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Vietnam to Laos with motorbike

  • iso_the_best

    Joined Travelfish
    10th April, 2011
    Posts: 1

    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Dear All,

    I would like to know if that is possible to cross Vietnam to Laos border with motorbike? My plan is to go to Laos from Vietnam with my motorbike and coming back to Vietnam by another border.

    I would like to cross the border at NamCan / Nam Khan for going and at Dien Bien Phu for the return.

    Is that possible?
    Do we have to pay a deposit?
    Which kinf of paper do we need?

    Do you think it is easier to put the motorbikes on the roof of a local bus from Vinh (Vietnam) and crossing the border by bus?

    That way we can maybe manage to say that the motorbikes are belong to Vietnamese citizen.

    I know that full of Vietnameses are crossing the border with their motorbike without any problems.

    Please give me your advices.


    #1 Posted: 10/4/2011 - 00:40

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  • kenpreston46

    Joined Travelfish
    21st February, 2011
    Posts: 4

    Hello, I crossed twice into Laos with a Vietnamese bike, once from northern Cambodia in 2008, then at Lao Bao (Viet Nam) in 2009. In 2009 there was a little fuss when Immigration thought Customs should have given me paperwork for the bike. But it all came to nothing and I had a good 2 week trip. In 2010 they would not let me in with the bike at Lao Bao. Said I had to leave the bike at the border and take a bus. Then they said it would be all right to rent a Lao bike in Savannakhet or wherever and then I could go anywhere I want, but no more Vietnamese bikes with 3rd country riders. After that I heard other people say the same on this forum. It might be a real problem. Too bad, it's good riding and wonderful people. Rent in Savannakhet I guess.

    #2 Posted: 29/10/2011 - 02:16

  • purcitron

    Joined Travelfish
    15th June, 2014
    Posts: 24

    hi. can you please provide any northern vietnam/loas motorbike trip advice?

    #3 Posted: 31/1/2015 - 20:02

  • kenpreston46

    Joined Travelfish
    21st February, 2011
    Posts: 4

    Hi, I'm just back from a couple of weeks in Laos, traveling from south to north, in from the Cambodian border and out at Dien Bien Phu. They are both excellent crossing points now. The officials were all friendly and helpful. You must have ownership paper for your bike. In Viet Nam it's the laminated card. It probably should have your name on it, but that's almost impossible to do. I had no trouble with a Vietnamese name (my mechanic in Hanoi) on the title. There is a small fee leaving Cambodia ($10) and a $2 fee entering Laos. No money to either side when I returned to Viet Nam. Go by Dien Bien Phu, not Na Meo. Na Meo road is really tough now. The new Lao road to the border at DBP is excellent for a while. It's too thinly paved and will break up in a couple more years, but the bridges alone are a huge improvement. Northern Laos is likely to be smoky in a few more weeks. . .they burn a lot of land for planting about now, but I'm not sure about the dates. It's wonderful otherwise, so don't hesitate, go for it. Get some Lao money (Kip) either in VN or maybe at the border. It's hard to spend USD. Baht spends fine I'm told. Have fun! Ken

    #4 Posted: 31/1/2015 - 20:26

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