Right then, we're putting some thoughts together regarding our impending trip to SEA.
We're going to take advantage of Bangkok Airways Discovery Airpass but we have a dilemma??!! Our rough route is BKK to Luang Prabang then head south to Si Phan Don. Now then!! do we fly on from LP and skip Vientiane or take the road, via Vang Vieng, to Vientiane and fly out from there??
We have around six to seven days in northern Laos.
Any suggestions/ideas much appreciated.........................
Don't miss out on Vang Vieng. Spend a few days there, as there's much more to it than Pizza Street and 'Happy' meals. The scenery between LP and V V is also spectacular.
Apart from one or two sights Vientiane is (imho) a very average sort of place. There are some major road improvements in process, and that includes nearly all of the pavements in the town centre. All of the pavements have big, deep holes in them. A moment of forgetfulness after a few Beerlaos and could end up in a shitty mess, with maybe a broken ankle.
There isn't all that much to do in Vientiane that isn't available in other places you're likely to visit, and as you'll already have done LP then Vientiane could be a bit disappointing. On the accommodation side we went for the recommended Mali Namphu. We booked by e-mail 2 weeks in advance, but were given the only 2 rooms available. Ours (109) was dingy and windowless, and had a severe problem with mozzies. My brother was in 406, which was a better room without the mozzies, but it was up 69 steps on the fourth floor. But the included breakfast was fine, and the courtyard setting was very pleasant. While we were there, there were at least 3 tour groups who came and went, so I reckon they may be getting the pick of the accommodation. There are no doubt better places to stay.
Just for info, and I'll get round to a proper trip report after Xmas. We took the overnight sleeper from BKK to Nong Khai on the Thai/Laos border. The 1st class sleeper was excellent. Nong Khai is a super place to stay for a few days or more, before crossing the Friendship Bridge into Laos, and the Mutmee G/H is unbeatable value.
#2 LancasterLad has been a member since 13/9/2006. Posts: 62
Cheers for that matey. Maybe we could spend 4/5 nights in LP and do a stop over for 2 nights in VV on the way down to Vientiane before 'Flying South for Summer' ;-)
I'll do a check on flights before we commit though.
Lay off the 'Happy' meals in V V, or you'll be doing a few double U's on yer way down to planet earth! We stayed in V V for 4 nights, and could have happily stayed longer.
#5 LancasterLad has been a member since 13/9/2006. Posts: 62