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  • michelleush-
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    but I have been to thailand...Iam planning on being in north Thailand for xmas and new year then crossing over to Laos. Would you suggest allowing a month to travel through? Iam in SEA for 3 months in total and on a budget. Is Loas a lot cheaper than Thailand? Can anyone put Laos in a nutshell? Iam very excited to go.......

    #1 Posted: 18/9/2006 - 21:24

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  • Laura_B

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    Hi, generally a tourist visa is only for 15 days, but I think you can extend it to 30 days, not sure the details on this though, I'm sure there's some information on this site some where.

    I only spent 8 days in Laos, but just stopped in 3 places. So with a month I guess you will be able to do a lot.

    Laos is a stunning country & now is the time to go, there are already quite a few tourists, but not as many as Thailand or Vietnam. The scenery is pretty unspoilt, my fave trip was from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng, breath taking!

    In a nutshell, I would describe it as a calm & relaxed place. The pace is so much slower the Thailand or Vietnam. The people are lovely, very honest & modest people.

    Prices are quite similar to Thailand & sometimes even cheaper. But I noticed prices were getting more expensive compared to what my guide book said. Towns such as Luang Prabang get quite a lot of tourists rather then travellers & I think that rises prices.

    Have a beer Lao & enjoy Laos.

    #2 Posted: 18/9/2006 - 22:15

  • aemilys

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    Laos most definitely cannot be put in an nutshell, at least not in the three weeks I spent there...it is a fairly mystical place. You'll get where your going but then again it may take some time and I must say the more time you spend in Laos the happier you will be.

    I visited Vientiane (wonderful), Sam Neua (extraordinary), Phonsavan (if its on you way to somewhere else ok, if not too touristy), and Luang Prabang (expensive and vv touristy for Laos).

    So, I suggest taking your time in Laos, on my next trip I plan to do the Sam Neua, Nam Nouan, Phongsali route perhaps I will come in from Hanoi...and there with the road conditions etc, you must allow for lots of time...like perhaps a lifetime.

    It's addictive too, travelling in Laos so please be prepared to have an excellent adventure.

    As for prices: Luang Prabang 8 USD/night at Sok Dee with hot shower comfortable bed and HBO, Vientiane 14 USD/night at Maly Namphu with hot shower, comfortable v v clean room and HBO, Sam Neua 5 USD/night at the Boun Hom, shower and nice clean big bed (no TV)...and I splurged so not expensive at all...

    #3 Posted: 22/9/2006 - 03:57

  • michelleush-
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    ahhhh thankyou thankyou. Iam really looking forward to this part of my trip more and more. Many Thanks for your help it sounds just wonderful. Take Care.

    #4 Posted: 25/9/2006 - 20:44

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    One more thing, re Laura_b's comment on visas, Laos is now issuing 30-day visas as standard for visa on arrival. Michelle, you may want to take a look at the Trip Planner section, as there's some sample Laos itineraries in there.

    #5 Posted: 26/9/2006 - 06:18

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    #6 Posted: 10/10/2006 - 04:00

  • petervienna

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    Sabaydee Michelle, just one remark, X-mas is high high season ! the prices are higher as mentioned in some mails, reservation is more the recommanded, i would say a MUST. deleted -- please no adverts

    #7 Posted: 12/10/2006 - 17:31

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