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Urgent help needed for northern Laos itenary

Posted by Thanuja on 18/12/2015 at 10:12

Hello I need help to plan my northern Lao itenary for 7 days. I would like to cover vientainne- van vieng- phonsavan-Luang Prabang. I want to book my bus tickets / mini van tickets ahead for this stretch. Can someone help me with a reliable travel agent in vientainne or LP. Also which currency should I carry? Is Thai baht okay to carry? Does my itenary look good? Or should I drop phonsavan. Also from LP how do I do a Mekong boat journey for 1 day? Kindly help. ...

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Laos visa extension

Posted by scoopybombam on 10/12/2015 at 20:03

I want to stay in Laos for about 12 months, is it possible to get a visa that will enable me to stay longer than the normal 30 days. The cost of transport across the border, hotel, transport back and 1400 baht for visa for UK citizen is very prohibitive. Is there any way round this. I am retired, not working, with a 12 month Thai Retirement Visa. It takes a 10 hour very bumpy bus journey, an overnight stay and then a 10 hour very bumpy bus journey back at the very minimum. I am 68 and find the 1 ...

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Buddhist monasteries in Laos/Vietnam

Posted by galeforce on 15/5/2008 at 19:39

I am planning a trip to Laos and Vietnam in September 08. Does anyone know any buddhist monasteries in Laos (preferrably) or Vietnam that offer accommodation and/or meditation retreats for lay people? ...

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Eating in Luang Prabang and Vientiane

Posted by asill73 on 20/1/2015 at 22:21

I will spend one week in Luang Prabang and Vientiane as part of my one month trip to Indochina next month. Can anyone please tell me what and where to eat in these two cities? Of course I would love to try the local foods but some recommendations for nice Western restaurants would be great though. Thanks ...

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Traveling Laos by motobike

Posted by Vzmoto23 on 20/11/2015 at 05:28

Making my way to southern Laos. I will be in Thakhek soon or tomorrow. It has been great traveling with the motorbike here. Unfortunately I made a bit of a travel mistake and I can't cross the Vietnam boarder. I can sell the bike to someone cheap. ...

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Visa for Laos

Posted by kevinhaz on 19/11/2015 at 06:38

Hello, I am a uk passport holder and have been advised that it is not worth bothering to get a visa for Laos because it is easy enough to get one at the airport in Luang Probang. Is this correct ?? Kindest Regards Kevin ...

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Please help me figure out the right trip for me - Laos and a few beach days

Posted by tavso9 on 11/11/2015 at 16:36

Hi travelers, I beg you to please help me. I've been through a very rough time for the last ten months and I finally got my last bit of energy together to book a flight to Bangkok. Here's what I know at this point: I'll be there for 20 days, it'll be over christmas and new year, I've been to SEA before 12 years ago (including south of Laos), I like nature, waterfalls, Buddhism and Buddhist culture, Mekong river rides, laid back (I liked Dhon Det back then) and a few days at a tropical beach. Al ...

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Muang Sing and Luang Namtha - late Dec / early Jan

Posted by dg234 on 29/10/2015 at 04:39

My husband and I are thinking about trekking in either Muang Sing or Luang Namtha starting around December 28th. We have a flexible schedule. Do we need to book accommodations and treks ahead of time during this time of year? I have seen other people recommended booking ahead for travel in Luang Prabang and nearby destinations during this time of year. ...

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Ryan Chicovsky, missing in Laos since 2006

Posted by somtam2000 on 13/12/2011 at 19:59

Travelfish long-time regulars may remember the threads back in 2006 when Ryan Chicovsky went missing in Xieng Kok in northwest Laos. This morning I stumbled upon the website his family set up and found not only are they still looking for him, they have added quite a few more photos. So, if you were travelling in Laos in early 2006, take a look -- perhaps they'll ring some bells. Given some of Ryan's clothing and gear were found, the outlook doesn't sound too promising, but, if you were in th ...

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Tha Li - Ken Thao border guesthouse

Posted by jli5699 on 27/9/2015 at 06:54

Does anyone know of the guesthouse situation on the Lao side of the border and up HW 4 to LP. I'll be riding a bike up and would like to plan my stops. Any information would help. ...

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Struggling with Northern Laos Itinerary

Posted by metsker on 27/8/2015 at 11:05

Greetings, all - I am having a tough time pinning down an itinerary and would appreciate your suggestions. After several days in LP, I have two weeks before I have to be in Chiang Mai in November. I just learned through this wonderful forum that there is a bus directly from Luang Namtha to Chiang Rai , so was thinking a week in N Laos villages then on to Chiang Rai and some of the villages around there for a week. I was thinking about pushing on from LP to Muang Sing because I am most int ...

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Don Khong or Don Khon?

Posted by EdSue on 12/9/2010 at 23:48

We are two oldies (but well travelled) planning to visit the 4,000 islands in Feb 2011 for 4 nights. Is this too long? After browsing many websites we are now totally confused about where to stay! We are prepared to pay a bit more than average for some comforts and a peaceful stay in beautiful surroundings, but have heard horror stories about nightly 'raves' and aggro between islands. Has anyone any recent experiences of visiting the islands and can give us some advice or tell us of your exp ...

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The tha khaek extended loop in 3 days

Posted by pookair on 21/9/2015 at 02:30

We started doing the normal loop mid September. When we got to the first town mahaxay we decided to do the extended loop. It was about 11 am. The directions on travelfish were good and we followed a decent sand road with occasional bumpy and muddy patches. After taking the left turn in a small intersection we drove for about 55 km until the petrol station( travelfish states 65k). From where we continued straight into the town because we weren't sure it was the right petrol station(it was the rig ...

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Nong Kiaow to Muang Khua by boat

Posted by Elliott on 25/9/2015 at 17:42

Greetings all Will be traveling around northern Laos in January of 2016 and was wondering if anybody has any up to date information on the possibility of travelling from Nong Kiaow to Muang Khua by boat. I just read in an old post on this forum that this is a possibility but that there were plans in the works for a dam to be built along the way. Anybody here know anything about this? ...

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Holding Lao Kip in Singapore, willing to exchange at favourable rate.

Posted by mirk0 on 25/7/2015 at 03:17

Hi All! I have about 1.6million kip leftover from my trip to Laos. I exchanged it at SGD$1 to 5000 kip in Luang Prabang, and when I left Vientiane the rate was SGD$1 to 5400 kip. Am willing to let it go at SGD$1 to 6000 kip, which is higher than the rate currently listed on I'm available to exchange currencies in the city area of Singapore from 31st of July to the 5th of August 2015 and subsequently anytime after the 14th of August. Drop me a PM or reply to this thread if you're inter ...

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Go to Luang Nam Tha or Luang Prabang from Chiang Rai?

Posted by Legacy88 on 14/9/2015 at 05:25

I'm going to be heading into Laos from Chiang Rai in a few days. I know the traditional route is to take the slow boat to Luang Prabang from the Huay Xai crossing, but if I'm going to explore northern Laos, it seems to make more sense for me to take a bus to Luang Nam Tha first and then work my way down to Luang Prabang from there, but I'm not finding many reports from people who have done it this way. I have a month in Laos so time isn't too much of a concern, but I'd also prefer to n ...

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Itinerary feedback for Northern Laos trip - December 2015 - 13 days

Posted by alisonrd on 6/8/2015 at 14:44

Hi all! I'm planning a trip to Laos for this coming December (middle of month, before Christmas) and wanted to get some feedback on my itinerary. I am a female solo traveler from the US who has been to Vietnam solo before. I prefer nature/seeing how people live/bicycling/hiking/kayaking type of activities, as well as history/culture. (I don't need to see too many more wats, though!) I don't want to rush it and try to fit too much in, so I'm happy to go to fewer places if they're worth it and sp ...

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What are Visa requirements for Englishman to live in Laos for ever

Posted by scoopybombam on 27/4/2015 at 05:42

Hi, I am an Englishman living in Thailand on a 12 month retirement visa. I am just about to renew the 12 month retirement visa. I have met a lady from Laos and we are going to live in Laos forever, hopefully. How do I arrange this? How do I get a visa for Laos. I will like a visa to last as long as possible. Where do I get a visa from? Does this involve "border runs"? I intend living in Labang Prabang which is near to Xsayaboury where my girlfriends family live. I am 67 so I want a sys ...

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Luang Prebang to Siem Reap in October

Posted by chronofar on 1/9/2015 at 08:59

Given these constraints what's the best way to make this journey: - No prop planes (jets already can be questionable, props are a hard no) - 24 hour trip (assuming bus trip in the rainy season would be several days if even possible - $250/person Best I've found is LP>Vientiane>Chiang Mai via Nok Air>Siem Reap via Air Asia or LP>Vientiane>Udon Thani>Bangkok>Siem Reap. Obviously neither of those options are very appealing. Am I missing anything or is there really just not ...

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Thailand, Cambodia AND Laos OR hanoi - 14 nights SEA

Posted by bab117 on 2/9/2015 at 07:57

Good morning fellow Travelfish members!! I have perused Travelfish for hours/days/weeks when considering planning my trip. I am getting married in late Nov and on Nov 30th I leave for SE Asia/Indochina for my honeymoon. I have 14 nights, 15 days in Indochina. My fiance and I are planning to visit Bangkok, Siem Reap, Ko Phi Phi , Luang Prabang , Hanoi/Halong Bay. I know what you´re going to say and you are right. This is not enough time at all to see 4 countries. Unfortunately I can´t pos ...

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