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How to get from Hanoi to luang prabang

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How to get from Hanoi to luang prabang

No flights, overland trip

What is the best way to get from hanoi to luang prabang? Bus? Train?

Laura

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1. Re: How to get from Hanoi to luang prabang

There are no trains.

Bus is good if you have time and you enjoy slow travel- via Nameo border post to Sam Neua and Phonsavanh and on to LP. Even better if you have time to make 5 days - week of it and stop off in these 2 towns to see the surrounding nearby attractions - Huaphan Standing Stones and Vieng Xai caves out of Sam Neua and the Plain of Jars near Phonsavanh etc.

Travel time is about 24-30 hrs if you get a "direct" bus from Hanoi. If you split it up and use local buses once in Lao, Sam Neua to Phonsavanh is about 8hrs and Phonsavanh to LP about the same using regular bus. Sam Neua to Vieng Kham to see the old caves that were used as war accomodation by the Pathet Lao is only 50km, or 90 mins on a local bus. You can also take organised tours from Sam Neua for 5x the price.

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2. Re: How to get from Hanoi to luang prabang

Thank you so much :)

Very helpful!!

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3. Re: How to get from Hanoi to luang prabang

how to get from luang prabang overland to vietnam and get a visa for vietnam?

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4. Re: How to get from Hanoi to luang prabang

You can buy a bus ticket in LP and get a visa thru an agent in LP. I am in hanoi now and got a visa issued in 2 minutes from the embassy in vientiane, but an agent in LP will probably take a couple of days

Edited: 21 July 2012, 07:37
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5. Re: How to get from Hanoi to luang prabang

Bus will tke about 24hrs from Hanoi + - an hour or two you can easily get a visa in Hanoi there are no trains from Hanoi to LP

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