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traveling through vietnam at the moment , would like to know how easy it is to get to LAOS from SAPA ??
10 years ago, August 14th 2010 No: 1 Msg: #117540  
would like to go to laos after Vietnam , but vist sapa befor i do , would like to know how easy it is to do this ? will i have to got back to hanoi or can i take route from sapa which is fairly cheap ?

any help will be great cheers guys x
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10 years ago, August 16th 2010 No: 2 Msg: #117655  
Hi there

You can get from Sapa to Laos if you go via the Dien Bien Pu/Tay Trang crossing.

You will need to get an early morning minibus from sapa, all the guesthouses will be able to sell you a ticket. This will take you to Dien Bien Pu where you have to stay overnight. The following morning get the first bus (5am I think.. buy tickets the night before) to the border. Here you will have to wait for about an hour while they process your visa, the bus will wait for you.

It's then about another hour or so you will arrive in Muang Khua where you can go direct to Phnom Penh if you want or stay a day and the next day start the jorney down the river to the capital and stop at villages on the way.. definately worth a visit.

It's a long journey but a fun one. If you want a bit more info read our blog post which may also help.

Have a good journey whatever you choose to do, it's a beautiful part of the world so don't rush it. 😱 Reply to this

10 years ago, August 17th 2010 No: 3 Msg: #117679  
cheers dude !! will try that then 😊

i'll probly get my visa at the embassy in hanoi or sumint but cheers , thanx alot will save me retracing my steps which i realy didnt want to do .... will be an experience and im looking forward to it x Reply to this

10 years ago, August 18th 2010 No: 4 Msg: #117731  
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I think with the way what's Sophie recommend is inconvenience for you. Because you don't know how to get the ticket for the bus from Sapa to Laos, your languages does not allow. Not so many bus can go with that schedule because almos the ways is mountain climming. You see, It's dangerous. The best way : from Sapa, you back to Hanoi and take the bus ticket or train.
I'm Tuong from Hanoi, Vietnam Reply to this

10 years ago, August 29th 2010 No: 5 Msg: #118363  
just do to Dien bien phu by road and check out by Tay trang border gate
so far, so long, so tired..
after you go to muong khua in laos
be sure that you have pick up in laos side
visa up on arrival at Laos gate
35 usd for one entry Reply to this

10 years ago, August 31st 2010 No: 6 Msg: #118443  

For me, the adventure trip is no problem about languages, that is a part of culture. You can cross Tay Trang border gate (Dien Bien Phu) or Cau Treo border gate (Vinh city) is okie. Should have a sheet with detail instruction in Eng and local language is better. But the time is ok with you

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10 years ago, September 6th 2010 No: 7 Msg: #118750  
thanks for all the advice , i finaly made the journey last week so will post how it was done for any one else planing to take the same route .

one guy at the bus station told me the was a bus from there at 7.30 am , the day i arived another guy completly ignored me when i asked for a bus ticket to dien bien phu ( was sooo rude just looked at me looked away finished writing a ticket out got up gave me the cold shoulder and walked of , typical vietnam )
moto driver then said i could get the bus from somwhere else in town

7am ish , from the main bus station i got a moto ( 10,000 dong ) to dien bien phu street in sapa town ( the mini bus for sapa travels along this road , say to a moto driver you want to go to dien bien phu by bus and they will take you here .

the bus for D.B.phu go's via LAI CHAU from dien bien phu street at 7.30-740 am and only say's LAO CAI -- LAI CHAU on the front , paid 200,000 dong and took a long bus journey down the mountains ,

changed bus sumwhere along the route , the bus conductor kindly pointed me to the rite bus and gave the new bus driver the correct fare from the posibly over priced 200,000 dong ticket

from there was another long journey to D.B.Phu , stoping once for the driver and other vietnamese passengers to eat and strech there legs .

( bring your own food for the journey + lots of water , when we stoped at the cafe the owner wanted 100,000 dong for rice and chicken !!!!! when i saw the locals paying 15,000 . wasnt supprise in the slightest but pretty hacked off as the whole way up vietnam this was happing , so just ate the food i brang with me )

you will arive in Dien Bien Phu in the evening and need to stay in a hotle ect over night , i paid 100,000 for a room with two beds which was less than 100 meters from the station

the bus across the boarder leaves at 5.30am its should cost 88,000 dong , on the board at the front of the station its listed as bus number 22 dien bien phu to moung khwa

( i had trouble trying to buy a ticket for the next morning , so just got up erly and secured my seat )

boarder crossing was fine , vietnam side went well , lao side was ok too , as a uk citizen i paid $35 for my visa on arival , then 2 or 3 dollars for " extra fee's "

the bus arived in moung khwa at around 1.30 ish , you have to pay 2000 kip to get a boat across the river as the bus stops on the other side to the town

the bus station is 3km out of town , and there is a bus to udomxai at 3pm for 30,000 kip , i walked this 3km as i fort i had sum time to kill and not much kip either . if you want to walk it just follow the road form the boat landing take a left at the end of the road, past the bank on your righthand side ( you can change money here but no ATM ) and follow that for a few mins to the bus station it seems like you may be walking to the middle of nowhere at some points but you'll get there , just ask the locals if Your goin the right way they were pretty helpfull !

after the bus to udomxai you have to stay there another night as no more buses run untill the morning . from here you can branch out to a few main points and theres an atm or two in the town ( the only one along the route ) , i satyed across the road 40,000 - 50,000 kip single with fan shared bathroom wasnt in the mood to haggle as it was a long todays

please bare in mind tho this journey was done with no rain ! ( if its raining this will most likly take longer ! )and we did brifly stop for the diggers doing the road works to get out the way .

if you do the journey .....


onli take what dong you will need . ( so u change as little as posible at the boarder or arent stuck with loads of dong )

bring food and water for each leg of the journey just incase you do get stuck ect !!!

remember it will take much longer in the wet , expect delays even in the dry

expect over charging

make sure you pack your bag in a water poof bag or use a good rain cover as bags go on to of the bus as its normaly filled with local or bags of rice

let out a bit sigh and smile when you enter lao ! 😊

hope this helps someone or some people , sorry its long but its a long journey

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10 years ago, January 2nd 2011 No: 8 Msg: #125722  
Hello Chris
your info has helped me a great deal - basically one needs 2days just to get to laos. is it worth to enter from from Dien Bien.is that some of the best part of Laos?
I'm a woman travelling solo and my time is limited as i'd also wish to see cambodia. do i need 2 days to trek the sapa villages(im pretty fit)?
. what is another easier alternative to cross over to laos without having to turn back to hanoi?

Also i wish to then get back to vietnam to travel south beyond hanoi (to ho chin mihn) what do yo recommend?

i hope you you read this soon as i plan to leave for sapa tommorrow night
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10 years ago, January 3rd 2011 No: 9 Msg: #125766  
If you go into Laos and then back into Vietnam, you'll need a new Vietnamese visa.

You can cross from Laos into Vietnam at Savannakhet in Laos and cross to Hue in Vietnam. You can then go South from there. Alternatively you could go from 4,000 islands in Laos to Cambodia and then go into South Vietnam from Phnom Penh or Kampot in Cambodia.

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10 years ago, January 7th 2011 No: 10 Msg: #126119  
i would deffinatly recomend a trekk in sapa ! the town was very touristy , and the trekk a little too but my slef and too guys i met managed to do a 2 day 1 nyte trekk in to the valley for $18 from green valley hotle/international youth hostle , would deffinatly recomend them to nice place to stay , i think you can book through hostle bookers or hostle world . the trek its self wasnt to tuff very slippy and steep in places tho , highly advise wearing good treking boots ! the views are worth geting wet and muddy for , one my best experiences so far !

i had a month in both countrys and came from ho chi mihn to hanoi and left via sapa / dien bien phu so i didnt need to re-enter . but i think u'd have to get a vietnam visa before leaving of returning back there and im gussing the lao capital is ur best option , and thats a bit of a journey from the north if tim is limited .

what are ur plans and time like ? do u have flights already booked ect ?

sorri this isnt much help and a bit late crossed the thai / malaysia boarder yesterday at sungai kolok and had the longest wettest lol so my brian abit fryed atm Reply to this

10 years ago, January 11th 2011 No: 11 Msg: #126458  
You still need to go to Dien Bien Phu for Laos!! It's a fairly long drive and make sure that you have Lao visa before heading to the area. Lao Visa can be done via agents in Hanoi. have a good time Reply to this

10 years ago, January 13th 2011 No: 12 Msg: #126544  
think you can get the visa at the boarder, depending what your nationality is , im uk was like $35 at the boarder Reply to this

10 years ago, January 15th 2011 No: 13 Msg: #126643  
Travel from Sapa to Laos through Dien Bien Phu really difficult way. If possible, you can back to Hanoi then take a bus from Hanoi to Laos, much more easier for you also easy to makes visa for Laos at the border. Reply to this

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