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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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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: http://www.travelfish.org/board/post/travelhealth/3962_deet-or-picaridn- Cheers ...

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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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Luang Prabang to Siem Reap by air?

Posted by SybilVane on 5/6/2009 at 13:05

Hello all, I'll be in Thailand/Laos/Cambodia this October, and I'm trying to figure out the quickest way to go from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap. Apparently the only direct flight is with Lao Airlines, but their website quotes USD 220. I hear Vietnam Airlines also flies from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap, however that route is not listed on their website. Does anybody have experience with Vietnam Airlines? How do their prices compare to other airlines? I'm not looking for luxury at all, ...

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Laos visa on arrival update

Posted by eggewaertslamp on 30/5/2009 at 15:41

Lao National Tourism Association published an update on border crossings and visa on arrival. You can find it on teakdoor.com/thai-visas-and-visa runs/ 50898-lao-visa on arrival ...

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Viengvilay GH / TCK Amazing Tour in Vang Vieng

Posted by cpg on 1/6/2009 at 21:47

I am interested in staying at the Viengvilay GH in VV, but the only review is 4 years old (2005) and both the email address and website listed don't work. Has anyone stayed their recently? Does anyone know a working email address? Thanks, Carissa ...

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Getting to Laos from Hanoi

Posted by Loretta on 24/5/2009 at 16:56

Hi, I have looked into flights from Hanoi to Laos and they are very expensive. Does anyone know the best bus route and border crossings as an alternative. I have heard this option is very time consuming but I would like to know more. Look forward to the feed back. ...

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Overland Lao Bao crossing to Pakse

Posted by Cian on 23/5/2009 at 13:12

Hi guys, first up, this is a great site.thanks for all the info. Will be coming down through Vietnam through Laos via the crossing of Lao Bao. I'd like some advice on how to get to Pakse and maybe get an idea of how long it takes and road conditions? I want to expect the worst but still want an idea of what I'm letting myself in for :) I'm guessing I'll have to join the highway 13 at Xeno. Is this the only way? Thanks again ...

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Itinerary Question - How many days to spend in LP?

Posted by wheelse on 7/4/2009 at 10:22

I'm planning a grand solo journey through SE Asia end of June and all of July and am starting in HCM through Cambodia and then to Bangkok. I want to end my trip at the beaches in Thailand, but before heading down there I was thinking of trying to fit in Laos. I would plan to fly to LP from Bangkok (mid-July), then back to BKK down to Krabi. How many days do you recommend for LP and surrounding areas? I was planning to skip Vientaine (rainy season, i imagine this would take a LONG time), ...

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Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai - daily flights ?

Posted by carolwright on 20/5/2009 at 18:59

Ideally want to fly from LP - CM on Sat 9 Jan. 2010. Lao Airlines show flight available & looks like I can book. However Trailfinders UK (who booked my international flights) say that their system shows flights on 8th & 10th only, not the 9th. Anyone advise ? Thanks ...

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train times

Posted by taraleelee on 15/5/2009 at 07:05

How long does it take on the train to go from Vientiane to Bangkok? ...

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Northern Laos in 3-4 weeks - is this itinerary doable?

Posted by saxomophone on 11/5/2009 at 18:29

How does this sound? Vientiane 14-16 July Vang Vieng 16-17 July Luang Prabang 17-21 July (+ a 1-2 day hike in the surrounding area. Phonosavan 21-22 July (fly from LP, visit Plain of Jars) 22-25 Sam Neua (It looks as though there is a road that heads due north off route 7 heading east from Phonosavan which heads up to route 6 to Sam Neua - do any buses ply this route?) 25-27 (Not sure here - I'm interested in getting even more remote. Has anyone been further east or north o ...

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Luang Prabang to Vieng Xai?

Posted by joe000 on 9/5/2009 at 05:42

I am hoping someone may be able to help me with advice re: time to allow and ways to get to Vieng Xai from Luang Prabang. Thanks ...

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Louang Prabang to Phonsavan or Vang Vieng?

Posted by ChrisM48 on 2/1/2009 at 09:09

Would appreciate some advice. Am considering flying to Phonasavan (want to see Plain of Jars) from L/Prabang and then bussing over a few days down to Vientiane via Vang Vieng. Alternately, may fly from Phonsavan direct to Vientiane. Only have 5/6 days on this part of trip. Any suggestions? ...

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Photos of Vientiane

Posted by kerouac2 on 10/5/2009 at 01:00

Just a very short introduction to Vientiane, but perhaps better than nothing. I'll be adding more photos soon. http://anyportinastorm.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=asia&thread=1255&page=1#17909 ...

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Off the beaten path from Luang Prabang

Posted by cbaumga2 on 26/4/2009 at 07:08

I will be in Luang Prabang in June with a few days to kill, and would like to travel to a more remote part of Laos. What would be a good off-the-beaten-path destination that would be feasible from Luang Prabang in 3 days? Some places I have considered are Sainyabuli or Muang Ngoi. Any advice or other options would be greatly appreciated. Chris ...

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itinerary check

Posted by tazgirl on 5/5/2009 at 17:25

First up, this site has been so helpful, I've even gotten my travel agent addicted to checking it out! I'm planning on travelling around Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia for 2 months in June/July 09. So far my rough itinerary is: Fly into Hanoi - spend about a week here, Halong Bay trip, cooking classes etc. Fly Hanoi to Luang Prabang next day or same day - board boat to travel upriver to Luang Nam Tha Spend a few days in LNT, then slowly back to LP and further south, taking about 10 days. Ove ...

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Recommended acomodation in Viantien

Posted by ofirbrill on 30/4/2009 at 20:51

Can some one recommend me of one? I'm looking for a place 5-15 USD with Aircon and Hot water Thank you! ...

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Bangkok to Vientiane flights

Posted by ChrisM48 on 29/4/2009 at 09:32

I am wondering whether to arrange flights via internet from BKK to Vientiane (Laos Airlines)or whether it would be cheaper to purchase flight direct with them on arrival in BKK? Does anyone know if they have standby flights on sale at Suvarnabumi aiport and if so, are they cheaper? ...

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