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Loas - Vietnam border crossing

Posted by Trish177 on 5/6/2017 at 00:26

Im travelling to Loas and arrive in Luang Prabang on 09/06 where I am planning to stay for 5 nights. After that I have just 7 days to see a bit more of Northern Laos before crossing to Vietnam. Trying to work out best options of where to cross. First inclination was to suck up the cost and fly from Vientiane to Hanoi , as it only takes just over an hour! But feel I might be missing a bit of an adventure - so other options would be a bus from Vientiane to Vinh and then overnight sleeper to Hanoi - or maybe head to Phonsavan and get a bus from there to cross probably also at Lak Sao border? Have seen a lot of not so good reports of the Bus options, but all quite old. Has anyone done this recently and also in what has now become the early rainy season?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 7/6/2017 at 01:34 admin

If you are already going to be in Luang Prabang, then the preferred overland route is via Phonsavan (which is worth a couple of days for Plain of Jars) to Vinh and on the Vietnam side could consider breaking the journey at Ninh Binh.

Given your time constraints I wouldn't recommend getting a bus to Vientiane and then over-landing it from there - too much time lost in ground transport.

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Posted by telmi on 7/6/2017 at 14:07

I'd suggest skipping Vientiane and do as Somtam suggests by heading to Phonsavanh at the Plain of Jars and from there take a bus to Vinh. For schedules check out the hobomaps.com website and click on the Travel buttons for L. Prabang and Phonsavanh. I've seen the buses depart Phonsavanh for Vinh and they look quite decent and a friend of mine did that trip recently with good results and no problems at the border. The rainy season has started and there may be some iffy roads on the Vietnam side of the border but think s/b no problem on the Lao side.

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