Hi all. I'll be making my asia debut this summer and I had a few questions about bus travel. I'll start out in Bangkok and will travel through cambodia to Hanoi and Fansipan. Here are my questions:
1. What is the fastest way to take the bus/train from bangkok to hanoi (and back)?
2. How much will this cost (1 way/round trip)?
3. How long does it take?
Thanks in advance, guys!
#1 DrTomPhD has been a member since 10/7/2008. Posts: 3
Hi Dr Tom,
Overland from Bangkok to Hanoi is a long trip -- figure on the trip taking two to three days.
However, there's a bunch of different overland routes between the two cities, and would really need more info on what you had planned. If you don't know what you have planned, then the suggested itinerary section is probably a good place to start as it plots out some travel times etc.
If you're priority is speed, and you don't plan to stop along the way, then look into AirAsia's flights from Bangkok to Hanoi -- they can go for as little as US$40 one way.
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,800
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Wow thanks! How is AirAsia so cheap? How much do taxes generally add?
#3 DrTomPhD has been a member since 10/7/2008. Posts: 3
Forget the land route unless you in the pauper financial class!
AirAsia is definetly the only way to go. Besides, you might win a prize on the in-flight draws that occasionally include free flights.
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