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Best way into Laos from Hanoi? Fly? Motorbike? Bus?

Posted by W_Sobchak on 12/10/2010 at 19:58

plan to depart Hanoi around Nov 1, spend 10 days in northern laos and we dont have a set starting point. What is the most convenient, efficient route and method to spend 10 days.....

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Posted by MADMAC on 12/10/2010 at 23:43

If money doesn't matter - then fly. If money matters, then "efficient" has a new defition.

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Posted by travellingsarah on 13/10/2010 at 10:05 TF writer

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Fly to LP and do a loop from there (by bus and boat I guess, I'm not sure how easy it is by bike but there a no doubt posts and stories on this website which cover that) or travel slowly overland through NW Vietnam, cross over at Dien Bien Phu and travel through Northern Laos from there. It really does depend upon what you mean by convenient and efficient and what you want to get out of your 10 days but I'd go for the latter option personally.

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Posted by Rufus on 13/10/2010 at 10:36

Best and most efficient would be to fly to Vientiane . The bus trip is horrible. From Vientiane you can take a bus to Luang Prabang via Vang Vieng. Do a trip to the Plain of Jars from Luang Prabang.

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Posted by travellingsarah on 13/10/2010 at 10:41 TF writer

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I wasn't suggesting getting the direct bus from Hanoi to Laos, as yes, it's horrible, - but when you said Northern Laos I assumed you meant north of LP, if so then there seemed little point in flying to Vientiane hence my two alternative suggestions. If you mean more north-middle of Laos then Rufus's suggestion makes sense of course.

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Posted by MADMAC on 13/10/2010 at 16:30

Is there anything west of Luang Prabang / VV in Laos other than remote, desolate villages?

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Posted by Rufus on 15/10/2010 at 10:17

Bokeo and Luang Namtha have stunning scenery, Mac.

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Posted by MADMAC on 15/10/2010 at 14:58

Rufus
As you've undoubtedly observed, I'm not much of a scenery kind of guy. Guess it has an appeal for some folks though.

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Posted by darcon on 25/10/2010 at 13:50

Hi,

Just wondering if you tested Rufus' way of flying to Vientiane and then the bus from Luang Prabang? If so...hoe did it work out and which airline carrier was best to use from Hanoi? Hoping to do this journey some time in the next 2 weeks!!


Thanks

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Posted by kgroarke on 27/6/2011 at 21:28

Hi,
i was also wondering whether you done this flight from Hanoi to Vientaine and how did it work out on cost and efficency?? and how was the bus to luang prabang??

cheers

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