i just read in this website that the northern border crossing between laos and vietnam, "Tay Trang", is still closed. this is a mistake. i HAVE crossed that border into vietnam two weeks ago, without any problem. it has been opened in may 2007.
to get into vietnam, a bus leaves three times a week from muang khua (on the lao side) to dien bien phu (the vietnamese side) at 7am, and costs 40,000 kips.
you CAN NOT issue a vietnamese visa at the border, you will need to do it before hand in luang prabang, vang vieng or vientiane.
to get to laos, a bus leaves three times a week from dien bien phu to muang khua. i don't know the time scheduele or what exact days, nor the price. ask at the bus station. however, you CAN get a lao visa at the border.
hope i helped,
#1 matan84 has been a member since 4/8/2007. Posts: 5
khop chai lai lai for the report -- we've updated the Border Crossing FAQ to reflect your update.
In thanks we've credited your account with a few of the Travelfish Guides -- Saigon, Phnom Penh and Ko Tao -- I wasn't sure where you're headed, but hope they're useful!
I crossed this border on August, from Vietnam to Laos, and got my Lao visa at the border (36USD, I'm Portuguese).
I would like to add that the bus leaves Dien Bien Phu from the bus station at 05:30 three days a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays), 53,000 Dong. It took around 10 hours to get to Muang Khua, but it was a very relaxed trip, we stopped 5 ou 6 times.
If the bus leaves Muang Khua at 07:00, it means it leaves on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The bus doesn't cross the river, so it doesn't leave from the bus station, I suppose it leaves from the pier on the opposite side to the town of the river (at least this was where it stopped).
This was probably the nicest bus trip I've ever done. It took around 10h to travel just a bit more than 100Km, so you enjoy the grat landscape.
#3 caiuss has been a member since 7/9/2007. Posts: 4
Just crossed the border at Tay Trang, travelling from Dien Bien Phu to Muang Khua in Laos.
- Laos Visa on arrrival definitely available for 30 days. People who contacted the Laos embassy in hanoi were told 15 days but it IS 30. Most nationalities pay 30 or 35 dolllars so it's cheaper than doing it in Hanoi.
- Our trip took 10 hours (we were told 5!) The bus leaves Dien Bien Monday Wednesday Friday (maybe sunday too) at 5.30 am and costs 92 000 Dong.
- My advice would be to pack your lunch and expect to be spending a night in Muang Khua . Also we met lots of people trying to 'do it themselves' by getting a motorbike taxi to the Vietnamese side. Bad idea - it's a 3 km walk from the vietnamese side to the laos side and after that you're in the midle of nowhere. The ONLY bus is the bus from vietnam and there are not many vehicles on the road.
- THere's a bank in Muang Khua that can change US dollars at the standard rate for Laos
- Scenery was absolutely fantastic, a narrow unsealed road through the mountains passing through some really remote areas. A bit nerve-wracking at times looking out the window at a 100-foot drop down the mountin.
#4 kimanh has been a member since 31/10/2008. Posts: 1
we read that you have crossed the border of Tay Trang. Have you been there recently? We didn't understand, if it is possible to get the visa for Lao on the boarder.
Thanks for any information about the border crossing!
#5 biene has been a member since 9/11/2008. Posts: 14
Yes Laos visa on arrival is available at the Tay Trang crossing. Visas for Vietnam are not and must be arranged beforehand.