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8 days in Laos -starting in huay xai

  • roccstar

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    Hi,
    I will travel to Laos in the end of November. I will start my trip in Chiang Rai, so I will enter the country in huay xai. I will have 8 days until I will take a flight from LP to Ha Noi.
    My first plan was to take the boat down the mekong and then to spend the rest in LP, including 2-3 days of trekking.
    From what I read in this forum, I understand that 7 days in LP would be too long.
    Now I consider to go to Luang Nam Tha first (2-3 days) and do the trekking in that area. Afterwards I would still have 4 days in LP.

    Any thoughts on that? Is the boattrip from Huay xai to LP really worth doing?

    On a sperate matter, does anyone has experience with cooking classes in LP?

    Thank you in advance for your help!

    #1 Posted: 31/10/2010 - 17:45

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  • caseyprich

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    I get a little bored on boat trips after a few hours - even the spectacular scenery down the Li River in China I was ready to get off the boat around lunch. I've not done that leg of the Mekong but those I've talked to who have gave less than grand accounts - the slow boat is very slow and the scenery gets repetitive. Going trekking up north in Lang Nam Tha is a great idea before getting into Luang Prabang - you can relax and soak up the temples after getting dirty.

    #2 Posted: 31/10/2010 - 21:07

  • exacto

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    i don't think seven days in luang prabang is too long, but i really like it there and don't mind a few days of nothing but long lunches along the riverside and sunsets on phou sii.

    even so, if i had that full week like you do, i'd be temped to go overland to Luang Nam Tha and then down to LP with maybe even an overnight stopover in Udomsai. i think four days in LP will still be enough to catch all the highlights and still have some mellow time to explore the city too. regards.

    #3 Posted: 1/11/2010 - 06:49

  • wanderingcat

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    there are more scenic boat trips elsewhere in Laos.
    most people do this trip only because they studied the Lonely Planet Textbook :P
    my vote goes to the Luang Namtha option.
    or you could even go overland to Nong Khiaw instead, trek there & then travel Nong Khiaw-LPB by boat.

    not done any cooking courses, but one place in LPB to consider:
    http://tamnaklao.yolasite.com/

    #4 Posted: 1/11/2010 - 10:44

  • roccstar

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    Thank you so much for your help!
    I think at frist I will go to Luang Nam Tha and then to LP.

    #5 Posted: 1/11/2010 - 15:01

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