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Need advise from Hanoi to Laos

Posted by theCATALYST on 21/12/2009 at 13:45

Posted from within Vietnam.

I need your quick advise on what's the most comfortable way to travel from Hanoi to Vientiane? Is there a train or bus? How much is the fare? I'm heading there Dec. 22.
Can you recommend a 15USD hotel per night in Vientiane?

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Posted by rinske on 28/12/2009 at 21:10

hey, we did that trip yesterday. we booked the 24 hour sleeper bus through the drift backpackers (google it, i don't have the addy). it was 600 000 dong. the bus was overbooked and some people didn't get on, but that was the bus company, not the hostel. we left at 9pm and got to vientiane at 4. advice for the border crossing : stick $1 or 20 000 dong in your passport and put it on the counter to get your vietnam stamp. also have at least $50US for your loas visa if you don't have it. we payed in dong and ended up paying $60 for ours. brutal exchange rate. as for accommodation.. it all fills up early apparently, so take what you can get that night and look for something better the next day around 10am when ppl check out. hope that helps!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 29/12/2009 at 14:57 admin

Thanks for that report rinske -- two questions, do you mean you arrived at Vientiane at 4am or 4pm the following day? and do you know which border crossing you crossed at?


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Posted by theCATALYST on 1/1/2010 at 10:15

Posted from within Vietnam.

Thanks!This will help me a lot. I did postponed my trip to Laos until the end of January. I am planning to take the Hanoi via Hue to Xa Va Nhaket border crossing. Is that the route you're referring too?

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