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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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Nearest good beach to Vientiane?

Posted by wessatong on 27/1/2009 at 18:01

Hi, I'll be backpacking thru Laos and ending up in Vientiane sometime in late April. I want to end off my trip at a nice beach before I head back to Singapore. Anyone has any suggestions? So far my plan is to get from Vientiane to Udon Thani, get a cheapie flight to Bangkok, get on a bus for 5 hours and then a boat for 2 hours to Ko Chang. But if anyone has any ideas of a nearer place, or someplace easier to get to, lemme know! ...

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Book exchange in Luang Prabang

Posted by amazon_blonde on 4/2/2009 at 13:24

If you're looking to exchange your book(s) while in Luang Prabang, check out the exchange operated by Tamnak Lao (The Three Elephants Cafe) in the alley by their restaurant. The exchange is one-for-one, plus a 20,000 kip ($2) donation to an orphanage. Taking them at their word, this seems like (a) a good deal, and (b) a good cause. The selection is fairly limited, but worth checking out before trying other (more expensive) book exchanges/shops. ...

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Buying a bicycle in Pakse

Posted by fxhnd on 31/1/2009 at 14:29

Greetings everyone, and thank you for viewing my post. I will be going to Pakse from Cambodia in a couple of weeks' time, and was wondering how difficult it would be to buy an average quality mountain bike (pardon me because I don't know a lot about bicycles) in the town of Pakse. Some of the things I would like to know are, what would the cost be in USD and where can I look for the bicycles in Pakse? Thank you very much and I hope to hear from some of you soon! ...

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Posted by lcreller on 6/1/2009 at 21:38

Hi, Im entering Laos at Vientiane and then wish to visit Luang Prabang before heading into Vietnam for Sapa, Hanoi and down to Hue and Hoi An - could as many people as possible please vote for which is best journey into Vietnam? 1) LP to Sapa through DBP border crossing 2) LP to Hanoi through Sam Neua border crossing 3) Vientiane to Vinh through Cau Treo border crossing (although this would cause lots of going back on myself) Any issues with any of these journies, please let me know!! Sp ...

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Tham Kong Lo

Posted by aleaster on 20/1/2009 at 18:16

Hi I am finally trying to lock down an itinerary for Laos and can't seem to find any information here on Tham Kong Lo. Am I searching for the wrong thing? I am looking for more information on the cave-tunnel that runs through a mountain. Can anyone help or give me the link that I can't find myself? Many thanks. ...

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Obtaining a Visa: Hanoi to Loas to Thailand by Land

Posted by curiouscarol on 17/1/2009 at 18:26

Hi, Just wondering if I can obtain a visa if I arrive in Loas by land from Hanoi? I have read somewhere that the Loas visa can only be obtained from the Vientiane Airport and the Friendship Bridge but I'm not sure if that is true. Also does anyone know how long and how much the bus or rail ride is from Hanoi to Luang Prabang? Was also wondering if i can obtain a 30day thai tourist visa at the friendship bridge when I cross into Thailand and what the cost is? Your help is much apprecia ...

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