I'm 2 days away from my trip and I'm really worried about traveling in Laos. I want to see the countryside and get out of the cities but I've heard that roda travel can be very dangerous, especially between Vientiane and Luang Prabang. Does anyone know if this is true or I'm just panicking for nothing?? What's the safest way to travel the countryside in Laos?? Thanks!
#1 katyleigh8 has been a member since 12/6/2006. Posts: 3
WAS IN LAOS AT THE END OF APRIL.TRAVELLED BY BUS FROM LUANG PRABANG TO VIENTIANE,IT TOOK ABOUT 10 HOURS WITH A COUPLE OF STOPS,THE FIRST SIX HOURS OR SO THE ROAD TWISTS AND TURNS ALARMINGLY,NO CRASH BARRIERS AND HARD FOR TWO BUSES TO PASS EACH OTHER.THE SCENERY IS FANTASTIC IN THE MOUNTAINS AND YOU PASS MANY HILLTRIBE VILLAGES.WE SAW A COUPLE OF ACCIDENTS ON THE WAY,ONE SERIOUS,A MINIBUS HAD GONE OVER THE EDGE AND THERE WERE SOME FATALITIES,SO I WOULD STRONGLY RECOMEND NOT GETTING THE NIGHT BUS ON THIS ROUTE.
AS FOR BANDITS/REBELS HOLDING UP BUSES,I DIDNT HEAR OF ANY SUCH INCIDENTS,BUT THE BUS HAD 2 GUARDS ON BOARD WITH AK 47'S,SO MAKE YOUR OWN MIND UP WHY THEY WERE ON BOARD.
I'M SURE YOU WILL HAVE A GREAT TIME IN LAOS,I DID,AND YOU WILL HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT.HAVE A BEER LAO FOR ME.
Attaxcks have taken place on the road between Vientiane and Luang Prabang (mostly just to the north of Kasi), but the worst appears to be a thing of the past -- they are rare, and I wouldn't suugest skipping them because of this issue.
Ifd you are concerned, there are regular flights between Vientiane and Luang Prabang.
It is a beautiful country
#3 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,706
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Katy, yes there were some problems on the way between Vientiane and Luang Prabang, but it was years ago and this has been the only place some troubles happened! do not be afraid, laos is a beautyfull and peacefull country with the most polite poeple in SEA ! for details you can contact me under firstname.lastname@example.org. Peace and Light ! Peter, Vienna, Austria
#4 petervienna has been a member since 13/6/2006. Posts: 15