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Luang Prabang and Hanoi are 2 destinations that many foreign travelers choose to visit because of many reasons. Firstly, Luang Prabang which is the capital of Laos was recognized by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage. Buddhist monks walk on the streets in the early morning, which becomes a cultural characteristic that many travelers are interested in. Laos is the country with the highest number of temples in the world and its beautiful architectures are preserved very carefully. On the other hand, Hanoi was recognized by UNESCO as the “Peace City”, which met the criteria including equality, urban construction, the living environment preservation, caring for civic education and young generation. Besides, Hanoi has a unique architecture mixed between Western and Oriental architecture. Being capital of Vietnam and also a city with a long-life tradition, history, and culture; the old towns beauty attracts tourists with the typical street and the outstanding relics such as Quoc Tu Giam – Temple of Literature. As such, the traveling from Luang Prabang to Hanoi has raised concerned by many travelers. Fortunately, the transportation between 2 countries is very convenient so the travelers are easy to visit 2 destinations if they visit the Southeast Asia area.

I. GETTING FROM LUANG PRABANG TO HANOI BY PLANE – THE FASTEST WAY

Luang Prabang to Hanoi
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  • Travel time: 2 hours
  • Cost: VND 1,600,000 – VND 5,300,000 plane ticket
              VND 8,000 – VND 350,000 transfer 

Normally, the airport is located far from the center of the capital to guarantee the traffic circulation. As such, to travel from Luang Prabang to Hanoi, your trip will divide into 2 routes: from Luang Prabang International Airport to Noi Bai International Airport by plane and Noi Bai International Airport to Hanoi Capital by taxi, the specific car of Noi Bai International Airport or bus.

If you want to know what vehicles using popularly in Laos, you can access at the official website LuangPrabangTimeless

1. How to book the plane tickets from Luang Prabang to Hanoi

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There are 4 airline brands you can choose: Vietnam Airline, Lao Airline, Bangkok Airways, and Cambodia Angkor Air.

a. Vietnam Airline – The most popular airline in Vietnam

                                                              Source: vietnamairlines.com

Vietnam Airline is not just the first airline but the most popular airline in Vietnam. Many travelers choose this airline because of its service and well-trained staffs. There are two ways to get more information about this airline as well as ticket assistants: Agency’s office and online website.

To purchase tickets online or get more information about your flights, you can access the website vietnamairlines.com

Another way, you can book the plane tickets in some offices in Luang Prabang as follows

Name Address Time of working Hotline Fax Email
Luang Prabang Airport Luang Prabang Airport 08:00-17:00 (+856) 7121 3048 (+856) 7121 3049 lpq.station@vietnamairlines.com
Luang Prabang International Airport Ban Had Hien, Had Hien Road, Luang Prabang District, Luang Prabang Province 08:00-17:00 (+856) 7121 3048 (+856) 7121 3048 mailto:lpqkkvn@yahoo.com

sengkeo@vietnamairlines.com

b. Lao Airline – The Civil Aviation Company

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Lao Airline was found in 1976 as the Civil Aviation Company. To upgrade the quality of services, this airline imported the new European aircraft produced by Avions de Transport Regional in France. At present, the Lao Airline network is extended to 12 international destinations and 6 local destinations.

To get more information about this airline, you can access on the website laoairline.com or call directly to its hotline: (+856) 2151 0040

Another way, you can go to exactly the offices’ address as follows to book the ticket:

Name Address Hotline Fax Email
Savannakhet (ZVK) Dongdamdouan village, Khaysonephomvihane district, Savannakhet province (+856) 4121 2140 (+856) 4125 1060 zvk@laoairlines.com
Pakse (PKZ) 11 Road, Phatthana Lakmueng Village, Pakse District, Champasak Province. (+856) 3121 2152 (+856) 3121 2751 pkz-kk@laoairlines.com
Luang Namtha (LXG) Luangnamtha rd. Nongbouavieng village, Luangnamtha Province. (+856) 8621 2072 (+856) 8621 2073 lxg@laoairlines.com

c. Bangkok Airways – The first private airline in Thailand

                                                                   Source: traveltradedaily.com

Bangkok Airways is the first private airline in Thailand established in 1968. Because of the growth of tourist’s market and the investment in Thailand, the air transportation plays an important role in the national economic growth and its infrastructure development will become a vital tool to connect with other nations in the world. To meet the demand of the customers, Bangkok Airways extended syllabus flight to over 20 different flights in Thailand as well as other countries including Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, China, and Japan.

To get more information about this airline, you can access to its website bangkokair.com

Another way, you can go exact address in Luang Prabang as follows to book the plane ticket:

Name Address Time of working Hotline Email
Luang prang Town Office 57/6 Srisawangwong Rd.,

District 3, Bann Xiengmuan,

Luang Prabang, Lao P.D.R

09:00-18:00

Monday to Friday and Sunday

(Closed for lunch: 13:00-14:00 and on Saturday)

(+856) 7125 3334 lpqrrpg@bangkokair.com
Airport Office Hat Hien Road, Ban Hat Hien,

Luang Prabang, Lao P.D.R.

07:30-19:00 every day (+856) 7125 3253

d. Cambodia Angkor Air – The national flag carrier of Cambodia

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The representative symbol is the Angkor Wat temple and the bird’s wing expressing the power and beauty of the temple, the agility, and speed of birds. These two parts complement each other to implicit the quality of safety and efficiency that any traveler expects in the airline. It brings not only a good image representative of the Khmer people but also a special spirit of the company. Cambodia Angkor Air always puts customer’s safety on their top priority and built up the close relationship with their consumers and staffs. Besides, this airway has a good dealing with Jetstar – the first low-cost airline in Vietnam and other partners such as Metfone, Mastercard. As such, the network of this airline increases intensively in over the world and it gains more the customers’ belief.

To get more information about this airline, you can access its website cambodiaangkorair.com or call directly to its hotline (+855) 236 660 330

Another way, you can go to exact addresses in Laos as follows:

Name Address Hotline Email
Laos – General Sales Agency 152 Samsenthai Road, Chanthabuly District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR. (+856) 2126 4591

(+856) 2099 990 799

angkorair.vte@gmail.com

2. How to travel from Noi Bai International Airport to Hanoi Capital

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The distance between Hanoi and Noi Bai International Airport is about 30 kilometers – it is quite short. So you have several ways to choose: taxi, specific car or bus

a. Using the taxi to get to Hanoi from Noi Bai International Airport

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Travel time: 30 minutes

Cost: VND 280,000 – VND 350,000

You should know that the price can be changed depending on the day you book and the number of people in your group. To make sure that you won’t be tricked, please negotiate with the driver before getting in the taxi.

Some prestigious taxi brands you can choose:

Brands Contacts
Mai Linh Taxi (+84) 2438 333 333

(+84) 2438 616 161

(+84) 2438 222 666

Dai Nam Taxi (+84) 2438 846 666
Airport Taxi (+84) 2438 866 666
Viet Thanh Taxi (+84) 2435 636 666
ABC Taxi (+84) 2432 585 858

b.  Using the specific car to get to Hanoi from Noi Bai International Airport

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Travel time: 50 minutes

Cost: VND 40,000

Noi Bai International Airport has 3 specific car routes: NB01, NB02, and NB03. This form is similar to the bus so the car is quite crowded and it has no much room for your luggage. You need to go early if you don’t want to miss your turn. To get more detail, we would like to give the schedule of this means of transportation.

 Name Address of departure Address of arrival Schedule
NB01 Noi Bai International Airport Dao Tan Street T2 – Vo Van Kiet station – Vo Nguyen Giap – Nhat Tan Bridge – Nam Nhat Tan – Xuan La – Lac Long Quan – Buoi – Dao Tan (next to Daewoo Hotel).
NB02 Noi Bai International Airport Times City Noi Bai (T2 Terminal) – T1 – Vo Van Kiet – Vo Nguyen Giap – Five road – Dong Tru Bridge – Nguyen Van Cu – Chuong Duong Bridge – Tran Quang Khai – Tran Khanh Du – Nguyen Khoai – Minh Khai – Times City.
NB03 Noi Bai International Airport Nuoc Ngam Bus Station Noi Bai Airport (T2 Terminal) – T1 Station – Vo Nguyen Giap – 6km road (Hai Boi) – Thang Long Bridge – Pham Van Dong – Pham Hung – Khuat Duy Tien – Nguyen Xien – Nghiem Xuan Yiem – Nguyen Huu Tho – Giai Phong – Nuoc Ngam Bus Station.

c.  Using the bus to get Hanoi from Noi Bai International Airport

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Travel time: 70 minutes

Cost: VND 8,000 – VND 9,000

As soon as you leave Noi Bai International Airport, you are very easy to catch the bus to go to Hanoi. There are many choices for you, you can get on any bus with the number 07, 17, 90 or 86.

Bus number Schedule Duration Note
07 Cau Giay transit station, through Nghia Do Park – Hoang Quoc Viet – Pham Van Dong – Thang Long 50-60 minutes Too  crowded
17 Long Bien – Nguyen Van Cu – Cau Duong – Dong Anh – Phu Lo Soc Son  1,5 hours – 2 hours Fewer customers
90 T1 – Vo Nguyen Giap – Nhat Tan Bridge – Vo Chi Cong – Nguyen Hoang Ton – Lac Long Quan –Hoang Hoa Tham – Van Cao – Kim Ma 1,5 hours Fewer customers
86 T2 – Vo Nguyen Giap – New – Au Co – Nghi Tam – Yen Phu – Long Bien Transit – Tran Nhat Duat – Tran Quang Khai – Trang Tien – Le Thanh Tong – Hai Ba Trung – Ngo Quyen – Ly Thuong Kiet – Le Duan – Hanoi 1 hour Relatively crowded

d. Comparison of 3 means of transport to get Hanoi from Noi Bai International Airport

For each vehicle, it has both advantages and disadvantages. For this route, we want to give all of you the brief summary of 3 vehicles

Means of transport Duration Price

(VND)

Advantages Disadvantages Convenient and comfortable
Taxi 30 minutes 280,000 – 350,000
  • Time-saving
  • Large space for your luggage  
Highest price 8/10
Specific car 50 minutes 40,000 Time – consuming
  • Relatively cheap
  • Limited space for your luggage
  • Crowed
7/10
Bus 70 minutes 8,000 – 9,000 Time – consuming
  • Cheapest price
  • Limited space for your luggage
  • Crowed
6/10

3. Advantages and disadvantages of the plane when traveling from Luang Prabang to Hanoi

To get an overview of this means of transportation, we would like to give a brief summary of the advantages as well as disadvantages.

Advantages Disadvantages
  • Time-saving
  • Good services
  • Safety
  • Easy to control your schedule
  • Expensive price
  • Too many procedures
  • Different regulations (difference in each airline brand)

4. Must-know tips when using the plane to travel from Luang Prabang to Hanoi

  • If you have any difficulty in choosing the suitable brand, you can access to some prestigious website such as Traveloka, Agoda or Booking.com to get an overview and compare the price among 4 brands that we mentioned above.
  • To purchase the cheapest tickets, you should book the tickets as soon as possible.
  • For each airline brand, it has some differences in regulations, you should read carefully before choosing any brands.
  • Please arrive at the airport at least 2 hours earlier to complete your procedures

II. GETTING FROM LUANG PRABANG TO HANOI BY SHUTTLE BUS – THE CHEAPEST WAY

Travel time: 25 hours

Cost: VND 1,000,000

1. How to book the shuttle bus ticket to travel from Luang Prabang to Hanoi

Actually, the distance between Luang Prabang and Hanoi is 800 kilometers. Travelers must take 25 hours to travel. Few travelers choose this means of transportation because of its time-consuming. As such, the route Luang Prabang – Hanoi is not considered to develop. There are 2 shuttle bus companies providing this service including HTX 27-7 and The Sinh Tourist.

We will give a brief summary about 2 brands in case you are interested in this means of transportation.

Sinh Tourist

Source: easybook.com

Founded in 1993, but now Sinh Tourist is proud to be one of the leading travel companies in Vietnam with offices throughout the country. In order to meet the relentless demand of customers, Sinh tourism services have been enhanced and developed. The most prominent feature of Sinh tourist is the travel program departing daily and does not depend on the number of guests. Many travelers choose this brands because of the well-trained staffs making Sinh Tourist have a competitive advantage in East Asia areas.

HTX 27-7

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HTX 27-7 is one of the companies with the highest reputation in international tourism services. The company was established in November 2003 (called 27-7 Tourist Transport Co-operative). The initial number of cars was modest (50 cars) and most of them were used cars. Until now, HTX 27-7 brand (over 2,000 cars, 90% is new luxury cars) appears in most of the domestic routes including Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring provinces. The company’s services are increasingly improved, as such, customers increasingly trust in this service. Therefore, you can trust completely in this brand when traveling.

Brands Time and place of departure Time of arrival Price

(VND)

Detail Contact
HTX 27-7 18:00

Luang Prabang Station

20:00 (next day)

Nuoc Ngam Station

1,000,000
  • Toilet
  • Wifi
  • Water
  • Blanket
  • Television
(+84) 902 252 200

(+84) 243 9900 333

(+84) 982 004 141

The Sinh Tourist 17:00

Luang Prabang

Station

19:00 (next day)

Nuoc Ngam Station

969,000 Updating (+84) 283 838 9597

Note: The price can be changed depending on the day you book.

2. Advantages and disadvantages of the shuttle bus when traveling from Luang Prabang to Hanoi

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Every means of transportation has both advantages and disadvantages, the shuttle bus from Luang Prabang to Hanoi is not an exception.

Advantages Disadvantages
  • Cheapest price
  • Few procedures
  • Time-consuming
  • Language barrier
  • Few brands

3. Must-know tips when using the shuttle bus to travel from Luang Prabang to Hanoi

  • Booking the shuttle bus ticket as soon as possible to make sure that you start on time and follow your schedule.
  • Vietnamese is the key factor making your trip easier. Actually, the salesman or the driver cannot understand your language. The learning the global language will help you a lot when booking as well as traveling.
  • Prepare your luggage carefully including your clothes, money, and so forth.
  • Actually, the travelers on the shuttle bus are quite crowded. Besides, the travel time is relatively long, about 25 hours. As such, you should notice everyone next to you and put your important documents into your handbag to avoid being lifting.
  • Because of a long journey, the toilet is concerned by most of the travelers. If you want to keep the toilet clean, please never forget to press the water button before leaving.
  • Long journey definitely makes you feel hungry. Therefore, don’t forget to bring with you some snacks. You should prepare your foods before getting on the shuttle bus to protect your health.

III. GETTING FROM LUANG PRABANG TO HANOI BY PRIVATE CAR

Travel time: 13 hours

Cost: VND 4,000,000- VND 6,500,000 (round-trip)

1. How to rent the private car to travel from Luang Prabang to Hanoi

Actually, there are many kinds of cars you can choose such as premium cars, people carriers, and SUVs The easiest way to find a good car is asking the hotel receptionist. If not, you can consider some popular website: carrental.com or sixt.com

Brands Detail FREE Cost

(VND)

Suzuki APV

Or similar

6 seats, 2 doors, 3 large bags

Air conditioning, automatic gearbox

Cancellation

Collision damage waiver

Theft protection

Local taxes

Amendments

Shipping

4,400,000
Ford Everest

Or similar

5 seats, 4 doors, 3 large bags

Air conditioning, automatic gearbox

Cancellation

Collision damage waiver

Theft protection

Local taxes

Amendments

Shipping

4,800,000
Mazda BT50

Or similar

5 seats, 4 doors, 4 large bags

Air conditioning, manual  gearbox

Cancellation

Collision damage waiver

Theft protection

Local taxes

Amendments

Shipping

4,800,000
Suzuki APV

Or similar

7 seats, 2 doors, 4 large bags

Air conditioning, automatic gearbox

Cancellation

Collision damage waiver

Theft protection

Local taxes

Amendments

Shipping

4,800,000
Ford Ranger 5 seats, 4 doors, 4 large bags

Air conditioning, automatic gearbox

  • Cancellation
  • Collision damage waiver
  • Theft protection
  • Local taxes
  • Amendments
  • Shipping
6,100,000
Ford Everest 7 seats, 4 doors, 3 large bags

Air conditioning, automatic gearbox

  • Cancellation
  • Collision damage waiver
  • Theft protection
  • Local taxes
  • Amendments
  • Shipping
6,500,000

Note: The price can be changed depending on the day you book and the negation between 2 parties.

2.      Advantages and disadvantages of the private car when traveling from Luang Prabang to Hanoi

Advantage Disadvantage
Mobility

Enjoyment

Adventure

Expensive cost

Dangerous

Language barrier

Lack of knowledge (transportation regulations, culture, etc.)

3.      Must-know tips when using the private car to travel from Luang Prabang to Hanoi

  • Check your car carefully before starting to guarantee that your trip always in your hand.
  • Make a detailed contract with the car owner to make sure that you won’t be tricked after returning.
  • Bring some important documents such as identity card, passport, and driver license to prove your identity.
  • Learn Vietnamese Traffic Law as well as Laos Traffic Law to make sure that you won’t waste time and money in some cases such as breaking the law, accidents, etc.
  • Learning Vietnamese and Laos can make your trip become easier and more fun, you not only have more opportunities to learn new knowledge from both Vietnam and Laos but also can require the local help if you are in some difficult circumstances such as getting lost, running out of gasoline, puncture or flat tire.

IV.            How to choose the suitable transportation to travel from Luang Prabang to Hanoi

1.      What is your budget for traveling from Luang Prabang to Hanoi?

The finance is one of the main factors to help you make the suitable decision. For instance, if you don’t have much money, the shuttle bus and the private car should be considered. If you have a lot of money, you can choose any vehicles depending on your interest. The airway is the popular way that most of the travelers choose.

2.      Who do you go with from Luang Prabang to Hanoi?

Your partners are also a key factor that you should concern. If your team has children or pregnant people, both the shuttle bus and the private car are not considered. You should notice about their health instead of your interest. If your team has an interest in the adventures, the private car is highly considered, you can have the private time and place with your team. Some travelers choose this means of transportation because of its mobility. You can stop anywhere you want to take a photo or even enjoy the fresh atmosphere in new places. If your team has a dynamic person who has a good language ability, you can choose the private car to travel. This is a good idea because you can have more opportunities to gain more experiences and knowledge from many places including minorities ethnics.

3.      How much luggage do you bring along from Luang Prabang to Hanoi?

Although travel by plane has the highest cost, in my opinion, you should choose this means of transportation for many reasons. Specifically, your luggage will be protectedand your journey becomes easier than others. The long journey will make your luggage be at risk if you choose the shuttle bus. The number of travelers in the shuttle bus is quite crowded, hence, you have a difficulty in controlling your luggage. Although your belongings will be put into a specific place, you still have to pay attention to it all the time to make sure that your luggage won’t be lost. If you have much luggage, you should choose the plane to travel because it will be safer. If you have a few luggage, you can choose any means of transport that your team interested in.

   V.            The brief summary of all means of transportation.

Last but not least, we want to give you the brief summary of all vehicles that you will have an overview of the way to travel from Luang Prabang to Hanoi. For each means of transportation, it has both the advantages and the disadvantages. Depending on your team’s interest, health, and finance, you can choose the suitable one. We hope this article will help you a lot and make your trip become easier.

Means of transportation Duration Comfortable and convenient Price

(VND)

Advantage Disadvantage
Plane 2 hours 8/10 1,600,000-5,300,000 ticket

+ 8,000 – 350,000 transfer

Time-saving Expensive
Shuttle bus 25 hours 4/10 1,000,000 Cheapest price Time-consuming

Language barrier

Private car 13 hours 4/10 4,000,000-6,500,000

(round trip)

Relatively expensive Time- consuming

Language barrier


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