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Gibbon Experience in Wet Season????

Posted by beachfunguy on 24/4/2009 at 05:00

Hello all, A friend and I were planning on doing the Gibbon experience in early May, which appears to be the start of the wet season... Has anybody done Gibbons in the wet season and what was your experience? Rain doesnt bother me but I have heard some horror stories about the hike in/out (10+ hours each way in tough conditions), and wanted to get a second opinion? Thanks for your time, BeachFunGuy ...

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Viewed 6,925 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by manotone on 17/11/2009 at 15:41

Gibbon Experience questions

Posted by ozinasia on 17/9/2009 at 07:02

Hi, I'm planning to spend 2 nights at the Gibbon Experience in January 2010. Couple of quick questions. 1.What is the best way to get there from Huay Xai? 2. How much will it cost to spend 2 nights there? Thanks! ...

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Comments to my route: Luang Prabang, Pakse and Ko Maak

Posted by nadineurban on 15/11/2009 at 19:31

Hello! I am planning my holidays and would be greateful for comments. I am not sure if I am too ambitious... I am flying from Bangkok to Luang Prabang . I want to do trips from Luang Prabang for a week, then fly to Attapeu and do trips around Pakse for a week. The final week/days I want to spend at the beach and relax. After reading a lot about Cambodia I think I would prefer a less touristy beach in Thailand. I found Ko Maak which sounds amazing. From Ko Maak I will have to get ...

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Viewed 3,654 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 16/11/2009 at 11:09

Will Pakse airport close again in 2010?

Posted by Tripledutch on 16/11/2009 at 05:08

We are planning to go to Laos in July 2010. When enquiring for a room, we got the following message from the hotel we were planning to stay: "It {Pakse airport} is expected to close again by the end of Aprils/2010 and reopen on Oct/2010(6 month) for renovation." although they mentionned they were not sure yet. The airport has just reopened and I had not read anything about a new closure so far, does anybody has more information on a new closure? ...

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Viewed 4,169 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 16/11/2009 at 10:55

Pakse airpot has re-opened

Posted by lennybruce on 1/11/2009 at 16:23

Since so many people are interested in this continuing saga I am happy to let you know that this morning the first flight left Vientiane for Pakse and Siem Reap as te airpot was re-opened today. I was flying out of Vientiane so I thought I would ask. I saw on the departuer board the above flight info and asked at the Lao Airlines counter. Perhaps its was the good fortune of That Luang festival or the conjunction of That Luang with my birthday but in any case Pakse Airport is on agai ...

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MAG: audio diary from Laos

Posted by somtam2000 on 13/11/2009 at 06:35

The BBC has a very interesting audio diary following MAG (Mines Advisory Group) in Laos. I've not had time yet to listen to the full series, but it sounds promising. You can listen to the diaries here. ...

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To Vientiane or Luang Prabang from KL, or options?

Posted by Sampan on 7/11/2009 at 16:52

Hello forum! I'm trying to figure out the best way (i.e. cheapest) to get to Vientiane or Luang Prabang by air from KL. I would prefer to fly direct but if that isn't possible , or if it would be cheaper to go with a few stops, i wouldn't mind. BUT, and here is an other question, if I'd flew via Bangkok would i then "trigger" my second entry (i'm on a double entry tourist visa), or could i get a transit visa at the airport without having to cancel or trigger my existing visa?? ...

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Viewed 5,005 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by naim on 9/11/2009 at 20:11

Our Laos Trip

Posted by hotdiggeydog on 29/10/2009 at 10:24

Hi all The 3 of us are off to Laos on 24th Feb 2010. The 3 of us are me (the bloke), Pregnant wife (5 Months at that stage-got it wrong last post, just glad I can remember her birthday :-) and our 3 yr old girl. After some great input from you guys and reading alot on the forums and various blogs I have decided to put this itinerary out there to see what people think. So here it goes: 1 - Gold Coast to KL (Air Asia. We managed to get return flights for A$369 ) Yippee 2 - KL - Vientiane ...

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Viewed 2,862 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by naim on 9/11/2009 at 20:06

Luang Prabang Pictorials

Posted by naim on 19/10/2009 at 16:51

Just spent a wonderful time in Luang Prabang. Pls see my pictorials here: Thanks! ...

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Viewed 2,147 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by naim on 9/11/2009 at 20:03

Lao Airlines website

Posted by hbkiwi on 9/11/2009 at 09:34

Hi There, I have been trying to book a flight from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai in early December however am having a bit of trouble with the website - up until a couple of weeks ago I could access it no problem however over the last week or so I have not been able to access the website - every time I try, I am denied access and receive a message telling me that the website is dangerous / fraudulent. (I have heard this about but not this site) is anyon ...

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Viewed 1,971 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 9/11/2009 at 14:11

Sleeper bus - Vientiane to Pakse

Posted by dclayw on 17/7/2009 at 07:50

Well, I'm just starting to re-plan our trip to Laos this December/January, so expect a few posts from me over the next few weeks. I say re-plan because our month long trip planned for last December/January didn't happen because of the closure of BKK airport early December last year. (This time we are by-passing Thailand altogether) I can't find much info on the sleeper bus Vientiane to Pakse. There appears to be a few companies offering the service. Can anyone provide some info on which com ...

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Viewed 35,662 times, with 29 replies. Last reply by wanderingcat on 8/11/2009 at 15:07

Thailand to Laos border crossing question

Posted by Jynne on 6/11/2009 at 23:02

I will be taking a bus from Chiang Mai to the Laos border (the Chiang Kong/ Huay Xai crossing). If I arrive in Chiang Kong at night, after the border is closed, will there be enough time the next morning for me to cross the border first thing, and still catch a boat to Luang Prabang (one of the two day boats that stop in Pakbeng)? It seems most people cross from Chiang Kong to Huay Xai in the evening and are ready to go on the boat first thing in the morning, but I am afraid I won't get to ...

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Viewed 3,064 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 7/11/2009 at 03:55

Money in Southern Laos

Posted by christay2009 on 5/11/2009 at 17:20

Does anyone have any information regarding where you can cash travelers cheques, where there is an ATM etc in the main towns in Southern Laos? I could always exchange a good wad of KIP in Vientiane if necessary Thanks again ...

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From Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang in 8 days - What to see?

Posted by Pontare on 30/10/2009 at 20:58

Hi, we're a couple going from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang . We have 8 days from we arrive in Chiang Rai before the plane leaves from Luang Prabang. Is there any places on the route that are especially nice? We're trying to steer clear of the most tourist adapted places, like Vang Vieng and to a certain degree Luang Prabang seems to be. We would especially like to go trekking for a few days. For what it's worth, I speak basic Thai, so we will hopefully be able to get around without being to ...

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Viewed 3,523 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by gugli on 5/11/2009 at 23:41

which is the most southern border crossing Laos>Thailand

Posted by christay2009 on 4/11/2009 at 18:38

i've been trying to work this out but i think i'm being thick?! i can't find a decent map either! ...

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Viewed 2,627 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by DLuek on 4/11/2009 at 23:22

Pakse airport??? confused

Posted by cassrose on 4/11/2009 at 07:09

Hey Does anyone know if you are able to fly Luang Prabang - Pakse . Am wanting to in January. Same people are saying it has re opened but on Laos Air it says Pakse is not available. Can anyone please help?? Thanks! ...

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Live from Luang Prabang - A great guide

Posted by lennybruce on 28/10/2009 at 16:04

Thanks to the advice and help of TA'ers 'dobsonshow' I got in touch with Bouasy ('See' for short) who is a registered guide and driver here in Luang Prabang. I just spent two great days with him seeing the area sights. He is extremely knowledgeable, incredibly hospitable and helpful and speaks excellent English. After he picked me up at the airport he sorted me out with a Lao sim card, drove me around town for a good orientation and then we talked about what we could do for a couple of days of t ...

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Getting to Tokyo, already checked Kayak

Posted by jclarkson on 30/10/2009 at 10:14

Delta canceled my flight from SGN to Tokyo so I figured I may as well stay in Laos and fly out LP, any advice on any airlines that may not be listed on Also, any advice on the best (cheapest, and if there is a fun one day stop all the better) way to get from Laos or Vietnam to Tokyo? Thanks a bunch, Josh ...

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Pakse Airport

Posted by mkelly139 on 7/10/2009 at 09:53

i have a flight booked/reserved Thurs, 3 Dec from Pakse > Luang Progang. The airport at Pakse is closed for repairs and scheduled to reopen sometime in January, 2010. I have been told that passangers flying out of Pakse will be bussed instead to Savannakhet for their flight to LPQ. However, when checking on the Lao Air web site, I find no flight our of Savannakhet on Thurs, only M, W, F. Does anyone have any relyable information in regard to this situation; or are there other alternative ...

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Viewed 4,196 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by Dylan on 29/10/2009 at 10:38

2 weeks in Laos... a good itinerary??

Posted by gandhiji on 28/10/2009 at 17:10

Hi all, I don't personally have any experience of Laos, but following research from the Rough Guide and Lonely Planet I have come up with the following itinerary, for end of January time: Day 1: Enter Laos at Houayxai Day 2-3: Slow-boat to Louang Prabang Day 3-5: Louang Prabang, incl. day trips to Wat Chom Phet/Kouang Si Day 6-8: Vang Viang: tubing/caves Day 8-9: Vientianne Night of 9th travel to Paxke via VIP bus) Day 10: Paxke to Champasak by boat along Mekong, and see Wat Phou r ...

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Viewed 2,850 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 28/10/2009 at 23:39

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