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trip advise: 23 days bangkok - laos - ha long - angkor wat
7th May, 2008
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We are a group of 4 Belgians that are travelling to south east asia from July 15 to August 6. We are thinking of doing the following trip, including some off-the-beaten track parts in Laos and Vietnam. Can anybody give information whehter this is doable in three weeks during the wet season?
15 brussels – Bangkok
16 bangkok (arrival noon + night train to Vientiane)
17 Vientiane (arrival + visit city)
18 Vientiane (trekking)
19 Vientiane (trekking)
20 Vientiane (trekking)
21 Vientiane – Luang Prabang (10h bus)
22 Luang Prabang (visit city)
23 Luang Prabang – Nong Khiaw – Viang Khuam – Viang Thong (boat + bus)
24 Viang Thong (dag in reserve + day hike hot springs)
25 Viang Thong – Nam Neum - Sam Neua
26 Sam Neua (visit cave city)
27 Sam Neua – border Na Meo – Moc Chau - Mai Chau
28 Mai Chau (trekking or cycling)
29 Mai Chau (trekking or cycling)
30 Mai Chau - Hanoi
31 Ha long (boat cruise)
1 Ha long – Hanoi – Siem Reap (flight at 15h10 in Hanoi)
2 Siem Reap (visit Angkor Wat)
3 Siem Reap (visit Tonle Sap or other temples)
4 Siem Reap – Bangkok (overland)
5 Bangkok (visit city)
6 Bangkok - Dusseldorf (fly home)
#1 Posted: 9/5/2008 - 20:36
Boats are not regular, you might have to charter (~1 million kip or ~100,000kip X 10 people per boat as of mid 2007, might increase as fuel prices rise) & split the cost among the number of people you can find to share.
Luang Prabang - Nong Khiaw by boat can take most of your daylight hours. By the time you reach Nong Khiaw, there might not be any songthaew willing to take you to Vieng Kham or Vieng Thong. If you really want to push it, you could try getting on the Vientiane-Sam Neua bus that will pass through Nong Khiaw at around 10PM-12AM (highly variable! sit by the road & wait...wait...wait...) & asking the driver to let you off at Vieng Thong (& wake up half the town :P) in the middle of the night...
Cave city is in Viengxai on the way to the border.
Wet season = leeches when trekking.
#2 Posted: 9/5/2008 - 23:19
#3 Posted: 10/5/2008 - 03:07
7th May, 2008
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Thanks guys for the replies.
The main reason for choosing to overnight in Vieng Thong is to split up the long journey from Luang Prabang to Sam Neua. Alternatively, we can maybe sleep a night in Nong Khiaw if we cannot find transport in the afternoon... However, our main concern is whether choosing the route via Vieng Thong to Sam Neua is reliable in the rainy season, since I read that roads are pretty basic in that region. Can you give me information on this?
For the trekking in Vientiane, we are thinking of doing the "Tad Leuk Adventure" with greendiscoverylaos. The main reason for preferring this trekking over a trekking further north is because it is a full nature trekking in the national park, while the trekkings in Luang Prabang are more hikes to villages (and I presume that we will have the opportunity to stay in a tradional village further during our trip). Another advantage is that meanwhile our visa for Vietnam can be arranged in Vientiane.
Or would you advise against doing the "Tad Leuk" trekking ?
#4 Posted: 11/5/2008 - 00:57
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