Central Vietnam

Demilitarised Zone - Dong Ha - Lao Bao - Quang Tri - Hue - Around Hue - Suoi Voi Bach Ma National Park - Lang Co Beach - Hai Van Pass Tunnel
Ba Na Hill Station - Suoi Mo - Danang - Around Danang - Hoi An - Around Hoi An My Son - Tra Kieu - Tam Ky


IDD Code: (+84) 53
Lao Bao, on the Sepon River (Song Xe Pon). which marks the Vietnam-Laos border, is an important crossing for trade and tourism between the two countries. Towering above Lao Bao on the Laos side of the border is Co Roc Mountain, once a North Vietnamese artillery stronghold. There is a huge border market on the Vietnamese side, where goods smuggled from Thailand are readily available. Merchants accept either Vietnamese dong or Lao kip. Don't change US dollars at the border unless you have to: the rate can be about 50% lower than the banks. There's no reason to linger in Lao Bao, but if you miss the border opening hours and need a place to stay, Bao Son Hotel (Tell: 877 848; fax 877 660; r US$12;) is a smart business hotel and good value for the money There is the inevitable row of corn pho (rice noodle soup) places in the centre of town. Lao Bao town is 18km west of Khe Sanh, 85km from Dong Ha, 152km from Hue, 45km east of Sepon (Laos) and 255km east of Savan-nakhet (Laos).