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Current conditions and tips for the SaPa to Laung Prabang road/river trip

Posted by marcusfrank on 30/11/2009 at 06:11

I am considering going from SaPa to Luang Prabang through Dien Bien/ Muang Khua on late december and then down the river to LP. Can someone help with updated information on the following: 1)Sapa to Dien Bien:heard there is constrcution going on and very bad to go through(early 2009), is the road ok? If not going by bus, what could be a reasonable fare by car/taxi? 2)Dien Bien to Muang Khua: Is the bus leaving daily? 3) Muang Khua to Nong Kiao by river: Is there any regular service or only ...

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Laos fun/party/adventure... !

Posted by freebird on 1/12/2009 at 04:41

We are 3 girls in our mid 20's looking for fun destinations in Laos... warmer the better! We will be there in December (last two weeks)... and tips of a place to spend Christmas would be great? We like kiyaking, jumping off waterfalls, motorbiking, exploring, laying in the sun... that kind of thing :-) All advice much appreciated! ...

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Muang Noi - warning

Posted by mkolodziej on 9/7/2007 at 17:40

There are 2 places in Muang Noi where theft occurs frequently. One is banana cafe, another a set of bungalows right next to the stairs that take you up from the river (right side). When I was there, an Israeli couple was robbed as they were sleeping (next to the boarding). They had travel insurance for that, but the cop refused to sign the statement because he is corrupt and likely in cahoots with the thieves. A source I cannot identify told me that the thieves in both cases are the owners. Wha ...

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Lao Pdr solo tour

Posted by unid on 4/12/2009 at 19:08

Hello, I am planning a cycling trip to Lao PDR leaving late January for 8 weeks. My idea so far is that i will land at Bangkok and take the train to Nong Khai then cycle-tour clockwise around Laos. crossing the border into Cambodia for the obligatory Angkor wat trip, ending with a 4-5 days relaxing on a beach somewhere in Thailand before making my way back to Bangkok. I am estimating that 8 weeks will be enough time to do this. My budget will be £1500 exc flights. I am hoping that is e ...

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Vientiane to Siem Reap

Posted by rsawyer5 on 15/6/2008 at 17:23

Has anyone recently traveled from Vientiane to Siem Reap over land? I have a limited amount of time which is one of the reasons that I am not flying. That and the less than stellar flight record of Lao airlines. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to make this trip as efficient as possible? Thanks ...

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Overland from Luang Prabang to Hanoi

Posted by scottyheather on 13/11/2009 at 15:56

Hi everyone. I've been reading this forum for around a month now and I've got to say a HUGE thanks to everyone for their really invaluable information. However, I'm getting really confused with some information I need. My husband and I travelling from Luang Prabang to Hanoi (via bus - yes I know we are masochists!) and although there's been heaps written (and I know cos my eyes are bleeding from reading it all) about the various routes, my main concern is the times (eg how many buses a day, ...

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Motorcycle rental in Pakse

Posted by scomoore1 on 5/3/2008 at 11:02

I just heard a traveller report that last October, he was unable to rent a motorcycle anywhere in Pakse. I was hoping to do 'the loop' by cycle or scooter from Pakse based on Travelfish and various guidebook reports. Is it true that one can no longer rent cycles? Or was this a temporary condition based on transient security issues? Or something else? Am planning to be there in May. ...

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Overland Viang Veng to Luang Prabang (In comfort)

Posted by jaizan on 16/11/2009 at 06:21

What's my best option for travelling overland from Viang Veng to Luang Prabang, in reasonable comfort? I shall be travelling alone. Is it reasonably easy to book a shared taxi or minibus with other tourists? How long do minibuses take? Travelling on a bus is only acceptable if I am guaranteed to have a proper seat. ...

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Elephants experience in Laos

Posted by gugli on 6/11/2009 at 17:15

Hi, I would like to ask if you have any experience with elephants rides in Laos? I have read a nice article here on Travelfish but this Tiger Trail company is quite expensive...? I am looking of a half to one day experience(and I would prefer to sit right on the elephant rather than on this seat they put on them...) thx ...

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Laos Slow Boat on a Sunday?

Posted by LauraCronk on 15/10/2009 at 01:20

Hi. I'm going to Laos from Chiang Mai in Jan 2010 and I have been trying to find out whether the Slow Boat goes on a Sunday or not. We are doing a whistle-stop tour of Asia so time is tight. I've also seen mixed stories as to whether the slow boat to Luang Probang is 3 days or 2 days travelling. Can someone please answer my questions so I can start getting excited about my trip :) ...

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Laos and Vietnam question....

Posted by blackpepper14 on 24/11/2009 at 17:49

Hi...admittedly lazy, as I could probably find this somewhere, but easy for someone in the know to give a phonetic pronunciation guide for a few cities I have listed? Thanks in advance... Vietnam: Hue Hoi An Lao Cai Halong Bay Laos: Vientiane Vang Vieng Luang Prabang Muang Sing Muang Long Huay Xai Pakse Thanks! ...

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Viewed 2,376 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by blackpepper14 on 25/11/2009 at 09:30

Update of info on Pan's Place, Vang Vieng , Laos

Posted by neilenolix on 24/11/2009 at 19:44

Hi travelfish organisers, I am Neil, one of the proprieters at Pans Place. There has been a number of changes here since you posted your information about us so for the sake of accuracy please note: Jeska bar no longer exists and has been replaced by 5 Lao style bamboo chalets with share bathrooms which have proved very popular. We also now have an internet cafe adjoining the guesthouse with discount rates for guests. We no longer rent motorbikes or the jeep as I didn't like having to fix them ...

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Phetsokxai in Pakbeng...stop on slow boat to Luang Prabang...

Posted by elizacass on 24/11/2009 at 14:00

I was wondering if anyone has any contact information for Phetsokxai hotel in Pakbeng in Laos...I have heard good things about staying here, and wanted to send an email or call to hold a room before the mad dash from the boat when it stops for the night...Thanks so much! Elizabeth ...

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Muang Long

Posted by christay2009 on 16/10/2009 at 16:57

I went over to Muang Long a week or so ago based on what Somchai had said about it. I cannot reccomend the place enough both as a place for a good wonder by yourself and as a place for a trek. Tui in the tourism office, mentioned on Lao Bumpkin, is a great guide and person. We had some difficulty at first as Tui was in Nam Tha at the boat races and his boss's english was lacking. When Tui returned we signed up for a two day trek; it was slightly cheaper than those from Muang Sing and also le ...

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Viewed 7,065 times, with 9 replies. Last reply by christay2009 on 24/11/2009 at 00:54

Tubing in Vang Vieng Laos

Posted by somtam2000 on 13/11/2009 at 04:51

Here's another good writeup and video of the tubing in scene in Laos. The swing footage at the start is very good and again the writing touches on how this isn't the safest deal in town... Time to go book that ticket MADMAC! ...

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New website on Vieng Xai

Posted by somtam2000 on 20/11/2009 at 12:25

I've not had time to take a close look at this yet, but there is a new website out focused on hua Phan province -- in particular Vieng Xai -- you can see the website here: Hope of interest! ...

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Info on backroad from Mahaxai to Sepone?

Posted by clairebike on 4/11/2009 at 12:50

We're currently bike touring Laos and would like to try the backroad from Mahaxai(Mahasay) to Sepone (Xepong). What are the road conditions for a bicycle? Any food or services available or homestays? Claire ...

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Viewed 1,740 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 21/11/2009 at 11:20

Vang Vieng

Posted by clairebike on 4/11/2009 at 12:46

While in Vang Vieng, staying at the Dokboua GH, someone opened our door at 1:30 a.m. We were already awake from the drunks down the hall and started yelling. We didn't catch whoever it was, but beware, they need to install deadbolts. Claire Rogers ...

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Viewed 4,030 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by basho on 20/11/2009 at 20:15

Adapter needed?

Posted by travellingmon on 26/8/2008 at 22:10

I am traveling to Luang Prabang from Canada for several months. I am bringing my laptop and am wondering if I need an adapter to plug it in and charge it? Thanks! ...

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Elephant Festival in Xayaboury

Posted by rosscoact on 18/11/2009 at 17:10

does anyone know when the Elephant Festival in Xayaboury is in 2010. I know it's supposed to be around mid February when I'll be there doing a dirt bike ride, but I really need exact dates. On the same topic, is it worth going and can one find accommodation? cheers ross ...

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Viewed 2,463 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by rosscoact on 19/11/2009 at 11:12

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