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Gunz in Laoz

Posted by somsai on 16/8/2009 at 22:15

On another thread Big Ross said, "I noticed your reference to "long muzzle loading rifles". I've seen them too, and was struck by the extraordinary length of the barrels. Do you (or anybody) know if these are rifles or shotguns, and why do they make the barrels so long? I wonder what the most common game is that they hunt. I've often seen people in markets offering very small deer (which appeared to have been shot)for sale, and some odd, cat-like animals, as well as squirrels. I think they a ...

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Is there still a curfew in Laos?

Posted by MADMAC on 19/8/2009 at 02:24

My counsin in Vientiane told me there's a midnight curfew in Laos. Is that still in effect and is it enforced at all? ...

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Viewed 5,754 times, with 9 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 20/8/2009 at 18:15

3 week laos itinerary - please help!! :)

Posted by juls101 on 16/8/2009 at 19:12

Hi, This is my first solo trip through indochina and I am pretty excited to kick it off in laos in October. I do not know much about what is possible though (feeling a little bit clueless at the moment) altho reading other posts is definitely helping. Can you please advise on what would be a good route to see the south and north of laos in 2.5 - 3 weeks and whether I should consider taking any flights etc.? Any advice, criticism etc. would be GREATLY appreciated. So far this is what I am ...

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Viewed 2,298 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by seagypsy on 19/8/2009 at 13:57

Pharmacy - Vientiane

Posted by yozza2009 on 17/8/2009 at 03:13

Hello, After reading some posts regarding Malaria. Im considering buying some doxycycline on arrival. (I already have enough for a week of my trip), can anyone recommend a pharmacy in central Vientiane that will sell doxy. Yoz. ...

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Tha Khaek & Southern Laos

Posted by Intrepid82 on 22/4/2009 at 13:45

I'm considering whether to make a trip to Tha Khaek and other parts south of Vientiane when I am in Laos in Nov/Dec. So far my plans for Laos were focussed mainly on the north but am interested in seeing some parts of the south, which I am told are a little less 'touristy'. Is this really the case? If so can anyone tell me what are the must see's in this part of the country? I am definitely on the look-out for the "authentic" Laos experience i.e sleepy villages and beautiful scenery.. ...

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Viewed 4,963 times, with 16 replies. Last reply by withoutborders on 19/8/2009 at 04:41

Laoz without Borders

Posted by somsai on 16/8/2009 at 23:52

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naSUJwDZDR8 Great Video I think the guys are chefs back wherever they come from, I like the opening scene where they make monitor lizard laap. From a reply on another web site it seems they made 5 different dishes from the lizard, the undercooked laap was from the blood and some organs. Proabaly Sua from some of the meat and a gaeng from the juices of cooking the meat but that's all just a guess. Notice how they put the thing in the fire then scraped the scal ...

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Viewed 2,058 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 19/8/2009 at 02:22

taking Thai motorbike to laos, possible?

Posted by sayadian on 15/8/2009 at 21:45

Can anybody help. The missus and I are going to southern Laos in November.We both are UK passport holders but she is originally from Isan and still has her Thai ID card.We'd like to borrow a motorbike from relatives in Ubon and take it into Laos.Is this possible and do you know what papers we might need? I have a UK drivers licence for car and bike. ...

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Viewed 2,775 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by sayadian on 15/8/2009 at 23:10

Gibbon Experience to Nong Khiaw

Posted by hc75 on 12/8/2009 at 18:48

Hi, I'm planning to do the Gibbon Experience in December and would like to travel to Nong Khiaw after that. Does anyone have any recommendations on the best (quickest) way to get there? I gather after you finish the Gibbon Experience you can catch a bus to Luang Nam Tha from the nearby village rather than going back to Huay Xai , but how long does this take and is it possible to go on to Udomxai in the same day? Alternatively I could go back to Huay Xai and bus it to Luang Prabang, but ...

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Viewed 3,208 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by hc75 on 12/8/2009 at 22:15

book in advance for christmas

Posted by pia2am on 11/8/2009 at 01:18

Hi I Me and my family will be in Laos over christmas and new year. I understand it´s the high season and wondered if you need to prebook accomodation in Vientiane (christmas), Vang Vieng (between christmas and new year)? We will book in Luang Prabang (new year). Pia ...

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Viewed 2,784 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by seagypsy on 12/8/2009 at 09:38

Nam Phao/Cau Treo VS Dansavanh/Lao Bao

Posted by soQQuadro on 4/8/2009 at 06:50

Ciao everyone, I'm planning my big SE Asia trip and wondering at this tricky point.Initially I wanted to cross from Laos into Vietnam through the Nam Phao/ Cau Treo, as I'll be staying only in northern Laos, but I'v read that is not the best crossing point.so I revisited my plan and now I'm going all the way to Savvannakhet only to do the other border crossing. Is it sane/wise? which one is relatively easyer and quicker??? I appreciate your saying as I have kinda limited time in each country so ...

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Viewed 3,497 times, with 9 replies. Last reply by BruceMoon on 11/8/2009 at 06:04

Happy Birthday Travelfish

Posted by BruceMoon on 12/7/2009 at 14:24

Travelfish is today 5 years great! Happy Birthday Travelfish May many more birthdays come. The site deserves the best. Cheers ...

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Viewed 2,076 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by sacott on 10/8/2009 at 09:16

Bus journey duration

Posted by Missis on 6/8/2009 at 20:40

Hello. Could anyone guide me on how long it takes to travel from Siem Reap and Phnom Penh to Bangkok by road? I am thinking of the bus mainly. Thanks. ...

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Viewed 1,664 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by Missis on 7/8/2009 at 01:45

Champasak to Don Dhet by Boat

Posted by angfonz on 4/8/2009 at 16:34

Has anyone done this trip? We will be spending quite a bit of time on the bus between Vang Vieng and Pakse, and would like to make this leg via boat. Green Discovery Laos quoted me $190 dollars for a 12 person boat, but we don't need anything nearly that size (traveling with 2-3 people). They said the journey takes 5-6 hours, which is fine, but we don't want to pay nearly that much. If I just show up at the Champasak peir and organize one myself will I be riding on some semi floati ...

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Viewed 3,161 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by Tilapia on 4/8/2009 at 21:50

Phonsavan, Muang Kham and Muang Sui updated

Posted by somtam2000 on 18/7/2009 at 08:58

Have just finished adding updated coverage for Phonsavan and Muang Kham along with new coverage for Muang Sui -- all in Xieng Khuang province in northern Laos. So if you're headed in that direction you may want to give it a read. More to come! ...

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Viewed 4,616 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by BruceMoon on 4/8/2009 at 13:24

€uros in Laos?

Posted by Pjotra on 17/7/2009 at 20:12

Does anyone know if €uros are an accepted currency in Laos? (given the low US¤ rate) ...

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Viewed 1,997 times, with 14 replies. Last reply by pabloeskimo on 4/8/2009 at 03:18

Independent travel or organised tours

Posted by Intrepid82 on 27/7/2009 at 06:47

I am planning my first trip to SE Asia at the end of the year...planning on seeing Cambodia and Laos. I can take up to three weeks. After spending what seems like an eternity finding an organised tour that went to all the places I want to see, I am very frustrated to find that the tour will not be going ahead due to a lack of numbers. My dilemma now is do I just go off on my own, and maybe take a couple of short tours in places such as Angkor Wat & Luang Prabang, or should I compromise and ...

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Viewed 3,386 times, with 9 replies. Last reply by xontros on 4/8/2009 at 00:18

Revised Itinerary...

Posted by yozza2009 on 25/7/2009 at 01:34

21 day itinerary, remaining pretty vague due to transport times whilst in Laos and taking in each location rather than flying through. Current plan... Days 1&2 - Vientiane Day 3 - Vang Vieng Days 4,5,6, (maybe 7)- Luang Prabang Days 7, 8- Nong Khiaw Day 9- udomxai/na maw Days 10 - 13 Luang Nam Tha Days 13, 14 - Muang Sing / Muang Long From here i'm lost as which to travel without retracing a number of my steps. I would consider the speedboat ride from xieng kok to huay xai before ...

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Viewed 1,921 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by BruceMoon on 27/7/2009 at 08:27

Snakes? Leaches? Dinosaurs?

Posted by angfonz on 13/7/2009 at 18:33

Probably a horribly ignorant question, but can I expect to find any of the above in the various bodies of water that I will be in and around? We will be traveling from Luang Prabang all the way down to Don Dhet. ...

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Viewed 4,690 times, with 31 replies. Last reply by laos_info on 26/7/2009 at 11:10

Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang - Minivan Hire

Posted by dclayw on 23/7/2009 at 08:51

Anyone know the current rate for hiring a minivan from VV to LP. I've read one recent story of 900,000 kip and that was for 11 people. I think that sounds quite reasonable, would you agree? I asuume the rate is always for the van, not per person, so the cost will be the same for 1 person or for 11 people? Does the hire rate go up much during peak season Dec-Jan? Is it possible to hire a taxi in VV for the trip to LP, there will be 4 of us. What would the cost be? And it appears the trip f ...

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Viewed 7,355 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by dclayw on 24/7/2009 at 16:34

New beginning itinerary

Posted by Nywoman on 17/7/2009 at 00:08

October 12 BKK – Vientiane Oct 13 Vientiane Oct 14 leave for Luang Namtha 14.30 Oct 15 Luang Namtha Oct 16 Luang Namtha Oct 17 Luang Namtha Oct 18 Luang Namtha Oct 19 fly to Vientiane Oct 20 Vientiane to Van Vieng Oct 21 Van Vieng Oct 22 Bus to Luang Prabang Oct 23-27 Luang Prabang Fly back to Bangkok Now I am stuck. If I want to do Plain of Jars I will have almost no time I Luang Prabang. My thoughts are to skip Plain of Jars and work my way up to Luang Prabang by bus. ...

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Viewed 2,145 times, with 16 replies. Last reply by Nywoman on 23/7/2009 at 19:50


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