Hanoi to Laos by road.....?

Nov 9th, 2005, 07:15 PM
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Hanoi to Laos by road.....?

Is it possible to go from Hanoi into Laos (Vieng Xai) by road ? (Also any Visa problems ?)
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Nov 9th, 2005, 07:32 PM
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I believe it's possible to cross the border south east of Hanoi. The bus trip is reputed to be a "nightmare". I love saving a buck or two but hate sacrificing comfort & security. We flew.

Check out www.lonelyplanet's thorntree website and search in SE Asia mainland for info.
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Nov 10th, 2005, 03:35 AM
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Lyndie has said it all; the word "nightmare" is, by all accounts, an understatement, and most of those ThornTree people will tell you that the trip will take anything from twenty-seven to thirty-two hours, and that you keep having to get off the bus and make your way to the next pick-up point.

I try to avoid travelling by plane whenever there is local ground transport available, and (as Lyndie will tell you), I don't mind a fair degree of discomfort when I travel, but I will admit that for the journey you are talking about, we flew by Lao Airlines.... and I'm not at all sorry.
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Nov 10th, 2005, 10:40 AM
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Thanks Lyndie and Alan -points well taken;-) Seems a flight is the expeditious (and safer answer) but we still want to get to that border area to go to Pathet Lao caves and Springs - but flights to Samneua are "off"... bus I guess....
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Nov 10th, 2005, 02:47 PM
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Well, then, ukinusa, there's only one thing left to say. On another post, Lyndie taught me the internet acronym "ROTFL", so now here's one I just made up, especially for you: MGHMOYS.

Seriously, I hope you have a trouble-free trip by bus and that you live to write us a report!

MGHMOYS = May God Have Mercy On Your Soul.
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Nov 10th, 2005, 05:04 PM
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Alan, brilliant. Now you've really got the hang of it! Nothing can stop you now. You're not PC, I'm damn near certain.

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Nov 11th, 2005, 10:49 AM
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"IF" we return I promise to 'pay back' on this board with info !

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