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Gibbon Experience - getting there and back

Posted by scahn on 8/7/2010 at 07:31

I'll be travelling from Vang Vieng to Huay Xai (where the Gibbon check in place is) and would like to avoid the 2 day slow boat and instead take a bus there. Is this an option? Does anyone know how long it takes and whether it's an overnight journey- meaning would we get there the same day or the following day? ALSO, after the Gibbon I need to get from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang and once again would like to travel by bus. Is this an overnight journey/would we arrive on the same day we leave? ...

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Advice needed. Bangkok-->Laos

Posted by kif on 2/7/2010 at 14:40

This autumn i'll visit Laos&Cambodia. (from north to south) What is the best option for travelling to northern Laos when departing from Bangkok over land? Luang Prabang and Vientiane are on my to do list. Train to Chiang Mai --> over land to Luang prabang --> Vientiane --> south Laos or Train to Nong Khai --> Vientiane --> Luang prabang --> southern Laos Regards, K. ...

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Combining gibbon experience and slow boat?

Posted by Livingthedream on 4/7/2010 at 18:14

Im travelling to Laos in Oct, was planning to cross the border from Thailand at Huay Xai and get the slow boat down to LuangPrabang. However now were hoping to fit in the Gibbon experience too, how do you get to it from Huay Xai? and if we still want to get the slow boat whats the best way to go about it, after gibbon experience would we have to backtrack to Huay Xai and stay a night to catch boat in the morning? Thanks! ...

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Crossing Laos on a small motorboat

Posted by WorldPhotographer on 2/7/2010 at 21:04

I'm traveling to Laos on a Photo Expedition in the Summer of 2011, and I'm thinking of visiting the villages along the Mekong River. Is it possible to navigate all the way from the North (somewhere near Luang Prabang, or even further upstream) to the South (till the border to Cambodja) in one of the small typical wooden rafts (with engine)? If not, is it possible to do it by stages, using another means of transport to make the connections (bicycle for example)? How easy and what kind of budge ...

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Bus from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng with 2 kids - need advice

Posted by alainj on 2/7/2010 at 17:52

I am planning to travel from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng by bus with 2 kids (8 year olds). Because of the two kids, I would like to find a way to make sure the trip (5+ hours) is reasonably pleasant. So after reading many threads on this forum, I am debating between a VIP bus and renting a mini-van. The VIP bus would be fine but I keep reading stories about A/C not working, sitting on plastic chairs, etc. Would anyone be able to recommend a good travel agency in LP where I could either boo ...

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anti- malaria tablets really needed?

Posted by Jolinde on 22/6/2010 at 18:11

next month we will be traveling in North Laos and planning a trekking from Luang Prabang (tips?) We travel with our 4 (teenager) kids. Is it stupid not to take anti-malaria tablets? I prefer not to take them..someone experienced on this topic??? ...

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From railwaystation Nong Khai to Vientiane

Posted by Jolinde on 22/6/2010 at 18:06

We will take the nighttrain from Bangkok to Nong Khai. What's the most easy way to get from here to Vientiane. The curently opent railway? or better take a bus, or...?? (traveling with 4 (teenager) kids) ...

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Land border crossing from northern Laos to northern Vietnam

Posted by hfergu on 23/6/2010 at 10:14

Does anyone have information on how to do this border crossing. I want to connect from Laos to loop into Sa Pa. The travel guides I've looked at have said it is pretty difficult, and travelers I've met in Vietnam have said that friends of theirs did it successfully but with much difficulty. I'm thinking it might be much simpler and quicker to fly from Luang Prabang to Hanoi and then just take the train. ...

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Nightbus Luang Prabang-Vientiane?

Posted by Jolinde on 24/6/2010 at 05:56

I need to adept our travelschedule to win a day. Are there nightbusses going straight from Luang Prabang to Vientiane? Or can i arrange a private bus (we are with 6) bringing us in 1 night? How long will this trip take us? ...

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Looking for Trekkingtips from Luang Prabang

Posted by Jolinde on 22/6/2010 at 18:01

In a few weeks We 'll be in Luang Prabang. From their we want to make a 2day/night trekking to the different hilltribes where we can stay overnight with our 4 kids (teenagers) Looking for a guide/guide company. Anyone tips/recommandations?? (Last year we did the same from Chiang Mai (Thailand). It was such a wonderful experience and we heard Laos can be even better) Thanks for your help!! ...

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Starting in Paske

Posted by JoeFox17 on 21/6/2010 at 20:11

Hello all, just joined! My route is Vietnam - Cambodia - Laos - North Thailand - Flight to South Thailand - Bangkok - Singapore. I'm on my way to Siem Reap tomorrow and I plan on staying there a few days to check out the temples. I did a bit of reading and weighed up my options and decided I would fly to Laos rather than backtrack on myself and go through all the hassle. I'm flying with Laos Airlines and I'm going to Pakse . I've did some reading and note taking - I've yet to pick up my La ...

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Nice Place to visit between Sam Neua and Vientiane

Posted by wombatfuz on 2/3/2010 at 16:20

From Sam Neua to Vientiane, assuming I do not wish to visit Phonsavan and Vang Vieng, where else can I visit? ...

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Best Lodging in Muang Ngoi

Posted by callarda on 20/6/2010 at 22:23

I am going to be doing a village trek out of Muang Ngoi and want a recommendation for a good guesthouse there. I want a place that is in the heart of the time, and where the owner speaks relatively good English. Have a hammock with a river view would be nice. Any recommendations/ ...

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Villa Senesouk vs. Thatsaphone Villa in Luang Prabang

Posted by callarda on 20/6/2010 at 22:28

So I need to spend a few nights in Luang Prabang and want a midrange option that is near temples but not directly next to lots of night life noise. (Im Ok with gongs and chanting but not loud partiers....) It seems like both Villa Senesouk and Thatsaphone Villa fit the bill in this regard. Anyone have a recommendation of which location is better for ambience if I want to interact with monks a lot? Also, is either one better in terms of comfort and services? (I will probably need to leave ...

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Feedback on Lao Youth Travel Treks in Muang Ngoi

Posted by callarda on 20/6/2010 at 22:25

Has anyone done the Lao Youth Travel Discovery or Barefoot treks that involve village homestays. I would like to do a trek out of Muang Ngoi and they looked pretty good. Any recent experiences with them would be helpful. ...

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Hanoi --> Vientane --> Luang Prabang --> Chiang Rai --> Chiang Mai

Posted by sophierose87 on 11/6/2010 at 21:46

Hi all Just wanting some advice on Laos travel. I'm going to vietnam in December with friends to celebrate graduating from uni. So far the trip ends in Hanoi around the 4th of January, however I'd like to see some of Laos and Northern Thailand (would be doing this part solo, and have never travelled solo before) before heading home (Australia) to start working. I'm a 23 year old female, mainly interested in hikes/outdoor activities, and not very keen on partying. Also keen on visiting the be ...

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Is the world cup on Lao TV?

Posted by kernowfixing on 10/6/2010 at 17:04

guys any help with this would be appreciated! i am crossing the from Thailand into Laos in a couple of days time. i am not a massive football nut but it is the world cup and i would love some information on how easy it is to watch some games on Laos TV....cheers for any of your feedback about this....and best of luck to all 32 teams playing. ...

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Traveling Laos to Cambodia feesable timeline??

Posted by SeoulMan on 12/6/2010 at 18:40

Hello Travelfish Community! New to the site, but I have learned an awful lot thus far. I am an inexperienced traveler that will be traveling with my husband in September of this year, just looking for some assistance with a rough timeline I've put together...Also any additional must sees welcome. Leave Seoul for Vientiene August 31st Explore Sept. 1/2nd bus from VTE to VV on 3rd of September (takes about 4 hours I've read?) Explore/Tube Sept 4th. bus from VV to Luang Prabang on 5th of Sept ...

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How long to spend in Vientiene and Luang Prabang??

Posted by scahn on 10/6/2010 at 16:33

I've heard such mixed things about these two places. 4 friends I will be travelling in Laos at the end of November. We're all 19 and really want to get a taste of the place - not only the backpackers scene. I'd love to hear some suggestions on how long to spend in Vientiene and Luang Prabang. ...

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Wendy Tour and Trek company

Posted by flyingfish on 12/6/2010 at 02:35

Hi, I'm planning to travel from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang in August. I found a company on the internet called Wendy Tour and Trek. has anyone used their services before? Are they reliable and honest? Thanks and regards, flyingfish ...

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