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How long should I give msyelf to travel and see from ChiangMai to Vientiane?

Posted by convery on 10/3/2008 at 01:28

I am planning a trip of the area with very little time on my hands. Just wondering how possible it was to get from ChiangMai, Thailand to Vientiane, Laos in about 5or6 days? Day 1- Depart Chiang Mai for Chiang Khong, and then to Huay Xai, Laos Day 2 - Depart on boat to Pakbeng Day 3 - Depart on boat to Luang Prabang Day 4 - Luang Prabang Day 5 - Depart on a bus to Vientiane (via Vang Vieng) Is this itenerary possible? My main questions are: 1) Can I get from Chiang Mai to Huay Xai ...

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Vientiane to Siem Reap

Posted by swerve on 13/3/2008 at 22:21

Hi, I am looking for any advice for travelling between Vientiane and Siem Reap. Is it a good idea to take a couple days to do this while stoping at certain towns in north-eastern thailand? Is it better to just get to Siem Reap as quick as possible? Which is better, train or bus?. Any advice helps. Thanks ...

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Kuala lumpur to Vientiane or Luang Prabang

Posted by earthian on 11/3/2008 at 03:52

I wonder if some one could suggest a solution to a problem caused by my travel buddy!* We land in KL and were going to skip straight to Vientiane via Air Asia and spend 2 or 3 weeks exploring. However it would appear Air Asia no longer have flights available on the Sunday we wanted to fly (Tuesday being the earliest they have availability). Does anyone know of anyone else who flies or suggest an alternative route into Laos. * the problem being she didn't want to fly via Bangkok! ...

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Pics of Laos

Posted by Harry05 on 2/2/2008 at 15:13

Hi guys, Just oploaded some pics of my 4 weeks travelling in Laos. If you wanna see them use the following link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wereldreiziger/sets/72157603698656347/show/ On the right hand sight with "options" (and save) you can also see the titles. Hope you like them. Harry. ...

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rental taxi service roundtrip laos

Posted by horseback on 9/10/2007 at 22:06

Does anybody have experience with rental of taxiservice with good english speaking driver for 2 weeks roundtrip in Laos in November/December?? Roundtrip will be: Udon Thani- Vientiane-Vang Vieng-Luang Prabang- Non Khiaw(boat) - Nam Neung - Phonsavan - Vientiane - Udon Thani. Will need car 8 days and spent other days otherwise. First inquiries look very expensive (USD 100/day). Can I use sedan car or do I need 4x4 for these roads?? If anybody could give me name of driver I would be delight ...

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high season

Posted by barrylad66 on 10/3/2008 at 00:43

what is classed 'high season in laos?. ...

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guesthouse guides

Posted by barrylad66 on 9/3/2008 at 18:14

i know this is a boring question,but am planning a 12 month trip to se asia in the near future.can anyone suggest a good guide to guesthouses.i know its on this site somewhere,i just cant find it...doh ...

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Thana Boun Guesthouse Luang Prabang

Posted by kuetsem on 7/3/2008 at 11:49

After 2 bad nights at Salakphet guesthouse we moved to the neighbour guesthouse THANA BOUN. What a difference!! For a few dollars more you get a lot more comfort. All 12 rooms are new, and very proper. The beds and furniture are good quality, and they got a friendly staff. They are now making a coffeeshop to provide for a breakfast. Enjoy your stay!! ...

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Salakphet Guesthouse Luang Prabang

Posted by kuetsem on 6/3/2008 at 16:50

If you're planning to stay in Luang Prabang I would'nt advise you to stay at Salakphet Guesthouse. We've spend there two nights, and the service was very bad!! Especially the laundryservice. All our white clothes turned blue after they washed them, and still they saying it wasn't their problem and that it was our own fault because we gave all clothes together. They didn't want to compensate in any way, we don't even get our laundrymoney back. The staff is not nice and helpfull at all, so NOT ...

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Laos and Thailand

Posted by stroked11 on 23/1/2008 at 05:47

Hi Myself and some friends are planning a 4 week holiday in July to visit Laos and Thailand. We arrive and depart from Bangkok and plan to spend 2 weeks in Laos and 2 weeks in Thailand. I understand that 2 weeks is probably not enough time to see most of Thailand and we therefore plan to focus on one area of the country, as we don't want to rush. I was just wondering if someone could help with a brief itinerary which they think would take in the best parts of Laos and a section of Thailand ...

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Laos police

Posted by charlotte88 on 24/2/2008 at 17:02

Hi, I've been looking on the internet for the number of the laos police, and my guide doesn't state it either. Does anyone know the phone number for the laos/ other important numbers, as I can't find any! Thanks Charlotte ...

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Vientiane to Danang o

Posted by nikiando on 23/2/2008 at 16:42

Hi, We are looking for the best way to get from Vientiane to Danang. Having trouble finding many options can anybody help Cheers Niki ...

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Saensuk Pasuam Waterfalls, Bolaven Plateau, Pakse

Posted by annalouisas on 19/2/2008 at 22:43

among the waterfalls to visit on the Bolaven Plateau there's also the Paxuam or Pasuam Waterfall, not so much visited by western tourits but definitely different from the others! we arrived around lunchtime. they have a small menu but the food is good and the setting is fabulous! we met the owners (Mr. Wimol Kijbamrung and his wife), from Thailand, who were more than eager to tell us their story: the project started in 1999, they have cleaned the area (with local labour) and used the driftwo ...

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Safety; kayaking from Vang Vieng to Vientiane

Posted by tiny2 on 18/2/2008 at 19:01

Hi, I'm in Vang Vieng and thinking about kayaking down to Vientiane instead of the bus trip. However, reading a few blog entries, etc, I'm wondering if I should be concerned? What should I be looking for? The water levels aren't high, it's dry season so I don't expect any major rafts, but I've never kayaked, and as anything is relative in this part of the globe, "experienced" guide doesn't necessarily mean what I think. Anyone have a recommendation on which company in town to use - or m ...

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restaurant in Champassack

Posted by annalouisas on 19/2/2008 at 01:02

"Champamay Restaurant", near the roundabout in Champassack. the menu is a bit frightening: soup and bailed dished, fired coyotes stuffed with pork/chicken...(get a good laugh before you order!), the food is excellent! we had a "big" dinner+beer for 80.000 kip (2pers). the place is not easily overlooked: a huge open building on the riverfront. the service is ok, you even get a mosquito-coil under your table (a necessity!) ...

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Accommodation on Don Dhet

Posted by shelld on 16/2/2008 at 08:48

Looking at staying 2 nites on Don Dhet in March, 08. Would love some ideas on where to stay (sunset or sunrise side) & what to do etc. Dolphin spotting is a must. Cheers ...

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route and traveltimes, n.laos

Posted by fishtails04 on 8/2/2008 at 17:55

i am trying to plan my itinerary for n. laos and have to be more organised than usual to get to luang prabang by a given date to meet a friend. i would appreciate any help with the rough journey times for the following route: into muang khua from dien bien phu in vietnam, i should arrive aroundlunch time i think? up to phongsali via udomxai - iwould like to take a boat from muang khua up to phongsali, skipping udomxai, but am i right in thinking the river might be too low at this time o ...

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weather in the north

Posted by fishtails04 on 11/2/2008 at 17:52

apologies if this is a dim question but i don't have the relevant guidebooks to hand for info. currently in vietnam and it's bloody cold. heading north where it's even colder. then across the northwest and over the tay trang border to laos... what weather should i expect? i know things don't miraculously change when you cross a border, in terms of weather, and, having been taken aback by the temperatures here and those due in the northwest, i'm wondering what's in store? would help with my ...

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Phongsali - Luang Nam Tha

Posted by fishtails04 on 4/2/2008 at 18:17

Does anyone know anything about travelling from Phongsali to Lunag Nam Tha? will I need to go via Udomxai or is there an alternative? thanks fishtails ...

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Sapa to Luang Prabang

Posted by jackie66 on 5/2/2008 at 15:14

Hi, We are trekking in Sapa mid February and would then like to make our way overland into Laos via the Tay Trang border, which I hear is now open and you can obtain visas. We would then like to travel to Luang Prabang. I have heard that this is all very scenic and interesting,but rather difficult. Is this route feasable? How regular are the buses? What suggestions do you have from the Lao border to Luang Prabang, bus or boat? How long would all this take? Or would it be better just to get a ...

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