here's what I'm looking as possibilities to cover. Obviously I can't cover all this in the time period.
Suggestions as to what to keep or toss?
Wat Xieng Thong
Pak Ou Caves,
Kwang Si Falls
Phou Si at sunrise or sunset
Ban Phanom, Ban Xieng Lek
Tad Sae Waterfall
The National Museum
#1 metropical has been a member since 9/6/2008. Posts: 21
A sample plan could be:
Day 1: Temples in town, finishing with Phou si at sunset and the night market
Day 2: Pak Ou caves and Ban Phanom
Day 3: Kwang Si and Museum, central market
Day 4: Tad Sae
I'd say the above is a pretty well paced few days, so it could be crammed into less if you wanted. The "big" days are Kwang Si and Pak Ou which is why i'd suggest doing them on different days.
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,789
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Pak Ou Budda caves is a nice boat ride, the waterfalls are very nice and a climb up Mt Phousi to see the Buddha’s foot print and a 360 degrees view of town, it's in the middle of town, can't miss it.
The night market is opposite, good for a stroll after dinner
Walks along the river, bars, and restaurants chilling out watching the fishermen.
I could be back there now.
It’s not big, so you can do the main tourist areas in a morning.
Only problems are banking, ATM’s only take Cirrus I think and the bank at the other end of town is not very reliable so cash up and try and pay your hotel bill while the electricity is on the night before check out.
I found that where I was staying could sort everything out anyway.
Oh and the curfew is at 23.00, but that’s okay you’ll want to be up early to see the monks collect alms.
Don’t rush like other SEA cities, you are now on Lao time.
I have a blog if you want it.
#3 shwaygwailo has been a member since 10/6/2008. Posts: 3
sure, I'd like to see your blog.
and thank you both for your input.
should I just book my own airfare from HCMC and hotel in LP and pick up local guides there or is worth while to have a prearrange by TonyAnn, Handspan or Trails of Indochina in HCMC/Hanoi?
#4 metropical has been a member since 9/6/2008. Posts: 21
Hi Metro, don't know if they'll post a direct link but here it is as requested.
If it doesn't work google me and you will find it.
#5 shwaygwailo has been a member since 10/6/2008. Posts: 3
I gather the sim card was easy to find? As are other english speaking tourists?
#6 metropical has been a member since 9/6/2008. Posts: 21
Yes, SIM card opposite main entancce to Phousi Wat and the tourists out number the locals in town. Lots of Dutch and Nordics.
Very relaxed place.
#7 shwaygwailo has been a member since 10/6/2008. Posts: 3
Is the Elephant Park worth a half day or more or should I skip it?
The other half of the day would be Fair-Trek.
#8 metropical has been a member since 9/6/2008. Posts: 21