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Visa to LAO, CAMBODIA, VIETNAM - on arrival or from the consulate ?

Posted by air420 on 2/12/2014 at 21:16

Can anyone suggest if I should make an effort and apply for visa to Lao / Cambodia / Vietnam through the consulate in US, or is it easier / cheaper / faster doing it 'on arrival' ? Also: my understanding was that Vietnam does not allow visa 'on arrival', but I see in this forum that indeed they do. I would greatly appreciate the advice. ...

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Viewed 3,581 times, with 14 replies. Last reply by air420 on 26/12/2014 at 20:50


from Vientiane to Chiang Mai

Posted by tasoulis on 5/12/2014 at 10:21

Hi to all forum members How could I go from Vientiane to Chiang Mai by bus, obviously via Nong Khai??? Is any direct bus, and not using a as a hub the Udon thani?? ...

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Getting around Laos

Posted by Domino1 on 6/12/2014 at 17:23

We are planning a trip in January first to Vientiane for 3 nights then to Pakse for 3 nights, to Luang Prabang for 3 nights and Nong Khiau for 3 nights after that. The difficulty is in getting around between these areas. Looks like flying is the way to go but the different websites for Lao Airlines are confusing. Does anyone have a suggestion as to how to book flights? Is there an online travel agent someone would recommend or should I book our flights all separately. Also wondering if peo ...

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Luang Prabang to huay xai by overnight bus

Posted by zakf86 on 4/11/2014 at 06:24

Hi, I'm planning to take the overnight bus from luang prabang to huay xai on the 21st of December..is it possible to book online or in advance? I'm just afraid that I will miss out for a spot on the bus I'm also planning to go to chiang rai straight away by crossing the border..any tips for this? from the bus travel time I should arrive around 7am and it takes 2.5 hours to go to chiang rai...is it possible to go to mae salong and doi tung on the way to chiang rai? Cheers, Zak ...

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1 week in Luang Prabang

Posted by SaltwaterGem on 30/11/2014 at 17:03

Hey all... I consulted this sight a while back when I went to SEAsia and figured I would check in again for some extra info. My wife and I are heading to Luang Prabang early next. Luang Prabang is my absolute favorite place in SEAsia and pretty high on my list in the world. I know it fairly well and I can come up with plenty of things to do but I want to make sure I'm not missing anything; this is my wife's first time in this neck of the woods. There's Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Falls... my ...

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Viewed 1,385 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by SaltwaterGem on 3/12/2014 at 11:31

Vang Vieng to Paksan

Posted by alex_stein on 2/12/2014 at 02:15

Hi - is it possible to get from Vang Vieng to Paksan without going through Vientiane? Many thanks! ...

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Vientiane to Savannakhet by local bus or night bus?

Posted by katieandchris on 17/11/2014 at 10:12

We are currently in Vientiane and our next destination is Savannakhet . We appear to have 2 options: local bus during the day or VIP night bus. My problem with the night bus is that it will arrive in Savannakhet at 5am - are places open then? Will we be able to find a guesthouse at this time? My problem with the local is that it takes longer and we will be wasting a whole day on a bus and it might not arrive until 7pm - would it be easy to find a guesthouse with rooms? Or do we book in adva ...

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Viewed 1,155 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 26/11/2014 at 20:35

Laos Itinerary

Posted by alex_stein on 13/11/2014 at 07:28

Hi everyone - below is a potential itinerary for Laos in February of next year. We'd be entering from Thailand. A couple of key questions: 1) To what extent would the hazing effect our trip? My understanding is that it starts in March, by which point we'd be in Vientiane and Four Thousand Islands - would we be OK? Second, I'm aware that this is a rather conventional itinerary and am interested in hearing people's alternative recommendations (particularly for - say - Vang Vieng). We need to sti ...

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ATMs in Lao

Posted by magicFly on 20/10/2014 at 09:55

Hi, can anyone give up to date information about the ATM situation in Laos. I am travelling for a while now and I will go to Laos in the next two weeks (crossing from Vietnam, overland). I do only have Vietnam dong and some Euro with me right now. Should I get some $ before going to Laos or is ist easy to find ATMs. Are VND accepted in Laos? I read a lot of people have problems withdrawing money, altough these posts are a few years old.. I am especially worried about the first few days where ...

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overland travel from hanoi to luang prabang via bus -- seeking detailed information!!

Posted by danthony88 on 30/10/2014 at 11:50

Hello travelers, trekkers the rest of y'all with wanderlust in your hearts -- My friend is teaching English in Taiwan (I live in the U.S.) and we're meeting up to backpack around Southeast Asia starting in mid-late January for a month or two. Our first stop is Hanoi , after which we want to head west through Vietnam and Laos to Luang Prabang. I've read lots of horror stories about the Hanoi-LP bus, but our sense of adventure (and finances) dictate this mode of travel, so we will not be dis ...

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Viewed 10,278 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 3/11/2014 at 12:58

VoA - Vientiane Land border

Posted by Boohoo on 31/10/2014 at 21:42

Hi, Currently working my way up through Thailand. Can I get a visa on arrival at the Nong Khai crossing? Also, can a visa for Vietnam still be obtained in Vientianne? I've already visited parts of Laos so I'm looking to get over to Vietnam as quick as I can so I can travel down from around Hue then cross into Cambodia. I'd appreciate an advice. Sorry if this is covering a few forums but I wasn't sure of the best place to post. Cheers ...

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Viewed 1,114 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 2/11/2014 at 09:35

Northern Laos - Advices and transports

Posted by McKracken on 1/10/2014 at 07:16

Hi, I'd like to have some advice on my next trip to Laos. We are planning to visit Laos end of October to beginning of November, 15 days approximately. Nothing is really defined, we currently only know that we will enter the 25th from Pakse and exit from Huay Xai on the 7th of November (we fly to the Thai borders from/to Bangkok, and then cross by bus). While the ideas for the South are pretty clear (going around for 5-6 days), we do not know how approach the North part. We would like to ...

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Thailand to Laos Overland

Posted by littlek on 29/10/2014 at 07:51

Hello! I'm heading to Laos on a whim in about 3 weeks and I'm looking for some advice. I will have about 4 weeks there. I'm an independent traveler but I'm hoping to make some friends along the way, of course. I'm in my mid-20's so I don't mind the backpacker scene but I'm also not adverse to dodging crowds in order to experience something great, I'm thinking about flying into Bangkok (it's the cheapest option) and heading up through Thailand to the border and heading over into Vientiane. Any ti ...

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Vientiane to Luang Prabang by buss

Posted by air420 on 26/10/2014 at 21:04

Does anyone know where to buy a buss tickets (A/C or VIP busses) for traveling from Vientiane to Luang Prabang, and where the busses depart from and at what time? ...

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Viewed 1,058 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by air420 on 27/10/2014 at 21:35

What's the fastest transportation around Vientiane ?

Posted by air420 on 27/10/2014 at 00:17

Does anyone know what's the fastest transportation around Vientiane ? I will get there around noon and will have only about 4 hrs before closing time to see: the Buddha Park (Wat Xieng Khuan) which is located outside of town + That Luang + Patuxal. The last 2 are located in the town and I think close to e.a. Will I be able to see all 3 in 4 hrs ? And one last question: are the visitors permitted to get close to the sculptures at the Buddha Park to make photos at close range? Thank you ...

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Flight from Bangkok to Laos

Posted by rudder6 on 24/10/2014 at 07:49

I have booked a flight for two people with Bangkok airways on Wednesday the 29th of October from Bangkok to Laos Vientaine. Flight PH 943. We have decided not to us this flight. Is there anyone that would like to buy these from us at a much lower price and just change the names over? Thanks ...

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14 days itinerary feedback?

Posted by Patrickc on 6/10/2014 at 09:40

I have two weeks for an itinerary in Laos and I wanted to concentrate on the north, let's say it's really the classic Luang Prabang to Vientiane Trail. I originally wanted to go to Phongsali for hiking, but with the boats not going straight from Luang Prabang on the Nam Ou ad flights apparently discontinued, I found it tricky, too time consuming and also I didn't like the idea of travelling for 10+ hours on the appalling road described, just for staying a couple days in Phongsali. If we had ...

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Viewed 1,129 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 16/10/2014 at 08:09

Laos to cambodia - overland

Posted by upasana87 on 9/10/2014 at 12:31

Hey! I am headed to Laos mid December. I am planning to go to Luang Prabang from Chiang Rai, spend about 4 nights at Luang Prabang. I need to head to Siem Reap from Laos (overland). I am not sure if I should stop over at Vang vieng or Vientiane (Or somewhere more interesting. Suggestions are welcome!) on my way to Siem Reap. I will have around 3 nights to spare including travel to Siem Reap. I will really grateful if you can suggest an overland travel from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap (On ...

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Luang Prabang to Haiphong

Posted by JohnGroats on 26/9/2014 at 09:56

Hey, I am going to South East Asia with a few friends next year and part of our plan involves getting from Luang Prabang to Hai phong. However, I'm not sure of the logistics of this trip. Does anyone have any Recommendations? Time is not an issue The cheaper the better Any reccomendations for things to see along the way Thanks in advance ...

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Itinerary feedback please

Posted by girasole9 on 22/9/2014 at 00:23

Hi everybody, Love this site, great board. We would like the community to give us some insight before we book our major incoming and outgoing flights. Are we correct to assume that we can book the smaller flights from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap and from Siem Reap to Bangkok while we are in Asia rather than ahead of time? Day 1 - Arrive Luang Prabang Day 2 - Luang Prabang Day 3 & 4 - Boat from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai (2 days - is that correct?) Day 5 - Bus from Huay Xai to Luang NamTh ...

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