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hanoi to luang prabang

  • nickolt

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Just wondering if anyone could give me a clear answer on this topic. My bf and I are wanting to get to Luang Prabang from Hanoi sometime around the 25th of Feb. We're having a hard time figuring out the safest overland route for this. Flying is a potential option if there doesnt seem a good way, however the cost is about 180 each, way over our budget so we would really prefer not to fly.

    Is there a direct bus that does this route? I have heard stories from other travellers about bad border crossing experiences, and we bumped into a traveller the other day that mentioned they heard of a straight bus. Is this true ?

    What is the fastest overland route there?

    Thanks for any help.

    #1 Posted: 18/2/2011 - 22:53

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  • wanderingcat

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    "fastest overland route" is often an oxymoron in Laos...

    AFAIK no direct bus between LPB & Hanoi, no matter what travel agents claim... But there is a twice weekly direct bus between LPB & Vinh.

    more info on overland routes between LPB & Vietnam - see reply #1 here.

    someone says here that they found a USD125 fare for LPB-Hanoi.

    #2 Posted: 18/2/2011 - 23:34

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    That $125 fare turned out to be 125 pounds (about $200)
    Still you should be able to book a Lao Airlines flight a bit cheaper from a local travel agent (to Vientiane may be cheaper still).

    "Straight bus" hehe there's no way to straighten an extremely curvy road. I would tend to dismiss any hearsay about "fastest overland" or "best bus" tales. Bite the bullet, pay the roughly $23 and plan to spend a good 24 hours inside a bus moving or otherwise sitting for ages at the border in the middle of nowhere with no explanation. Fun!
    Or fork over the $180 and make it easy on yourselves.

    #3 Posted: 20/2/2011 - 15:50

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    Ditto what everyone else said. No easy/fast overland route. The road from Hanoi to Vientiane has earned the nickname "the bus from hell" on many of the SE Asia travel forums and takes 24 hours on a good day. Then from Vientiane to Luang Prabang it's a good 10 hours.

    Either save up for the flight or break the bus trip up with a couple days in Vientane.

    #4 Posted: 20/2/2011 - 22:38

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