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Slow Boat scam

Posted by simonmobiledisco on 3/3/2009 at 10:25

Just arrived in Luang Prabeng and having a great time, a word of warning before leaving the first leg of the slwo boat run, our guide told loads of horror stories about the time it takes to get there. and saying pakbeng is rife with thieves and really expensive. Pakbeng was great and cheap, we got a nice double room for 100 baht, food was great and reasonable, free lao lao and good hosts. althought we did get hasled for weed and opium a lot. but nothing as bad as tuk tuk drivers. He also s ...

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Flying in to Vientiane and out again

Posted by ejwilson22 on 3/3/2009 at 05:16

I'm on a very short trip to Laos and am flying in to Vientiane with Air Asia from KL. Flight gets into Vientiane at 10.40 and then I want to catch the 11.50 plane straight to Luang Prabang. Really just wanted some thoughts on whether thats an easy transfer to make(immigration etc) or whether I should play safe and go for the 4ish plane? Quite tight flying back to Vientiane to get back to KL also. Are there many flight cancellations? ...

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Hotel with pool in Luang Prabang

Posted by juliehartley on 28/2/2009 at 06:59

Can anyone recommend a hotel with a pool in Luang Prabang? Also, this may be a silly question, but is it typical to swim in the Mekong River? ...

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Luang Nam Tha + moto

Posted by brucemoon on 23/2/2009 at 07:40

Hi Am interested to know if there is a moto hire outlet at Luang Nam Tha. Cheers ...

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Kayaking in southern Laos

Posted by somtam2000 on 19/2/2009 at 06:23

Here's a great video of a few kayakers getting out and about in Southern Laos. I'm trying to find out more details about where exactly they were kayaking, but the video is great! Better still, here it is embedded. Kayaking Laos 2008 from Kayak TV on Vimeo. ...

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Pakbeng to luang prabang , The slow boat:?

Posted by chicho83 on 9/2/2009 at 04:33

Just wondering for all those people who have done the slowboat, what time does it normally leave pakbeng and what time does it normally arrive in luang prabang. Just fine tuning my itineray thanks ...

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Luang Prabang to Thailand

Posted by viacc65 on 13/2/2009 at 03:56

I would like in the near future to travel from Luang Prabang to Nan via Hongsa (overnight) crossing the border Muang Ngoen. Someone perhaps in the last days did this itinerary and could I have please some suggestions about this trip? Thanks in advance for the help! viacc65 ...

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Pak Beng Lodge

Posted by jBird on 16/2/2009 at 22:09

Does anyone have an email address for the PakBeng Lodge? Trying to book a room there in June. Thanks. ...

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Hotels in Luang Prabang and Motorbike Hire

Posted by ron67 on 30/12/2008 at 06:20

What is a good hotel in LP near the market, shops and restaurants up to $50 per night for April 2009? Is it possible to rent motorbikes in Luang Prabang? All answers most appreciated. ...

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Villa Laodeum in Luang Prabang

Posted by Archmichael on 17/2/2009 at 10:47

Hi: I've found a listing for the GH Villa Laodeum in LP but can't find anyone who's actually stayed there. Anybody out there with personal (recent) experience? Thanks! ...

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Lao Airlines - Cheaper to book in Laos?

Posted by jBird on 24/1/2009 at 03:32

Sorry if this has been posted before. I want to fly from Luang Prabang to Hanoi sometime in the first 2 weeks of June '09. The tickets on are $180 US. Is it cheaper to buy them when I'm in Laos? ...

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Bird Flu Outbreak in Khua District, Phongsaly Province

Posted by austral31 on 16/2/2009 at 11:00

A birdflu outbreak has been confirmed in Muang Khua. The current advice is to avoid chickens and to only eat them if they are fully cooked. There is meant to be no immediate risk to humans at this stage but could be a reason to reassess your need to travel to Khua Cheers!! ...

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Luang Prabang

Posted by basejump on 15/2/2009 at 13:24

hi we will be in LP for four nights/four full days in April during the new festivies. Can I have some suggested itineraries for the best use of our time please. ...

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Vang Vieng - 6 Nations Rugby?

Posted by Travel2008 on 13/2/2009 at 11:52

Hello, I will be arriving in Vang Vieng on Saturday and am pretty desperate to watch the Wales-England rugby game!! I appreciate that it is going to be on at about 2am and wondered if the same 'back in your house by 12' laws apply there as in Luang Prabang? If by some miracle this the case, does anyone know which bar would be the best bet to have it on? Yours in desperation :) ...

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Stuck In Luang Prabang

Posted by jharrie on 11/2/2009 at 16:39

To all those who have traveled through Luang Prabang I need some advice. We're stuck here until the 18th of February because of a whole slough of unfortunate events and we have no idea what to do with our time. Like almost every other person we are waterfalled out and wats are starting to get boring. Bars also hold no interest. So if anyone has any suggestions feel free to let us know. Thanks in advance. ...

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Tatsaphone Guesthouse in Luang Prabang

Posted by bertvb on 11/2/2009 at 22:10

Hey, I was wondering if anyone currently in Luang Prabang could get me a telephone number of the Tatsaphone guesthouse in Ban Hoxieng (the little alley behind the post office). I left something valuable there, but I can't find a number to reach them anywhere... Thanks, Bert ...

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Malaria/Dengue Fever?

Posted by ChrisM48 on 11/1/2009 at 10:45

Travelling through Laos in July this year over 2 weeks. Vientiane, to Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang up Mekong to Huay Xai and then into Thailand. Is there a threat of malaria/dengue fever at this time of year? Will be taking DEET based repellant. Is there a need for malaria tablets? ...

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inexperienced backpacker: is my trip workable?

Posted by christay2009 on 9/2/2009 at 00:05

Hey! I only just joined this site after afew weeks of lurking! really impressed, especially with the forum! I'm not sure if im posting in the right place as it involves more than just Laos! I've never really backpacked before but i'm hoping to later this year The plan i've managed to piece together is below: - work my way down the east coast of china in 25-30 days - Get my Vietnamese visa in Nanning then make my way into Vietnam to Hanoi - Work my way down Vietnam to Ho Chi Minh - C ...

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Vang Vieng vs Muang Ngoi

Posted by Romily on 20/10/2008 at 20:32

I have 11 days in Lao in December, flying into Luang Prabang. First I was planning to go down to Vientienne via Vang Vieng, and then continue on to Bangkok. But after having heard so much bad about Vang Vieng I was looking at others options, and am now considering a combination of Luang Prabang / Muang Ngoi, as it sounds so much nicer than Vang Vieng. What is your take on this? And is there anything else in the north that I could fit into my tight schedule that you consider to be worthwhile? ...

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suggestions for travel from Luang Namtha to Luang Prabang

Posted by paradise on 7/2/2009 at 07:55

Hi, We will be in Luang Namtha for a few days and then making our way at beginning of March to Luang Prabang and have about 8 days before we then fly to Hanoi. Would really like to get your suggestions on how to route this and how much time it will take. We would love to include Phongsali but think that might be too much for the time we have.We're also wondering about going via Muang Khua and Nong Khiaw and not sure if its possible to do a combo of some bus and some boat. We'll be doing t ...

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