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Luang Prabang on a weekend

Posted by dseckel on 13/8/2008 at 07:17

Any difference on the liveliness / sleepiness of Luang Prabang on Sunday compared to Saturday, in terms of places to visit, restaurants / cafes / bars open? ...

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Transport Luang Prabang to Luang Nam Tha (Namtha) - Bus VIP Minivan

Posted by travelmike on 16/7/2008 at 11:53

Anyone have some extra info re: Tourist Transport Luang Prabang to Luang NamTha? Current options -Green Discovery private minivan $170 Usd for two people -Fly LP to Vientiane then Vientiane to NamTha -VIP Bus Vientiane to Kunming $57 Usd (stop at Boten then two hours local transport) -Local bus Local bus is cheap but over crowded with no air con (after 9 months traveling around Africa on local bus looking for other more comfortable options at reasonable cost if they are available) ...

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Plenty of International ATM's in Vientiane

Posted by uffe on 8/8/2008 at 14:38

Hi to you all, I am in Vientiane at the moment (8. August 2008) and find plenty of international ATM's here so it seems that there is no need to worry about not being able to cash ATM money for your travels..... Cheers to all ...

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Mahout course

Posted by dseckel on 24/7/2008 at 03:36

Is there much difference between the two operators for their two day mahout course: - Tiger Trail - All Lao Travel Service Difficult to ascertain the difference from their websites (except price). Anyone had experience with either? Also, soould i book in advance, or upon arrival? ...

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False Crime Rate in Luang Prabang

Posted by Pandaseatpeople on 5/8/2008 at 14:21

Despite official figures showing a tiny crime rate in Luang Prabang, i and others who have been here recently believe this is a false figure, mainly due to the tourist police refusing to accept reported crimes or sign any documents accepting that a crime occured. The couple me and my girlfriend are traveling with fell victim to a robbery on saturday night. Someone clearly entered their room through the door snatched a purse and a pair of shorts, then went around to the window and dumped thes ...

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Time it takes to travel from Vientiane to LP

Posted by farangfellow on 4/8/2008 at 22:58

I am looking at bus from Vientiane to LP. Prefer local not VIP, Does anybody know how long it takes by local from Vientiane to Vang Vieng and then Vang Vieng to LP. Also cost if you remember. Thanks much - farangfellow ...

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Unmissable sights in Laos

Posted by wanderingdreamer on 2/8/2008 at 17:58

Hi Travelfishies First of all - I love this site!!! Kudos to you Somtam! I have just booked a ticket to Phuket in December 08 and am planning on flying from there (after a few days on the beach)to Laos for 3 weeks before flying to Kuala Lumpur/Penang and then home. I have checked out the site and have some ideas but would like some input. My plan is vaguely: Stay in Luang Prabang for 4/5 days, travel along the Nam Ou River stopping at the major towns (including Muong Noi and Nong K ...

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Booking a flight from Vientiane to Hanoi

Posted by andrew951 on 31/7/2008 at 09:46

I will be flying from Vientiane to Hanoi on around the 23 Jan 09 next year. Being peak season, how far in advance would i need to book the flight for me and two friends? Is it reccommended to book it in my home country (NZ), or book it in Laos? I imagine booking it in Loas would be cheaper! Looking forward to any replys!! Thanks ...

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Vote for the Ecotourism Laos website

Posted by Dongphuvieng on 1/8/2008 at 13:51

If any of you have used the website, you'll know it provides loads of great info. It has recently been nominated for the 2008 Planeta Ecotourism Spotlight Award, which recognises government sponsored websites that support ecotourism and responsible travel. If you'd like to support it, just go to to to cast your vote - the other sites aren't bad, either. Cheers, DPV (I have no affilitation with the website) ...

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vientiane to LP- By motorbike, bus, plane?

Posted by maliamaui on 1/8/2008 at 13:01

We would like to travel from vientiane to LP and stop in Vang Vieng for a couple of nights. We thought of renting a motorbike that GreenDiscovery will supposedly pickup for $40 or so. Has anyone done that road by motorbike and know how long it takes? My husband is from Buenos Aires and is experienced on a motorbike but is the road very dangerous? Once we arrive in LP is it true that tourists are banned from using motorbikes? Would a motorbike be useful for trips around LP? How are the bus ...

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6 days in Laos

Posted by dseckel on 29/7/2008 at 11:24

I've allocated 6 days for Laos. 4 definitely in Luang Prabang (including 2-day mahout experience) Is it better to: 1 day Vientiane, 1 day Vang Vieng, 4 days LP (Is it too much to bus into VV in the morning, gab a tube down the river, and bus out again the next morning?) -or- Just do 5-6 days in LP, with activities out of there? (Perhaps even a night at Nog kiaow?) ...

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Near the city centre - Laos & Cambodia?

Posted by em_bug on 29/7/2008 at 07:44

I am planning a trip to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia and was checking out the accommodation listed on the site. I was looking at the following places: Borann, Siem Reap; Lao Wooden House, Luang Prabang; Villa Saykham, Luang Prabang. They all say their address but to me who has never been there before it means very little! I was wondering if anyone knows their proximity to the city centers? ...

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Slow Boat-how to get the comfy seats??!

Posted by archerkath on 20/7/2008 at 15:24

Hi There, I've been googling this topic for days! Here's what I've found: On searching through hundreds of travel blogs about this trip, I noticed in people's pictures that some were on super crowded boats with wooden bench seats. Others were on super crowded boats with some comfy gray bucket seats and some white plastic chairs in the back. I don't think this was the expensive slow boat though. For anyone who has done this trip recently, what is the strategy to get on a boat with co ...

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camera for rent in Luang Prabang?

Posted by metropical on 28/7/2008 at 19:45

anyone in LP have a still cam I could borrow or rent a few days while I'm here? Mine got wet and is very intermittent thus far. My cell 856 20 644 8406 ...

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Hiking Boots for Sale in Luang Prabang or surrounds

Posted by pops786 on 26/7/2008 at 09:35

Hello all, I have brand new hiking boots (maybe 3 years old, worn maybe 5 times and not for hiking) which I am trying to sell. The boots are Hi-Tek (uni-sex I believe) size; Uk-9 1/2 US-10 1/2 Eur-43 1/2. They are waterproof. Was thinking maybe around $USD40 but price negotiable. I have come to the end of my journey and on my last dollars so unable to hike. If anyone is interested I will be at Paphai Guesthouse opposite Wat Paphai... @ 7pm 26/07 or 9am 27/07. Otherwise if anyone could give me a ...

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Luang prabang accomadation

Posted by andyf on 22/7/2008 at 19:01

I have booked a trip to the uk from Australia and fly via Bangkok on the way back to Australia. I have been looking at a sidetrip away from Bangkok due to the fact I have 12 nights to spare. I am looking at staying in Luang prabang for about 6 nights. My questions are is that too long, long enough and has anyone recomendations on where to stay please. I have heard good things about it and just want somewhere to chill after a hectic UK trip to see family. Andy ...

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Vang Vieng to Chaing Mai

Posted by mille716 on 23/7/2008 at 11:02

I know I'm doing this backwards but I'm in Luang Prabang right now and heading out to Vang Vieng tomorrow (decided I couldn't resist the tubing). My next stop is Chaing Mai, Thailand and am wondering if I can get there in a more direct route than retracing my steps back up to LP as time is an issue. Thanks for the response. ...

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safety/travel advice

Posted by azgrl on 29/5/2008 at 07:11

Can anyone offer some safety/travel advice for first time travelers to Laos and Cambodia? We expect to keep passports, money, and cameras with us and not leave things unattended. But if we want to go swimming what do we do with the gear? Should we carry our passports and money around our neck in safety pouch or is there a better method? Is there any “should of, would of, could of” advice a seasoned traveler could pass on to us? We have strong common sense and are tapped into the travel ...

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Visa for China from Laos - Luang Prabang or Vietnam - Hanoi

Posted by travelmike on 16/7/2008 at 11:37

Finally managed to get visa for China. Travel agents in Hanoi - Vietnam were not able to help and we nearly gave up on the whole idea. The China embassy in Hanoi was not overly helpful either. In Laos the process is much easier. After hunting around in Luang Prabang we were recommended they were great able to organize everything for us at a modest price, would highly recommend them. Ps. I also have been told the China visa is easy to get in Thailand. Hope th ...

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From Luang Namtha to Phogsali

Posted by laosina on 19/7/2008 at 18:29

Hello, I would like to know which is the faster way to get Phongsali from Luang Namtha. I would like to avoid to pass by Oudom Xai: Luang Namtha --- Oudom Xai ( 4-5h Bus) Oudom Xai---- Phongsali ( 8-12h Bus) Thanks ! ...

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