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Motorbikes in the rainy season

Posted by schuthie on 9/5/2012 at 16:42

Hi, I'm going to spending a month in Laos from around the 26th of July and would love to do some of the motorbike routes I've read about in the south (Pakse/Bolaven Plateau, The loop from Tha Khaek) and perhaps some in the north as well (Luang Nam Tha to Muang Sing, around Nong Khiaw if possible) and any other suggestions anyone has.....obviously the problem may well be the road conditions during the rainy season....are there sections of these routes that are stiil normally passable this time of ...

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Time for north and south?

Posted by asiatravel2012 on 4/5/2012 at 08:26

Hi, I've been doing some research but can't really find the answers I need. I will be travelling to Laos in October from Chang mai for 30 days and will be heading on to Hanoi. Originally my plan was to just see the north of Laos however the more I've looked into it the more I'd like to see some of the south as well, in particular 4000 islands, sai phan don for dolphin watching, Savannakhet for trekking and caving and pakse. Do you think 30 days is feasible to visit the south and back up to vi ...

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Itinerary for Laos and Thailand

Posted by Jenn80 on 26/4/2012 at 21:52

Hi all, I'm in Patong at the moment and my visa is nearly up so am hopping over to Laos. A friend is coming here to meet me on Sunday then we fly to Udon Thani Monday the 30th April and then onto nong khai for the night and cross friendship bridge in the morning. We woul like a bit of time in Laos but we would also like to come back to Thai and go to koh Samui and Koh Phangan we have to be back in Patong by the 14th May. Can anyone suggest an itinerary for us that includes a lot of fun, advent ...

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Passport photo Patong

Posted by Jenn80 on 26/4/2012 at 21:39

Hi all, A friend is meeting me here in Patong this weekend and we are travelling accross the friendship bridge into laos. I've read that I need passport photos to meet visa requirements. Is there anywhere in Patong I can get these done? Or do I have to go to phuket town? ...

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Lao Airlines online booking

Posted by daawgon on 7/4/2012 at 14:29

I'm trying to book on laoairlines.com and I'm getting "server error" on both IE and Firefox today, April 7th. Has anyone else had this problem. I wonder if it might be the slow speed of my connection? ...

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Traveling aug 2013 for 5-6 weeks

Posted by Hughesy297 on 24/4/2012 at 08:34

Hi I'm looking at going travelling with my girlfriend in aug 2013 for 5-6 weeks. We would be flying in Bangkok and would like to finish off in Phuket as we have family there. We have no preference as to which way we go, but would like to see as much of Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, even some off vietnam if possible. We would also like to attend one of the full moon parties. I would be greatful if anybody could sudgest routes to take, places to see/visit and the best activities to do? We have no ...

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URGENT! Scooter accident Pakse medical care?

Posted by achoo on 22/4/2012 at 00:38

I got scratches on my right arm, both hands and right knee from an accident yesterday. I went to a "clinic" in Paksong first and they put on some poor bandaids which I changed yesterday evening after a shower. Now the bandaids are sticking like glue in the wounds and I really don't know what I should do. I'm going to the International clinic here soon but I doubt they can help me that much. Should I go to Ubon (Thailand) and get advice there instead or does anybody have some proper a ...

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Pia to Laos, Slow boat, reputable companies?

Posted by C3DRFC on 18/4/2012 at 23:51

In Pai at the moment an looking to book the slow boat to Laos, does anyone have any advice on reputable companies here or has anyone used aYa before an can recommend them? We are looking to book ASAP. Many thanks ...

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Vang Vien in Guardian

Posted by somsai on 7/4/2012 at 22:49

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/07/vang-vieng-laos-party-town with interviews of some famous personages. ...

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BCEL ATM not working?

Posted by achoo on 17/4/2012 at 02:46

Is anybody else currently experiencing problems with the BCEL ATM:s? I'm in Thakhek and none of the ATM:s are working for me and the bank doesn't open until tomorrow. I hope it's not my card. My name pops up when I put it in, but after I've done all the choices it just says the transaction is not possible. I've used BCEL before in Luang Prabang and Vientiane without problems. Thank you. ...

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Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai Flight

Posted by plew10 on 11/4/2012 at 12:08

Looking into a flight from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai on Lao Airlines. Anyone have an idea how full these planes generally get? We'd like to keep our plans somewhat flexible so don't really want to book too far ahead. If anyone has done this last minute before, how close did you get before booking? Also, if we did wait, might a travel agent in Luang Prabang give a cheaper rate than the website? Current fare is $150/person. Thanks in advance! ...

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Tales of Underground rivers and Tobacco Boats

Posted by megaworldasia on 13/4/2012 at 09:32

www.megaworldasia.com South East Asia off the Beaten Track ...

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Lao New Year 2012

Posted by donadoni on 11/4/2012 at 20:56

soukdee pbeemai! I'll be in Vientiane 14th Apr. I'm a first timer n just realised its new year in Laos. The funny thing is 14th is also my bday. YAY! But since its peak season in Laos nowadays, am i suppose to concern about finding a room in a budget GH on arrival or should i just solve it online before depart? ...

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Air Quality in Laos/Gibbon Experience

Posted by harmonydavid on 2/4/2012 at 00:13

I've been reading about how terrible the air quality is in Northern Thailand and am wondering if conditions are the same in Northern Laos. I'm planning to do the Gibbon Experience in Bokeo in mid-April but if the pollution is as bad as I'm hearing, I'm thinking I should change my plans. Anybody have current information about the air quaility? ...

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Phonsavan-Sam Neua-Luang Prabang question

Posted by vietabroad on 6/4/2012 at 03:23

I'll be in Phonsavan and am hoping to make a fast trip to Sam Neua to see the Pathet Lao caves in Vieng Xai before returning to Luang Prabang . My plan is one day on the bus from Phonsavan to Sam Neua, one day for a day trip to Vieng Xai, and one day on the bus back to Luang Prabang. Travel guides say bus from Phonsavan to Sam Neua is 8 hours, and Sam Neua to Luang Prabang is 14 hours. Is this realistic? When I asked a travel agent about booking a car to do the same route, she said roa ...

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Luang Prabang to Plain of Jars

Posted by qualitywork1 on 7/11/2011 at 01:16

Hi Everyone, I shall be in Laos in about 3 weeks and want to travel to Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Phonsovan and Vientiene. What is the best order to do this in ? I hate long bus journeys and read the journey from LP to VV is about 8 hours. Is there a quicker way of doing this? I shall then be heading south and exiting at Cambodia. thanks. Also any must see places on the way? My budget is $70/day ...

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Motorbike from Phonsavan to the plain of jars

Posted by PeterW on 18/3/2012 at 07:32

Hi I am thinking or renting a motorbike tomorrow and going to the plain of jars with just me, a map and my camera. A tour operator was saying the roads are too bad for a motorbike but I'm a little suspect. I am with a German girl who hasn't ridden a bike a lot and this advice has thrown her off the idea just as she was coming round - which is fair enough! I'm not taking her on the back of mine because if I crash I hurt myself and thats it. I don't want to take anyone down with me. Has a ...

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Iteneray Advice

Posted by GetOutOfFLorida on 29/3/2012 at 19:38

Heading to SE Asia for 3 weeks with my girlfriend and looking to see the best sights. I realize we are "flying" through, but we don't get enough vacation time. She wants Halong Bay, I want Luang Prabang and we both want Bangkok and Angkor. Is there anything here that stands out good or bad? We want to see breathtaking beauty and cool sites. I am a history buff and she loves nature. She would like to exchange a flight for a cruise somewhere, but I don't see how to possibly do this. ...

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Who was in Muang Ngoi (Laos) end of january/beginning of February 2012 ???

Posted by pb1 on 1/4/2012 at 09:26

Hi, I am trying to come in contact with people who were in Muang Ngoi (the village that can only reached by boat) in the end of January/beginning of February 2012 and who have met a dutch/australian couple called Rianne(18) and Alexander(22). They arrived in Muang Ngoi on January 31st and were found dead in their room in Riverside bungalows in Muang Ngoi on February 4th. If you have met them, have pictures with them on it, or know more about their tragic deaths then please contact me. If you ...

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Anyone going to Bolaven Plateau, 21-27 may 2012?

Posted by norberg2111 on 29/3/2012 at 12:01

Hello. I'm a 25 year old guy from Sweden that will be travelling alone through Asia for 2 months. I will be spending 1 week in southern Laos, around Pakse and Si Phan Don. I'm looking for people to trek with in the Bolaven Plateau area. There is a guided 2-day intermediate trek through the Dong Hua Sao area (http://www.greendiscoverylaos.com/ps-t-13.htm). I want to do this sometime between the 21 and 27 may. I'm also looking for people that have done this trek and can tell me more about it. ...

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