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  • KPTham1

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    My wife and I plus an artist friend hope to be in Vientiane on 23 Dec and continue on to Luang Prabang the following day(24/12) where we would have 5 days before going over to Chiangmai(29 0r 30 Dec).I definitely appreciate advice on : 1.how can I arrange to visit the Plain of the Jars on the way to LP, presumably by road without taking too much time allocated for LP.From what I know, I have to turn off north of Kasi to Xieng Khouang and then double back again to LP.Can I do it in 1day or do I need to put up a nite ?
    2. In LP ,do I have enough time for Phongsali then to Muang Sing,Xieng Kok ,then Huay Xai and then cross over to Chiang Khong in Thailand and then travelling to reach Chiangmai by 30 Dec? I am booked to fly off from Chiangmai on 31 Dec.
    Pl let me know if I am too ambitious . Will appreciate advise on how and where I can arrange the road/boat transports.

    Many thanks in advance for all thye help and advice I will be getting . Thank you.


    #1 Posted: 26/9/2006 - 23:24

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  • exacto

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    Hi KPTham1,

    I fear this itin is too ambitious.

    If you really want to check out the Plain of Jars on the way to Luang Prabang, your best bet is to fly from VTE to Xieng Khouang and then on to Luang Prabang. An overnight in Xieng Khouang should be enough to see the jars and check out the town. The only caveat is that you'll need to check with Lao Airlines to make sure there are flights available on the dates you need, as they don't run those routes as often anymore.

    I'd also recommend spending some quality time in Luang Prabang rather than rushing off to the other destinations you mention in northern Laos. It is entirely up to you of course, but it would be a shame to spend almost all of your time on the road and little of it enjoying being where you are. You are going to work hard to get to Luang Prabang. Pull up some riverside cafe and relax.

    If time is an issue, there are also flights from LP to Chiang Mai on Lao Airways.

    Finally, if you haven't yet, you might want to sort out your accomodation in Chiang Mai ahead of time. That's a very busy time of year, and many places will book out.

    I hope that helps. Cheers.

    #2 Posted: 27/9/2006 - 09:17

  • KPTham1

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    Hi exacto,

    Thank you very much for the sound advice. Just what I needed to be brought back to reality. There is a flight to Xieng Khouang the very next day I arrive VTE but it means going to the airport by noon . I think I will try to arrange for road transport to Xieng Khouang with a nite stopover before proceeding to LP.
    How many days do I need to be in LP so as not to regret later?
    Flying LP /Chiangmai means that I will be in Chiangmai from noon Friday to noon Sunday. Nothing much really there to do.
    Yes, I really must sort out the accomodation as soon as possible. Problem is that I am still trying to find out what I really want!!!

    #3 Posted: 27/9/2006 - 16:41

  • KPTham1

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    So very sorry for the abrupt ending of the last message . I pressed the wrong key! I am not very good at this as I am a newbie.

    Your advice certainly helps to point me in the right direction.

    Thank you very much.

    #4 Posted: 27/9/2006 - 16:48

  • somtam2000

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    Hi KPTham,

    Exacto has a good trip report on his recent trip to Luang Prabang -- you can read it here. There's a bunch of others in that part of the messageboard -- you may find some of them of interest:

    Trip Reports

    #5 Posted: 27/9/2006 - 17:38

  • KPTham1

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    Hi, Somtam2000

    Many thanks for the valuable Trip Reports.These together with Exacto's are of great help. For me, I must now be more focussed. As my intention is Lp first and foremost, Lp should be the priority. So , its back to the drawing board to come up with a new itin.When its done, I would welcome comments on it.
    Til then, terima kasih Somtam, thank you Exacto and kop chai.

    #6 Posted: 28/9/2006 - 18:12

  • petervienna

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    Sabaydee ! X-mas time - pls male reservation for accommodation ! it could be a problem to get a nice room for a nice price during the holidays !
    sok dee ! peter

    #7 Posted: 12/10/2006 - 18:03

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