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Car hire (with/without driver) in Laos

Posted by wouter71 on 6/3/2013 at 13:01

We are planning a 3 month trip in Thailand, Laos & Cambodia this winter with two children (then: 7 and 5). For practical reasons we are thinking of hiring a car. Last year we did this in Thailand for a couple of days - driving ourselves - so we know what to expect there. But who can advise us on doing this in Laos? (i'm posting the same question on the Cambodia-forum) Any tips on reliable rental company's? Better chosing a car with driver or is driving ourselves easy enough? (I'm thinking ...

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Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang via Vieng Kham and Pak Xeng

Posted by eljefe on 19/1/2011 at 19:00

Hi, A group of 5 of us are planning to bicycle from Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang. We're hoping to do it in 2 days. I've read that Rte 1C from Nong Khiaw to Vieng Kham and on to Sam Soun is paved and in pretty good condition. From what I've read here and on other sites, the road from Sam Soun to Hiway 13 is a well graded dirt road. We're hoping to break the trip up at Phou Sanam. Phou Sanam is about 25 kms south of the 1C junction (between Vieng Kham and Vieng Thong) and 30 kms before Pak Xeng. ...

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ban lao pako or dreamtime?

Posted by sandsi on 9/3/2013 at 23:45

hi! i am planning to spend some days in an eco resort close to vientiane. the place should be clean and set in a forest area with great nature around. it should be possible to do trecks independently. in the evening i would like to socialize with other people. what's the better choice, ban pako or dreamtime? thanks... ...

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Southern Laos (Pakse) to Northern Cambodia (Preah Vihear Temple) overland, possible?

Posted by wheretonext on 5/3/2013 at 21:35

First of all I want to know the easiest and most convenient way to cross the Laos-Cambodia border and second, seeing that the Preah Vihear temple is near after the border crossing in northern cambodia, why not head there before going to Sieam Reap. It is possible? Cheers! ...

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Luang Prabang to Phonsavan to Hanoi

Posted by 2ndPathToRight on 18/2/2013 at 02:04

Hello all. I am going to be in Luang Prabang in two-three weeks and considering a one day stop in Phonsavan to see the Plain of Jars on my way to Hanoi . I guess I have three questions involving this. 1- How long does it take for the Vietnamese Consulate in Luang Prabang to process a Vietnam visa? 2- I've read about different styles of buses departing Luang Prabang for Hanoi on different days and that you definitely want to get a certain type of bus. What kind of bus leaves on what d ...

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Vang Vieng accommodation owned by a New Zealander search

Posted by LissB on 9/2/2013 at 22:06

I think this may be a long shot but thought I'd see if anyone knew what I was looking for. I went to Vang Vieng at the start of last year with some mates and am heading back with my boyfriend at the end of this year. We found this little place for breakfast with the best croissants we'd had in Asia, the people were very nice and the place, which I think you can stay at. The front was yellow with the eating area out the front and it was owned I think by a ma ...

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Anti-mosquito kit available in Laos?

Posted by jamesdueeast on 20/2/2013 at 23:15

I'm wanting to stock up on some gear against mozzies on my way to Laos. I want to invest in a portable mosquito net, some DEET and creams. Also some malarone tablets as emergency medication. Is it possible to get such stuff in the big cities like Vientiane and Luang Prabang? ...

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4,000 Islands - worth it?

Posted by jennigun on 15/2/2013 at 22:17

My boyfriend and I are spending 2 months in SEA, focused in Thailand. We are planning to spend a week in Northern Laos and Cambodia as well, and we are trying to work out the logistics of getting from Vientiane to Phnom Penh. After doing some research, we are leaning towards flying - we were considering bussing down to see 4000 Islands, but the information about 4000 Islands on this website made it seem less then appealing. We are not fans of crowded or overdeveloped places. Is 4000 Islands ...

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Burn season-Is it happening everywhere?

Posted by Gypsyeyedjester on 2/3/2013 at 02:18

Hello! I am traveling in Thailand right now and everywhere I have been in the north is extremely smokey and I am finding it unbearable. I had planned on going to Laos and Cambodia but if it is smokey there too I think I must leave SE Asia. Does anyone know what the air quality is like in these countries? Thanks! ...

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Northern Laos, the rivers and the Chinese effect.

Posted by Bowner on 8/2/2013 at 21:11

So what's the story with the Chinese and the dams up North? I was in Phongsali the last couple of days. Went for a wander out to some villages and when we popped over the top of one of the hills we found a scene of apocalypse! Diggers pulling apart the hillside, sticking it into trucks and dumping it down the bank presumably to improve the road. I've heard talk about the plan to build around 7 dams on the Mekong/Nam Ou but seeing it close up seems pretty scary. One minute we were seeing villag ...

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Decent hostels in Vientiane

Posted by jamesdueeast on 25/2/2013 at 22:10

Hey, I'm looking for some decent and highly-recommended hostels in Vientiane ? I've heard horrible reviews of Vientiane Backpackers Hostel and Funky Monkey and they seem to be the only ones bookable online. If I can get names and addresses of others recommended, I don't mind finding them once I get there. I'd like to stay for a couple of days where I can get help and info on booking onward trips to places like Tham Kong Lo caves, Dong Phou Vieng and then onward to Pakse. I'm also looking fo ...

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Viewed 1,829 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by JaiYen88 on 27/2/2013 at 18:05

Laos/China border crossing

Posted by tj88 on 2/2/2011 at 14:15

Hi, I just have a quick question. I am currently in China and am about to head to Laos. I am going from Kunming to Laos on a bus. I was wondering how you pay the border crossing. Will they accept Chinese money? If not, will I be able to use some kind of ATM at the border crossing? I don't want to get there and then realize I can't pay the entry visa fee. Thanks. ...

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Sending packages to Laos

Posted by allskillbill on 15/12/2009 at 03:13

I'd like to send some items to a family member in Laos and was wondering if this is going to be to costly. We were planning to ship some items home from Laos but decided to check in with luggage after learning it was going to cost $150 for 6.2kg. If anyone has experience with shipping items to Laos, can you please share any advice for dependability and so I don't brake the bank. Thanks! ...

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Getting from Vietiane to Kong Lo cave?

Posted by Badgerboyjon on 5/2/2013 at 04:44

Hi guys Massive apologies if this has been asked before, I have looked and can't find the exact answer I need so here goes... We are currently in Vientiane and have to stay here to sort an extended Thai Visa for later in the trip. We really don't want to stay here any longer than we have to so wanted to try and get to Kong Lo or Ban Khoun Kam after we have picked up our visa (which we can only do between 1-3 in the afternoon.) We have asked around and there is only one direct bus to Kong L ...

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How bad is weather in Vietnam in late May?

Posted by nicolad93 on 8/2/2013 at 06:01

I will be travelling Thailand and Vietnam between March and April but I can't decide whether to spend an extra month in May seeing Laos, especially if the weather is starting monsoon season! Has anyone done this and could tell me what the weather is usually like? Thanks! ...

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Viewed 1,449 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by TravelingDave on 15/2/2013 at 11:53

Pak Beng to Nan Update

Posted by LaoNow on 10/1/2011 at 12:53

On the slow boat trip from Pak Beng to Huay Xai last week I met a couple travelers who had the boat stop and drop them off at the Mekong ferry crossing about 40 minutes upstream from Pak Beng. They were headed to Nan and hoping to get a hitchhike lift from the ferry crossing to Muang Ngeun near the border. Seems like a great way to do the trip since there is no public transport out of Pak Beng. If enough of us start doing this maybe the songtaew drivers in Muang Ngeun will start waiting for th ...

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Currency - Travelling Vietnam to Laos

Posted by laydeesian on 3/2/2013 at 07:59

I'm currently in Vietnam and will be travelling into Laos by land next week from Sapa - Dien Bien Phu - Maung Khua - Luang Prabang. From what I have read I don't think I will find any ATMs in Laos before Luang Prabang. Is that correct? What currency should I take into Laos and where can I exchange it after crossing the border? I've been told that you can't get US dollars in Vietnam, is that correct? ...

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Motorcycle in Phonsavan

Posted by thinkstopthink on 6/2/2013 at 00:16

Hi, Anyone have an idea roughly what a motorcycle rents for in Phonsavan? Can you get a better deal if you rent for 3-5 days? Searched, but couldn't find what I was looking for. Also, since I'm going to be leaving several days before dawn (before the rental shops are open) has anyone had luck renting the bike for multiple days and returning it at the end (as opposed to every night?) Thanks! Jon ...

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Would it be crazy to go to Nong Kiau for just one night?

Posted by glomer on 15/9/2010 at 01:18

We have a night's gap in our bookings for LP and I was wondering if heading up to Nong Kiau for a night would be worth considering. I know the boat trip is 8ish hours and the return road trip about half that, but I understand the river scenery is beautiful. Unfortunately, we'd have very little time in the village itself...any thoughts? ...

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Escaping the hoards?

Posted by Bowner on 28/1/2013 at 04:02

Ok so I arrived in Vientiane a couple of weeks ago and after a brief stop in Van Vieng, which I found to be way too touristy (although I did enjoy 2 days out on a scooter in the countryside) I'm now in Luang Prebang and enjoying it. But, I feel like for the rest of the trip I want to get off the track a bit and head away from the hoards a bit. I've been to the Buddha caves and to the waterfalls and both were pretty packed with tourists and I've felt a bit disappointed in some respects. The alm ...

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