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ATMs in laos

Posted by gorkreg on 11/12/2011 at 14:33

What is the ATM situation in Laos? I prefer to rely just on them (with some Euros in case of emergency). If this is not possible, what are the best places to exchange Euros (banks, money exchangers, etc)? Also, I am going to be entering Laos from Vietnam by road (probably Tay Trang or Na Meo). How do I get kips after I've entered the country? I guess there are no ATMs around. Thanks ...

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Vietnam to Laos Crossing

Posted by alljokingaside on 21/12/2011 at 01:05

Hey all, I checked the travelfish blurb on border crossings, but it didn't have what I was looking for. So the idea is to head from Hai An to Pakse via Dongha and Savannakhet . Are there any overnight buses? How much? How long? And, finally, how many connections? Thanks! ...

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Pakse - taxi driver or private car driver, please

Posted by notayummymummy on 30/10/2008 at 13:38

We are landing at Pakse airport around 11am and want to drive straight to Don Khon island. We have two small kids with us and would prefer to do this by private car / taxi (with a driver). But I can't find any phone numbers to call and try to book someone. Can anyone help with a name or phone number? Thanks ...

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My Laos trip, need some advice!

Posted by jaycee404 on 18/12/2011 at 03:59

Hi all ! I'm travelling to Laos in a couple of weeks. The plan is to fly into Chiang Mai, bus it to Houay Xai to do the Gibbon experience. From there, going by slow to boat to Luang Prabang. Question, when you return from the Gibbon experience would you have enough time to catch the boat to LP? Also i plan to stay in Chiang Kong over night then cross the river to meet the Gibbon group which departs at 9am. Is this wise, would there be enough time if i caught an early fery? Many thanks! ...

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Most direct way from Bangkok to Vang Vieng?

Posted by johnplawlor on 18/1/2010 at 19:36

So I have three full days off work with a half day before and a half day after that for travelling. How can I get from Bangkok to Vang Vieng as directly as possible with minimum travel time. Or maybe someone could let me know how long it takes to travel if you can't get flights? Thanks ...

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Regretfully we can't make it to Laos

Posted by KevandJho on 3/12/2011 at 22:33

My wife and I will be spending 32 days in Vietnam/Cambodia commencing mid December. Orginally we were going to set some time(4 days) aside for Southern Laos,however, we thought compressing 3 countries into 32 days was stretching things a little too much. From the videos I've seen of Laos, it seems like a place that deserves much more time than a few days in the South. Next year perhaps we will check out Laos,Mynmar and perhaps a little of Southern China or North Vietnam. How much time does Lao ...

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Getting a 3month vietnamese visa in Laos

Posted by tester099 on 10/12/2011 at 03:34

Hi, I'm currently in Vietnam and will travel to Laos in early January. I will be traveling by bus so I cannot get a visa on arrival for Vietnam. My question, does anybody have the current prices for these visa and processing time? (3 months, single entry)? I will go to Vientiane probably but I could stop in Savannakhet if it's easier/cheaper to get it done there. Also from past experience I know that you can usually get a better deal going to a travel agency instead of going straight to ...

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Getting from BoKeo to Louang Namtha

Posted by maritraveler on 8/12/2011 at 15:53

We're trying to get from the BoKeo national forest entrance to the town of Laung Namtha. Does anyone know if there's a bus or public transportation going there. ...

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Luang Prabang to Vientiane the long way round (ie avoiding Vang Viieng)

Posted by KirstyB on 27/11/2011 at 23:50

So the plan was to travel between Luang Prabang and Vientiane without going via Vang Vieng. I was hoping to go via Sainyaburi and Pak Lai, mostly by boat but it seems this is no longer an option unless we're prepared to spend US$2,000 on a private charter for a 2 day trip! We're not. I've not been able to find anything particularly up to date on the road conditions - what I have read implies a dusty journey from hell. Has anyone does this journey recently and are the road conditions better ...

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Accommodation in Nong Kiaw

Posted by natalieh3005 on 1/12/2011 at 22:56

Can anyone who's been recently recommend the best place to stay in Nong Kiaw? We don't mind basic, as long as it's clean!! Thanks!! ...

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Muang Khua to Dien Bien Phu at Christmas

Posted by natalieh3005 on 28/9/2011 at 04:35

Apologies if this is a stupid question, but i will be in northern Laos just before Christmas and plan to do the route from Muang Khua to Dien Bien Phu - am I right in assuming that all the buses will still run daily, on Christmas eve and the days leading up to it? ( I know it's not really celebrated, but just wanted to check!!) ...

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What to do in Laos

Posted by Aaron88 on 22/8/2011 at 20:57

Hello, I'm travelling to Lao in December this year from the 23rd of December to the 28th of December 2011 from Austrlia. I'm flying to Luang Prabang for a couple of days and then making my way to Vientiane with my gf. Just wondering the following; - Activities to do while in Luang Prabang and Vientiane? - Good hotels to stay at in a reasonable price range 3 or 4 star? - Cheapest and Best way to travel around town? - Things to look at for? - What tours are good? - Is it best to book tours ...

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siam sun tour company

Posted by stevehoberg on 27/11/2011 at 19:28

Has anyone been on a tour with Siam Sun Tour company? They have a tour from Luang Prabang to Muang Ngoi and Nong Kiau that I am interested in but can find no info or reviews if the company. Any other tour companies that are recommended? Thanks!! ...

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Laos suggestions

Posted by fabba487 on 7/11/2011 at 01:15

Hi there, i am travelling to Laos as part of a 2 month trip for 2-3 weeks, i will be going from Chang Mai to Luang Probang, Vientanne and Vang Vieng. From there i am planning on travelling South through Laos into Cambodia, however, i do not know much about Southern Laos. Any suggestions on places to go/stay throughout Southern Laos, or in regards to travelling from Laos to Cambodia in general would be much appreciated, thank you. ...

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Thanksgiving in Vientiane

Posted by Rasheeed on 23/11/2011 at 20:51

Huh. It's thanksgiving today. I'm in Vientiane. Anything going on for it in town? ...

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From Vientiane to Trat - whats the best possibility?

Posted by vild on 22/11/2011 at 11:32

Hi, after our roundtrip in Laos we finish in Vientiane . Our next destination is Ko Chang. Is there a easy possibility to get from Vientiane directly to Trat so that we don't have to pass Bangkok? Maybe with bus? I hope someone can give me some advise how to manage.... Thanks. ...

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Getting Up Close and Personal With Elephants and Other Itinerary Feedback, Please!

Posted by sharoonie on 20/11/2011 at 02:02

Hi Travelfish Mates! I have several questions I hope you can answer for me before I set off for Luang Prabang on December 2/11, staying in Laos for 15 or 16 days before heading off to Camboda for 9 or 10 days. I'd really appreciate any help/advice/suggestions you can please give me as I am going google-eyed looking things up on the internet and have masses of information from guidebooks messing up my head. So here goes: 1) I really want to spend some quality time with elephants, bathing and ...

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Self drive. Anyone have any information about 1-way rentals from Vientianne going south and dropping

Posted by heffersnork on 16/11/2011 at 13:43


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Luang Prabang to Hanoi

Posted by shannon20 on 11/11/2011 at 06:10

Hey there! My friend and I are wondering what the safest and best way to get from Luang Prabang to Hanoi is? We don't plan to fly, so wondering if anyone has taken this bus ride before? If so, do you know what border crossing it would be and if it's safe? How long? Any advice would be great! Thank you! ...

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Thanks & sage advice appreciated

Posted by Aaranyani on 13/11/2011 at 06:58

First off; thanks be to admin and regular contributors of the forum.....have spent many hours gathering really useful information to form a (kind of) plan in gratitude to travelfish. Cheers- and promise to put some energy back in February with a trip report and images All internal Laos travel is flexible- I must be back in Bangkok by evening of 22nd Jan- the later the better to stay near airport for international flights early am of 23Jan. Leaving Chiang Mai 11Jan that gives me 12 days in L ...

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