Looking for any info or advice on possible northern border crossings between Vietnam and Laos.
Does anyone know if there is a northern border crossing between Vietnam and Laos that is accessible to tourists? Want to travel from Hanoi to Luang Prabang, without retracing steps by going south. Want to travel around northern Laos anyway so might be a good way to do it.
Any information on crossing, buses there and on into laos, visas etc is very welcome.
You can cross to the North of Vietnam by Dien Bien Phu.
I don't know if that makes the journey to Hanoi any quicker though.
Have you looked at www.travelfish.org
Alot of this info is there.
The Dien Bien Phu was the one I was thinking of.
Trying to cross from Vietnam to Laos. Thinking of heading to Sapa anyway (although seems to have gotten very touristy) and then across the border into Northern Laos and do a bit of the Phongasali loop.
Any advice on regularity of buses and the best place to get them from? Also any info on moving on from the border once in Laos.
Not sure of exact border names but we crossed from Attapeu in Laos to Kon Tum in Vietnam. It's not right to the north but is about level with Hue or thereabouts...
We took a mini bus (we got the tickets through the Phouttavong Guesthouse in Attapeu) which was a bit of an experience - the guys who drove the van were shady characters and were basically drug runners as far as we could tell. There is a public bus which goes that route too but we'd read some accounts of being dropped in the middle of nowhere or being charged a fortune to make the onward journey from Kon Tum to Hue/Hoi An so we thought we were being clever and would avoid the hassle! I guess we did but suffice to say we had a rather nerve wracking journey.
Anyway, it was about an 8 or 9 hour journey from Attapeu to Hue (could have been done much quicker but our drivers kept stopping for refreshment breaks and at one point we stopped somewhere so they could have a nap and do some other deliveries) and then from Hue we picked up the train to Hanoi.