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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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Viewed 3,219 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by brucemoon on 11/5/2009 at 19:23

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. ...

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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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Viewed 4,885 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by smartlyndy on 7/5/2009 at 22:24

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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Viewed 2,650 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by seagypsy on 30/4/2009 at 20:57

New train from Thailand to Laos

Posted by think87 on 9/3/2009 at 05:38

Does anyone know if there is visa on arrival if you take a train into laos? ...

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Savannakhet to Luang Prabang, but not via Vientiene?

Posted by gingermark on 17/4/2009 at 18:08

I am currently in Hoi An, Vietnam, and planning to get a bus to Savannakhet in Laos. Not sure really what I want to do in Laos, but I want to go to Luang Prabang and exit via Vientiene into Thailand. As such, is there anyway to get from Savannakhet to Luang Probang without going via the capital, as I intend to go there when I leave Laos? Many thanks. ...

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Luang Prabang

Posted by JamesHamblin on 10/4/2009 at 17:25

I am entering Laos at the Chiang Khong/houayxai border, and getting the slow boat down to Luang Prabang. This is where im stuck. I only want a flying visit through Laos and want to head on towards vietnam, starting in Hanoi. I have looked everywhere for bus routes or train routes towards any of the border crossings such as Tay Trang or Na Meo cant find anything. Also if anyone can help with onwards routes from these borders towards Hanoi. Cheers ...

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practicing Kungfu and massage in laos?

Posted by dr_shivago on 26/4/2009 at 20:01

Hi there, I'm going to visit laos this year and I'm very interested in traditional kung fu and massage. Is the classic thai massage (think its called nuad sen) also present in laos? and is there any way to LEARN it. finding place where you receive a massage should be very easy, but i want to learn it. :) The same purpose on Kung fu. I'm practicing Thai Kung fu (not muay thai) for 2 years now and would be happy to see it in laos. Is thai kung fu also common in laos? are they have their ...

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Air quality in Luang Prabang in April

Posted by luangprabangfan on 23/2/2009 at 16:50

Will be spending two weeks in LP in mid-April. Does anyone have recent experience of air pollution factor at that time of year due to burn-offs? ...

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Getting to Wat Phu (Champasak)

Posted by Intrepid82 on 24/4/2009 at 11:20

Hi - I am planning on going to Wat Phu following a trip to Siem Reap. Can anybody tell me how far the airport at Pakse is from Wat Phu or the town of Champasak, and how easy/hard it is to get transport?! Cheers :) ...

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Flights to and from Phonsavan

Posted by Intrepid82 on 23/4/2009 at 10:24

Does anyone know which airline I would need to contact for flights to/from Phonsavan ? Ideally I'd like to fly there from Pakse...... I've looked on the Lao Airlines website and there is no mention of Phonsavan on their domestic flights page. ...

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Plain Of Jars

Posted by Glhaskell on 5/4/2009 at 05:46

How far is the plain of Jars from Vientiane. Suggestions on getting there? ...

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Viewed 5,630 times, with 10 replies. Last reply by Rufus on 23/4/2009 at 17:21

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