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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Posted by angfonz on 8/7/2009 at 22:43

Can anyone please help me with the exact period of operation? My trip would be much simpler if I could avoid starting in Hanoi, and ending there instead. Unfortunately, from what I've read the Mausoleum is closed in September. Is that from the 1st or later in the month? My travel times are August 20th to September 20th. I'm bringing a rain coat! Thanks in advance. Depending on your answers I'll probably bombard this forum with questions since Bruce kicked me off the Indochina section! ...

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Luang Prabang to Gibbon Experience

Posted by jfenwick on 13/4/2007 at 08:52

How long do we need to get from Luang Prabang to The Gibbon Experience? And where if we are booked already do we need to go? What is the best method of travel in July? River or road or combo? ...

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My turn for an Itinerary review!

Posted by mamatwiga on 9/7/2009 at 10:36

Hello all, As many have already said, I'm amazed by how helpful everyone is on these message boards. Thank you in advance ... SEA is a new frontier for me so I appreciate any and all advice! My boyfriend and I are travelling for 3 weeks in August and have just recently cut down our itinerary after reading the advice posted on here. I realize that it's likely still too packed, but we'll see what feedback we get. As of now, we're planning: Aug 3: Fly into Bangkok Aug 4: Bangkok Aug ...

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Chiang Mai to Chiang Kong/Huai Xai quickly/overnight

Posted by amarradia on 10/7/2009 at 19:37

Is it possible to get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Kong overnight? If so how? Would this allow border crossing in time for the slowboat? Alternatively is it possible to get from Chiang Mai to Huai Xai in one day, crossing the border in time on a Sunday? How would this be done? Thanks ...

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Viewed 3,122 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by BruceMoon on 11/7/2009 at 07:26

The 1 Day Boat - Thailand to Luang Prabang

Posted by JakiDL on 16/11/2006 at 14:23

I have seen a few questions about taking the Slow Boat (2days) or Speedy Boat from Chiang Kong (Thailand) to Luang Prabang. Don't deapait, there is a 3rd option! We took a comfortable, spacious boat and arrived in Luang Prabang in only one day. We booked through a travel agent in Chiang Rai and it was a package deal including one night's stay at a hotel in Chaing Sean. You might be able to book the boat on it's own, but I think they are privately chartered - you would need to ask a travel agent ...

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How to book Lao Airlines flights???????

Posted by TheOtherOne on 9/7/2009 at 17:28

Disregard the post above. . . . I would like to fly from Pakse to Hanoi. . . . hopefully this can be done in a day. I assume that I'll need to connect in Vientiane. Unfortunately the Lao Airlines website has been less than helpful. . . . I have not been able to book any flights on it. Every time I try it just sends me back to its home page. Can I just show up in Pakse the day before and purchase a ticket? Are their any alternatives to getting to Hanoi? Any suggestions? ...

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Airtravel in Laos

Posted by travelgirl on 21/6/2009 at 13:08

Hi guys I am going to be flying from Laos into Siam reap and am a little nervous about flying as after googeling airtravel in Laos I have heard a mixture of good and bad stories. Anyone flown in Laos? Were you comfortable? Feel safe? ...

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laos in 6 days??!!!! help!!!

Posted by feeona_lou on 29/6/2009 at 01:05

Myself and 2 friends (all girls incase this is relevant) have 4 weeks in thailand this summer - we've heard great things about laos and wondered if its possible/wise to attempt laos in 6 days??!!! we land in bangkok on 24th july, plan to possibly do 3 day jungle trek in chiang mai then head to loas, need to get to koh phangan by 3rd aug in prep for full moon party. how should we get from chiang mai to loas? and where would people recommend if we've got such a short time? are we being a bit a ...

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Phou Khao Khouay - Worth visiting?

Posted by tujungadj on 7/7/2009 at 02:28

Hello. Looking at either a day trip or an overnight to Phou Khao Khouay National Park while in the Vientiane area in early January. We're interested in the scenic sights (waterfalls, etc.) and wildlife. Is this worth doing? Can the sights be seen on one's own? If overnighting, is home-stay the best option? All info welcome. Thank you! ...

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Travelling Sth Laos July

Posted by limeandsoda on 5/7/2009 at 20:08

Hi everyone! I'm looking at going back to Laos in the next few weeks because i loved it so much last time i was there. I want to go to the south (having done LP, VV and Vientiane in the previous trip) However, i only have 2 weeks all up and would like to go to Siem reap to see Angkor too - this makes me think i may only have 7-8 days in Southern Laos - it this worthwhile? or too short? I am thinking Day 1 - Arrive Vientiene in morning, leave for Pakse that night Days 2-4 i ...

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Possible Laos North to South itinarary

Posted by amarradia on 1/7/2009 at 22:32

Hi there, I wanted to get some feedback on this possible itinerary for Laos North to South. Time is looking quite tight so if you could comment then that would be great. Day 1: fly into Chiang Mai from KL and spend 2 nights there Day 3: Cross into Laos Days 4-5: Do the Gibbons experience in Huai Xai Days 6-7: Take the slowboat or bus to Luang Prabang Days 8-10: 3 nights in Luang Prabang Days 11-12: Vang Vieng Day 13: leave Vang Vieng From there we want to go to South ...

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Viewed 4,221 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by BruceMoon on 5/7/2009 at 05:39

Luang Prabang Weather in August

Posted by kgordon on 3/7/2009 at 11:23

Hey guys, I'm planning a SE Asia trip and am looking to be in LP the first two weeks of August. I have read the weather section and am prepared to deal with a few hours of rain in the afternoon and limited road travel, but I also know that August is the worst month so I wanted to get some first hand accounts of what to expect and to figure out if I'm better off not going. Ideally I'd like to take in the city, hit the nearby waterfalls and caves, do some rock climbing, and maybe do a night or ...

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Long Tieng

Posted by MADMAC on 3/7/2009 at 03:03

Has anyone here been out there to see the old base which was a primary site from which the Ravens operated during the secret war? I might try and go there is there's anything left to see. ...

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Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai with Nagi of Mekong

Posted by ich40 on 29/10/2007 at 19:32

Hi, has somebody done this trip? Do you know how reliable they are when it comes to timing? I want to leave Luang Prabang on a monday, arriving the day after in Houeisay. I was told they arrive their at 5pm. I have to go to Chiang Rai than because my flight will be same day at 9:30pm. Im a bit nervous about that.. What do you think? ...

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Laos Itinerary

Posted by yozza2009 on 30/6/2009 at 22:09

Hello all. I shall be spending 21 days in Laos from the final week of August. My itinerary is pretty vague at present. I would like to visit the Plain of Jars, perhaps cross the border into China for a few days. Two of my friends travelled around the country last year, one recommends spending most of my time in the South, one recommends the North. Therefore despite browsing the LP guide, i'm torn. I'm considering hiring a bike as to avoid public transport, is this a wise move? I'm sorry fo ...

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travel from north Laos to the southern Border

Posted by lozza1978 on 27/6/2009 at 02:27

Hello Thank you for stopping by. I would like some advice and a little guidance on my travel plan :-) for those of you who are willing to help me thanks in advance. Ill be arriving in Bangkok and working by way north to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Chiang Kong, crossing the border to Huray Xai and then taking the slow boat to Luang Prabang(I have this route sorted thanks to this site(Many Thanks)) ill be heading north again to Vang Vieng for some tubing and chill out time. from Va ...

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Laos in Nov-Dec tentative schedule

Posted by pamjane on 23/6/2009 at 12:59

My girlfriend and I will be traveling from Thailand>Laos>Cambodia for a couple of months at the end of the year. I've figured out the first part of the "maybe" course to take, but I'd love input from people who know Laos. Also, I get quite confused when I get to the south, because I'm running out of days... so that's where my plan is halted at the moment. This is my first time in SE Asia, and my first time planning independent travel, so any ideas or suggestions are greatly appreciated. ...

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Viewed 1,760 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by BruceMoon on 26/6/2009 at 18:47

itinerary - please help

Posted by smash on 21/6/2009 at 11:49

Hi all I'm getting more and more confused with my planned itinerary for Laos. i think something has to give somewhere and I'm not sure what... don't mind taking some flights here and there to speed things up a tad. Day 1 - get from Siem Reap to Don Det Day 2 - Don Det Day 3 - Don Det Day 4 - get from Don Det to Vientiane Day 5 - Vientiane Day 6 - Vang Vieng Day 7 - Vang Vieng Day 8 - Luang Prabang Day 9 - Luang Prabang Day 10 - Luang Prabang Day 11 - overnight boat to Huay Xai ...

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Posted by paulchangman on 19/6/2009 at 13:53

Hi, What inoculations should I be getting before I go to Laos? Are anti Malarial drugs necessary? Thanks! ...

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Footwear for hiking in Northern Laos in wet season

Posted by saxomophone on 20/6/2009 at 18:11

I've looked around on the site and ethe recommendation that sandals are sufficient for hiking in northern Thailan/Laos etc but that was in relation to wet season. I'm wondering whether to purchase either some proper hiking boots or a pair of those quasi hiking boot cross trainers I've seen around. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks. ...

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