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Laos in 1 week

Posted by Lyoungie on 13/11/2008 at 16:26

Hi,

I am interested in going to Laos for one week. I was thinking of editing the 2 week agenda to fit my schedule. The suggestions were:

1) Vientiane -> Vang Vieng (stunning scenery, backpacker scene)
2) Vang Vieng -> Phonsavan (Plain of Jars)
3) Phonsavan -> Luang Prabang (stunning scenery, temples, riverside town)
4)Luang Prabang -> Muang Ngoi (small town, riverside setting, backpacker scene)
5) Muang Ngoi -> Udomxai (temple, waterfalls)
6) Udomxai -> Luang Nam Tha (trekking, eco-tourism)
7) Luang Nam Tha -> Muang Sing (trekking, backpacker scene)
8) Muang Sing -> Xieng Kok (small village, riverside setting)
9) Xieng Kok -> Huay Xai (Riverside town)

Which do you think I can leave out? What do you think is realistic for a 1 week vacation? And how do you suggest booking tickets and getting around in Laos?

Thanks.

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Posted by Rufus on 13/11/2008 at 16:32

I don't quite understand, you are not planning to all this in one week are you. It is absolutely impossible!
I would suggest 2 locations only, Vientiane and Luang Prabang.

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Posted by Lyoungie on 13/11/2008 at 16:44

I found this itinerary for 2 weeks. It sounded pretty good, but I can't fit it all in. I was hoping to get suggestions on what I should DEFINITELY do and what I can leave out. Thanks for all your help! :)

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Posted by chrispyrolls on 13/11/2008 at 23:55

I agree with Rufus - stick to a couple of places and explore in and around them, LP and Vientiane are probably the easiest for this ... or just go to LP and see the places around there - i can think of at least 4/5 days worth of things in LP alone that I would like to do - don't rush it as you won't enjoy it as much

chris

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Posted by Rufus on 14/11/2008 at 12:26

Seriously, forget everything except Vientiane and LP. Travel in Laos is very slow and there is no way you can even do half of what was suggested in one week. 4 days in LP and 3 in Vientiane , or 3,2 and 2 days to visit the Konglor caves and that is about all you will be able to do.

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Posted by Greg08 on 14/11/2008 at 16:20

Hi

Also looking for a bit of advice - am planning to spend 6-7 days in Laos. Basically decided to use LP as a base and do a short river trip.

Was thinking about travelling up to Muang Ngoi - is this worth it?

Thanks
Greg

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Posted by charliekbrooks on 17/11/2008 at 20:47

I am also looking to spend a week in Laos over Christmas. Where are the best places to go if you just want to relax and see beautiful waterfalls, rivers etc?

Thanks,
Charlie

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Posted by Rufus on 18/11/2008 at 11:10

Champasak and Pakse have great waterfalls

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Posted by rossville69 on 19/11/2008 at 10:48

Greg08 - I didn't get there, but heard lots of good reports of Nam Ou, which I think is the same direction of Muang Ngoi.

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