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Travel from Laos to Vietnam overland

almost 2 years ago about Laos

Hi - Is anyone aware of shared taxi/bus for overland travel from northern Laos to northern Vietnam? A search on Rome2Rio shows public transport being bus from Luang Prabang, Laos, to Kunming, China, then train to Hanoi.

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    Hi Naomi,

    I haven't done it myself but from experience in Laos (and a quick google search) you should be able to find a shared bus/van from Luang Prabang to Hanoi, perhaps with a mini-van connection between LP and the border bus.

    This site looks like it's got the schedule: http://www.laos-guide-999.com/laos-vietnam-bus.html#lua

    Here's a few blogs/sites which go into more detail on how they did it:


    https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/asia-south-east-asia-mainland/topics/best-place-for-crossing-laos-to-vietnam-more (3rd answer)

    Hope that helps!


    Pearse almost 2 years ago

    Answered by Pearse via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
    • Thank you so much for the info - I might change starting point as I have been since advised by another traveller that the crossing at the time they went ended up being further south (hence longer bus ride from Chiang Rai) which make sense since Hoi An is a major tourist hub. naomi600@gmail.com Lee almost 2 years ago
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    There are many bus companies that goes from Luang Prabang to Hanoi. but the ride is about 26 to 30 hours long. Any hostel or hotel or one of the many travel agencies in Luang Prabang can book the trip. Check around for the prices because they might want to over charge you.
    I flew from Viantien to Hanoi because it is only 1 hour compare to 30. It is more expensive, but I did not wanted to sit on a bus for so many hours. almost 2 years ago

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    Hey, we did this just laser year, by the opposite. We bet from Vietnam to loas. You can read about our experience here http://www.backpackandbike.com/vietnam-to-laos-bus-visa-on-arrival/

    Happy travels! almost 2 years ago

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    I found long-range buses in Laos to be cheap and comfortable but I'm very short and I can sleep through almost anything. If you're tall or a light sleeper, you may have a very different experience. Look for a night-time bus with a sleeping berth - you can sit up and read but you'll be given a pillow and blanket for sleeping through the night. Northern Laos roads are mountainous - steep, winding back and forth, and often contain livestock and other obstacles so travel is slow but the views are amazing. Locals aren't used to traveling inside a closed compartment and many of them will quietly use a carsick bag. You can usually get a ticket or reservation right at the bus station or a tourist agent where you are: Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Phonsavan, ... almost 2 years ago

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