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Last week or so in Laos

Posted by emma066 on 11/1/2010 at 23:20

Can anyone comment on the following? Advice on length of stay in places etc would be much appreciated.. Vang Vien - 2 nights Vientianne - 1 night Travel from Vientianne > Pakse Pakse > 2 nights Champasak - 2 nights Then onto Cambodia, probably Kratie first. Does this seem like too much travelling to anyone? we are on a bit of time constraint so just trying to make it all work.. thanks! ...

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Rufus, you still in Vientiane?

Posted by MADMAC on 23/1/2010 at 16:43

I am thinking of going there in March. My son needs to make a visa run, wife wants to get a passport, I want to see my cousin... Would love to meet up with you while there. You still in town? ...

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Posted by acidliam on 20/1/2010 at 21:34

After nearly 300km on a motorbike me and my mrs arrived here today. Its basically not very good is it? Don't get me wrong, I'm looking forward to visiting the Plains of Jars, and the ride here was LOVELY, but apart from that and some nearby hot puddles, I'm not impressed. ...

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Two weeks in SE Asia

Posted by ponarv on 31/12/2009 at 01:39

Hello, my wife and I have two weeks off and would like to travel in two of the following countries...Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia. I know each destination has different things to offer, but given our time constraints, I'm wondering which two would be the best. For example, I have heard it generally takes a longer time to get from point A to point B in Laos. We looking to combine some "on the go" sight seeing with a few days down time lounging at a resort/nice hotel at the end. Also, any opinions a ...

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Advice needed on routing from Bangkok to Vang Vieng.

Posted by johnplawlor on 19/1/2010 at 18:49

So I and some friends plan on leaving Bangkok on Thursday evening or Friday morning (04/05-03-2010) and flying from BKK to Udon Thani . Then getting a limo-bus from Udon Thani to Vang Viene. I think you need to go via Vientiane but I'm trying to get to Vang Viene as quickly as possible. I have to be back in BKK on Monday afternoon so I would need an early flight back from Udon Thani to BKK. Assuming I can get there on the Thursday and get back on the Monday morning I would have three full day ...

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A$ conversion to US$ in LPQ

Posted by rosscoact on 15/1/2010 at 11:07

Hi all, is is possible to convert $A (or THB for that matter) into $US in Luang Prabang? I will be needing a couple of hundred. thats Ross ...

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Need to figure out how to spend 10 nights

Posted by Bear on 13/1/2010 at 01:37

Hello all, After spending some time in the Thai islands, my husband and I will have 10 nights to get ourselves to Siem Reap for our departure flight. (He'll be continuing his 6 week trip. I'll be going back to work.) Based on my research so far, we will probably want to split those 10 nights amongst 2 cities/towns/areas. We've never been to SE Asia before, so this is all new to us. We enjoy hiking, cafes, historical sites, food, and meeting locals and other travelers. Not so much into ...

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Luang Prabang > Pakse

Posted by emma066 on 10/1/2010 at 21:25

Does anyone know if you can fly the above route and which airline? OR... how do you travel between the two and how long does it take? Thanks! ...

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From Vientiane to Lak Xao to Vinh to Hanoi

Posted by dispoiler on 11/1/2010 at 23:11

Many appologies if this is only going over previously covered ground..but my head is spinning from all the links and posts and link and posts and messages and posts. I must have read about 200 already! Ive heard it is the bus from hell, but my intention is to travel from Vientiane to Lak Xao and stop for a day or two cross the border and move on to Vinh for a few days and then onto Hanoi. I really want to see the scenery and Im not really looking to fly, but the conditions that I keep r ...

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Elephant Festival, 20-21 February 2010 in Hongsa

Posted by Vadimaloun on 11/1/2010 at 10:06

The next Elephant Festival will take place on 20 and 21 February 2010 in Hongsa district, Sayaboury province. Check the official Elephant Festival website for detailed information on what to expect, where to stay and how to get there! ...

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New Zip Lines

Posted by somsai on 10/1/2010 at 08:36

Acording to the press release, between Vientiane and Vang Vien. For those of you familiar with the road it's on the Nam Lik downstream of Hinheup which I believe is that major bridge on the way to Vang Vien. If this link wears out as links are apt to do on Lao web sites try Green Discovery, they are the ones who installed it. They need to think of a catchy name, good luck on nam lik, or Experience withou ...

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Attapeu Nong Fa Lake Trekking

Posted by hikulli on 8/1/2010 at 17:50

We stayed in Attepeu for a few days and wanted to go for a trekking to Nong Fa. It turned out to be little difficult. There is no travel office any more in the Attapeu Palace hotel and Mr. Ngai did not replay to our emails. The "official" tourist-information office is difficult to find and not helpful at all. The Information from there: "To go to Nong Fa is no longer allowed." Finally we found a local guide who promised us to go to the lake with us. It is not any more a 5 day trekking ...

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Fortunate of Laos

Posted by grasshopper322 on 8/1/2010 at 19:29 ...

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Place in Vang Vieng

Posted by thecocoon on 14/11/2009 at 12:57

Hi, If you are looking for a nice place to stay in VANG VIENG, check Enjoy Vang Vieng ...

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Pakse to Siem Reap

Posted by Missis on 7/9/2009 at 04:58

Hello What is the best non flying way to get from Pakse to Siem Reap and what sort of time and cost are we looking at? Should we break our journey? If this has been discussed before please feel free to point me in the right direction. Thanks. ...

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Motorbiking Bolaven Plateau from Pakse

Posted by Ambushed on 7/1/2010 at 19:38

Hey Lao people My girlfriend and I had a spontaneous idea of making a trip on Bolaven Plateau and motorbikes seem a perfect means of transport. How is the current situation with on spot motorbike hire in Pakse? I suppose the options are not as many as in Vientiene. Any information/hints/tips are welcome. We are arriving on the 12th of Jan. Cheers Vlad ...

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Luang Prabang to Hanoi via Muang Khua, Dien Bien Phu and Sa Pa

Posted by barnsey85 on 6/1/2010 at 02:25

Hi All, I've searched and searched regarding this and I've now resorted to asking the question.. Basically I'm looking to get from LP to Hanoi at the end of Feb via the above route and having some issues working out the details. From what I've read, LP to Muang Khua seems fairly straightfoward via Udomaxi. What comes next is what concerns me.. I can't seem to work out whether the bus running from MK to Dien Bien Phu runs daily or on odd days, and if odd days, which ones? Also, is ...

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roads for motorbiking VV, VTE, LP

Posted by jasonkim8486 on 4/1/2010 at 11:44

are the roads in these citys good for motorbiking? and is renting bikes here as easy/cheap as in thailand? ...

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luang prabang questions - bike, kayak, etc.

Posted by cjigga on 8/12/2009 at 05:31

Aloha - I am making my first trip to SE Asia shortly, including a couple of days in L.P. at the end of December. I have a couple of questions and am hoping you'll chime in with your area expertise! For context, I am early 30s, from NYC, travelling solo. I like to pack as much as possible into my travels (understood the vibe out there is slow) and am on a budget trip. I also prefer physical activity over viewing activity and am interested in really great/local/authentic eats. - I know it's pea ...

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Phonsavanh to Hanoi

Posted by gillerz960 on 5/1/2010 at 10:54

Hi I am currently in Vientiane and am going to phonsavanh in a day or two and then onto Hanoi . Is there a way to fly from phonsavanh to Hanoi and who with? If not is it a good idea to go xam neua and use the border crossing there? I have heard this crossing is tricky. If we don't use that crossing we will probably cross at nong het but will have few days spare between phonsavanh and the crossing. Does anyone have any reccomendations as to what we should do in that area? ...

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