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The Laos slow boat thread Sticky!

Posted by somtam2000 on 22/1/2008 at 16:28

Hi all, If you have done the Huay Xai - Pakbeng - Luang Prabang boat trip by slow boat, please post in this thread when you did it and a rough idea of how many people were on the boat with you. This is to give other readers who are weighing up doing the trip an idea regards to overcrowding on the boat. As always, my humble thanks! ...

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Favourite place in Laos? Sticky!

Posted by BigRoss on 23/5/2009 at 23:17

This is a post with very little practical value. Laos is my favourite place in the whole world, and I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that. I wonder which places in the PDR are other people's favourites? I have two I can't split: The Katamtak waterfall and Mr Boune Hom's Bungalows on Don Dhet. The falls are really not very impressive compared to some, but they are so deserted and such a bugger to get to, that being there is really quite special. Certainly you've proven your trail bike riding ...

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2 weeks in Laos on my own?! Sticky!

Posted by cig on 20/10/2008 at 15:05

Hi, what a fantastic website! have been reading non-stop. Heres my dilema... I will have 26 days to explore Thailand and Laos in Jan, I especially would like to see much of Laos. I start off in Phuket ( Islands/beaches etc) will take overnight train to Bangkok. Then off to Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya, then an overnight trip to Chiang Mai. I would then like to spend a good amount of time going through there and into Laos. And finishing up by taking the train from Vientiane to Bangko ...

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My Northern Laos Trip: Beginning to End Sticky!

Posted by christay2009 on 23/11/2009 at 02:45

My Northern Laos Trip: Beginning to End I travelled around Northern Laos for just under a month from the 29th September onwards, moving fairly slowly south through Laos beginning in Luang Nam Tha and ending in Vientiane. This is more about information than sharing stories of my trip. Border Crossing I travelled from Kunming (capital of Yunnan province, China) to Mengla, where buses run to the border and beyond. There is a direct, overnight sleeper bus [more than one] from Kunming to M ...

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Welcome and Terms of Use Sticky!

Posted by somtam2000 on 22/1/2006 at 16:30

Hi, I'm somtam2000 and I'll be moderating the Travelfish travel board. I'm here to answer all your questions -- or at least the ones I know the answer to -- as for those that are mysteries to me, perhaps other Travelfish members will be able to answer. You'll see you need to be a member to post a new question or answer an existing one, but if you're already a Travelfish member, you don't need to join again. Your existing login works just fine. A few of general pointers; 1) I do have to ...

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Places to visit outside Vientiane, Laos in one week

Posted by Tulynnejohnny on 30/6/2017 at 05:06

I have been to Laos once and visited Vientiane . This August I am heading there for a conference in Vientiane also. I will have my son in the trip. We will arrive here one week before the conference. Actually, I would like to see somewhere outside Vientiane but I don't want it's time consuming to get there and back. So, what would you guys suggest for the destination and transportation as well? Thanks. ...

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Traveling from SG to Lao & need Kip?

Posted by caturdayy on 17/2/2017 at 03:52

Just gotten back from Lao with about SGD$102 worth of Kip, but realised money changers here don't accept Kip. I'm willing to sell it at a very good rate. Let me know if you're interested! T ...

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Tay Trang Border crossing

Posted by paul33404 on 5/7/2017 at 23:59

Hello Everyone, I am planning on cycling from Hanoi to Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam and then crossing the border into Laos at Tay Trang. Does anyone know what the border crossing is like, will i have problems crossing with a bicycle, i will be doing this in February 2018 will it be open everyday as this is not a main crossing point. I am crossing here so that i can cycle on to Luang Prabang and then crossing into Thailand at Vientiane. Thank you in advance for an assistance you may be able to ...

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Going to Laos from Singapore. Need Currency (Lao Kip)???

Posted by Andrew500 on 22/7/2013 at 06:48

Hi All I just got back from Laos and have around 2,000,000 kip left. This is over $300 SGD. I thought I'd be able to change at local money changes but apparently not. As such, if you're in Singapore and planning to go to Laos anytime soon, I'd be happy to sell to you. I will offer much better rates than anything you will find inside Laos. My contact is andrewf222 (at) yahoo ( dot) com and I work near Somerset on Orchard Road. Thanks Andrew ...

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Chess set in Luang Prabang

Posted by ClaireJL90 on 14/6/2017 at 10:39

Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows anywhere I can buy a chess set in Luang Prabang. I'm not too fussed whether it is made of wood or stone and don't mind spending a bit of money on a really nice one. I thought I might find one at the night markets but couldn't see any when I went for a walk through tonight.. Thanks! ...

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How to get my Vietnamese motor bike into Thailand if the bike is not in my name?

Posted by Kittysquirrel on 14/6/2017 at 00:00

I am in Vientiane, Laos and I have a Vietnamese motorbike. I have read the forums saying that the bike needs to be in your name to cross into Thailand? But I have a little card that says the owners name (which is not mine). Is there anyway I can still get in to Thailand? Thanks! ...

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Bus from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Posted by Trish177 on 12/6/2017 at 00:29

hi, I'm travelling from LP to VV in a couple of days and torn between the VIP bus or the minivan. Minivans seem cheaper and take less time - but I sort of like being up higher on the VIP buses, which also allegedly, have toilets and provide lunch. has anyone done the trip recently - a few older posts suggested the VIP buses were not so good, but not sure if that has now changed. ...

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Loas - Vietnam border crossing

Posted by Trish177 on 5/6/2017 at 00:26

Im travelling to Loas and arrive in Luang Prabang on 09/06 where I am planning to stay for 5 nights. After that I have just 7 days to see a bit more of Northern Laos before crossing to Vietnam. Trying to work out best options of where to cross. First inclination was to suck up the cost and fly from Vientiane to Hanoi , as it only takes just over an hour! But feel I might be missing a bit of an adventure - so other options would be a bus from Vientiane to Vinh and then overnight sleep ...

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8 days in Laos

Posted by abbielane456 on 17/4/2017 at 04:37

Hi fellow travel, I am newbie in there Looking to visit Laos in July 2017.Can anyone suggest an itinerary, accommodation, transport options or a tour company Thanks ...

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Tourist dies at Gibbon Experience in Laos

Posted by somtam2000 on 28/3/2017 at 23:12

Tragically a tourist has died at the Gibbon Experience in Laos. This is the first fatality since its inception in 1996. Details are still sketchy on what happened. If you're headed that way soon, it will be prudent to contact them to check the status of the investigation and if the zip-lines have reopened. More details here and there is a brief statement on their website. ...

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Phongsaly to Nong Khiaw by boat?

Posted by Kmcgregor1 on 2/5/2017 at 08:27

Hi guys I'll be heading to Phongsaly to do some trekking and was thinking of heading to Nong Kiaow from here via boat. I've had a look online and pieced together bits of information and I think it will be possible. From Phongsaly there should be a bus/truck to Hatsa. From Hatsa I can take a boat to Muang Khua then from there a boat to Muang Ngoi. From there I should be able to take a boat to Nong Khiaw. Obviously overnight stays needed and I have some time to do this trip. I'd really ...

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4000 Islands and Dolphins

Posted by Stef77 on 30/3/2017 at 09:11

Is it worth it to make a trip to see the river dolphins? Has anyone seen them lately? Thanks!! ...

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Pak Kading advice needed

Posted by Mirjam1970 on 29/4/2017 at 06:02

Hi everyone, I would be very glad and thankful if you have some information for us on this: We are heading to Laos in May and planning to go by bus from Vientiane to Na Hin. Thought about having a break in Pak Kading, if possible for one night. But we hesitate as we did not find up to date information about accommodation in Pak Kading. There seems to be Vilada Guesthouse, but is it still operating? Or any other guesthouse? I am just scared we will drop off the bus and find us without a place t ...

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Is it possible to visit the falls in Don Khon staying only 1 night?

Posted by algonette7987 on 22/4/2017 at 00:19

Regretfully, I am on something of a fly-by visit to Southern Laos (5 nights in all before I fly to Vientiane). I am a solo traveller and would like to take the bus/boat from Champasak leaving around 8 am (as I have heard is possible), spend one night in Don Khon, and return to Pakse leaving the island around 11 am. I would leave later but I saw online that 11 am is when most people leave. I'd prefer not to spend a lot of money to hire a private car and even that isn't going to get me to th ...

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Travelling in Laos and Cambodia at 17.

Posted by Wannabeadventurer on 16/4/2017 at 13:08

Hi all, I'm planning a trip to Laos and Cambodia for around six weeks this summer.(I'm flying into Thailand). I'm 17 years old and was wondering if there are any specific age requirements or restrictions in terms of Visas etc? There is very little info about this online. Thanks ...

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