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    Hanoi overland from Isaan

    I want to go to Hanoi next month. I live half way between Bangkok and Hanoi so it seems silly to fly there from BKK but there aren't any local airports with flights to Hanoi.

    Is it possible/comfortable to travel there by bus from Thakhet or Suvanakhet?

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    Yes it is.

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    Thanks. Do you know which is the better starting point? Do you have a link to any info? I can't find much, especially recent stuff.

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    You can get a bus from savannahket to Hanoi, it goes via Lao Bao border , or another way to do it if you don't want to fly would be train or bus to Vientiane , grab. Visa in Vientiane ( same day) then sleeping bus to Hanoi via Lak Sao border or simply jump on Lao airlines or Vietnam airlines to Hanoi, not all that expensive, I would fly personally, don't much like buses. I've just got back a few days ago from a trip to Danang and Ho vile, will bung up a thread after I download the pictures

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    Hochi Mint Rail only way to go

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    Yes, I suppose he could get to Vietnam using either border crossing then hop on the train to Hanoi from dong ha or vinh if entering from those points

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    Vietnam, in particular Hanoi, is on my to do list this year and there are many ways to get there from NE Thailand, where I live. A few have been mentioned here and I am also looking at flying to Ho Chi Minh City and then taking a train north.

    I have not worked out the final details yet, but imagine any mode of transport is fairly cheap and personal preference will dictate how one gets to Vietnam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    Yes, I suppose he could get to Vietnam using either border crossing then hop on the train to Hanoi from dong ha or vinh if entering from those points
    Ho Chi Min Trail, part of lao rambler's path......keep drinking that grey Tale, Be ERLAO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henrie
    by bus
    By bus? I'd rather dip my tadger into an active hornets nest before jumping into a piranha-infested stagnant puddle.

    Train it.

    Trains are fabulous.

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    Agreed. I railed it to Ubon from Don Maung last week. 8 hours on the 6:30am special express.

    I need a bus to get to the Vietnam coast first before railing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henrie
    I railed it to Ubon from Don Maung last week. 8 hours on the 6:30am special express.
    It's only an hour and just over 1000 baht on the plane you nobber

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    I needed to be in Ubon mid afternoon. The train left at 6:30am. I always wake up early, so it was fine.

    I thought why not see some Thai scenery from a reclining aircon leather seat, save all the airline ticket booking and check in shit, and save 500 baht when if I flew all I'd do is sit around the hotel in the morning until leaving for don maung around 10:30am for a 12:30pm flight and see nothing but clouds and dots on the ground.




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    I just found this
    http://thainews.prd.go.th/website_en...O5901020010008

    Transport Co to add international bus services throughout ASEAN region

    2 Jan 2016 | 16:00 | (46 Viewer ) | Print Page

    BANGKOK, 2 January 2016 (NNT) – The Transport Company is set to extend bus services to varied destinations in the ASEAN region to accommodate more passengers following the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community.

    Transport Co Ltd executive vice president Noppharat Karunyavanich has revealed that the firm has been appointed by the Ministry of Transport to operate privately-owned buses to provide bus services to new destinations within the ASEAN region.

    The company is expected to operate bus services between Siem Reap in Cambodia and Laem Chabang in Thailand; and an international bus route connecting Vietnam and Laos with Thailand. New bus routes are yet to be approved by a central land transport committee.

    The new routes will accommodate the increasing number of passengers especially from urban areas throughout the ASEAN region.
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    Not to put a damper on this thread, but both Bangkok Airways and Nok Air have had long-time routes: Chiang Mai to Hanoi...

    Personally, I would take the overland route as well.

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    Isaan is closer to Hanoi than Chiang Mai.

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    Can we drive togo there ?

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    @rickschoppers: you can fly into Saigon, then travel by train to Hanoi, or vice versa, stopping at points along the way - Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, etc, depends on your time & budget. A friend of mine traveled to Hanoi last year. She met another friend who was already in Hanoi, then they traveled by train to Lau Cai, then on to Sapa to go trekking in the mountains and see the hill tribes. They joined a tour group for that mountain trek but for the city tour of Hanoi, they did on their own. Her friend did a Ha Long Bay tour too. I haven't been to north Vietnam but have been to Saigon several times. If you're interested, check out the thread I did about Saigon so that you'll have an idea. There are other Vietnam threads too.

    @BLD: I'm looking forward to another travel thread of yours. I traveled during this break to the Visayas by RORO. It was my first time to travel by RORO and was quite a chaotic experience, given that it was peak season. The ports in Batangas, etc. were all congested with locals. Some white backpackers too. If I have the time, I might do a thread (but I foresee a lot of work in the coming days) so I don't know when I'll be able to do it. Btw, did you meet up with crocman in Vietnam? Cheers and Happy New Year to you & your family!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    @rickschoppers: you can fly into Saigon, then travel by train to Hanoi, or vice versa, stopping at points along the way - Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, etc, depends on your time & budget. A friend of mine traveled to Hanoi last year. She met another friend who was already in Hanoi, then they traveled by train to Lau Cai, then on to Sapa to go trekking in the mountains and see the hill tribes. They joined a tour group for that mountain trek but for the city tour of Hanoi, they did on their own. Her friend did a Ha Long Bay tour too. I haven't been to north Vietnam but have been to Saigon several times. If you're interested, check out the thread I did about Saigon so that you'll have an idea. There are other Vietnam threads too.

    @BLD: I'm looking forward to another travel thread of yours. I traveled during this break to the Visayas by RORO. It was my first time to travel by RORO and was quite a chaotic experience, given that it was peak season. The ports in Batangas, etc. were all congested with locals. Some white backpackers too. If I have the time, I might do a thread (but I foresee a lot of work in the coming days) so I don't know when I'll be able to do it. Btw, did you meet up with crocman in Vietnam? Cheers and Happy New Year to you & your family!
    Good post ,let us know what katie did next

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    @rickschoppers: you can fly into Saigon, then travel by train to Hanoi, or vice versa, stopping at points along the way - Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, etc, depends on your time & budget. A friend of mine traveled to Hanoi last year. She met another friend who was already in Hanoi, then they traveled by train to Lau Cai, then on to Sapa to go trekking in the mountains and see the hill tribes. They joined a tour group for that mountain trek but for the city tour of Hanoi, they did on their own. Her friend did a Ha Long Bay tour too. I haven't been to north Vietnam but have been to Saigon several times. If you're interested, check out the thread I did about Saigon so that you'll have an idea. There are other Vietnam threads too.

    @BLD: I'm looking forward to another travel thread of yours. I traveled during this break to the Visayas by RORO. It was my first time to travel by RORO and was quite a chaotic experience, given that it was peak season. The ports in Batangas, etc. were all congested with locals. Some white backpackers too. If I have the time, I might do a thread (but I foresee a lot of work in the coming days) so I don't know when I'll be able to do it. Btw, did you meet up with crocman in Vietnam? Cheers and Happy New ,Year to you & your family!
    I certainly did! Had a few drinks with crocman and his lovely wife downtown Danang one night, still downloading the pics, This will be a moobless thread though, hope that doesn't disapoint
    Last edited by beerlaodrinker; 05-01-2016 at 11:16 AM.

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    Seems Henri has fukked off his teaching Job already

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    Not teaching. Screw that. A year of voluntary work via my employer back home. I can take time off whenever I want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    @rickschoppers: you can fly into Saigon, then travel by train to Hanoi, or vice versa, stopping at points along the way - Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, etc, depends on your time & budget. A friend of mine traveled to Hanoi last year. She met another friend who was already in Hanoi, then they traveled by train to Lau Cai, then on to Sapa to go trekking in the mountains and see the hill tribes. They joined a tour group for that mountain trek but for the city tour of Hanoi, they did on their own. Her friend did a Ha Long Bay tour too. I haven't been to north Vietnam but have been to Saigon several times. If you're interested, check out the thread I did about Saigon so that you'll have an idea. There are other Vietnam threads too.

    @BLD: I'm looking forward to another travel thread of yours. I traveled during this break to the Visayas by RORO. It was my first time to travel by RORO and was quite a chaotic experience, given that it was peak season. The ports in Batangas, etc. were all congested with locals. Some white backpackers too. If I have the time, I might do a thread (but I foresee a lot of work in the coming days) so I don't know when I'll be able to do it. Btw, did you meet up with crocman in Vietnam? Cheers and Happy New Year to you & your family!
    Thank you for the info Katie. I was thinking about flying into Saigon and then making my way north close to the Chinese border. I have read Sala(sp?) is a nice area up in the mountains.

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    Balls to Hanoi. I'm going to Da Nang. Closer, cheaper, warmer, safer biking, and next to the sea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henrie View Post
    Balls to Hanoi. I'm going to Da Nang. Closer, cheaper, warmer, safer biking, and next to the sea
    I love Danang too, it quite different versus other cities in Vietnam

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