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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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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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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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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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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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Laos and Cambodia in October with a 7 year old

Posted by cathf2 on 7/4/2017 at 14:05

Hello- I am traveling to Laos and Cambodia in October with my husband and our 7 year old son. We have traveled in Thailand with our son (and Vietnam/China/Myanmar with no kids) but this is our first time in Laos and Cambodia. We will have 3-3.5 weeks. Do you think the below itinerary is reasonable? Any suggestions on what we should add or subtract? Any hidden off the beaten path gems to suggest? Any suggestions on which Cambodian island is good for a family? In Thailand, we loved Koh Mak (it wa ...

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Travel warning for travel between Kasi and Luang Prabang in Laos

Posted by somtam2000 on 19/2/2017 at 23:01

We received a report this week from a Travelfish user of a shooting on a bus they were travelling on between Luang Prabang and Vientiane late last week and one passenger, a Lao, was shot in the stomach. Historically travel between Kasi and Luang Prabang has been somewhat dangerous (especially around Phoun Khoun), but it had settled down over the last decade. However, in the last 12 months though, there have been a number of shootings and attacks on this road. Tourists have not prev ...

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Getting around

Posted by Stef77 on 30/3/2017 at 09:10

Hello All! I'm planning to make some big leaps between Luang Prabang and Phonsavan , Phonsavan and Thakhek, Thakhek and 4000 Islands. I'm looking for advice on the best travel options. I'm not super picky but I also don't mind paying a bit more for either ease or comfort. Thanks!! ...

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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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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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Thakhek Loop travel buddy

Posted by Lostnlao on 26/3/2017 at 01:37

Older Aussie guy living and working in Lao with good 4WD car hoping to check out Thakhek loop on 13,14,15,16 April. Looking for a travel buddy or two to share the experience with and break the monotony of living in rural Laos. No set agenda just to do the loop in the clockwise direction take in the sights, good conversation and enjoy a few Beerlaos watching the spectacular sunsets we get here. If interested please contact on message service this site. cheers ...

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Muang Khua to Luang Namtha

Posted by GregoryMarie on 24/3/2017 at 08:52

Just wondering if anyone knows how to get from Muang Khua to Luang Namtha? Are there buses that go that route? I have had trouble finding information about this. Thanks for any help ...

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accommodation in Boten, Laos?

Posted by rolltide on 8/3/2017 at 13:20

I'm headed to Boten, Laos on April 22 for one night. The intent is to cross the border from China and reset the 60-day clock on my tourist visa for China. It seems difficult to find accommodation bookable online. Are there places to stay in Boten, Laos? Is it possible to walk into the town and find a place to stay on the spot? ...

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Bus Travel Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Posted by 58raeaton70 on 30/1/2017 at 02:28

Hello - in the next week, my wife and are planning to travel by bus from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. It would appear the violence issues of a few months back have subsided? I am curious if there any travelers out there who have recently traveled this route? And if so were there any issues? I believe several countries still have advisories posted. Thank you in advance, Rick ...

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Outdoor shop - rucksack needed in Vientiane

Posted by James86 on 10/3/2017 at 01:59

Hi, My rucksack just split open and I have a flight tomorrow from Malaysia to Vientiane. Are there any decent outdoor hiking shops where I can buy a 50 to 65 litre ruck sack in Vientiane? Any idea on price? Or I might have to head into KL (am at the airport!) thanks, James ...

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Motorbike Stolen in Bolaven Plateau (repost)

Posted by somtam2000 on 1/3/2017 at 05:44

This morning my motorbike was stolen un just 5 minutes en Pakson. The office where I rented it said to me that I have to buy a new one. What can I do? Thank you [Note, this post was originally posted by lorenaanchia here. I've reposted it here as it will more likely get attention and helpful advice as a new thread.] ...

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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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