Could anybody help me to get thru laos from thailand and into vietnam?
I want to get to hanoi, so will be passing thru the mountainous part of laos.. is this possible?
or can anyone recommend me another route? a route that somebody has done perhaps??
Getting to Laos from Thailand isn't a challenge. Take the bus to Vientainne, or for more adventrue, get to the Huay Xai border (Easy from Chaing Mai or Chaing Rai) and take the slowboat down the Mekong to Luang Prabang.
I don't know about going through the mountains, but I took the direct bus from Hanoi to Vientienne, via Vinh (VN). It was one looooooooong 20 something hour bus ride, but it was the quickest way that we could find.
If you have enough money I would suggest flying from Vientiane to Hanoi, this is what I did & it cost me $70 (Vietnam Airlines) & saved me a lot of heartache. I have heard some horror stories about people getting a coach from Laos to Vietnam. If you do end up getting a coach, get a company recommended by a fellow traveller.
cheers for your help guys!!
I was thinkin about takin the bus.. but ive recently heard the horror story rumours flyin about.. im now thinking twice about it!
laura i might consider that flight! where did u book your flight, did u do it at the airport then and there? or pre book it? Also where do you reccomend me purchasing my vietnamese visa?
I've sent you a message explaining in more detail.
cheers for your help Laura!