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Urgent! Phonsavan to Vinh - VIP bus scam?

Posted by tombra on 30/1/2007 at 18:26

Hey guys, We have this little issue we would like to

We are now in Phonsavan (Laos) and want to go to Hanoi as soon as possible.
We have been checking out transportation-options right after we arrived here, and there is supposed to be a VIP bus going from Phonsavan and directly to Vinh.

Does anyone know anything about this bustrip? We have heard about scams from the Vietnamese side where the buses that are supposed to go all the way across the border just let you off at the border.

Please drop a message if you have any experiences with this route and overland crossing.


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Posted by somtam2000 on 30/1/2007 at 19:23 admin

Welcome to Travelfish Tom.

The following was taken from the border crossing FAQ

"dragon reports from 7 January 2007: There is a regular bus from Phonsavan (Laos) to Vinh (Vietnam) which leaves at 06:30 on Tuesday,Thursday, Friday and Sunday and takes about 13 hours to reach Vinh, costing 110,000 kip. It leaves Vinh the next day for the trip back. Expect all your bags to be checked on entering Vietnam."

Dragon makes no mention of any scams -- that's not to suggest they don't happen, just not to Dragon. After you do the trip, please make a trip report on the same thread -- much appreciated.

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Posted by tombra on 2/2/2007 at 22:28

Posted from within Vietnam.

The Phonsavan - Vinh bus is fine. 40 people for 24 seats but its all ok, it's absolutely no VIP as claimed but it will get you to Vietnam and thats the most important. Just be sure the driver will wait for you at the Vietnamese border. We were 3 foreigners on the bus and we didnt get our passports back until way after the Viet/Lao people, and we had a feeling they could easilly leave without the falang.

Thanks for help!

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