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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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home now - itchy bumps still occuring

Posted by grasshopper322 on 2/1/2010 at 14:17

Just finished a 6 week tour of Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. Starting getting itchy bumps on my skin in Laos...not mosquitos - just small hard glossy bumps that then turn a bit dark - then new ones appear - any ideas? Not wearing or sleeping in anything from trip. ...

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Chinese Hospital - Luang Prabang

Posted by grasshopper322 on 3/1/2010 at 05:06

After a dinner which included a whiskey barrel and a few beers, I decided to play badminton with the locals...big mistake as I am very competitive - ended up crashing on my knee on the concrete surface. Went to the Chinese Hospital - an English speaking student nurse (from Laos) helped get me to the "ER" where a very nice Chinese physician examined me, ordered an xray, and provided cost $ seemed to have fairly modern facilities - I saw an ultrasound being used for pre ...

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Any info on Croissant D'Or GH in Luang Prabang

Posted by dclayw on 15/7/2009 at 15:29

We're looking for accommodation for a family of 4 in Luang Prabang for about a week in early January 2010. As this is a busy time we will need to book ahead. Has anyone stayed at the Croissant D'Or GH? Seems they have a few rooms above the popuplar Croissant D'Or cafe. They do have a web site but not a great deal of information on it. Our 2 children are now 15 and 17 so I'm wondering if it's a better bet to go for 2 rooms rather then a family type room. I figured there would be more to choo ...

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Need advise from Hanoi to Laos

Posted by theCATALYST on 21/12/2009 at 13:45

I need your quick advise on what's the most comfortable way to travel from Hanoi to Vientiane? Is there a train or bus? How much is the fare? I'm heading there Dec. 22. Can you recommend a 15USD hotel per night in Vientiane? ...

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Posted by RACHYPF on 30/12/2009 at 11:19

Anyone done the slow boat from Chiang Mai to Laos in late February or early March? Will the river level be high enough? ...

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Mekong river trip from HCMC up to Laos

Posted by Indoluso on 24/12/2009 at 02:02

Hello! We're planning a trip (July/August) and the idea of having the Mekong river as a basis came up. We'll start in HCMC and take a boat to visit PP and Siem Reap. From there we were thinking of getting back to the Mekong river and go North to Laos travelling by boat, probably with Luang Prabang as a goal. During the way we'd stop to visit places like 4000 islands, etc. Is this possible? Or should we better do it by bus, as discribed in another topic here in the message board? Than ...

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Going alone on a boat down the Mekong for 2/3 days

Posted by yhaklai on 20/12/2009 at 20:22

Hello guys!! Well - my friends bought a boat last year in laos and went down the mekong all the way from the Huai Xai to Pak lai. Me and my friend are now in Huay Xai and we are intersted in doing a little shorter trip - just from Xuay Xai to Luang Prabang. I got all the plans from their adventure. Anybody up for this? Experience in sailing - advantage.. just kidding!! :) my mail is - If you're intersted or knows about anybody who is coming to the area and mi ...

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Avoid Thavisouk Guest House in Luang Prabang

Posted by andreilerawn on 21/12/2009 at 16:05

Warning to Luang Prabang travelers: Never ever try staying in Thavisouk Guesthouse because I lost my camera while in this place. I am sure one of the guesthouse staff had taken my 6,000 baht camera. Unless tourists are well-informed regarding the bad operations of Thavisouk, the stealer from this guesthouse will keep on feasting from the taken things from travelers. So tourists beware of Thavisouk Guesthouse. ...

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speedboat from Xieng Kok

Posted by cliffmcc on 19/10/2007 at 08:19

How dangerous are the speedboats, especially along the stretch of the Mekong from Xieng Kok to Huay Xai? Some guidebooks suggest that they are so dangerous that there must be an accident a day. Is this reality and should I avoid this method of travel all together? ...

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Laos - 3 weeks with Tiger Trails

Posted by derek_j_buchanan on 17/12/2009 at 17:46

We have just returned from a superb 3 week trip fully organized by Tiger Trails. We had 2 separate 4 day treks organised by them in Vien Phouka and Phongsali followed by a drive across the north taking in various towns and sights enroute to The Plain of Jars then Luang Prabang and finally Vientienne. Tiger Trails and our guide "La" were excellent. When we first booked, I like others was slightly hesitant about transferring cash but was able to pay by Mastercard in the end giving me the p ...

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Hire a driver luang prabang to vang vieng

Posted by 21days on 17/12/2009 at 06:07

I have been told by 2 different people that the thing they would change if they went back to laos would be to hire a private car for the drive, luang prabang to vang vieng. So you can stop take pictures etc. There will be 5 of us taking that journey and i was wondering if anyone knew how easy it would beto book a driver and how much it would cost ...

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Laos, Vietnam Cambodia

Posted by Dubraatz on 17/12/2009 at 05:48

Hey all, I am very thankful at how helpful this site has been for me. I am planning a trip to take the slow boat to Luang Prabang and then have a month to travel Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Is there enough time to do all of this and if so what are some of the spots I shouldn't miss. Also I would like some insight to where the best place to cross the border is because after all this we will be heading back to Ko Chang in Thailand then a month in the south. Thanks to all in advance for t ...

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Bus from Luang Prabang to Luang Namtha

Posted by JoannaCrawford on 16/12/2009 at 18:06

In January 2010 I'll be travelling to Luang Namtha from Luang Prabang by bus. If I take bus/es from LP in the morning (maybe having to stop at Oudomxay), what time roughly should I expect to arrive in Luang Namtha? Is it easy to get tuk tuks or other transport at the bus station at Luang Namtha, to get to accommodation? Any advice much appreciated. ...

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Booking flight in LP to go to Hanoi?

Posted by blackpepper14 on 14/12/2009 at 09:44

Hi....was searching through the archives and saw a lot of debate and varying results people had from booking online or in advance for various air routes. Because I'm not going to be in a hurry to go anywhere and may change my mind along the way, I would rather book any flights on the ground when I decide what I want to do. If I am in LP, how easy (how many days in advance do I need)is it to book from an agent or direct from an airline? Time of year will likely play a factor? I will be in tha ...

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passing from north vietnam to laos

Posted by saso on 6/10/2009 at 16:06

Hey, My girlfriend and me are planning a trip to SE Asia and are a bit confused about the Laos part. We will spend some time in North Vietnam and enter Laos through Sop Hun / Tay Trang border crossing. We have a bit more than 2 weeks (15-16 days) to pass Laos and we need to catch a flight then from Udon Thani in Thailand. We have to make aproximate plan where to go and how much time to spend. I guess 2 weeks is not enough and we don't want to pick too many places since we would be rushin ...

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Trip from Luang Prabang to Sapa to Hanoi

Posted by mlr on 13/11/2009 at 18:17

Hi Everyone Im just trying to work out what the best forms of transport for doing this trip are!? The last bit is simple as we will be taking the sleeper train between Lao Cai & Hanoi but its the sections up to there we are trying to work out! One possibility we were looking at was taking the boat from Luang Prabang up the Nam Ou to Nong Khiaw or perhaps even Muang Khoua where we would stop overnight. How long would this boat journey take and would the whole journey be doable in 1 ...

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An Essay on Muang Sing

Posted by christay2009 on 12/12/2009 at 21:29

The history of Muang Sing... ...

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Any experience with Villa Saykham in Luang Prabang?

Posted by meloshi on 11/12/2007 at 12:23

I am having trouble finding any information on this particular accommodation in LP. Does anyone have any experience here or any information on this guesthouse? Thank you. ...

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