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1st time return to Laos

Posted by askosa on 5/7/2011 at 04:47

I have been in the US for 30 years. Going back to visit Laos for the first time. Will be going to Ventiane, Vang Veng, Laung Prabang, Pakse and Champasak. Any advise? where is a good place to be? any OUT Travel places, club to visit? ...

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From Vietnam to Laos, and staying in laos for 3 weeks

Posted by norwayman on 20/7/2011 at 19:46

Hey travellers! So, I'm going to SE ASIA after a trip in China, where I cross over to Vietnam to do the nothern part of the contry. The plan so far is to go from Hanoi to Laos somehow and somewhere. The question is this: What is the best way to get in to laos, and do anyone have an itinerery suggestion for laos for 3 weeks..? thinking of ending the trip with the slowboat out to thailand (to chiang mai). I have done some reading about the subject, but is it normal to travel straight from Hanoi ...

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Tubing in Vang Vieng/ Tham Kong Lo Cave

Posted by ryder80 on 1/7/2011 at 09:52

i'm currently in Luang Prabang, Laos (friday July 1st), been here several days, and heading towards the south to Vang Vieng and Tham Kong Lo cave eventually... now i'm hearing mixed reviews since there has been excessive rains and massive flooding. what is the situation in vang vieng as of now, supposely most of the bars have been wiped out, and tubing has been closed off, but been speaking to people who have said, it's both open and closed, so if there's anyone there as of now, any idea of w ...

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Loas visa run Houei Xai

Posted by WinstonRumfoord on 25/1/2011 at 17:09

Has anyone done a visa run from Houei Xai to Chiang Khong and back to extend a stay in Laos? Also I have a 60 day Thailand visa, will that be used up? So when I cross a second time to Thailand, by this crossing, will I only get a 15 day visa for Thailand? ...

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Vieng Xai Caves - Adventurers wanted

Posted by DanandElise on 12/7/2011 at 19:07

Hey there! My wife and I will be arriving in Xam Neua on July 14th, 2011 with the hopes of taking a day trip out to Vieng Xai to see the caves. Will anyone else be in this region at the same time who would like to get together and cut the costs of the excursion? We are Canadians, 28 and 26, and open to anyone from anywhere joining us. With this being the off-season, the group sizes are not what they are normally and thus would be nice to share some costs. Reply here or shoot us an email! - ...

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Tubing in Vang Vieng

Posted by Joey82 on 9/7/2011 at 06:17

Will it be too cold to go tubing in Vang Vieng in middle of January? Does it get that cold in the day? ...

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Homestay near Luang Prabang

Posted by Eireann on 28/6/2011 at 01:39

Hi all I plan on being in LP for 5 nights in late July and just wondering if its possible to do a village homestay anywhere nearby? Are there any local tour operators that offer this? I know its possible to do it further north but I don't want to have to travel too far (though a few hours cycle/trek is fine). I had originally planned to do this as part of a tour in Vietnam but I think the Laos experience would be a bit more authentic.... Thanks Eireann ...

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Luang Prabang to Hanoi by bus

Posted by Pisith on 9/3/2011 at 13:58

Dear all: any idea for travelling from Luang Prabang to Hanoi by bus? Thanks Pisith ...

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Luang Prabang to Hanoi

Posted by guernseydan on 20/5/2011 at 14:31

Is it easy to do overland! i'd like to bus it and save on the flight but cant find to much info! ...

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Three weeks to travel laos, vietnam, cambodia

Posted by vicprag on 29/6/2011 at 15:18

Hi there, Am travelling to Thailand January next year. Have been and done the Phuket/koh samui thing and would like to experience the Northern Thailand/Laos/Vietnam thing. I am not very familiar with the area so would love it if someone had a suggested itinerary for the 3 weeks I will be there? I would be happy to cut out areas to ensure that I had enough time in each place to properly enjoy it ! Would like to do the Gibbon experience, thats about all I know ! Thanks so much for your help ...

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Viewed 2,796 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 30/6/2011 at 10:51

itinerary advice needed - too rushed?

Posted by malaysiangirl on 29/6/2011 at 01:18

Hello everyone [img]smileys/smile.gif[/img] I'll be heading to Laos next week and have only 2 weeks for Laos and Vietnam (decided to do a little bit of both since I couldn't bring myself to choose between the 2 countries! I've been to Laos before and spent my time there in the north, so this time I'd like to spend my few days in the south instead. My rough idea is as follows tuesday- reach vientiane in the afternoon (flying in to here fr KualaLumpur), hop on the night bus to Pakse wednesday ...

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Best way into Laos from Hanoi? Fly? Motorbike? Bus?

Posted by W_Sobchak on 12/10/2010 at 19:53

plan to depart Hanoi around Nov 1, spend 10 days in northern laos and we dont have a set starting point. What is the most convenient, efficient route and method to spend 10 days..... ...

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Viewed 6,815 times, with 9 replies. Last reply by kgroarke on 27/6/2011 at 21:28

possible tubbing tragedy in Laos

Posted by sayadian on 13/5/2011 at 10:08

I've just come down from Stung Treng and travellers coming through from Laos are talking about a girl who was drowned tubing last week. Can anybody verify the truth of that as it seems once again it was someone not wearing a lifejacket. ...

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Travel Help! Bangkok, Laos, Ko Pha Ngan

Posted by philmill05 on 27/6/2011 at 02:08

Hi, I'm starting my year out next April and was trying to get an idea of how is best to travel from Bangkok to Laos and Ko Pan Ngan. I'm giving myself about 4weeks to do this part of my trip. Is this long enough or too long? Would be flying into and out of Bangkok airport so including how to get back to Bangkok quickly and cheaply would be helpful. Also if people think 4weeks may be too long going into Vietnam would be an option, would this be feasible on a £25-£30 a day budget? Any help on ...

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Clueless about budget travel in Laos

Posted by csawala on 20/6/2011 at 21:22

I will be in Cambodia until early-mid September, and would like to go up to Laos then onward through SE Asia. Time is not an issue, but money is. I need to spread my moneys out in order to see everything from Thailand down to Bali if I can (including Philippines, and a whole lot of scuba diving along the way). The question is whether to go straight from Cambodia, or get into Thailand first and go up from there. What are the easiest and/or cheapest ways to get there and back? Also, what are s ...

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Getting There: Ubon Ratchathani to Pakse

Posted by regina5 on 26/9/2007 at 14:50

Read that there is now a direkt bus available from Ubon to Pakse. Is it only for people who already have a visa? Because I can't imagine it waiting until everyone has cleared immigration into Laos.....Has anyone crossed this border recently? ...

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Viewed 6,166 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by caseyprich on 22/6/2011 at 12:35

Motorcycle in the rain?

Posted by elizydizy on 21/6/2011 at 07:14

I would like to motorcycle from the north of Laos to the border of Cambodia during the rainy season. How are the roads? Is it possible? ...

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Hanoi > Sapa > Laos > Chiang Mai

Posted by gottagetaway on 21/6/2011 at 13:49

I'm currently in Hanoi , and tomorrow morning I leave for a three day cruise in Ha Long Bay. When I return, I will take a trip to Sapa (leaving same-day I return from HLB). I want to travel throughout Laos, but instead of going to Cambodia after, I want to go to North Thailand (Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Pai), before returning to Bangkok to go to the islands in the south. Recognizing that the overland voyage between Hanoi and Vientiane/Luang Prabang is known as the "Road to Hell" and ...

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ten days - gibbon experience, luang prabang and a beach in thailand

Posted by Maitreyi on 15/6/2011 at 19:57

Hi, We are planning a ten day vacation and Laos has captured our fancy. Everyone is raving about Northern Laos, particularly Hua Xhai and Luang Prabang is what we are keen on exploring. We have barely ten days to spare and we dont want to spend all our time traveling. Another place that seemed very pretty to me is Halong Bay. We are not very keen on spending a lot of time in cities- being in forests , trekking , spending some time on a beach seems perfect . So, this is what I have very rough ...

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Eloping in Laos?

Posted by sofiainswe on 16/6/2011 at 00:02

My boyfriend and I are taking a trip to south east Asia next year and we have been thinking about having a wedding ceremony whilst in Laos. We just want to have an extremely simple ceremony for the two of us and exchange some rings, once we return we plan on going to the courthouse in our country and "officially" getting married, but we really want a small ceremony in Laos. How would one go about this, is it something you could just ask about at a hotel or guesthouse and have them arra ...

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