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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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Viewed 7,911 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by EugeneS on 30/7/2012 at 02:24

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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Viewed 2,686 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by Rufus on 28/7/2012 at 22:24

Night Bus from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang

Posted by aik_yong2002 on 16/7/2012 at 04:00

Hi, planning to go Laos in October and travel from Vientiane - Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang . Is there an overnight bus or minivan that travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang (since there are buses leaving Vientiane to Luang Prabang at night)? I tried to search online but only found morning buses. I have a tight schedule and travel in daytime will waste the sightseeing time. Thanks. ...

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Viewed 7,101 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by stoneman on 23/7/2012 at 07:52

Let's all go tubing!

Posted by elyobj on 8/7/2012 at 02:43

My girlfriend and I are going tubing sometime in the next few weeks. (no dates yet) Things like this are always best experienced in groups, so if you wanna get together, be stupid and float down the river drop us an email - James 26 from UK Beth 28 from USA. We're both lovely people, and we're both happy to throw our keys in a bowl and go with the flow.. (at least i am) ...

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Looking for less-toured places recommendation

Posted by ofek on 12/7/2012 at 18:45

Hello, Me and my two friends are about to visit laos as a part of our trip to S.E. Asia (thiland, laos and vietnam). We will start in the north, at Louang Nam-Tha and continue to Louangprabang, Viang-Vieng and Vientiane. Beside this regular travel, we would like to see some more wild, less-toured, places located on/ near our route. I would be thankful for any recommendation for such places. I've heared about a possibility to take a boat from Louang Nam-Tha to some isolated villages, surround ...

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Viewed 1,370 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 15/7/2012 at 02:16

Looking to Buy a Bike in Vientiane

Posted by pranaman on 1/7/2012 at 22:09

Hi, I am renting a house in Sisavat Village, a little north of the main city center. I am renting a one-geared bike from PVO, the Vientnamese bike rental place by the Mekon/near Wat Mixay. It's been almost 2 month, so it's adding up at 7000 kip/day. I would rather buy one. Prefer one with straight handlebars, road tires, multiple gears, like this one: Budget is around $100. I am 6 feet tall/1.8 meters. Used is fine. Anyone know w ...

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Viewed 1,873 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 12/7/2012 at 13:55

Trekking partner in Southern Laos

Posted by Laurabaek on 17/6/2012 at 08:18

Hieveryone! I'm a 21year old danish girl who are looking for a trekking partner in Pakse /Champasak(Southern Laos). You have tobe more than one person when you book the trip, so I would be so happy to findsomeone who want's trekking as well. I'm thinking about 2 or 3 days trekking,or a zip-line tour. It all sounds so cool, and the nature should be amazing! Right nowI'm in Vientiane, but I'll go to Pakse tomorrow with the night bus. So thetrekking trip can start from the 19th, 20th or 21th of ...

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Solo traveller, 30th Apr - 6th May

Posted by joe1985 on 18/4/2012 at 09:35

Hello - I'm going to be in-and-around Vientiane from the 30th April to the 6th May, just me and my backpack! I want to do some trekking, be adventurous etc, but I'm pretty flexible and will go with the flow. Let me know if you're planning anything and don't mind me tagging along, or want to meet up for a drink! I'm a 26 year-old british guy - a good egg! can be texted on: +44 7817576452 Cheers, Joe ...

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Viewed 1,583 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by DanRees on 11/7/2012 at 04:49

Need friends in Vientiane

Posted by tiffoturtle on 25/4/2012 at 02:50

Hi, I'm based in Vientiane for the next few months volunteering and want to find some new friends while I'm here! I'm a 25yo Aussie girl who is looking for people interested in having some drinks, sampling the lao cuisine or maybe taking a yoga class together. Reply or drop me a line if you're interested! ...

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Viewed 2,678 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by tiffoturtle on 11/7/2012 at 03:30

Nagi of Mekong to Luang Prabang

Posted by jBird on 11/1/2009 at 22:18

hey all, sorry for the repost but i'm having trouble finding clear info on the Nagi slow boat to Luang Prabang... also apologize for this looooong post: two of us are planning on going to LP from Thailand late May/early June '09. i've been through just about every post on fish/lonelyP/trip advisor, trying to figure out the best/most economical way down the Mekong. the Nagi of Mekong seems to be ideal but there really is a lack of recent reviews an they're website, http://nagiofmekong. ...

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Viewed 27,487 times, with 92 replies. Last reply by linden51 on 7/7/2012 at 06:45

Looking for more people to hire nice slow boat

Posted by tylerhlewis on 3/5/2012 at 10:31

Hello, I'm looking for a few more people interested in hiring one of the nicer slow boats from Thailand to Luang Prabang. My fiance and I would like to take the nicer boat. I've contacted the folks at Nagi of Mekong, and he says he needs a minimum or four people to run the cruise. I would like to depart on June 24th. Should be around $150 US per person and includes accomodations in Pakbeng. Any takers? Any body know any other mid range options besides ...

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Viewed 1,967 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by ashitaka2405 on 7/7/2012 at 04:21

4000 Islands Sunrise? Sunset?

Posted by Wessandcoz on 24/4/2012 at 06:34

Looking to stay at 4000 Islands approx second week in May. We're a couple not looking for party life - just wanting to take in the beauty of the area and relaxing the "Laos" way First of all which island is the best for what were after? Sunset or Sunrise side? Any recommendations on accommodation - mid priced with aircon?? ...

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Viewed 1,963 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by OneScot on 3/7/2012 at 07:19

Si Phan Don to....Where?

Posted by mfriedberg on 19/6/2012 at 14:36

Hi guys. So I am spending a max of 3 weeks travelling from Vientiane to Si Phan Don but then I have another week or two to spend. I'm not sure whether I should continue south into Cambodia or go west into Thailand. If I went to Cambodia I would probably want to go to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh but neither of those are particularly close. I also am probably going to have to fly back to the states from Bangkok so it might make more sense to go to Thailand but it doesn't seem like there is anyt ...

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Viewed 1,867 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 26/6/2012 at 10:12

Laos: cash advance in bank

Posted by WinstonRumfoord on 7/1/2011 at 23:37

With the low cash limit on cash advances from ATMs has anyone done cash advances on a credit card from within a bank in Laos? I think all you need is card and passport. I don't know if you get the same exchange rate, or what the charges might be, or if there are any security issues. Can you do them at small banks in the provinces without ATMs? ...

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Mekong rafting, september

Posted by Pushkara on 6/8/2011 at 14:51

Hello! We have idea to go rafting by Mekong from Huay Xai to down at the beginning of september. Raft we want to make ourselves. Adventure and extreme lovers, who have no time limits WELCOME to join us Victor (49) and Katrina (32). Smokers Last year we living and traveling around South-East Asia. ...

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Viewed 2,833 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Tilapia on 18/6/2012 at 11:34

Overland Luang Prabang to Vientiane.

Posted by mangie on 17/11/2006 at 22:27

G'Day, We are Travelling Overland Luang Prabang to Vientiane. with a night stop at Vang Viang. Best modes of transport, Please. Bus --Boat -- or car.???????????????????????????????????????????????? Is it possible to do it by road as well as river? To anybody who has done it, please share experiences, Cheers. ...

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Viewed 42,875 times, with 38 replies. Last reply by TonyM on 15/6/2012 at 21:18

Free wifi in Vientiane?

Posted by jorowa on 25/2/2011 at 00:13

Doesn't anybody know of any restaurants and/or guesthouses offering free wifi in Vientiane? Or what about paid wifi? There were none (that I noticed) when I was there in 2009. ...

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Viewed 4,756 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by Mike89 on 2/6/2012 at 20:38

Laos Oct.-Nov. 2012

Posted by billytheliar on 17/5/2012 at 15:47

Hi, everybody! I am planing to travel in SEA (Laos) mid.Oct.-mid.Nov.(30 days). I arrive in BKK 15 Oct. The general idea is to stay 2 days in BKK for some elemantary shopping (like toiletteries and some "I love Khao San" t-shirts who will, no doubt, make me very popular among my fellow-backpackers), then head to Laos over N.Thailand. I would like to spend some days in a place like Sukhothai, or perhaps Nan. I wouldn't mind "waisting" more time if I feel like it. Then go ...

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Nong Kiaow or Luang Nam Tha?

Posted by saigonredhead on 22/5/2012 at 02:09

I'm spending about 12 days in Laos this June. I'll be entering the country at Huay Xai and flying out of Vientiane. I'm planning to take the slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang and then spend several nights in Luang Prabang before taking the bus to Vientiane. I think I've got time for one other place and I've heard good things about both Nong Kiaow or Luang Nam Tha. Does anyone recommend one over the other? ...

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Viewed 2,679 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 28/5/2012 at 08:55

Nong khai to vientiane border crossing

Posted by Bernardo on 18/5/2012 at 04:22

Hi, I am intending to cross the border at Nong Khai / Vientiane. I know I need a passport photo and US$30.00. Can I get the visa at a travel agency in bangkok? I am crossing the border with a hire van. What documentation do I need to have? how do I obtain the documentation? how much will it cost? Can I get the hire van documentation at a travel agency in bangkok?, to cross the border with the hire van? Also, If I buy a sim card for my phone in Thailand, will my phone be able to ring a number ...

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Viewed 3,819 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 21/5/2012 at 08:20

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