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Help!Travelling through Laos to HCMC

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1. Posted by vixen68194 (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

We want to travel down from luang prabang to hcmc quite fast, so that we can hop on a flight to manila. Is it only overland? We can't seem to find any flights. Although we Do not want to miss out the islands at the bottom of laos, we are wondering what is the best place to cross the border? We are very stuck on ideas . We have about one week to make it. Do you think we are pushing it????

2. Posted by Fagen89 (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

Hey, you can get flights from luang Prabang to ho chi M C. Try expedia or farecompare.com.
I've found flights on these for july/august because i'm doing the exact same.
I don't know if you can get there overland in a week tho.
Hope this helps :)

3. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 7y

A friend of mine flew from Luang Prabang to HCMC with Vietnam airlines last year, so there is flights going.
Would not book it in advance though. I flew from Vietienne to Hanoi and got the ticket for half the price when I bought it at the Vietnamese Airlines offfice in Luang Prabang.
I can understand you want to go to 4.000 islands in the south of Laos, but making it overland from Luang Prabang to HCMC in one week would be pushing it. Took me 8 hours by bus to go 250 km. It's an adventure but not exactly a pleasant journey on Laotian roads ;). Also, not sure if there's a border crossing between Laos and Vietnam in the south, you might have to go via Cambodia. And have you thought of the visa yet? If you're planning to stay in Vietnam for longer, you definitely need to get it in advance. They don't do the visa upon arrival, or at least that was the case when I was there early last year. Hope this helps for a start.