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2 weeks in Laos on my own?! Sticky!

Posted by cig on 20/10/2008 at 15:05

Hi, what a fantastic website! have been reading non-stop. Heres my dilema... I will have 26 days to explore Thailand and Laos in Jan, I especially would like to see much of Laos. I start off in Phuket ( Islands/beaches etc) will take overnight train to Bangkok. Then off to Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya, then an overnight trip to Chiang Mai. I would then like to spend a good amount of time going through there and into Laos. And finishing up by taking the train from Vientiane to Bangko ...

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The Laos slow boat thread Sticky!

Posted by somtam2000 on 22/1/2008 at 16:28

Hi all, If you have done the Huay Xai - Pakbeng - Luang Prabang boat trip by slow boat, please post in this thread when you did it and a rough idea of how many people were on the boat with you. This is to give other readers who are weighing up doing the trip an idea regards to overcrowding on the boat. As always, my humble thanks! ...

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Favourite place in Laos? Sticky!

Posted by BigRoss on 23/5/2009 at 23:17

This is a post with very little practical value. Laos is my favourite place in the whole world, and I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that. I wonder which places in the PDR are other people's favourites? I have two I can't split: The Katamtak waterfall and Mr Boune Hom's Bungalows on Don Dhet. The falls are really not very impressive compared to some, but they are so deserted and such a bugger to get to, that being there is really quite special. Certainly you've proven your trail bike riding ...

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My Northern Laos Trip: Beginning to End Sticky!

Posted by christay2009 on 23/11/2009 at 02:45

My Northern Laos Trip: Beginning to End I travelled around Northern Laos for just under a month from the 29th September onwards, moving fairly slowly south through Laos beginning in Luang Nam Tha and ending in Vientiane. This is more about information than sharing stories of my trip. Border Crossing I travelled from Kunming (capital of Yunnan province, China) to Mengla, where buses run to the border and beyond. There is a direct, overnight sleeper bus [more than one] from Kunming to M ...

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Welcome and Terms of Use Sticky!

Posted by somtam2000 on 22/1/2006 at 16:30

Hi, I'm somtam2000 and I'll be moderating the Travelfish travel board. I'm here to answer all your questions -- or at least the ones I know the answer to -- as for those that are mysteries to me, perhaps other Travelfish members will be able to answer. You'll see you need to be a member to post a new question or answer an existing one, but if you're already a Travelfish member, you don't need to join again. Your existing login works just fine. A few of general pointers; 1) I do have to ...

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motorbike trip route help

Posted by craigyyz on 28/4/2016 at 18:35

Hi, I found a place in Luang Namtha that rents motorbikes with a drop off option in either Luang Prabang or VTE. I plan on riding for about 12 days and I'd appreciate help with an itinerary and whether I should go all the way to VTE or stop in LP. I plan on a very modest pace and would like to ride about 3-5 hours daily (in the morning). Looking at the map I'm thinking of this route: Luang Namtha - Oudam Xay - Nong Kiew - east from NK looping around highway 1C to Phonsavan - Phou Khoun - ...

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4000 islands to plain of jars advice?

Posted by Brwang93 on 7/4/2016 at 21:26

Hey guys, Hoping to get some advice on getting from 4000 islands up to plain of jars. We've found ourselves with limited time after getting caught up in the slow life down on dondhet, but are hoping to visit plain of jars before catching a flight from Vientiane on the 20th. Is it possible to get a bus direct from pakse to plain of jars, and if so what's the journey like? Happy to do night buses and hoping to avoid going through Vientiane to get there! ...

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Updated: Elevated warning for travel between Kasi and Luang Prabang in Laos

Posted by SoManyMiles on 31/3/2016 at 23:23

On March 31, the US Embassy has elevated its warning to now include what is commonly referred to as "the new road" between Kasi and Luang Prabang . This means that both roads connecting the towns of Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng are now subject to Embassy travel restrictions. You can read the full message here http://laos.usembassy.gov/mobile//warden_messages.html ...

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Elevated warning for travel between Kasi and Luang Prabang in Laos

Posted by somtam2000 on 7/3/2016 at 18:47

The US embassy has just upgraded their warnings for travel on the road between Kasi and Luang Prabang . Historically this has been an at times dangerous stretch, but a couple of recent attacks, along with attacks seemingly aimed at Chinese labour in Xaisomboun province, are very concerning. The important part of the warning says (my bold): The Embassy has prohibited official travel on Road 13 from Km 220 north of Kasi in Vientiane province to Km 270 at the Phou Khoun junction in Luang ...

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Round trip

Posted by PAULDJ4 on 30/3/2016 at 09:48

I have a 7 or 8 day gap in September and would like to do a round trip from Vientiane as this is the only airport with direct routes from KL. Can anyone suggest a ground agent or would I be better asking if you experts can give me a suggested itinerary. ...

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How to travel from Vientiane to Siem Reap

Posted by shwemoe on 25/3/2016 at 05:49

Hello, I am from Myanmar and traveling in the April new year time with this route of "Yangon-Myawadi-Mae Sot-Nong Khai- Vientiane - Siem Reap " (then fly from Siem Reap to Bangkok which is the easy part, then fly back to Yangon). Now I am stuck in looking for the information of how to travel from Vientiane to Siem Reap. And even get to the point of worried as my travel time is the new year time for both Loas and Camboida. Can anyone share the info of how to if you happen to k ...

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Share a slow boat up the Nam Ou from Nong Khiaw to Muang Khua

Posted by Ngolets on 26/3/2016 at 01:20

Two people are looking at sharing a slow boat on March 31, 2016. Also a private car from Dien Bien Phu to Sapa, Vietnam on April 4. We have a line on both but are interested in sharing costs. ...

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Share a slow boat up the Nam Ou from Nong Khiaw to Muang Khua

Posted by Ngolets on 26/3/2016 at 01:20

Two people are looking at sharing a slow boat on March 31, 2016. Also a private car from Dien Bien Phu to Sapa, Vietnam on April 4. We have a line on both but are interested in sharing costs. ...

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Southern Laos

Posted by jan1 on 3/3/2016 at 03:27

Hi I have around 4 weeks in Nov this year for a trip to Southern Laos on my to do list is Kong Lor Cave and 4000 islands and Wat Phou. Would love to hear what other highlights we should included and what to miss out on our trip Taking a moped and heading out to do one of the loop's is not a option for us If I have time I might keep heading south into Cambodia I have already been to LP VV in Loas and SR PP Sih in Cambodia and have covered Vietnam,Thailand, and also Burma Many Thanks Jan ...

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Laos by motorbike

Posted by Estherr22 on 9/3/2016 at 03:00

Hi guys! I'm planning a trip with my bf to Laos this summer, we would have 4 weeks. We will probably arrive in Bangkok. We would like to get ourselves a motorbike preferably in luang prabang, then drive down to Vientiane, and then all the way down to the Cambodian border. Of course some nice stops in between. Ideally we would then go to Cambodia siem reap and south to the sea. Do you think this would be possible with a motorbike in 4 weeks. And what would you think is the best option of getting ...

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MANDALAY TO HA NOI. A GREAT ALTERNATIVE

Posted by MelbourneMuzza on 20/3/2016 at 07:44

Before you go and dive into the two day boat ride into Luang Prabang and beyond, consider this, a more interesting route You can go from Mandalay to Pyin oo lwin by ute, a day of so there, then onto Hsipaw, a day or so there. Catch the train into Lashio and the next day or so Fly to Tachileik. This is a flight as there is a dust up going under you. The flight is Sat and Mon by Golden Myanmar (An airline that thankfully, the planes operate better than their web site 1% useful, dont ...

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Travel with old forks

Posted by Jasumin on 3/3/2016 at 20:47

Hi , May I check it's suitable to travel with old forks to Laos? BR, Jasmine ...

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Trekking in Luang Nam Tha - A Must-Do?

Posted by yuvalritt on 25/2/2016 at 18:29

Without shopping around that much (But noting in mind that "You get what you pay for"), the impression I am getting is that the trekking services offered are fairly expensive (Around 65$ for a two days trek). I have done before trekking in Myanmar (Kalaw-Inle lake and around Hsipaw) which were significantly cheaper. And so my question is: Is trekking here a must-do thing here? Is it a unique experience that is much different from other places? Thank you Yuval ...

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LAOS or NOT !!!

Posted by alfokat on 13/2/2016 at 04:53

Hi there, this is my dilemma (and obviously i'm dealing with time and itineraries) : I will be in Bangkok on March 15th and need to be around Siem Reap to meet a friend on April 5/6. In these 3 weeks I would like to quickly go up north to Chiang Mai, Pai, Chiang Rai, then slowly cross the border to Laos, head to Luang Prabang, and from there take a plane to Rep (just to be exactly on time), but i would really love to go down to Southern Laos and cross the border from there to Cambodia to St ...

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boat trip question

Posted by purcitron on 17/2/2016 at 21:33

-can anyone recommend a cheap river boat trip somewhere in SE asia please for 5 people total on the boat please? -no large groups on boat. semi-private. -possible to hire a "guy with a boat" somewhere for maybe 3 days? thanks! ...

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