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1. Posted by Einn (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

Anyone can tell mi the route from Hanoi to Kunming...

I am planning to fly from spore - hanoi... walk around there solo...

Then train to Lao cai(Vietnam)-Hekou(China Border)-Kunming(Bus)...

Any better route to kunming, coz direct flight from Spore to kunming easily ~S$1000...

I did consider chengdu fly kunming if it is cheaper.....

2. Posted by wtanaka (Budding Member 44 posts) 11y

some information about the Hekou/Kunming Leg

3. Posted by cellowaif (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

I suggest a sleeper ticket on a train. You can sleep as you go and it's cheaper than flying. That is how I always travel around China when going long distances.

4. Posted by xs.if (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

we did this a few weeks back, get the sleeper train from hanoi to lai cao it shouldnt cost more than 214,000 dong (we paid 194,000), the tickets can be bought at the train station in hanoi theres a foreigns counter (it was a mission), at lao cai you'll probably need to get some kind of transport a bike, bus, taxi... to the border its about 2-3 km's from the train station. when you get there you'll know, should take about 5, 10 minutes max. cost know more than 10,000 dong (take into consideration that from lao cai to sapa 50 km down the road you'll pay 25,000 dong, so for a round the corner journey 10,000 is being generous (and theres always someone willing to do it for less anyways). when you get through customs on the vietnamese side, you'll walk over a bridge that links both countries after walking through customs on the chinese sise, the bus station is about a 5 minute walk you can easily get the ticket to kunming from there. they have about 3 or 4 buses living for kunming that night - cost about 11 u.s dollars. a couple of advice better to change your spending money for china in hanoi you'll get a better rate its 8.01 to the u.s dollar in china and 8.45 in vietnam. oh and according to our guide book we were suppose to pay 3,000 to cross the 100 metre brigde into china at lao cai but nobody asked us for any money.

happy travelling...

5. Posted by xs.if (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

somewhere to stay in kunming is the camellia international youth hostel/hotel. accom starts at about 40 yuan (4 dollars or 2.50 pounds) for a dorm bed. this is the cleanest place we've stayed in china in the last 3 weeks...