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  • tlm44

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    I just wanted to let everyone know what happened to my box of souvenirs I sent home from Laos.

    The box was open and most of my stuff was taken. Interestingly enough it was all the stuff that had anything to do with the countries - had the name on it - tshirts, bracelets, scarves, my lonely planet (which was in there by accident), an $90.00 silk dress, I am not even sure what else.

    I sent it thru the official post office.

    Just a warning for everyone.

    #1 Posted: 23/1/2009 - 08:36

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  • Rufus

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    Sounds like it happened at the post office in your own country rather than here in Laos.

    #2 Posted: 23/1/2009 - 13:20

  • exacto

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    sorry to hear it tlm44. that's a bummer. in contrast, i've had pretty good luck sending things through the lao post offices in both luang prabang and vientiane and have been treated with courtesy and humour by the staff as well. one time i was pretty nervous, because the nice lady clerk in VTE insisted that she would put the stamps on my items after i left. but even then everything i mailed arrived as it should.

    if my route is taking me back through thailand, i often wait and mail my packages through the thai rather than the lao post. that hasn't been due to fear of loss however, but just because the rates from thailand were a bit cheaper and the delivery time, while still slow, was a bit quicker.

    in any case, sorry about your stuff. regards.

    #3 Posted: 24/1/2009 - 01:28

  • Tilapia

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    That sucks.

    I'm still waiting for a package I sent home from Kathmandu in 1992.

    My mail from Laos just arrived at its intended recipients' homes. Only took 4 weeks, but it made it.

    #4 Posted: 31/1/2009 - 01:36

  • austral31

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    yeah sorry to hear it. I sent numerous letters and postcards to Australia from Vientiane last month and have had no problems. It only took about 1.5 weeks which was much better than the 3 it took to send postcards from Saigon in 2007.

    #5 Posted: 6/2/2009 - 15:26

  • scomoore1

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    Sorry to hear about this. My experience with the Lao post also does not give confidence. Last June, I sent 3-4 post cards after buying proper postage stamps at the counter of the post office in both Muang Khong (on Don Khong). I posted four at the Muang Khong Post Office and three at the Post Office in Attepeu. None of them have arrived.

    #6 Posted: 2/3/2009 - 00:11

  • agarlao

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    I agree that the items were more likely to be taken your home country post office. The staff, at least in the Vientiane post office, are very meticulous in their procedures. I've never had a problem except when a package arrives for me and the post office staff won't hand it over to my wife without an approval document signed by me and signed and stamped by the local village headman.

    #7 Posted: 2/3/2009 - 10:07

  • wanderingcat

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    2006, sent stuff from post offices in Phongsaly & Luang Prabang, all arrived at various destinations in 2-3 weeks (east & west coast USA, SE Asia, Australia).
    2007 & 2008, sent from post offices in Vientiane, again all arrived safely.
    likewise for sending stuff to Laos, has arrived intact even in a village ~60km away from nearest paved road & district post office.

    bit hard to pinpoint exactly where things went wrong - if no direct flight between Laos & your country, chances are your stuff has gone through a few transits in other places?

    #8 Posted: 2/3/2009 - 10:34

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