Will be visiting Laos, for an unknown time at the moment, maybe 10-12 days. Wanted to do Luang Prabung and Vientiene, but having a bit of trouble finding somewhere else that's not too inconvenient in a short amount of time.
Of course there is Van Vieng but i think i want to stay away from there.
#1 furneburner has been a member since 5/9/2009. Posts: 180
With that short time and travelling between LP and Vientiene I would make a stop at Vang Vieng anyway. The small town itself is boring but the scenery around it is amazing. Many caves to visit or you could go kayaking on the river. There are many daytrips with a mix of things to do. On the other hand I think Vientiene and especially Luang Prabang can keep you occupied for most of that time.
Have a nice trip
#2 krisim has been a member since 20/7/2006. Posts: 36
How long is the travel time between Vientiene and Luang Prabung?
Is it something so painful you would want to stop at Van Vieng anyway?
#4 furneburner has been a member since 5/9/2009. Posts: 180
Thanks for the advice,
if i go to Vietiene then to Phonsavahn then to LP, what sort of travel time am i looking at?
#7 furneburner has been a member since 5/9/2009. Posts: 180
second Nong Khiaw ( Muang Ngoi ). Muang Ngoi Neua supposedly showing early signs of becoming Vang Vieng II.
VTE > Phonsavan (Xieng Khouang): full day bus, or short plane ride.
Phonsavan > LPB: full day bus.
VTE > LPB: ~10h by VIP bus (maybe 8-9h with faster, smaller vehicle), up to 13h by ordinary bus (no crazy speeding unlike VIP bus).
I'm assuming the only domestic flights available are from Lao airlines?
Will have a look at prices, but i've read that article on travelfish about their slightly dodgy safety!
#9 furneburner has been a member since 5/9/2009. Posts: 180
OK, I looked at the links and they both look like brutally boring and primative places. Top spots? Hmmmm, clearly we have divergent viewpoints on what would constitute a "top spot". No electricity is like camping out - which I hate. This sounds more like Africa. What's the upside?
Yeah I love sitting in the hammock doing very little other than watching the river slide by. Works for some -- not others!
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The places look nice to me, even without the nightlife. If there is one way i can ruin a holiday, it's by getting intoxicated every night and staying in bed all day...
but i suppose that's where the hammocks come in!
#13 furneburner has been a member since 5/9/2009. Posts: 180
"Yeah I love sitting in the hammock doing very little other than watching the river slide by. Works for some -- not others!"
Man, you can do this almost anywhere - you don't need to go upriver in Laos. Hell, right here north of me there are tons of spots where you can sit in a hammock or bench by the Mekong. If you go north of NKP it's quiet. There ain't nothing up there.
I like to DO things - not SEE things - so I would be bored out of my skull. I can sit and read, I love to read. But I don't need to travel to read.
i think the point of the travelfish article on lao airlines is that their safety record actually stacks up pretty well against other regional airlines and looks better than other forms of transportation in laos.
if you've got the time, i'd recommend a visit to phonsavan and the plain of jars too. there's a travelfish article on that destination too. the history side of the place is fascinating, but there isn't much if any nightlife.
MADMAC, you make me laugh. you are a nightowl in the highest traditions of bernard trink, but you live in the relatively sleepy little town of mukdahan. just remember that we aren't all semi-retired guys living in a peaceful, somewhat rural setting and don't necessarily have quick access to a hammock on the river. some of us have to go on holiday to get that. i like to mix it up on holiday too by the way, with nightlife and excitement in places like bangkok along with quality hammock time in places that can offer it.
Thanks for the opinions.
I'm thinking phonsavan might be the best best as i don't wanna pay the cost of the laos airlines flights, and having never been to the country before the bus might be more interesting.
Thing is i may have a boat party to go to in BKK for new years, so that's why the time constraints come into play, if i give the party a miss then i have more time for laos, and maybe some of the places north of LP
#16 furneburner has been a member since 5/9/2009. Posts: 180
"MADMAC, you make me laugh. you are a nightowl in the highest traditions of bernard trink"
Bernard Trink was a scumbag. "Nightlife" is not synonomous with whoring. His views on SE Asian women were revolting.
I just like to dance and listen to a good band and enjoy quality dancing. Those are important factors in my psychological well being.