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Tet in Laos

Posted by Giovanna on 7/12/2008 at 17:25

hello i'm an italian girl and this is my first post here. I will be in Louangphrabang (probably) the 22 of january coming from Hanoi. Haven't book that flight yet. Do you think that tet will be a problem for travellers in Laos like it is in Vietnam? Thank you very much giovanna ...

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Boat from Vietnam to Laos

Posted by Flymarbles on 3/12/2008 at 01:27

Hello There. Does anyone know if you can take a boat from Hanoi, Vietnam to Luang Prabang, Laos. Or is it better to fly? Thank you kindly ...

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Pimai Lao 2009 & Travel

Posted by daflj on 12/11/2008 at 15:46

Hi I have a question that hopefully someone can give me guidance on. I'm expecting to be in Vientane from the 11th or 12th of April 2009, and was planning on staying until about the 14th or 15th, before catching an overnight bus to Hue. I know that I'll have to book my accommodation in Vientiane well in advance, but I was also wondering about travelling onwards. Pimai Lao is (I believe) 13-15th April 2009. During this time will I be able to get a visa in Vientiane to move on to Vietnam, or ...

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New year ( Pii mai ) Dates - 2009

Posted by basejump on 6/12/2008 at 06:26

Pii Mai is apparently a great time to be in LP if you dont mind getting wet abd the crowds - however, it is proving very hard to confirm the dates of this festival in 2009 - the Loa Embassy here in Australia advised 13-15 April, one hotel in LP said 14-16 April and another 13-16 April - apparently it is a 3 day festival that varies by a day or two each year. Can someone please advise that the dates are for 2009? Thanks in anticipation. ...

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Itinerary advice please.

Posted by Aran on 4/12/2008 at 23:34

Hi Folks, This my first post on this great website. I have been reading a lot of posts and enjoyed them thoroughly as there is a lovely informed atmosphere in this forum. I was hoping somebody might be able to offer some itinerary advice. I will be traveling with my 14 year old daughter for a month. My vague plan is to introduce my daughter to some culture and scenery with maybe a bit of rafting, jungle and temples. Then after a couple of weeks of that bring her to the Islands for a cou ...

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Laos Itinerery

Posted by crisaniaf on 5/12/2008 at 11:28

Does anybody have any thoughts or suggestions on our Laos itinerery, we have around 3 weeks to do the northern part of the country, So far we have planned to do the following: We will cross the border with Vietnam through Tay Trang and on via bus to Muang Khua. Then on to Luang Nam Tha via Udomaxi. Next stop is Huay Xai but not sure if there are busses from Luang Nam Tha. We will then take a boat down the Mekong to Luang Prabang and hope to see Hongsa and Pak Ou on the way. From Luang Prabang ...

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How far is the Thai Embassy from VIentiane City Center?

Posted by rayvaz on 4/12/2008 at 00:30

I am going to be staying in Vientiane (City Center) and was wondering where the Thai Embassy is located because I need to apply for a non-immigrant Thai visa. I saw the map of Vientiane and it says the Thai Visa office is 4kms away (lower right hand corner)? Has anyone done this before? If so, what's the best way to get there? Thanks! ...

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Teaching in Laos/"Work" Visa

Posted by michael77 on 2/12/2008 at 03:29

Hello Everyone, I am hoping someone out there in the ether can provide me with some information. My partner and I are currently contemplating a long-term move to Vientiane. An Aussie citizen, she was recently proffered a two-year position and I am currently scouring the Internet for jobs so that I may join her. As some of you may have already gathered, my search has not been especially promising. I have a B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in history, both from Temple University in Philadelphia. ...

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Posted by zajets on 22/11/2008 at 07:16

I am trying to decide to take malarials or not for our 4week trip to Laos. Docter in Holland says: yes Malarone all the way (and 1 month beyond). I keep hearing that in Germany docter says no; bring a small dose and take it if you get ill (and go to hospital quickly). Any Germans here who can confirm this and link to incredibly reliable (German) websites with this info? Because if the Germans think it is not neccesary to swallow the stuff, then we'll have no more discussion! ...

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discovery airpass?

Posted by JJcookie on 3/10/2008 at 12:29

Anyone know where in Vientiene I can buy a discovery airpass?? ...

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Posted by kahrani on 20/11/2008 at 17:52

I'm going to Laos for about a month from mid-Feb to mid March and was thinking about going to Phongsali to do some trekking. Two questions really: 1) I'm a solo female traveller, will Phongsali be okay to go to on my own? 2) I'd really like to travel down the Nam Ou from Phongsali (well, Hat Sa)to Muang Ngoi and then down to Luang Prabang - but will this be possible at the end of Feb/start of March? I read that the river level could get quite low. Or should I skip Phongsali and just do ...

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Viewed 3,002 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by paz_raveh on 25/11/2008 at 15:43

Naga of Mekong boat trip - Huay Xai to LP

Posted by lauraandmark on 25/9/2008 at 15:41

Hi, not sure if this should be in the slow boat thread..apologies if so. Has anyone booked or done this trip? Thanks Mark ...

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Bus routes: Vientiane-Phonosvan-Luang Prabang

Posted by Ramblergirl on 21/11/2008 at 08:41

Hi, I am a bit confused about the above bus routes. I have read some posts (from all Forums) that there are busses between the towns, but when looking at the Phonosavan Travel - pages here, I cannot find any info for Phonosavan - Luang Prabang busses. Are there or are there not busses running between these towns? Is the Vientiane - Phososavan bus a direct bus, or do we need to go via Vang Vieng and change or stop there? Also I would like to know a time table for these routes if poss ...

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buy a bicycle in Vientiane

Posted by cellojoern on 18/11/2008 at 00:11

Hy, we wonder, if there is a possibility to buy a bicycle in Vientiane. We plan a 6-week tour to Laos and Cambodia and want to start from Vientiane to Luang Prabang by bicycle. What about costs and quality of the bikes? Thanks for answers, Jörn ...

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Boat from Huay Xi to Luang Nam Tha

Posted by martha2727 on 15/11/2008 at 03:19

Has anyone caught a boat north from Huay Xi to Luang Nam Tha? From my reading it seems there is no regular service and we will need to hire a boat. Any idea of cost and who we should contact. We will be going in early December so if anyone else is interested, let me know. It is supposed to be one of the most beautiful river journeys in Laos. ...

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Posted by TheSnowQueen on 20/11/2008 at 21:38

Has anyone got any accommodation recommendations in Kasi, north of Vang Vieng? We're travelling by bike so it doesn't have to be 'mainstream' access. Also, not much listed in guidebooks for Phonsavan or Phou Khoun (along the road to Sam Neua. Any recommendations gratefully received! ...

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visa and money

Posted by arieltarr on 23/10/2008 at 00:24

Hello, I was wondering what's the advantage of getting a Visa before arriving in Laos. I'm arriving on Dec. 27th at Luang Prabang airport. Does anyone know how long the wait to get a visa is at the airport? As well, how easy is it to find an ATM in Luang Prabang? What is the best way of getting money there? Thanks! ...

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Song Kran Festival - Accomodation in Luang Prabang

Posted by basejump on 19/11/2008 at 15:20

we will be traveling in Laos in Thailand and Cambodia will be Thai/Lao New Year season (10-18 April) - will this make traveling/sightseeing difficult? How busy does it get? Does transport etc stop? Will we need to book guesthouse in advance? what was it like last year? ...

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Laos in 1 week

Posted by Lyoungie on 13/11/2008 at 16:26

Hi, I am interested in going to Laos for one week. I was thinking of editing the 2 week agenda to fit my schedule. The suggestions were: 1) Vientiane -> Vang Vieng (stunning scenery, backpacker scene) 2) Vang Vieng -> Phonsavan (Plain of Jars) 3) Phonsavan -> Luang Prabang (stunning scenery, temples, riverside town) 4)Luang Prabang -> Muang Ngoi (small town, riverside setting, backpacker scene) 5) Muang Ngoi -> Udomxai (temple, waterfalls) 6) Udomxai -> Luang Nam Tha (trekking, eco-to ...

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Laos to cambodia through four thousand islands

Posted by josh4321 on 15/11/2008 at 19:44

How and what is the best route to take from vang vieng to cambodia through the four thousand islands?? Thanks ...

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