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Travelling Sth Laos July

Posted by limeandsoda on 5/7/2009 at 20:08

Hi everyone!
I'm looking at going back to Laos in the next few weeks because i loved it so much last time i was there.

I want to go to the south (having done LP, VV and Vientiane in the previous trip)

However, i only have 2 weeks all up and would like to go to Siem reap to see Angkor too - this makes me think i may only have 7-8 days in Southern Laos - it this worthwhile? or too short?

I am thinking

Day 1 - Arrive Vientiene in morning, leave for Pakse that night

Days 2-4 in Pakse

Day 5-8 in Don Khon

Then hopefully organise a trip to SR - i assume that will take another 2 days or so?

Then days 10- 14 in SR.

Anyone think that is too ambitious? Or have any reccomendations for really amazing things to see?

As i'll be alone, and i know it's low season, i'm wondering if there are still many travellers in Sth Laos during this time? I'm looking for some quiet relaxation, but also wouldn't mind being able to meet/chat with some other people too. I had a few weeks trip in Borneo recently where i met NO ONE - and it go a bit lonely after awhile!

Cheers :)

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Posted by MADMAC on 5/7/2009 at 21:57

Any of the bigger towns in this neighborhood (Paxse, Savanakhet, Udon Thani on the Thai side will have at least some expats kicking around. Also, I can't imagine that there is a time when Siam Reap doesn't have any tourists. So I think you're safe on that count.

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Posted by BruceMoon on 6/7/2009 at 07:18


As John says, I doubt you'll be 'alone' for too long.

May I suggest you entertain flying to Siem Reap - probably from Pakse to Vientiane to Siem Reap.

The reason hasn't much to do with time (though you'll be advantaged that way). Rather, with the wet season, it's quite possible that you'll find some routes (temporarily) closed: throwing your journey into disarray.

For example, try looking at the weather now... Go to:

This will get you to Pakse. On the left of the page, under 'current Conditions' is a map: right click on that (preferably to a new tab) and look at the area. Keep the link open for a few days and you'll see whether the weather is going to be an issue for you.

Otherwise, a day to PP, and another to SR.

I've elsewhere suggested Siem Reap warrants 4 full days: a 3 day pass, and a day to Tonle Sap (a very important part in understanding the reason why the Angkorian temples are located where they are).


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Posted by limeandsoda on 6/7/2009 at 15:51

Thanks Bruce, yeah, i guess i hadn't really factored in the weather!! Looks pretty wet :)

I guess i might have to try and see how it goes, keeping an eye on it when i'm in Pakse. Would prefer not to fly, both for reasons of budget and one of the things i like most about the region (though it sounds crazy) is the scenery from the bus along the way!

I've been to angkor before, for two days, so this is a return visit - i suppose that gives me a bit more leeway in case i am delayed for a few days. Hopefully if it turns out that it looks like rain might delay me for more than a few days i will be able to book flights, instead, when i am actually in pakse.... eek! fingers crossed

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