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Mekong travel to Cambodia

Posted by 2crazy on 7/9/2012 at 14:55

Am wanting to travel from Don Khong down the Mekong to Kratie in Cambodia?Is this possible or is it better to go by road? Any info would be welcome. Thanks. ...

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How to get from Laos to Vietnam by road

Posted by Joanna_S on 6/9/2012 at 15:03

Hi all, I am trying to plan my trip through Laos and it's proven a nightmare! I was planning to take a bus from Vientaine to Luang Prabang, then a boat to Nong Khiaw, then another boat to Muang Khua and here I have a slight problem. Is it doable to get from there to Don Bien Phu and then to Hanoi? If so, can you tell me what the route would be as I assume there are no direct busses, and how long each journey from A to B would take? My Lonely Planet guide is not very precise and says different ...

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Bars in Tubing Closed

Posted by lylzezane01 on 4/9/2012 at 23:18

I apologise in advance if this has already been covered. I haven't seen it for myself. I went at the start of the year and wanted to head back during my holidays so I spoke to some people and someone mentioned: Seven of the clubs/bars along the river have been shut down (in July 2012 maybe) and any slides or ziplines or the like no longer exist in the governments efforts to clean up the area. Apparently the bars and stuff that are left are those that could afford to pay off officials, so they ...

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Spiked in Vien Vang

Posted by lylzezane01 on 4/9/2012 at 23:40

Earlier this year I went tubing with a few friends. Half of us got our drinks spiked- one girl got hit so bad by it, that she was paralysed and doesnt recall a thing from the night. We ended up carrying on with about 15 people, some of which had been there for a few days prior. All of them bar 1 had been spiked- including guys! Just be careful! Also check out http://www.travelfish.org/board/post/laos/19491_big-changes-in-vang-vieng- ...

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Tubing in Vang Vieng, Laos

Posted by basho on 27/1/2009 at 16:21

Tubing in Vang Vieng , Laos is legendary and somewhat dangerous. It is definitely not for children as the entire thing is actually paddling from one bar to another and getting very drunk on buckets. If that sounds like your thing, then great. If want culture then stay away from tubing and indeed from Vang Vieng as well. I could explain my time tubing in great detail but video speaks louder than words and you can view the short film here: http://www.outsidecontext.com/2009/01/17/lets-go ...

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Vang Vieng in December. Too Cold? quickest way to get there?

Posted by chapeakee on 28/8/2012 at 06:29

I am going to SE Asia in December. Will it be too cold to go to Vang Vieng ? and What is the best way to get there? especially the quickest. I was thinking of flying into either Luang Prabeng or Vientiane . Which would be best? and is there any really cool things to see in either place? It seems like LP has more things with nature and would be better. is it further away (and how much further)? also can I get from LP or Vientiane to Vang Vieng via speed boat? and how long will transit take (i t ...

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Apartment in Luang Prabang

Posted by postbridge on 21/8/2009 at 00:49

Any ideas on how I can find self catering apartment in Luang Prabang.I want to go for a couple of months Jan and Feb and cant find much out there ...

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Guided tour with Viengchampa Tours

Posted by Jens78 on 19/8/2012 at 06:00

Hello there, My girlfriend and I are currently planning a 1 month trip (19.01.2013 to 21.02.2012) to South East Asia. We would like to visit Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Because this is our first bigger trip and we are not sure if we can manage to travel "unguided", we decided to look around for a planned package for Laos and Cambodia. We thought this may get off some of the stress of planning and we get to see more things this way without having to concern us how see enough of one co ...

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Travelling Laos in 10 days

Posted by origami88 on 18/8/2012 at 10:14

So I am planning to stay for about 10 days in Laos (starting Luang Prabang). Is that just enough time for me to take in much of what Northern Laos has to offer? Or can i stretch it and go the whole way (i.e. North to South?). Can someone please kindly offer a rough itinerary for which I can go by to make the most out of this short trip? The other important thing is, I need to wind up at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Would you know whats the most convenient way out of Laos to get to Siem Reap? I am ...

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Tragic story from Vang Vieng

Posted by somtam2000 on 21/9/2009 at 12:30

The Guardian has a tragic story of a tourist dying while tubing in Vang Vieng in Laos. As has been mentioned on Travelfsih, one should exercise care and stay in control while tubing on the river -- especially in the wet season. You can read the full story here It would be interesting to know why the insurer failed to pay up for the costs of the rescue effort. ...

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Laos Cambodia Vietnam

Posted by Lizard83 on 15/8/2012 at 04:26

Hi All I'm looking to arrange a surprise trip for my boyfriend to the above. We went travelling 4 years ago but never made it to Laos, Cambodia or Vietnam and it something we have always regretted. Our biggest problem is we only have about 10 days and this will be straight after Christmas. Would love to have longer but with a mortgage now its just not possible! I'm therefore looking for any advice or a cheeky itinerary to help us. I jsut don't know where to begin! A big thanks in advance Liz ...

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Busing from Don Dhet to Phnom Penh

Posted by redlipgloss on 10/8/2012 at 16:41

So I know that I can bus from Don Dhet to Phnom Penh but my issue is that I can't get mush more information than "yes, this can be done." I'm really hoping there's someone out there who can assist in answering the following questions: 1) Where do you catch the bus from or at? 2) Where do you buy tickets from? 3) Are there any bus companies/trips to watch out for? Anything not quite safe? 4) How long does this trip usually take? Thanks, so much, in advance for your help! ...

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Itinerary help -21 days

Posted by pete61 on 12/8/2012 at 09:18

My partner and two young teenage kids will be in Laos for 21 days. We are entering from Kratie and leaving from Vientiane. A nice stay on an island, an elephant experience, about 5 days in Luang Prabang and any recommended places with no doubling back. We're not afraid of roughing it and getting off the beaten track. We'd like to stay a couple of nights in a few places to get a bit of a feel for the towns/villages if time permits. A boat trip would be great too. Is ther time to go up north? ...

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vang vieng, tubing, assault, corruption, lessons

Posted by DJ959 on 10/3/2010 at 13:12

What follows is a cautionary tale. It's long, but I think the context is important and the end provides several lessons about traveling, Laos, Vang Vieng , and how to deal (and not deal) with the police. Firstly, I've been to Laos several times, love the country, and found the people to be wonderful. What happened today is definitely a big exception. Vang Vieng is a backpacker ghetto (in a wonderful setting) and some of the local people (or people with money who moved there to make more mon ...

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Flight Huay Xai to Luang Prabang

Posted by NewbieC on 26/10/2009 at 04:44

Hello I'm interested in doing the Gibbon Experience but don't have too much time to take 2 days getting from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang....is there any quicker way? I've tried looking for flights but I'm not having much luck. Thanks ...

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Udon-Vietianne-Kong Lor cave

Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 2/8/2012 at 19:48

Is there a bus from Udon Airport to Vientiane that stops at the border to allow the purchase of a visa and then onward travel? The rough plan is stay in Vientiane for 2 nights then do a 2 night tour to Kong Lor and return for 1n Vientiane then onto Nong Khai for 3 nights. Or is it better to visit Kong Lor from Nakhon Phanom? ...

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LP -> VV -> Vientiane or the opposite direction?

Posted by EugeneS on 2/8/2012 at 04:52

Hi folks! Me and my wife will be traveling in North Thailand (Chiang Mai) in October and our next stop is Laos. After Laos we plan to continue to Hanoi (Vietnam). The main places we want to visit in Laos are: Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane . However I'm curious what would be the best route for us? If we start in Chiang Mai, I though of 2 following options: 1. Going all the way to Udon Thani and enter Lao side via Friendship border passage which brings us directly to Vientiane. ...

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Beer Lao Brewery Tour in Vientiane

Posted by jc1257 on 22/5/2012 at 05:53

Does anyone know if they are conducting tours of the Beer Lao brewery in Vientiane? The latest that I could find was a Lonely Planet forum post from last year saying it was closed for a few months. Thanks for any updated info. ...

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Flying from Lao to Vietnam

Posted by sophienteresa on 5/4/2011 at 00:23

Hi all, I have been looking for the cheapest way to fly from Lao to Hanoi ... and they all seem quite pricey. My main question is; does anyone know if it is cheaper to book flights in Lao itself to fly to Hanoi? We are travelling round SEA for 9 weeks, and dont fancy the bus from Vientiane to Hanoi much, as I have read on here that it is pretty gruesome. Is this still the case? Cheers Sophie :o) ...

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3 weeks in Laos - tips needed

Posted by stephanieman on 25/7/2012 at 05:16

Hi there, A girl at the age of 19 is going to Laos as solo traveler this late August. I am very excited about this trip cos it's my first solo trip so I would like to ask for more information from you guys. I know these are a lot of questions... but your advice is really important to me 1. [Luang Prabang] I would like to go to Kuang Si Waterfall & homestay. I have checked with Green Discovery. A 2 day trip with homestay cost me around USD$64 which I find it really expensive. Is there any ...

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