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I'm dreaming of a Laos Christmas and a sociable new year

  • jackymoon

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    Hello every one,

    It seems I will be spending the holidays in Laos. Which seems to me tobe a great thing. I think I will end up in Vientiane or Vang Vieng forChristmas, and certainly Vang Vieng for NYE. Sounds like the kind ofplace that I usually don't like to spend too much time, but I wouldvery much enjoy company since I travel alone. So my question is, whichguesthouses in those two cities would be recommendable for friendlystaff and good social atmosphere? Sometimes it is such a pain in theass discovering the "best" place to stay when you arrive in a newtown. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

    On another note, is it possible to pick up and Indian visa in Vientiane?

    Thanks so much!!

    J

    #1 Posted: 19/12/2010 - 11:35

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  • Rufus

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    Love is where you find it. I would stay at the Souphaphone guesthouse which is central and not too expensive.
    For friends I would head to Bor Pen Nyang after about 8.00 or the Samlor pub after about 9.00

    #2 Posted: 19/12/2010 - 15:37

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    ian

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    That's great advice from Rufus. I'd love to be spending NYE on the Mekong Riverfront in Vientiane ! If you're willing to splurge a little for fancy NYE cocktails, check out the Spirit House further past Bor Pen Nyang. They'll definitely have champagne :D Other accommodations I'd recommend in Vientiane for meeting people are the Lao Youth Hostel (#2 is newer and cleaner) or the Mixay Guesthouse. They're cheap, too.

    For all the Travelfish accommodation review in Vientiane go here -- http://www.travelfish.org/accommodation/laos/vientiane_and_surrounds/vientiane/vientiane/all

    In Vang Vieng you'll have no problem finding a party. For friendly staff and a guaranteed group of people to party with, stay at the Spicy Lao Backpackers. If you want something a little more comfortable but still cheap, check out the bungalows on the island in the middle of the river -- Banana Bungalows or Otherside Bungalows.

    #3 Posted: 19/12/2010 - 18:11

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    ian

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    Oh, and there is an Indian Consulate in Vientiane and they should be able to issue your tourist visa -- http://indemblao.nic.in/visa.htm

    #4 Posted: 19/12/2010 - 18:13

  • MADMAC

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    Just remember if you are looking to be "social" in Laos, be social with Vietnamese women, not Lao women. Legal issue there.

    #5 Posted: 19/12/2010 - 19:51

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