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Trekking around Pakse,Don Khong,Don Deth

Posted by Cian on 17/6/2009 at 09:28

Hi all, Was hoping to get recommendations of a trek to get in when I get to Southern Laos.I will be getting a bus into Pakse and making my way to Don Deth through to Cambodia. Can anyone recommend where the best place might be to get in a days hike with a guide in between here?In terms of beauty and company to book with, and price. Is it a case I could book through a guest house? Thanks ...

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Guesthouse for family of 4

Posted by pia2am on 8/6/2009 at 19:43

Hi all We are a family of 4, kids aged 5 and 8, travelling to Laos. Spending time in Vientiane, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang around christmas and new year 2009. Can anyone recommend some nice, family- and budget friendly guesthouses? Around $25 I have read many of the rewievs here on travelfish, but most places only have double rooms. Thanks in advance. Pia ...

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Laos nightlife and Laos women

Posted by jmdma808 on 16/6/2009 at 12:54

Hello everybody! im new to this forum and website and decided to sign up because i will be spending three weeks in thailand, laos, cambodia and kuala lumpur this august. I'm a caucasion from America and right now i live in taiwan and im teaching english. I love living here because it is so close and cheap to get to the rest of asia. Anyway, im a decent looking 27 year old and of course i still like to have my fun with the ladies. im not going to laos for the ladies, i have lots of activities ...

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New backpackers, 2 week intinerary

Posted by paulchangman on 17/6/2009 at 14:43

Hi there, This is just my third post, but forum is incredible! So much great info on here! Anyway, my girlfriend and I have two weeks to spend and I just drew up a rough itinerary using information from various posts on Travelfish and the Laos section of the site (as well as Lonely Planet). The places of most interest look like Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Plain of Jars. We are also interested in doing some trekking, perhaps for 2 days or so. Where would be a good place to fit it i ...

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Viewed 1,787 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by paulchangman on 18/6/2009 at 14:17

somtam2000 my posts say im in Vietnam

Posted by jmdma808 on 18/6/2009 at 07:42

Sorry to bother the moderator but when i make a post it says im in Vietnam... I live in Taiwan so i dont know why that is happening. I just dont want to be treated or ignored because people on the forum think im a vietnamese travel agent.... ...

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First timer, advice much appreciated!

Posted by paulchangman on 17/6/2009 at 10:42

Hi everyone, I just posted this on the Vietnam board too, so you might want to post there to make things a little neater ( My girlfriend and I have about 2 weeks to travel, and would like to see Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. I know there's not enough time to see all 3 places and we want to make the best use of our time. Due to time constraints, we have to arrive on July 12th and leave on the 25th. Here are a few questions we have: 1 ...

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Laos - couple of queries

Posted by CJHorn85 on 11/5/2009 at 16:42

Hey all, Firstly, I have been to Laos before during a 3 month tour of SEA. So I am aware of places, and time it takes to travel etc etc. This year I am going on holiday with my girlfriend to show her what she missed when I went away. I have a couple of questions regarding travel. We are going to be there for about 2 full weeks We fly in and out of Bangkok. The plan is to either just do North Laos, or spend a couple of days in the south just to scoot about the Bolaven Plateau on bikes, a ...

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Laos in October

Posted by christay2009 on 15/6/2009 at 22:01

Hey I was wondering if the weather in Laos in okay for travelling in october? i think i read in Lonely Planet that November would be a better time to go and that Cambodia would be okay in October, however, i looks like i'm coming from China so would be cheaper to cross by land in Laos then into Cambodia! Thanks again Chris p.s i cant wait untill i've actually been so i can try give advice rather than just taking it! ...

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Visiting the villages around Luang Prabang

Posted by xontros on 11/6/2009 at 22:41

I would like to know if it is possible for someone to visit the villages around Luang Prabang without booking a tour and if this is worth it/recommended. I realize that it is easier to visit some villages (eg the whisky village or the village across Mekong). But what about the ones that the companies promote as hilltribe village tours? ...

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Viewed 4,032 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by xontros on 14/6/2009 at 20:32

Walking from Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Posted by rossville69 on 29/10/2008 at 14:39

Hi, I'd just like a little feedback on a plan I have: I really like to walk, and I was thinking p erhaps of walking from Vientiane to Luang Prabang or, as that may take too long, at least from Vientiane to Vang Vieng (I'll only be in Laos for 11 days). However, I really don't know if it's a good idea. As far as I can imagine, the problems with this idea can be: * Security: walking alone may expose me to theft/being waylaid, harassment from bribe-seeking police, or just common-place viole ...

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10 or so days - can't decide! Vi; LP; VV; PoJ. Please help

Posted by franegt on 30/5/2009 at 16:48

Hey there, Basically my friend and I are going to Laos for about 10 days. It would seem the places to see are Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang and Plain of Jars. Of course, if there are any other suggestions, that'd be great. Pakxe (sp)? I've heard of that. I don't think my friend or I will do tubing as to put it simply, I'm not a fan of beer and I don't think my friend wants to anyway. We arrive in Vientiane. I see it would be easy, kinda, to go up north via VV and finally LP..bu ...

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Clueless: 10 days in Laos, What to DO?

Posted by boydie111 on 11/3/2009 at 08:35

Hi, I am looking to travel to Vietnam and Laos in June with one friend for approx 1 month. Having spoke to many backpackers while in was in Thailand recently, it seems that Laos is amazing and is a must do, however I am having trouble finding information on where to go and what to see?? I am 20 yrs old and am travelling on a budget, we are looking to spend approx 10 days in laos, though this can be extended if necessary. Ive been told that the tubing is a must do, but i want to get more out of t ...

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Gibbon Experience- hear its good but is it really worth 160 euros?

Posted by lexitaylor on 3/6/2009 at 21:56

Hi I'm looking at doing the gibbon experience on the 20th or 21st of June! I was originally looking at doing the classic experience but have been quoted 160 euros (170 if bought in huay xai close to the time) for the classic or the waterfall! To me, this seems like an awful lot of money, especially given I'm british, and our exchange rate with the euro has in recent years gone from £1: 1.6 euros to £1:1 euro! I was wondering if it would be sensible to give the gibbon experience a miss and save ...

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Laos in April: new year worth the smoke and heat?

Posted by shrub on 6/1/2009 at 10:46

Hey, great site going here. Fascinating, informative and well laid out. I'm disembarking on a two-month trip trough Thailand and Laos with my girlfriend starting in March and ending with April. Basically, each country gets roughly a month: Thailand in March and Laos in April. This site describes March to May in Laos as "unbearable" and "yuck!" due to the rice stubble burning and intense heat. However, the much recommended Lao New Year takes place sometime mid-April. So my questions are: d ...

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Viewed 5,828 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 10/6/2009 at 01:36

Help - Thailand to Vietnam Itinerary

Posted by brutus123 on 9/6/2009 at 09:53

Hi, I have read many posts on this website and they have been absolutely fasinating to say the least. What a great site. Anyway my questions are related to travelling across Laos in late September/early October from Huay Xai and entering Veitnam by flying into Hanoi (the options by land appear to time consuming and I don't want to spend endless hours on the bus). The itinerary for the 4 of us is currently shaping up like this; 1. Travel to Muang Sing stay o/n and following day h ...

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Itinerary check

Posted by javienlared on 6/6/2009 at 16:22

Great website, congratulations. Hello everybody I,m from Spain, travelling 15 june to bangkok then to Laos... sorry for my english it,s very basic. The travel plan is: Bangkok: 2 days arriving one end another. Ayuttaya: 1day then nigth train to chiang mai. Chiang Mai: 2 days Suggestions of getting to Chang Khong, how to get and time.what about the opium museum in Chiang Saen? and the village. Huai xai to L.P by slow boat 2 days Luang Prabang : 3 days L.P- vientiane by bus? or whatelse? ...

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Laos visa in Bangkok

Posted by javienlared on 9/6/2009 at 18:12

I,m wondering if it will be better to get my Laos visa in BKK better than in Huay Xai border. Comparing time spend in both places. Any one can help me whith that... Cheers ...

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Viewed 1,488 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by javienlared on 9/6/2009 at 18:14

Mosquito repellant advice

Posted by BruceMoon on 6/6/2009 at 06:23

Hi, fellow travellers I was confronted with a dilemma regarding mosquito repellant. Here, in Australia, DEET is no longer readily available. I did a bit of research, and posted on the 'Health' page. Today I discovered some alarming facts about DEET. You may also be interested: Cheers ...

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Viewed 2,117 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somsai on 7/6/2009 at 20:38

beware: renting motorbike in vientaine

Posted by eddiethl on 7/6/2009 at 17:45

for those who are considering renting motorbikes in vientaine, please avoid renting from mimi guesthouse. their bikes are in poor condition. the first bike that i tried, the brakes aren't working(that's really dangerous). the second bike won't start, the 3rd bike seems ok until 10 mins later it decided to stop working. i had to push the bike all the way back to the guesthouse, they refused to refund my money and insist that i have to pay for repairs. apparently the same happened to this o ...

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Gibbon Experience in September?

Posted by smartlyndy on 7/5/2009 at 21:55

Hi all After reading an earlier entry about the G.E.being questionable in May, am I right in thinking it's out of the question in September? ...

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