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Flights into Laos- Best way?

Posted by Karlap on 3/2/2010 at 11:15

Hello! I will be in Chiang Mai around the 19th of March and am planning on heading to Luang Prabang. Unfortunately I do not think I have the time to take the slow boat and I'm a bit afraid of the fast boat. With that said- I was wondering if anyone has experience with booking flights to Luang Prabang. I have looked up the price on the Laos airlines website. Would it be best for me to book in advance through the website or is it just the same to book while I am in Chiang Mai. Does a ...

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ATM's in Laos ?

Posted by garthibiza on 31/1/2010 at 10:40

About to enter Laos, and want to know if they have ATM's that will accept HSBC card please ...

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Locally owned accommodation in LP

Posted by indiansummer on 20/1/2010 at 19:49

Hi all, Firstly, thanks for all the information in this forum, which has been so useful to me in planning my trip. I'm going to be in Luang Prabang for a few days in mid-Feb and am looking to book somewhere to stay. I've seen a lot of nice looking mid-range places but a lot of them seem to be owned by foreigners - I was wondering if any of you could recommend some nice places that are Lao-run and owned? I'd much rather put my money into local hands! Any suggestions welcome. Thanks!! ...

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Don Khone / Det electricity yet?

Posted by chrispyrolls on 3/11/2009 at 05:23

Back in Feb I watched folks haul huge concrete posts from tiny boats, to be used to provide constant electricity to both Khone and Det ... anyone know if this is up and running yet? What have been the changes since Feb if not? Thanks Chris ...

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Does a flight still exist between Pakse and Siem Reap?

Posted by Dkirzner on 23/1/2010 at 14:08

Hi there, I have found a flight from Pakse to Siem Reap on the Siem Reap airlines website (also advertised on the homepage) - however I am unable to book it as you cannot go through the booking process (i.e. you cannot click on the listed flight). Bangkok airlines is no better (it does say on the SR airline website that you can book there too). Does anyone have any idea if this flight is still available? The airport is supposedly now open (1st of November). Any hinters would be gre ...

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Iterinary Issue from Chiang Mai - LP

Posted by npar2696 on 25/1/2010 at 07:32

Hi folks, I just have a quick query, basically I will be arriving in Chiang Mai on the 7th of February, and would like to do a day's trek after which I would like to move on to Luang Prabang as soon as possible. 1. Is it possible/better to leave Chiang Mai on the 7th night or 8th morning? 2. When could I expect to be in LP and consequently Vang Vieng by? 3. Is it realistic booking a flight from Luang Prabang on the 12th to Hanoi as we only want to do a day's tubing. I woul ...

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Laos ATMs #2

Posted by travelsalone on 25/1/2010 at 14:51

Sorry, found some information from Dec 2009 deeper into this didn't come up when I used "Search." ...

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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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