After hours of searching for an airfare I decided to go with Vietnam Airlines to Vientianie via hanoi. From there I will take the Lao Airlines flight to Luang Namtha and stay there for almost 10 days. I have my eyes on some treks already but a lot will depend on the number of people willing to join. Here are some examples: http://www.adventure-trek-laos.com/web/trek_program.htm.
The Golden Triangle looks more exciting and I will try to get on this one but will see if I find anyone else willing to join.
Today is packing and off to Laos tomorrow via Hanoi. Let's see the level of the newly opened direct service between the UK and Vietnam by Vietnam Airlines!