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I am considering travelling in Laos and the northern half of Vietnam, namely Hanoi and Hoi An. After a few searches from Luang Prabang to Hoi An on Rome2Rio for terrestrial transportation, there seems to be no bus or train between the two countries.

My question is, are there buses (or trains) crossing from Laos to Vietnam. I know there are mountains on the west side of Vietnam but I expect there might be few crossings.

Note: I found an interesting related question: Travel from Thailand to Vietnam through Laos - good idea?

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    Trains no, buses yes. – user13044 Feb 27 '16 at 2:17
  • Can you be a bit more specific? I'm not quite clear what it is you want, other than to be in Thailand/Camodia at some point, and be in Hoi An at another. – CMaster Feb 29 '16 at 13:05
  • I tried making the question more specific, let me know if it still isn't. – Vince Mar 9 '16 at 14:02
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    As an aside, there's some great stuff between Hanoi and Hoi An - Phong Nha caves, Hue Citadel and Tombs, the national parks/nature reserves near Hanoi. – CMaster Mar 9 '16 at 14:07
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There are numerous routes to get to Laos from Vietnam, but most of travellers and tourism agencies choose to use the three common roads below:

  • Highway No.279 from Dien Bien Phu City, crossing Tay Trang International Checkpoint.

  • Highway No.8 from Vinh City of Nghe An, crossing Cau Treo International Checkpoint.

  • Highway No.9A from Dong Ha, crossing Lao Bao International Checkpoint. Further Travellers can choose to hire or use their own vehicle to take a border crossing trip from Vietnam to Laos; however, getting on a bus seems to be more favored because of its convenience in procedure. There are many reputable tourism agencies are currently providing daily border crossing trips such as Trekking Company, Camel or No.14 Bus Company.

These buses depart Hanoi at 6.30-7.30pm, travel through night and arrive in Laos in the next day’s afternoon. Both seat and berth buses are available to serve travelers with ticket fare from VND 250,000 (USD 12) to VND 500,000(USD 22), but also varied by seasons and bus providers.

In Hanoi, tourists can purchase bus tickets to Laos at one of these addresses: 3A Nguyen Gia Thieu, 35B Nguyen Huy Tuong and Nuoc Ngam Bus Station (Giai Phong Street).

  • What's there at the three addresses you mention? – JoErNanO Apr 14 '16 at 10:19
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I took a bus from Hanoi to Laos back in 2011. The bus took around 23 hours. This includes maybe an hour at the border as most tourists needed to get Laos visa. The road taken was through very steep and dangerous looking mountains. The bus had sleeping berths in it rather than seating ones so that was a big plus. Annoying thing was that about an hour into the journey as mostly drunk passengers where beginning to drift of to sleep, the driver decided to play some telenovela with load kpop music over it. Loud shouts of "STFU" and local insults have not made him change his mind about music selection or the volume. Bus driver has likely been hitting ya ba balls as he seemed rather jittery. It was a night bus so not much sightseeing.

I would guess that the reverse bus from Laung-Pra Bank to Ha Noi exists as this guy had to drive back eventually. Possibly also goes further to either Vang-Vieng or Vientiane before returning. Whether this is the case now I do not know. Although both those countries have had major spike in internet users and services offered online over last few years, it is possible not to find anything about such bus unless locally present.

Laos has total of 4 km train track so, no trains except short stretch to Thailand.

Also would like to add that you should ALWAYS ask for ticket unless you want to pay twice.

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As i know, from Laos to Hoian have not direct bus or train, you have to transfer to Dien Bien Phu by bus or Hanoi by train to Laos, then catch bus to Hoian. You can read more at : http://www.travelfish.org/board/post/laos/16444_luang-prabang-to-hanoi

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