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From china to vietnam?

Posted by dolicadol on 8/5/2014 at 16:06

Hi
Can you please advise me what is the best and cheapest way to come to Hanoi ?
We would like to go from Beijing to Xian and then to Hanoi.
I can not find any direct flight to Hanoi and overland journey seems to be very long and exhausted.
Any advice?

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Posted by caseyprich on 9/5/2014 at 00:06

You are correct, overland from Xi'an to the Vietnam border would be a very long trip. From Xi'an you've probably got two best options, but remember you'll need to arrange your Vietnam visa in advance.

1) Fly to Nanning, from there you can cross into Vietnam overland.

2) Fly to Guangzhou or Shenzhen and get a connecting flight to Hanoi from there. Avoid looking into Hong Kong as flights into and out of there are much more expensive. Even if you decided to add Hong Kong to your itinerary it would be better to fly into Shenzhen and take the airport bus into downtown Hong Kong, very efficient and cheap.

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Posted by dolicadol on 9/5/2014 at 01:53

Thank you for your advice.
But i have searched for flights into Nanning or via Guagzhou and flights are veeery expensive.
Like 200-300$ for 2 hour flight.
What is the best airtravel search website for china and which low cost airlines are there?
I really need something cheap :)

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Posted by caseyprich on 9/5/2014 at 01:55

www.elong.com or www.ctrip.com

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Posted by chinarocks on 9/5/2014 at 02:51

How much time have you got?

If you had 3 or 4 days to play with you could take the overnight train from X'ian to Chengdu or Chongqing. Rest up and have some nice food in either of those cities and then go to Nanning via overnight train, where you can then enter Vietnam.

Train travel in China is interesting and scenic, maybe not as much as this but it could be bearable, would certainly be an experience and would work out cheaper than $200-300.

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Posted by caseyprich on 9/5/2014 at 05:31

Train is an option, you can search some prices and times on http://www.travelchinaguide.com/

From Xi'an to Chongqing is a little faster, about 11 hours with 46 USD for soft sleeper and around 30 USD for hard sleeper, then on to Nanning is 23 hours for around 75 USD or 50 USD. The trip via Chengdu looks prohibitively long.

You can eat cheaply on the trains and a long train ride can be very interesting (for a more interesting experience take the hard sleeper rather than the soft, otherwise you're kind of bottled up).

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Posted by dolicadol on 9/5/2014 at 10:01

I have like 10 days in china

I have found a very good option:
From Gullin to Nanning with train and then with bus to Hanoi. Or take a direct bus from Gullin to Hanoi.
I think this options are ok??

And I think I have a train from Xi'an to Gullin...
I wanna see the rice terraces near Gullin.

So it will be:Beijing-Xi'an-Gullin-Hanoi--->

What do you think?

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Posted by chinarocks on 9/5/2014 at 10:21

To be clear, are you planning on seeing Beijing, X'ian, the rice terraces and taking two long train journeys in 10 days?

Even allowing for an overnight train (or two), that is tight.

Closer to two weeks would be better.

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Posted by dolicadol on 9/5/2014 at 17:17

I can be longer in China but I think that is not necessary.
Itinerary something like this:
1.beijing
2.great wall
3.beijing and night train to x'ian
4.xian
5,xian and night train to Gullin
6.gullin
7.rice terraces
8 Gullin and night .journey to Hanoi.

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Posted by caseyprich on 12/5/2014 at 21:24

Oh . . . wow . . . um . . . that doesn't sound like any fun at all.

I spent a week just in the area around Guilin & Yangshou and didn't get my fill. If you want to see the karst formations and really take in the scenery, you can take a Li River boat trip down to Yangshou and then spend at least one full day in that area taking in the scenery before heading back up to Guilin to catch the train. The terraces would be another day trip as you say.

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Posted by dolicadol on 14/5/2014 at 11:40

Thank you very much,Caseyprich.
I will think about your suggestions.
:)

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