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8 days in Laos

Posted by abbielane456 on 17/4/2017 at 04:37

Hi fellow travel,
I am newbie in there
Looking to visit Laos in July 2017.Can anyone suggest an itinerary, accommodation, transport options or a tour company
Thanks

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Posted by exacto on 17/4/2017 at 22:23

hi abbie,

first off, have a look at the itineraries section and see if any of these suggestions look good to you:

https://www.travelfish.org/trip_planner

second, what made you select Laos to visit? maybe that would help us give you better suggestions based on what you want to do.

with only eight days, i would stick to just a few stops and visit either the north or the south of the country.

will you be travelling directly to Laos, or visiting somewhere else first? where will you go after Laos?

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Posted by teresamhudson on 19/4/2017 at 04:20

How long are you going to take for this trip? It is usual to suggest the most popular destinations in Laos for anyone who haven't been to there. Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang, Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Phu temple. Take tuk-tuk when traveling around there.

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Posted by abbielane456 on 19/4/2017 at 23:18

We will spend 1-2 weeks in Laos depending on the interesting of the land in there. In fact, we heard about elephant trekking in Luang Prabang, so I really want to enjoy the activity. it is worth to visit?

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Posted by teresamhudson on 25/4/2017 at 03:10

In Luang Prabang, you can hire a bicycle to go around the city. You should rent a hotel along Mekong river and night market, which will be convenient for your traveling. Further, many beautiful waterfalls lie in Luang Prabang, for example, Kuang Si. To explore Kuang Si waterfall, if you travel in a small group, it is suggested to pick up a tour of an agency (Laos Explorer). On the other hand, your group has over 5 people, you should hire a tuk tuk. Actually, traveling by the two means is much cheaper than taking a private car.

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Posted by shoh47 on 25/4/2017 at 08:52

I travelled from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang. The following for your reference:
When we were in Chiang Rai, we hired a car from one the travel agents at the main road and went to visit Northern part of Thailand. After the visit, the driver sent us to Chiang Khong in the late afternoon to stay a night at the hotel at Mekong River side. Next morning, the staff used a golf buggy to send us to the riverside where the immigration office was. After clearance, we boarded a long boat ferry to reach the opposite side which was the Laos town of Huoy Xai. There is a Loas immigration here where you can apply for your Visa. After that, we changed from Thai Baht to Local currency at the money exchange at the immigration office itself. They gave good rate since they were run by the government bank.
Since we had pre-booked a slow boat journey to Luang Prabang, the guide waited for us at the immigration office and took us to their slow boat and started the slow journey to LB. They cooked lunch for us on the boat. In between, the boat stopped at a very poor Mong Village for us to visit. We made a donation of USD50 to the primary school, other travellers also donated. In the evening, we arrived at Pak Beng Village where we ate our dinner on our own and stay a night on our own. Next morning, started the journey again and reached LB at about lunch time after stopping by to visit the Pak Ou Cave. After a few nights in LB, we took a flight to Vientiane by Boeing 320.

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Posted by shahfieldd on 26/5/2017 at 02:46

During 8 days, you can spend time visiting some famous attractions like Plain of Jars, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientian and the southern Lao. In terms of transportation, tuk-tuk is the most popular means in Laos. You should get on the tuk-tuk that has many passengers so that you can save your money. Besides, riding a bicycle is also a way for sightseeing. Quite a few Lao destinations are located close to each other; therefore, a pair of sneakers will help you move more easily if you choose to reach the destinations on foot.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 26/5/2017 at 05:26

The names have changed but it's still the same (Vietnamese travel agent) ;-)
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/asia-south-east-asia-mainland/topics/8-days-in-laos-b1c304f4-7f29-4d1b-8836-de82f3dc928d

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