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Final boarding call for North Laos

Posted by queanbeyan on 24/9/2008 at 16:16

Hi This is a repeat message from a few months ago - sorry to bore you to tears but I am hoping to get a travel buddy!! I am a 44 year old male from Canberra Australia and I will be travelling solo in North Laos from October 8 to November 4 2008. I speak Thai and Lao (not fluent but 20 years experience so quite reasonable). I have been to Laos a few times before and I know my way around but I would like to find some people to travel with (male/female any age is OK). I plan to fly from ...

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There is an ATM in Pakse!

Posted by bigfatcuban on 8/8/2008 at 10:37

Hi yes you can use your EFTPOS/CIRRUS card in the South. BUT beware, it is vary hard to sell your LAOS kip to buy back Thai Baht or dollars... it is not on the world currency exchange and no bank will accept it, also at the border the exchange places are often closed or do not want your kip. we still have about 1million kip in Sydney - anyone want to buy it off us? I'll give you a great rate! ...

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Wat Phou in a day from Pakse?

Posted by devonsongbird on 15/9/2008 at 02:59

A warning to other travellers: Our trusty Footprint guide told us it was possible to visit Wat Phou in a day trip from Pakse. We did manage it but getting back was tricky and I really do not advise it! We took the 9.00 a.m. songthaew from Pakse and a tuktuk from Champassak. No problem. However, re getting back we were told in Champassak that the thing to do was to get out to the village at Km 30 (the T junction) and there would be buses along the main road. There weren't. They only go through in ...

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Nam Ou -- what is most scenic part?

Posted by jourdin on 11/8/2008 at 00:43

I plan to fly in to Oudomxay in the middle of September and then catch road transport to Nong Kiaow. Then I want to Travel by boat on the Nam Ou. What is the most scenic part: Muang Ngoi to Nong Kiaow? or Nong Kiaow to Luang Prabang or an intermediate point between Nong kiaow and Luang Prabang? Thanks for your help. ...

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Boat to Luang Prabang

Posted by odessafile on 10/9/2008 at 05:29

Is there a boat from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang? If yes, how long does it take and can I book it from US? Thank you for any advice. ...

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Tough Decision Laos or Cambodia

Posted by kwinzent on 30/7/2008 at 23:02

I am planning a trip in December to either Laos or Cambodia. We will be leaving from Beijing and need to end our trip in Saigon. We were hoping to do both but in the interest of time and money I think we're going to have to choose between either Laos or Cambodia. We will have abot 2-3 weeks for travel and are looking for cultural experience and adventure. Any suggestions would help as we are completely torn between the 2. ...

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Is Lao-Airlines safe?

Posted by alemauro on 8/9/2008 at 02:48

Hi there! I am getting quite concern about one advice read on the LonelyPlanet: "Safety records for Lao Airlines aren´t made public, and many international organizations and Western embassies advise staff not to use this airline" I have found that there is a flight from Luang Prabang to Hanoi by Lao-Airlines..... being a good choice for my trip. I don´t won´t to go vientiane to get to Hanoi.. and I am planning traveling from Hanoi back to Battambang visiting Vietnam and Cambodia. 01) ...

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Local markets / food in Luang Prabang?

Posted by travellingtwo on 3/9/2008 at 20:05

Hi all - Well, we've landed in LPB on our bicycles and after a week of hanging out in all the out of the way places, now we're wondering how to escape 'the bubble'. I know, I know.... shouldn't be here in the first place if it's not your thing but anyway. Must be a local market around here somewhere, where we can grab a simple bowl of rice soup and maybe an iced coffee in the morning? Can anyone give directions? I also see references to a morning food market (not sure if it's very touristy ...

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Itinerary suggestion for 2 weeks in North Laos

Posted by Mopop on 8/9/2008 at 14:43

Hi, I am going to Luang Prabang on 10th December, and back on 28th Dec. I would like to stay 5 days in LP to explore the town and the surronding areas. Where should I spend the other 13 days? I would like to see villages, and not rush around too much. I have excluded the usual LP - Vang Vieng - Vientiane route. I am considering instead some of these options; -> From Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw, from there to Sam Neua and then back through Phonsavan to Luang Prabang or -> From Luang Pra ...

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18 Day trip Laos/Cambodia/ Thailand short but all the time I have !!

Posted by bobjim on 10/9/2008 at 06:02

Hi All Need some help with my Scheduele.... - I arrive in Bangkok at - 19.30 GMt 26th September Friday. Looking for best way to get to Luang Prabang from Bangkok (Is it worth taking a train for the views? or just jump on a plane if there are any at this time?) - From Luang Prabang I would like to take a boat trip to Vientiane. (Has anybody got a good recomendation?) - From Vientiane I would like to get to Cambodia Siem Reap (laos Airlines web page wont do bookings at the moment ...

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Girly matters in SE Asia.

Posted by wendo on 6/9/2008 at 06:55

message for girls really - sorry boys. Tampons in Vang Vieng and 4000 islands - very hard to find, so best be prepared and have some with you. If you like to use self-tanning products to cheat a bit until you build up a real tan. Take these with you as you cannot buy them in Thailand, Cambodia or Laos, as fair skin is highly prized in these countries and there is no market for these products. There are plenty of places in most beach areas for waxing or threading. On Sihanoukville b ...

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More about ATM's in Laos

Posted by uffe on 11/8/2008 at 20:53

And there are 4 international ATM's in Luang Prabang (BCEL Bank), three in town and one at the airport. Also I was told there are international ATM's in Pakse. ...

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Travel to Laos from Nong Khai (Thai)

Posted by khema on 11/8/2008 at 00:25

Hi, Does anyone here know if I can travel to Laos / Vientiane from Nong Khai, Thailand? Thanks! ...

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Huai Xai to Muang Sing Via Luang Nam Tha

Posted by thainel on 17/8/2008 at 18:58

Just wondering what the road is like and how long it takes and whats on the way. Thanks ...

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Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Posted by NEILEIO on 29/8/2008 at 12:48

Hi All, Can you please advise how far LP is from VV? and best way to get there? Thanks ...

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luang prabang

Posted by NEILEIO on 28/8/2008 at 12:15

hi all, Could you please let me know if the flooding is bad in luang Prabang? and also is it possible to go tubing in LP? Only have 5 days, would appreciate an easy to follow but full itinery? and any accomadation you can recommend? Thanks for your help ...

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trekking between vieng thong and xam neua

Posted by wwaegemn on 14/5/2008 at 23:34

Hello, We are a group of 4 Belgians that are travelling to south east asia from July 15 to August 6 for three weeks. We are thinking of spending most of our time in Laos. Our itenerary in Laos looks as follows: 16 bangkok (arrival noon + night train to Vientiane) 17 Vientiane (arrival + visit city) 18 Vientiane (trekking) 19 Vientiane (trekking) 20 Vientiane (trekking) 21 Vientiane – Luang Prabang (10h bus) 22 Luang Prabang (visit city) 23 Luang Prabang – Nong Khiaw – Viang Kh ...

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beware of Aroon Residence Hotel in Vietiane if you are BLACK!!

Posted by blackskin on 18/8/2008 at 17:14

Hi everybody, I just came from a short trip in Vietiane, Laos and had a terrible experience with RACISM at the hotel I stayed. I stayed at the Aroon Residence Hotel, Ban Hatsady Nue, Chantabouly District. When I was checking out I asked the manager how much was the equivalent of the 39 US fee in Laos Kip. He became angry when I told him that the rate he quoted was more than the going rate. He told me to pay and get out with my BLACK SKIN. It was really violating. Be careful of that hotel if ...

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Sam Neua --> Hanoi

Posted by Geertk on 25/8/2008 at 01:21

Hoi beste mensen, Ik zou graag op zo kort mogelijke tijd reizen van Sam Neua (Laos) naar Hanoi (Vietnam). Ik heb al veel rondgezocht, maar niet echt iets nuttig gevonden. Is er iemand die dit al heeft gedaan en mij wat advies zou kunnen geven? Alvast bedankt voor de hulp! ...

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Vientiane flooding

Posted by Dongphuvieng on 15/8/2008 at 11:32

A quick note to report that Vientiane is suffering its worst flooding since 1923. That means the water has broken the banks of the Mekong and riverside areas are under some water. Places further east are affected more seriously than the riverfront area in the centre of town. So if you're in Vang VIeng or Luang Prabang and thinking of having an extra day before you come to Vte, it's not a bad idea. ...

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