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Si Phan Don or Phom Phem?

Posted by Tuli on 26/5/2008 at 01:35

Hi there, we are travelling to Laos and Cambodia mid july to mid august, and we are not sure whether to go from Vientiane to si phan don and going from there to siem reap or going down direct from vientiane by plane to phom phem and then to siem reap. I know this type of questions are hard to answer, but as we don't have much time, what should I skip? si phan don or phom phem..? Thanks! ...

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From Vientiane to Bangkok by train

Posted by the_tundraman on 21/3/2008 at 14:24

Hello, Has anyone gone from Vientiane to Bangkok by train? Am looking for some useful info about how to travel from Vientiane to Bangkok by train. Would be great if i could find out what type of trains (1 day, 2 days?), how often they run (twice a day? once a day?) and how much it might cost (for different classes, if any). Most important, how many days in advance would you need to book tickets? I'd be most grateful if you have any reliable agents who do the booking for you and give you a ...

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Entering Laos from Thailand (Overland)

Posted by dharmakaya on 25/5/2008 at 18:23

Since I will have only about 10 days in the region(Laos&Cambo) I would need to fly a leg or 2 I reckon.. Id like to keep it to the bear minimum though. Need advise on best and fastest overland travel : From Phuket I thought Id stop in ChangMai for 2 days while heading upto Laos. Iv found that there is a train from Surat Thani which goes upto Chang Mai if I hop of to switch trains along the way (bypass Bangkok). Laos itinerary looks to be : Luang Prabhang **** Vang Viang ** Vientian ...

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Viewed 4,175 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by dharmakaya on 30/5/2008 at 10:53

ATM's dispense what currency, $ or kip?

Posted by jourdin on 29/5/2008 at 14:59

I have seen conflicting stories about what ATM's dispense, kip and/or US dollars. What's the true story? Do some machines dispense two different currencies? How does one know what currency a machine dispenses? ...

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Bus times Huay Xia to Luang Namtha?

Posted by emmarose on 26/5/2008 at 16:36

I am travelling from Chiang Mai to Luang Namtha and would like to do it in one day. Has anyone else done this? When do the buses leave from Huay Xia for Luang Namtha? Thank you ...

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Viewed 5,889 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by wanderingcat on 28/5/2008 at 09:11

visa advance in kip? or dollars?

Posted by emielvl on 26/5/2008 at 18:31

In lp of laos (2007) it is noted that credit card advances or in lao kip only. Is this true or is it also possible to get an advance in dolars or baht? Thanks, Emiel ...

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Viewed 2,012 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by katieq2 on 28/5/2008 at 02:23

14 days - Laos and Siem Reap

Posted by thegrailer on 5/5/2008 at 11:16

First off, I’d am thrilled to find such a great site. We are planning to Visit Siem Reap and as much of Laos as possible in 14 days on the ground. Preferably we would spend a month but I only wish for that much time off. I’ve researched and reviewed books, blogs and this site but think we still need some outside advice. Here’s our plan for the 2nd half of July: Arrive BKK from JFK and fly on to Vientiane the same night. Spend ~2 days in VTE. Fly from VTE to Luang Prabang and spend ...

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Viewed 3,607 times, with 13 replies. Last reply by thegrailer on 24/5/2008 at 22:14

flights to and from Phonsavan

Posted by deb on 23/5/2008 at 22:04

Cant seem to find flights from Luang Prabang to Phonsavan or Phonsavan to Vientiane Saw on a website for $35/$44 but there is no info on what airline or where to book ...

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Viewed 2,595 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by deb on 24/5/2008 at 10:33

Paradise Resort Ko Phi Phi

Posted by deb on 23/5/2008 at 21:15

Has anyone stayed here recently? Any comments would be appreciated ...

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Viewed 2,666 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by deb on 23/5/2008 at 21:51

Huay Xai Border to Boat Question

Posted by TheBarang on 9/5/2008 at 22:49

So the Julie Guesthouse in Chiang Mai does a package where they take you to Chiang Khong (bordertown) to spend the night. In the morning, you cross into Laos for the slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang. If the border opens at 8:00 am (is that right?), what time does the boat leave? Is there enough time to cross over, do all the paperwork, etc? I don't want to miss the boat! ...

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Which trek in Luang Nam Tha?

Posted by erinzita on 3/4/2008 at 14:08

Hi, Can anyone recommend a particular trek near Luang Nam Tha? We are thinking of 2 or 3 days but are flexible. It would be great to hear your expereiences. Thanks. ...

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Viewed 7,413 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by the_tundraman on 19/5/2008 at 19:33

Accomodation at Baan Donchai

Posted by thegingerbird on 18/5/2008 at 16:57

I am probably going to be hitting the gibbon experience from Luang Namtha, staying the night before the experience at Baan Donchai. Has anyone else done this or got any recommendations of where to stay in Baan Donchai and costs? cheers TGB ...

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Lao Airlines?

Posted by michmich11 on 6/5/2008 at 08:42

Safe? Reliable? I've heard mixed things. Thanks! ...

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Viewed 2,574 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by bailin on 18/5/2008 at 16:15

Vietnam to Laos

Posted by Gerry on 15/5/2008 at 05:37

Is there an easy overland route between Saigon and Laos? Alternatively, how are the flights? Thanks ...

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travel adapters

Posted by barrylad66 on 11/5/2008 at 22:14

hi i know this has been asked before,but i cant locate it.. what sort of adapters best for general travel to se asia.and where could i possibly purchase one? many thanks for any replys ...

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Viewed 2,214 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 12/5/2008 at 06:19

Kwang Si Falls & Tad Sae Waterfall in June

Posted by andrea73 on 9/5/2008 at 02:13

Hi there - I'm travelling to Luang Prabang in early June, and would like to check out the waterfalls. I'm wondering, however, if there will be enough rainfall/water by that time to make the trip worthwhile. Thanks for any thoughts! ...

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Viewed 2,957 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 9/5/2008 at 10:16

north or south which is best ?

Posted by mudgeerambler on 6/5/2008 at 16:27

Given a limited amount of time (app 2 weeks) which is best for flash/backpackers interested in local culture and food ? I dont travel in a hurry. Have the philosophy of seeing something properly rather than briefly ? Thinking of going in November , any comments here ? ...

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Viewed 4,680 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by mudgeerambler on 9/5/2008 at 08:16

Bangkok to Luang Prabang/Vientiane

Posted by mattza on 29/4/2008 at 02:15

Hi there, We are travelling to Laos for a week in July. Yes I know a week is too short but thats what we have. We wanted to fly directly from Bangkok to Luang Prabang and thus minimise disruptances and valuable time travelling on the ground. The problem is - flights are ridiculously expensive. Looking at minimum $250 per person for the 1 way flight. I looked at potentially flying from Bangkok into Vientiane and then getting a boat (is this a good option?) from Vientiane to Luang Prab ...

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Viewed 23,049 times, with 16 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 7/5/2008 at 19:05

Sapa-Tay Trang-Udomxai- Luang Namtha

Posted by thegingerbird on 30/4/2008 at 21:08

hi everyone Just wondering how long it takes and what forms of transport to use to go Sapa - Tay Trang - Udomxai - Luang Namtha. Thanks for all your help, its greatly appreciated TGB ...

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Viewed 4,694 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by somsai on 6/5/2008 at 04:51

wet season/any idea's?

Posted by barrylad66 on 5/5/2008 at 18:39

hi folks will be arriving in bkk early august and seeing it is the rainy season was wondering where i should set out to first. i am planning to visit all the neighbouring countrys loas vietnam,cambodia and malaysia...i have roughly 9 months to cover my travel's,so i'm open to any suggestions. many thanks ...

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