This coming December, I am going for backpack through out Chiang Mai>Luang Prabang> Vinh >Ho Chi Minh..
Ok, let me get straight to the point.. I've been browsing through the net looking for info & couldn't find satisfying answers, most virtually are shared 'from Vientiane > to Hanoi'
I am planning to leave Vientiane for Vinh (by bus), & then from Vinh heading to Ho Chi Minh (by train).
1) is there a DIRECT bus from Vientiane to Vinh and it is can be done in DAY trip and perhaps reaching Vinh by afternoon?;
2) It is possible right after reach Vinh then straight away take a NIGHT train to Ho Chi Minh?
I am settling up to take a train right after reaching Vinh & get a sleeper coach to south; instead of staying one night there.
Your feedback is a big assistance for me!
#1 mukapecah8 has been a member since 28/12/2006. Posts: 9
1) There is a daily bus from Vientiane to Vinh and Thanh Hoa but it leaves Vientiane at 19:00. I'm not sure how long it takes, but it's an overnight bus. I'm not aware of a day service.
2) Simple answer is I'm not sure. The cross border buses are notorious for delays and breakdowns, I wouldn't count on any smooth and close transitions.
Lastly, another option would be to get the bus from Vientiane to Hue via Savannakhet - Hue certainly more comfortable than Vinh for an overnighter if you get stuck there!
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,798
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OH! .Thank you somtam2000.
By the way, the bus ride from Vientiane to Hue normally would take how long? One day?
& it is on day service or night service, or both?
I'll try to get myself heading south, as for the last two year I had managed linger around northern Vietnam already =].
#3 mukapecah8 has been a member since 28/12/2006. Posts: 9