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Laos - time left on passport

Posted by jack_sam on 1/12/2007 at 16:02

I just noticed that Laos requires that you have six months left on your passport. I will have only five and one half when I plan to enter. Does anyone know if they hold strictly to this requirement? ...

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Route 28

Posted by AirCommando on 20/11/2007 at 06:05

Headed east across Route 12 from Thakhet then south on Route 28 till it joins Route 9. Know Route 9 is a new paved road, but cannot locate any info on the status of Route 28. Van ok? Route 12 goes through the mountains across the Mekong from Nakhon Phanom. Being an old geezer I spent quite a few nights at Monty's Ice Cream Parlor on the Thai side watching the bomb drops across the river. Today I work to help the kids in the schools around Nakhon Phanom and in Laos and travel at my own ex ...

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Buying furniture in Vientiane

Posted by swag on 1/12/2007 at 09:38

Hi all, my wife and I will be in Vientiane mid march next year. Was wondering if anyone has had experience buying pieces of Laotian furniture there and having it shipped back to their own country.Obviously shipping and insurance is of concern. Does anyone know of any reputable traders there. Regards ...

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Getting to the North from Huay Xai

Posted by Mi on 26/11/2007 at 23:14

I like to spend most of my 4 weeks in Northern Laos.The trekking possibilities sound fantastic. Comming from Bangkok is our best bet to bus to Chiang Rai then bus to Chiong Khong? Any suggestions on things to avoid or especially recommend would be greatly appreciated.Transport is my biggest worry. Also WHAT IS THE BEST way to get from Huay Xai to Luang Nam Tha - Muang Sing - Muang Long- Pongsali. ...

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March Air Travel in Laos

Posted by ozscott on 2/11/2007 at 17:37

Hi TT'ers, I'll be in Laos next March for 2.5 weeks. I have been trying to organise an Laos Discovery Air Pass with much difficulty. All the flights I want to do are with Laos Airlines (Hanoi - Luang Prabang - Vientiane - Pakse - Siem Reap). Bangkok Airways and Siem Reap Airways don't want to know me! I have tried to contact Laos Airlines (both in Laos and regional offices) on numerous occassions by email with no response, and local travel agents (regional NSW) are clueless about terms, co ...

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Fly Laos Air Vientiane to Hanoi

Posted by zaphodes on 27/11/2007 at 06:24

I sent the message below to the advertised email address and received a bounce message because the mail box is full. I guess the spammers have mad the mail not worth checking :( Can anyone help with answers? ZB I want to fly Vientiane to Hanoi around 23 or 24 December 2007 I have seen your web page It says the fares " Effective from 31 Mar 2007 to 28 Oct 2007" It also says "1. All fare and condition are suject to change witho ...

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Transport rates: taxi, shared taxi and tuk-tuk?

Posted by Harry05 on 24/11/2007 at 23:35

Are there more or less typical rates for transport by taxi or shared taxi? Per kilometer of units of time? Is there something like a tuk-tuk in Laos? Thanx answering. Harry ...

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Travel North to South

Posted by ozscott on 19/11/2007 at 05:57

Hi TF'ers... Below is my itinerary for Laos next March (also doing Vietnam & Cambodia). I am flying Laos internally (Hanoi - Luang Prabang - Vientianne - Pakse - Siem Reap). I know I'm on the tourist trail - but whats the itinerary look like? Day 1 Fly Hanoi / Luang Prabang Day 2-6 Luang Prabang Day 7 Fly Luang Prabang / Vientane Day 8-10 Vientiane Day 11 Fly Vientiane / Pakse Day 12 Pakse Day 13 Pakse / Don Khong (bus ride) Day 14-16 Don Khong Day 17 Don Khong / Pakse ( ...

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Trekking Guide in Luang Prabang

Posted by squong on 17/11/2007 at 19:30

Anyone have suggestions for a good English speaking guide in Luang Prabang that could take us trekking and perhaps some homestays in the ethnic villages. I would prefer to hire a person rather than go through a company. (FYI, many people have recommended Green Discovery as a good company.) Thanks in advance. Spencer ...

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Visa on arrival

Posted by realalaskan on 17/11/2007 at 02:24

I have seen information online that says 30 day visa is now (as of October '07) available on arrival. Official websites still refer to 15 day visa on arrival. Can anyone provide me with first hand information? ...

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Trekking Location and Guide recommendation in Laos

Posted by squong on 15/10/2007 at 11:14

Hi, I'm looking at going trekking/homestay in Northern Laos and was wondering if anyone had recommendations for a good location off the beaten path, and a good guide (person rather than a travel company) to take us there. I think Travelfish mentioned, Phongsali and Luang Nam Tha. I'm the type of traveler with the philosophy of the farther away from the tourist crowds, the better. Thanks in advance. Spencer ~Q ...

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12 days in Laos

Posted by Aishas on 12/11/2007 at 17:50

Hi every body! I'm new here around and I had a look to some posts on travelling through Laos, since I'm planning my journey there. It would be in Feb 2008, more or less 12 days. So, there are so many things I'd like to be given advice on. 1) Is february a festival time, apart from the chinese New Year? are accomodations fully booked that time? 2) Any suggestion about Champasak? is it worthy? my idea should be to fly in to Pakse (lonely planet says it's an international airport, but I ha ...

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Tiger Lilly Resort - Phou Khao Khouay National Park

Posted by carenw on 8/10/2007 at 08:54

Hi there - has anyone stayed in this lodge or heard anything about it? ...

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Posted by befree on 3/10/2007 at 16:05

Just thinking of booking a tour through tigertrails. They are requesting prepayment into a bank account. Not sure if this is safe. I am wondering if anyone else has done this? thanks ...

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Asking for passport details before travel for tourist police??

Posted by chinhead on 1/11/2007 at 18:43

Hi I have booked a 3 day stay at the Elephant lodge in Luang Prabang, they have emailed us asking for our passport details for the tourist police?? Is this the norm, sorry to ask but I have no idea if i should give it or not!? Hope you can help Thanks in advance Neill ...

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Getting to Huay Xai

Posted by shrutisumaria on 30/10/2007 at 23:46

Does anyone know how to get here from Luang Prabang? is there a flight? ...

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Laos Airlines Air Pass - Still Wondering?

Posted by ozscott on 1/11/2007 at 13:54

Hi again TF'ers... Sorry to ask again, but who has used the Laos Airlines AirPass, and how did you book it? I'm travelling SE Asia next Mar/Apr and want to use Laos Airlines Air Pass for: Hanoi to Lubang Prabang Lubang Prabang to Vientiane Vientiane to Paske Paske to Siem Reap Help me please with your experiences if you have used this service previously... I don't want to travel by road (not enough time) and this air pass seems the way to go - please respond. Greatly appreciate ...

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Getting from Luang Prabang/Vientiane to Siem Reap/Phnom Penh

Posted by byrie on 28/10/2007 at 10:07

Hellooo Just trying to suss out the best (and cheapest) way to get from either Luang Prabang or Vientiane to Cambodia. If i'm wanting to fly, it looks like the options (Lao Airlines, Bangkok Air) are not overly cheap - the cheapest flight i've seen is about US$150....does this sound about right? Can anyone recommend a cheaper flight, or method of transport? Thanks! ...

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flying from hanoi to Luang Prabang

Posted by crooper on 27/10/2007 at 15:07

Hi, i was just wondering of the ease of booking a flight in Hanoi to Luang Prabang during peak season. Il be in Hanoi from the 30nov to 4dec, and hoping to fly to Luang Prabang on the 5th december. Will i be able to just go to a travel agent in Hanoi and book my flight easily, or is there a good chance of the flights being booked out Any reputable travel agents ud recommend? cheers ...

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boat from Luang Prabang to Thai border

Posted by stevebeag on 20/10/2007 at 22:48

Hi I'm trying to find information about the boat trip from LP to the border. I am interested in obtaining info for either a 1 or 2 day trip. What days of the week do they leave and any idea of costs etc Regards ...

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