trip? (in either savann. or pakse)
hope i'm not asking 4 2 much... ;-)

anna

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Posted by somtam2000 on 20/12/2007 at 08:03 admin

Hi Anna,

If you take a look at the border crossing FAQ you'll see there's coverage on most of the main crossings and a map showing where they all are.

If you're wanting to get to Hue, the quickest overland method will be Pakse to Savannakhet then Lao Bao (for the border) and onwards to Dong Ha or Hue. You'd be looking at two days travel to do that as the buses over the border leave Savannakhet in the morning, so you'd need to overnight there.

You will need to get your Vietnamese visa beforehand.

There's no need to use a travel agent as the buses are regular and straightforward.

Hope that helps

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Posted by annalouisas on 20/12/2007 at 15:56

thanks!
discovered there's a bordercrossingFAQ only after i posed my question.

more questions are coming but i'll take my time and read some more first.
anna

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Posted by Ankka on 4/1/2008 at 19:47

Travelfish folks, just a tiny suggestion, you might want put the Bordercrossing FAQ link to the frontpage. I for one refer back to it quite often as the plans change, but am always wondering where the heck was it..

Thank you very much by the way for the FAQ, very helpful thread, especially as it also explains the hassles required to actually get from A to B. Just a list of crossings open to tourists is not always enough, especially for a solo traveller on a tight schedule..

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Posted by somtam2000 on 6/1/2008 at 06:30 admin

Thanks for the tip Ankka -- front page link coming soon!

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