Nhan Dan-Travel reports 30 June 06: "The Binh Dinh [Vietnam] Trade and Transportation Joint- Stock Company (VATACO) will open a 600 kilometre-long bus route from Binh Dinh province to Pakse of Laos on July 4.
update: Buses will depart from Quy Nhon city in Binh Dinh province every Monday and Thursday and from Pakse city in Champassak province every Wednesday and Saturday.
They go through Pleiku city (Gia Lai province), Kontum province, Bo Y border gate, and Lao provinces of Attapu, Sekong and Champasak. It takes 12 hours and the fare costs US $16 (160,000 KIP).
Besides, the Ministry of Transport and Communications has also allowed the Quy Nhon-Vientiane 1,300 kilometre-long bus route to start operation. There will be eight trips a month at the one way fare of VND 390, 000 for one person.
The bus routes target 1,500 people, who are working in Laos and 500 Laotian students in Quy Nhon. ..."
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