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North to south travel help

Posted by Gordon_M on 12/7/2006 at 00:14

Hows everyone doing today, i was wondering what kind of route to take through laos, im planning on spending a couple of weeks heading north to chiang mai then crossing to laos, i would love to travel north to south and onto cambodia but i keep hearing different stories on borders being closed also i was wondering how much travel time would be involved, i would like to travel on a budget but like the sound of travelling by river. Also how safe is it to travel this way, i like the outdoors and meeting local people. Also as i have only started doing my research on laos i wondered if middle to late november is a good time for weather. One last question, can someone tell me a bit about the 4k islands, what their like and anything else i should know, sorry for the long post but any fedback is really appreciated, thanks for your time, Gordon

P.S does anyone have emails or numbers of good local guides and the cost roughly

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Posted by somtam2000 on 12/7/2006 at 08:08 admin

Hi Gordon_M,

I'm trying to get some information at the moment regarding the Lao/Cambodian border -- my gut reaction is they're wrong -- but better to be safe than sorry.

Have you looked at the sample trip itineraries for Laos in our Trip Planner section? They may help you in the planning part of your trip.

The only parts of Laos which people still ro regularly by boat are the following routes:
Huay Xai-> Luang Prabang
Luang Nam Tha -> Pak Tha
Pakse-> Si Phan Don

They're a great way to reavel, but expect to meet mostly other travellers rather than too many Laos on these boats.

For the Four Thousand Islands, take a look through our Champasak section for more info.

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