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Vietnam-Laos Border Crossing - Complete Guide
Going from Hanoi, Vietnam to Luang Prabang, Laos could be long and patchy, but certainly an unforgettable adventure, at least for me! This article should show you the Vietnam-Laos-Borders. I' ll also tell you my own experiences about the NamCan-boarder.
How to get a coach, the costs, the travel times and what you should really be expecting from this trip. Also instructions on how to get from the coach terminal to your Luang Prabang lodging. When you have more free and enjoy your meal in Hanoi, take a look at this meal guidebook in the old town of Hanoi.
I had my own Vietnam-Laos frontier crossings from Hanoi to Laos in Luang Prabang across the NamCan-Grenze. Or you can go across and drive to Vientiane. Go to any tourist office and ask if you want to take a coach from Hanoi to Luang Prabang. 00 (17 o'clock), a Shuttlebus brought me to the coach terminal, where the coach departed at 19 o'clock.
TIP: If you are traveling on a low cost, you can also go to the coach terminal to reserve your own tickets in advanced or contact us early to make sure you receive a seat on the date of your itinerary. The crossing of the Vietnam-Laos frontier is simple, but the journey from Hanoi to Luang Prabang usually lasts about 24h, depending on which frontier the coach will pass.
When we got to the coach terminal, I put my large rucksack under the cabin, so make sure you don't put any valuables in it. At the NamCan frontier at 06:00 (6:00), but the frontier opens at 07:00 (7:00), so we have to stay twohrs.
There' s a place where you can buy a snack and a cup of tea, but no "real food". I was advised that I would have to take all my pockets out for inspection when I left the Vietnam frontier, but that didn't go through. Sitting at the checkpoint with the other passengers, I passed my pass and waiting for my name to be cried.
When I had received my pass with the departure postmark, I crossed the Vietnam-Laos Freundschaftsbrücke for three full mins. We received a completed application at the Lao immigration office. I was enchanted when I got my pass with a postmarked entrance to Laos without having to pay anything.
You can also trade your remainder of your Viet Nam dong for Lao kip or your US dollar/euro for Lao kip at this point on the Vietnam-Laos frontier. At about 07.45 (7.45) we crossed the frontier. In the afternoon we continued another seven hour before reaching Luang Prabang. In fact, it was too long and strenuous, I think I was desiccated and had some gastric spasms because I was starving a few meals and it took quite a while before we got the right one.
It was a pleasure to make the same trip from Luang Prabang back to Hanoi, I know I must be crazy! WARNUNG: You can pass the Laos-Vietnam frontier without any problems, but please note the metric taxi service at the Vietnam mainline.
Deal with the rider and do not exceed 150,000 Vietnamese dong. Hopefully this story about the Vietnam-Laos check.