I am travelling to Laos at the end of September coming from Northern Thailand. We are arriving by slow boat to Luang Prabang. Our plan is then to visit Vang Vieng then to Vientiane.
After we visit Laos we are going to Vietnam (starting from the North). After looking into transport from Vientiane to Hanoi, it seems like a long journey (24 hour bus ride). I was wondering if anyone could recommend any other places to visit in Northern Laos or alternatively somewhere to stop in Northern Vietnam to break up the journey to Hanoi? I know there is a flight with AirLao but as we are on a budget, we are looking for alternative means of transport.
Thanks very much for your help!