We are a 28 years old couple who are going to Laos in December for 2 weeks.
We have the following itinerary in mind:
2 nights Huay Xai (including 2 days-1night Gibbon Experience, already booked)
3 nights Luang Namtha including 1 or 2 nights trekking trip to hill tribe villages
2 nights Muang Khua/Nong Khiaw
3 nights Luang Prabang
And from here, we have two options:
2 nights Vang Vieng
2 nights Vientiane
Flight Vientiane - Phnom-Phen (or Siem Reap. Same price: 175 US$ one way with Lao Airlines)
Night bus LP to Vientiane
1 day Vientiane between nightbuses
Night bus Vientiane to Pakse
2 nights around Pakse (Boulaven Plateau or 4000 islands) and overland to Cambodia
What do you think of these two itineraries? Would you go for option 1 or option 2?
Regarding the budget, is 35 US$/day/person a reasonable amount? That would include budget to medium accommodation, food (street food and simple restaurants), local transport, sightseeing and giving ourselves a treat once in a while. And that would exclude Gibbon Experience and trip to hill tribe villages in Luang Namtha.
Thanks in advance for your help!!
Sonsoles & Iván
#1 queensy83 has been a member since 23/10/2011. Posts: 2
There isn't that much you can do in Pakse for 2 nights, especially considering you'll arrive after a not very comfortable night bus from V. to Pakse. If you took off that day you could bike up to Tad Lo or Paksong for 1 night, returning the next day to Pakse so that you're in town the following morning when you'd be heading south to Cambodia. Usually people only do this route if they have a little more time and want to check out either Champasake (Wat Phu) or Si Phon Don (4,000 Islands) which is on the border with Cambodia.
Given that you're already exploring a lot of the North, I'd keep to a Northern Laos itnerary and save the south for if you decide to return some day. I actually have no experience with either Vang Vieng or Vientiane , and VV has its share of haters. However, those I've known who have visited it say you can go the party route or find your own way to enjoy it - after all it is beautiful. And as for Vientiane - may as well give the capital two nights to kick your feet up before you fly out.
You can get budget accomodation for 5-10 USD a room, except maybe in Luang Prabang which I hear is feeling the bite, so split between two people I think that won't be a problem. Food isn't expensive so I think you should be okay with this budget.
I stayed in really nice accommodation in Luang Prabang, i think it was about 10 USD but i had my own apartment! It's a gorgeous town! we had only planned on staying there for a few days but fell in love with it and stayed for 2 weeks! I wonder if you'll feel the same way...
#3 johnbarrington has been a member since 19/10/2011. Posts: 22