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Trekking in Luang Nam Tha - A Must-Do?

Posted by yuvalritt on 25/2/2016 at 18:29

Without shopping around that much (But noting in mind that "You get what you pay for"), the impression I am getting is that the trekking services offered are fairly expensive (Around 65$ for a two days trek). I have done before trekking in Myanmar (Kalaw-Inle lake and around Hsipaw) which were significantly cheaper. And so my question is: Is trekking here a must-do thing here? Is it a unique experience that is much different from other places? Thank you Yuval ...

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LAOS or NOT !!!

Posted by alfokat on 13/2/2016 at 04:53

Hi there, this is my dilemma (and obviously i'm dealing with time and itineraries) : I will be in Bangkok on March 15th and need to be around Siem Reap to meet a friend on April 5/6. In these 3 weeks I would like to quickly go up north to Chiang Mai, Pai, Chiang Rai, then slowly cross the border to Laos, head to Luang Prabang, and from there take a plane to Rep (just to be exactly on time), but i would really love to go down to Southern Laos and cross the border from there to Cambodia to St ...

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boat trip question

Posted by purcitron on 17/2/2016 at 21:33

-can anyone recommend a cheap river boat trip somewhere in SE asia please for 5 people total on the boat please? -no large groups on boat. semi-private. -possible to hire a "guy with a boat" somewhere for maybe 3 days? thanks! ...

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1week from DBP to Bangkok

Posted by opreabgdn on 21/1/2016 at 05:39

Hi guys, I have one week from Dien Bien Phu to get to Bangkok. A have a flight back Europe from Bangkok. I read a lot about all the alternatives I have, and most suitable for me it seems to be the following journey: -> Muang Khua -> Phongsali -> Luang Prabang -> Vientiane From Vientiane I would take the train to bangkok (11 hours). I dont know exactly how many nights to spend in every location. I would also like to know a local guide in Muang Khua and also in Pho ...

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Three week round Trip Bangkok/Laos/Cambodia

Posted by joyjasp on 16/2/2016 at 04:25

Hey Guys, first of all great forum, theres so much to read here, its gold! I'm trying to wrap my head around where to go on our three week round trip starting in march. i've been reading in older topics on travel fish a lot and here is what i figured out so far: -Fly to Bangkok -Fly up to Chiang Mai straight away -Bus to Chiang Khong -Cross Border and take slow boat to Luang Prabang -Skip Vang Vieng and Vientiane and fly to Pakse to see 400 islands -Bus to Siem Reap ...

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Kayaking Nam Tha for one week in March

Posted by tilosettmacher on 17/2/2016 at 05:58

After a great time along the Nam Tha river for two days last year, 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 fro ...

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Vientiane. Cost of a tuk tuk from southern bus terminal to airport and approximate journey time?

Posted by SBE on 18/1/2016 at 21:41

Hi, I'm getting an overnight VIPsleeper bus from Pakse to Vientiane and I want to go straight to the airport from the southern bus terminal. Yes I know, bit risky relying on a long distance bus in Laos to catch a flight but several people in Pakse have assured me that the new sleeper buses are very reliable and actually arrive on time ..... hmm that means they're unlike any other buses in Laos then! My bus is supposed to arrive in VTE at around 6.00am so it should, in the ...

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Pakse tour agency and transport

Posted by marakuba on 14/2/2016 at 23:40

Hi guys, I would like to aware again some agencies as one is on No.24rd. in Pakse , next to Motorbike rent company, who are not fair and correct with them services at all. Specially they organize transport to various places around South east Asia with coach company Seangsomboun transportation North-South. There is orgnize crime, when they promise you comfortable travelling with luxury V.I.P. bus. They drop you tobus station, you will get in to very luxury and good bus, but after half hour fr ...

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Laos visa extension & an ATM in Champasak - FYI

Posted by robney on 5/2/2016 at 01:24

Hello, this is an FYI - when we got our 10 day Laos Visa extension at the Immigration Office a couple weeks ago in Vientiane, there were travellers who expected they could get the Extension the same day they applied but were told they that was not possible & were quite upset. Immigration said all extensions take one day, we picked ours up the next day. They did mention something about going to the Airport but did not hear it all. Also was in Champasak yesterday and they have a BCEL ATM, ...

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Champasak to Pakse - bus/taxi/tuktuk

Posted by robney on 29/11/2015 at 18:33

Hello, we plan to fly out of Pakse at 12:00, does anybody know if there are buses/tuktuks that leave Champasak to Pakse early in the morning so we can be at the Pakse airport before 11:00? I've heard the trip can take 1-2 hours but would like to see if there is agreement. Any suggestions on best way to get there and cost could be appreciated. If we have to, we'll go to Pakse the night before to ensure we can get to our flight on time. Cheers! ...

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South - north or North South, Advices needed

Posted by hhmarita on 1/2/2016 at 15:17

Hey, I am planning to visit Laos in February for 3 weeks (I do have 4 weeks but may need a week on some beach at the end). I arrive in Kuala Lumpur and will continue from there. As I really need to "chill" for the first week, I wonder if I should rather start in the south (4000 islands) or Luang Prabang. So it is either North to South or South to North. And as I am arriving in KL it is also a question of flying to Chiang Rai or Bangkok. Which way is more stressfull? I really need t ...

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Traveling from Luang Prabang (Laos) to Mandalay (Myanmar/Burma)

Posted by Marimo on 31/1/2016 at 16:36

Hi! I could only find posts that was a few years old about this topic so I made a new one I am wondering if someone knows if it is now possible to travel by any other means than an expensive flight from Luang Prabang to Mandalay (Laos/Myanmar)? If I understand things right it is still not possible to cross any direct borders between Laos and Myanmar/Burma, but may it be possible to get from one country to the other via Thailand? Eg. Huay Xai to Chiang Khong (Laos/Thailand) and then M ...

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Currency exchanges

Posted by rosaan on 29/1/2016 at 13:57

Hi everyone! I will go to Luang Prabang next summer...Is it possible to change money before to pay the visa at the airport? Thanks! ...

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Tet in laos

Posted by kevin61 on 23/1/2016 at 04:28

Hello all, we will be in Laos from the 1st Feb for 3 weeks, starting in Pakse going up to Vientiane. Will transport and accommodation be affected by the Chinese New Year ? Would I be safer with advance bookings, I have Pakse booked for 2 nights but don't normally book further than I have to. Any advice appreciated Kevin ...

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December 2015: Luang Prabang - Nong Khiaw - Muang Ngoi

Posted by ttdub on 25/9/2015 at 23:37

My wife and I will be spending 8 full days in Laos in December. We fly into LP on the afternoon of the 25th of Dec and fly out of LP on the 3rd of Jan. Hoping to get some feedback on where to spend some of our time. We'd like to not feel too rushed, and would like to get out of LP for a few days and spend some time in the countryside hiking/cycling/kayaking/scenery/relaxing. Have read that Nong Khiaw and Muang Ngoi would be good options. We'll probably spend the first 3 nights in LP the ...

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Feedback on itinerary and a few questions....?

Posted by rabbit45 on 17/1/2016 at 13:51

Apologies to those of you who also lurk TA, I'm duplicating my post. Just not enough people posting on the Laos forum. Roughing out our two-ish week trip to Laos in July. Husband and I, early 30s, enjoy being active, nature, food, culture, adventure. I know it's monsoon season in July, so I'm not sure how realistic travel in Northern Laos will be, but here goes... * We will be entering from Chiang Rai, traveling first to Luang Namtha or Muang Sing (or both?) Here, we're interested in eco-t ...

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Posted by somtam2000 on 7/1/2016 at 22:01

Not quite sure what to make of this - I don't think this is a spoof site... meet Disneylao ...

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Elephant Festival and Trade Fair 2016

Posted by clevam on 29/12/2015 at 23:28

The dates for the 2016 elephant festival and trade fair have been released and posted on Venue -. Sayabouli Trade Fair 15 - 21 Feb - what type of goods etc are displayed or sold , any local handicraft ? Elephant Festival 19 - 21 Feb. - anyone else looking at going? If you have been to previous elephant festivals any info would be appreciated. We have accommodation booked and i assume we just catch the bus from LP. I imagine extra busses will run on the LP -Sayabouli route. ...

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Sending letters by post from Luang Prabang

Posted by scoopybombam on 10/12/2015 at 19:44

What is the situation on sending letters to or from Luang Prabang? How do you use the postal service and how long does it take. How reliable is it. Thanks a lot ...

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Urgent help needed for northern Laos itenary

Posted by Thanuja on 18/12/2015 at 10:12

Hello I need help to plan my northern Lao itenary for 7 days. I would like to cover vientainne- van vieng- phonsavan-Luang Prabang. I want to book my bus tickets / mini van tickets ahead for this stretch. Can someone help me with a reliable travel agent in vientainne or LP. Also which currency should I carry? Is Thai baht okay to carry? Does my itenary look good? Or should I drop phonsavan. Also from LP how do I do a Mekong boat journey for 1 day? Kindly help. ...

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