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  • lagale

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    we are flying from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang and staying 2 nights prior to returning to Hanoi where we fly to HK. Is 2 nights enough, or rather it is actually 1-1/2 days depending on the hour we actually arrive in LP from SR.

    #1 Posted: 9/7/2011 - 22:33

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  • Rufus

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    Not really. I would spend 3-4 full days.

    #2 Posted: 10/7/2011 - 14:33

  • Captain_Bob

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    If you want the standard Pak Ou cave, Kuang Si waterfall, Phou Si hill sunset, evening souvenier market, and sunrise monk photo experience then you have just enough time. Better if you can give a few days for more random things tho.

    #3 Posted: 11/7/2011 - 02:14

  • lagale

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    Thanks, what would you consider the 'random things'?

    #4 Posted: 11/7/2011 - 07:17

  • glomer

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    I agree with Rufus that 3-4 full days would be good. We were there for 5-6 late last year and found it to be slightly too long for LP itself (if adding a side trip to Nong Kiau, it would be good though).

    #5 Posted: 22/8/2011 - 08:23

  • chinarocks

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    4-5 days, not a place to be rushed.

    Consider going to an elephant lodge for a day too (overnight if you wish).

    Some great local Laos restaurants.

    We stayed in Kinelly Guest House, no complaints. €10 for a double room.

    #6 Posted: 22/8/2011 - 16:55

  • nafsana

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    3 days is enough.......

    #7 Posted: 15/9/2011 - 12:10

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    To echo the others, 1 1/2 days is just enough time to see the highlights -- river boat to the caves, visit a temple or two, shop at the night market, and wake up early for the Tak Bat ceremony (alms-giving to the monks). With such little time I'd skip the waterfall (swim, picnic) in order to spend more time walking around town.

    That said, Luang Prabang (and all of Laos, really) is the kind of country that rewards slow travel. The most enjoyable experiences are rarely the highlights mentioned above, but sipping a cup of locally-grown coffee and watching the sunrise over the Mekong, sitting down with the monks at a temple for a chat, renting a bicycle and exploring outside the city centre, etc.

    If you just want to be able to cross Laos off your travel list, then 1 1/2 days will do. But if you want to relax and enjoy yourself, you should stay longer.

    #8 Posted: 15/9/2011 - 13:08

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