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Posted by slavka on 19/2/2011 at 20:55

Hi! I have one Honda Win to sell. I bought it in Vietnam and i am travelling since 2 weeks in Laos. It is a great fun to drive here a motorbike. Maybe my best experience in Asia. The bike is in a good condition, i did not have any problems with it. I will be in a few days in Vientiene and i would like to sell it there. my number: 02096171005, email : (better you call me, because in many small places they do not have internet) ...

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2 weeks in Laos, 2 weeks Cambodia

Posted by summerbutterfly on 22/2/2011 at 19:25

I wanted to put a post up here about our recent 4 week trip to Laos and Cambodia. When I was planning our trip most posts on here seemed to suggest longer is necessary, but I wanted to let others that are planning similar trips know that we were really happy with the amount of time we had and didn’t feel we missed out. We spent two weeks in Laos and two weeks in Cambodia, we didn’t plan a set itinerary but knew we needed to move every few days… breakdown as follows:- Laos: Vientiane 2 ...

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Stranded-need info

Posted by KK1012 on 19/2/2011 at 02:32

PLEASE HELP!!! My son is 28 years old and stranded in Thailand. He has found a job in China but it will take 4-6 weeks for them to process his work visa. He is going to Laos to wait on his work visa because his travel visa has expired in Thailand. He has little money. My question: Is there someplace that he might be able to volunteer during his time in Laos that might provide him with food and a place to sleep? ...

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12 days BKK to Laos, northern Laos Itinerary help (LP and points north)

Posted by jaxphoto on 17/2/2011 at 10:42

This forum in fantastic, I'm hoping to lightly nail down my plans and I need help to know if this is feasible in 12 days. I am interested in delving into the culture of Laos and getting to know the people who live there (not so much other tourists). I'm a photographer and am looking to take quite a few pictures but would like to avoid cheasy tourist traps or fake photo opps. I arrive into Bangkok Feb 26 (really midnight Feb 25th) and have a March 9th departure from Bangkok back home. Fly into ...

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ATMS in Luang nam tha

Posted by Ignas on 15/2/2011 at 14:44

I was reading about ATMs in Laos, but most threads are very old, how is situation now in places like Luang nam tha, luang prabang, vang vieng? Thanks ...

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5 days in Laos

Posted by quannm on 1/2/2011 at 00:21

Dear all, I've read through a lot of topics here and find them greatly useful. It has urged me to make a short trip to Laos, hopefully next week. Please kindly give your advice on this. I would love to visit Luang Phrabang, Xieng Khuoang and Vientianne. I will start from Hanoi and will try to lower the cost as much as possible. I'm wondering if I go by bus, will i make it in 5 days, probably from 5th to 10th of this February ? I understand that flight is faster and more convenient but my bud ...

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Laos, Worth the Bus Rides?

Posted by CCella on 13/1/2011 at 07:02

I'm currently living in Thailand and have been planning a trip to Vietnam and Laos. I'm set on the Vietnam portion, but there is something about Laos that is unsettling me. Hopefully your advice can guide me... At the end of the March, I will fly to Ho Chi Minh and work my way up the coast of Vietnam to Hanoi in about 15 days. From Hanoi I hope to transfer to Sapa to Dien Bien Pu and cross over into Laos on April 11 or 12. In Laos, I wanted to spend Pii Mai in Luang Prabang, work my way ...

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Laos - Ban Nam Ou resort

Posted by teamika on 15/2/2011 at 09:25

Ok, as promised here is the scoop on the "resort" at Km marker 232.5 on Laos Route 13. Bailed out of the mini-van at the bungalows. Six tiny bungalows perched on the hill above the road and the large hotsprings pool. 60,000 Kip per night. Pretty shabby and I used a hostel sheet as the bedding was dodgy. The spot is a stop for long-haul truckers needing abath in the hotspring and cigarettes across the road at the restaurant. Everything is shabby and funky but also crazy and cool. ...

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Motorbike for Sale

Posted by swissbengal on 1/2/2011 at 17:49

My brother and me are currently travelling through Laos on two motorbikes that we would like to sell once we arrive in Pakse. We'll be selling them around Febrary 17th to the person willing to pay the most. Just let us know if you should be interested in buying them (All the papers for the bikes are with us). ...

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GH Prices in Luang Prabang

Posted by paulwoconnell on 4/2/2011 at 09:14

What's happening with GH prices in LP? I was there a while back, and back then (2004) it was way cheaper than Thailand. Looking now everything appears to be about double Chiang Mai prices. (and certainly a lot more than I'm paying now in Hanoi) Is this just a function of there not being many of the cheaper places advertised online, or am I really going to have to pay $30 - 40 USD for a clean private room without a shared bathroom? I arrive on the 7th in the afternoon (half two - so that's ...

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Thai Visa Run to Laos - New Question

Posted by spicytraveler on 10/1/2011 at 14:39

I need to go to Vientienne to apply for a Thai Visa this Wednesday and I currently live in Chiang Mai . What is the fastest and most convenient way to get there? I hope to take a bus or mini-bus overnight but : 1. Is it better to plan it through a travel company or go to Arcade Bus Station and figure it out on my own? 2. Which border crossing should I go to? Nong Khai or Chiang Kong/Huay Xai? What's the difference? 3. Is is possible to leave Chiang Mai on Wed night and get into Laos and ...

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Savannakhet to Bangkok

Posted by caseyprich on 29/1/2011 at 17:37

Hey, I may be going from Si Phon Don passed Pakse up to Savannakhet for two nights - but then will need to get back to Bangkok, so a couple questions. Anyone know something about getting to Ubon Ratchatani from Savannakhet? Can you book a direct VIP bus with border crossing like in Pakse? If so - how much, where to book, and time it takes? If not - how is the best way to get from Savannakhet to Ubon Ratchatani? Especially how much time would it take? I know that Lao Airlines offers a Frida ...

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Crossing the border in Laos!

Posted by floralbutton on 2/2/2011 at 19:54

Myself and my friend are traveling through Thailand in May - starting in Bangkok then traveling up to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai after 3/4 weeks. We then want to cross the Thai border to Laos, however at the moment we are unsure where the best crossing points would be and how easy it is by public transportation. If anyone could give us advice that would be appreciated! Thanks ...

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Get a room! (Southern Laos)

Posted by caseyprich on 5/2/2011 at 17:06

Just to let anyone traveling through here to know - good rooms are at a serious premium. None of the guest houses has availability in the afternoon - those arriving from Ubon or Si Phon Don are grasping away from anything they can find, usually ending up in one of the hotels on Road 13. Still, everything is centrally located so its not a problem. However, if you want a nice view from Sedong River GH or the companionship of Sabadiya 2 - then either arrive early or make a reservation. And with ...

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Renting a flat in Luang Prabang for 2 months

Posted by travelinchen on 2/2/2011 at 17:01

my husband and I are looking for a flat, apartment or suite to stay in Luang Prabang in July and August 2011,before we move back to Berlin. The place should definitely have a double bed, a desk and a chair and internet, and it would be great if it had a kitchen or soome kitchen facilities (but not necessary) and a living room. Size should be at least 40 sqms. Our budget is USD 500 incluing bills. Does anyone know about such a place or have an idea how to look for one from home? (obviously, ...

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Icon bar luang probang

Posted by duncmanoner on 31/1/2011 at 19:48

To not include icon bar in the best bars in luang probang is a travesty! A lovely owner and staff and great not bass based music it is a must stop for the thirsty traveler! And great beer and cocktail prices to boot!! Ps I don't work there I just went there so heed my call travelers! ...

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Help! Southern Laos

Posted by travelnkate on 27/1/2011 at 15:17

Hello! I am currently teaching in Thailand (near bangkok). My contract is up March 5th and I wanted to do a Southern Laos - Cambodia trip...BUT i only have 10 days to travel. I am on a tight budget, living off of baht. I have looked up different tours but they are all pretty pricey or too restrictive. I will be traveling with another teacher, we are both woman 23-25. I read on a travel blog and in Lonley Planet that you can hire a motorbike guide in Laos, hire as in he drives and I hang out on t ...

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Pak Beng to Oudom Xai or Houei Xai to Luang Namtha

Posted by 5acrefarmer on 26/1/2011 at 12:03

Hi Just arrived in Luang Prabang and in a few days will travel north but want to start with the river trip west. Wondering if anyone can advise if either of these roads is better in any way then the other. I may only get to do one. Should I get off the boat at Pak Beng and go to Oudom Xai or continue to Houei Xai and take the road to Luang Namtha. Many thanks, Ian. ...

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Accommodation in Nong Khiaw

Posted by maynris on 26/1/2011 at 17:58

Anyone stayed in the newly opened Nong Khiaw Phou Xang. Apparently a few staffing issues like there aren't many and they don't speak English but have seen a picture and looks quite good. ...

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central thai into Lao

Posted by papajembe on 24/1/2011 at 05:45

can't seem to locate '4000 islands' in Laos, as part of a side trip of 4days from Bangkok. any help with itinerary,sites to see, travel advice.....i'm all ears:) thank you ...

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