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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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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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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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Landing in Vientien and want to do the Tha-Khaek-loop -Feasable?

Posted by tomworld9 on 6/3/2019 at 04:06

Hi, This will be my first visit to Laos, but unfortunately I will only be there 5 days. I will arrive the evening of March 13 and must be back for noon flight on the 18th. Is it feasible to get to and do the Tha Khaek loop and be back in time for my flight? If so where should I hire a motorbike? I've read the trip guide, but wondered if there were some favorite places not to be missed? accommodations especially inviting? restaurants not to be missed? If you think this is an unrealistic itiner ...

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Vientiane, Laos/Nong Khai, Thailand visa run

Posted by goodmclean on 1/2/2019 at 22:51

We will be travelling through Laos for 8 weeks in April/May/June so will need to do a border run to re do our visas. Can we cross from Vientiane into Nong Khai and literally turn around straight away and come back through? Has anyone done this recently and can confirm that it is ok? We are a family of 5 (Mum, Dad, 11, 9, 7) and don’t really want to spend the night in Nong Khai if we don’t have to. We would be happy having lunch or wandering around for a while in Nong Khai if that i ...

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Northern Laos Extensive Kayak Trip seeks travelers

Posted by tilosettmacher on 20/1/2019 at 13:08

After a great time along the Nam Tha river for two days in 2015 I want to make it the whole stretch from Luang Namtha to Pak Tha this year, what means a six days kayak adventure downstream. With camping, homestay, guesthouses possibly as well. From Pak Tha (Mekong) the boats to Huai Xai or Pak Beng/Luang Prabang or a bus to Huai Xai are connecting transportation. Is anybody up to share this last river experience, before all rivers in Northern Laos will be damm(n)ed? I am flexible from 1/ ...

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Laos rental car for LP to Sam Neua

Posted by mtnmichelle on 5/1/2019 at 13:54

Has anyone on here rented a car to drive the road between Sam Neua and Luang Prabang? We’d like to check out Plain of Jars, Nam Nern night safari and the Pathet Lao caves. I know there is public transport but we rented a car for eastern Thailand in October and it was awesome to just drive ourselves around at our own pace. I’ve found rentals out of LP for $25/day which is not horrible. Please don’t respond back about how bad the drivers are, believe me we know, I just want to know if driv ...

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How to contact NK Adventures in Nong Khiaw?

Posted by mariavd2018 on 19/11/2018 at 12:50

I will be in Nong Khiaw for three days in mid December and would like to go on the Tad Mork waterfall trip. What does it cost?Do I need to make a reservation? How do I contact them to make a reservaytion? Thanks for your help. Maria ...

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Nam Ou Riverside Hotel & Resort, Pak Ou

Posted by Pollyanna01 on 19/8/2018 at 00:04

Has anyone stayed at Nam Ou Riverside resort near Luang Prabang in January? How cold was it? We hope to arrive by boat but go to airport by road when we leave. Is it accessible by road? I have heard some reports that the road is very bad. Thanks ...

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Luang Prabang/Vieng Xai/Vientiane Route - advice pls

Posted by MariaGrazia on 28/10/2018 at 02:22

Hi all - we have travelled extensively through S-E Asia over many years but are total newbies at Laos travel. Hence starting my planning now for April 2019. We are flying in to Luang Prabang and out of Vientiane. Am interested in doing a loop from L.P. to Vieng Xai and then on to Vientiane. We are in the country for two weeks and happy to take it easy. Can folk recommend places to stop on this loop am thinking one or two nights in each place. All expertise welcome! ...

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From Don Khon to Pakse

Posted by mariaescandell on 24/9/2017 at 09:37

Hello, I am trying to organice my trip and I am really sure how long it will take the ride from Champasak to Don Khon and speciallyback from Don Khon toPakse, as I have to cath a flight. Are the timmigs acurate? Is it possible to live early in the morning or I will need to sleep in Pakse? Kinds regards and thank you for your help!! ...

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Tha Khaek Loop

Posted by Kastenfrosch on 26/8/2018 at 11:00

Hi, does anybody know if there is public transport along the Tha Khaek Loop? We'd like to do the trip during our next holidays in Laos, but we don't feel fit enough to do it by motorbike. Has anybody done it before or informations about it? Thanks. ...

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Lao Airlines or Lao Skyway?

Posted by jackiestewart on 1/9/2018 at 10:59

Hi All- My husband and I will be flying from Luang Prabang to Vientiane mid week in November, immediately before That Luang. I know Lao Airlines is well regarded but I haven't found a great deal of info regarding Lao Skyway. The price differential is enough to consider Lao Skyway if it is reasonably reliable and safe - what do you think? In case it is relevant, we are experienced older travelers who understand that travel isn't always completely smooth or timely but want to be sure ...

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Xieng Kok Market

Posted by maryohearn on 2/9/2018 at 20:19

Lonely Planet Travel Guide says that there is a big market in Xieng Kok on the 14th and 28th of each month attended by a large number of hill tribe people and traders from surrounding countries. Is this still the case? Is there any other reason to travel here? ...

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Xieng Kok Laos

Posted by petertoowoomba on 16/7/2018 at 22:34

Hi Guys Just wondering if anyone has been to Xieng Kok lately and if so how did you get there ? I will be travelling early November so river travel I presume will be out because of the water depth .. Cheers ...

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8-10 Days North Laos

Posted by kimct on 6/8/2018 at 05:43

Hi Everyone, I shall be travelling to Laos beginning of December with my partner for about 8-10 days and arriving in Luang Prabang . I would really appreciate some feedback on where to go! Firstly a bit about us... this is not our first time to Asia and we are quite active travellers enjoying both cycling and hiking. What drew us to Laos was mainly the landscape and the fact that is has not yet been over developed. Im finding it difficult to decide whether to just travel up north from Luang P ...

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Massive flooding & dam collapse in Southern Laos

Posted by somtam2000 on 24/7/2018 at 03:59

The Xepian-Xe Nam Noy dam in Attapeu province has reportedly collapsed after torrential rain in much of Laos. There are reports of massive flooding and hundreds of people missing in the area. Separately Konglor Cave near The khaki is also closed and there are videos of extreme waterflows in waterfalls around Luang Prabang. Please exercise care and keep the above in mind with plans for onwards travel. I'll update this thread as more news comes in. Best ...

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Hill tribe reference book recommendation?

Posted by dkosh on 12/4/2018 at 20:58

will be in Northern Laos next Feb on an independent trip with car and driver, visiting many different hill tribe villages of different ethnicities. Can anyone recommend any reference books detailing customs, dress, particulars of the different tribes? As an anthropology major in college 40 years ago and knowing many Hmong who have resettled here in California, I feel my visit would be improved if I could know a little background information before we go ...

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