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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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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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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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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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Help with plan please, Chiang Mai to LP - then what?

Posted by Dreamer33 on 4/4/2018 at 18:27

Hi there, my friend and I (both older women 55and 64 but experienced travellers in the distant past) booked flights to Chiang Mai from NZ some time ago, with flights back home from Saigon 3 weeks later. However, due to ill health of my daughter I have been going to cancel trip and stopped all planning. Now I suddenly realise I can actually go and the trip is less than a month away and I haven't actually planned anything except that I wanted to get slow boat from Huay Xai to LP because it ...

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River travel Nong Khiaw to Phongsali

Posted by donsdancing on 20/2/2018 at 02:17

Hi. Is it still possible to travel by boat from Nong Khiaw to Phongsali. Cheers Don ...

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Laos and Tet travel 2018

Posted by Gt9 on 25/1/2018 at 06:51

I am thinking about going to Laos during 2018 Tet timeframe. Will there be any problems or issues travelinag in Laos at that time? My plan is to travel primarily in the Luang Prabang and Vientiane area. Thanks for your comments. Greg ...

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1 month in Laos with a 4 year old?

Posted by Ramalhoto on 26/12/2017 at 06:15

Hello, we are a family traveling for 4 months in South East Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand) from January till May. We are planning to stay 1 and half month in Vietnam and then head towards Cambodia, and then to Laos. Do you think is suitable to stay in Laos for 1 month with a 4-year-old? We want to travel slow, so we prefere to stay longer in just a few places and make day trips. What would you guys advise? Thanks a lot! ...

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No more boat travel between Nong Kiaow and Muang Khua

Posted by somtam2000 on 23/11/2017 at 15:10

Very sad to see the rough between Nong Kiaow and Muang Khua being cancelled thanks to yet another dam in Laos. "Eliminating the popular Nam Ou river cruises will disappoint many tourists, as the boats provide the best way to experience the natural beauty of northern Laos from a relaxing river perspective. These trips will now be replaced by bus transports, following a road that weaves through valleys, occasionally skirting the river, but in places forced by the terrain to make wide div ...

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