Luang Prabang to Hanoi


24 Hour Sleeper Bus from Luang Prabang to Hanoi

“The seats are not fully reclined, about 20 degrees max. It is enough legroom only if you are 5′ 5″ or shorter, which meant as a 5′ 11″ I couldn’t fully stretch my legs. It would have been possible if I had a lower berth or back of the bus where there was additional upper floor to cram more passengers and who knows what else – more on that later. There is even less headroom if you have the window seat, as the AC and lights (which was broken for us and could not be turned off) took up some space. It is quite claustrophobic at first, but you do get used to it a bit as the ride goes on.”

Los Ramseys | 2016

Luang Prabang to Hanoi by Bus: Not so bad

“I’m baffled when people say the sleeper bus beds in Asia are uncomfortable. Even the most luxurious (and far more expensive) long-distance buses in South America only have chairs that partially recline, and don’t even get me started on Europe. Fair enough, there’s not a lot of room to manoeuvre – especially if you bring your valuables on with you in your hand luggage – but as buses go, it’s a rare treat for someone of 5″10′ to be able to stretch out horizontally with room to spare.”

Beyond Blightly | 2015

Overnight Bus from Luang Prabang to Hanoi, Travel Tips

“When they opened the luggage compartment I thought they were going to place our bags in, close the doors and we would be on our way. Instead, they started to load up plants, boxes and bags which were clearly things to be smuggled across the border. After doing some research I found that this is one of the most popular smuggling routes in Southeast Asia. The drugs were safe and sheltered underneath the bus but our bags containing everything we own were launched on top of the bus and strapped in with cheap rope. Oh, and conveniently it started to rain out just a few hours into our drive so our bags got a nice shower.”

Snap Free Life | 2015

Bus from Hell: Surviving the 24-Hour Ride from Luang Prabang to Hanoi

“The whole ride was quite a test of patience, to say the least. The seemingly endless waiting, the lack of food, the constant honking —they would get to you and challenge the Buddhist in you. Even when we arrived at the bus terminal, we had a hard time getting to our hotel. It was a struggle to deal with the taxi drivers because they would often charge so much higher than we were told. We ended up taking a shuttle with the other tourists with whom we shared the bus. It took us another 2 hours to finally reach our hotel room and have a nice, hot shower.”

The Poor Traveller | 2013


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