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Distance/Time - Border to Chiang Mai

Posted by EmjayReet on 7/9/2007 at 09:57

Hi, Now I know this info is out there somewhere but I have spent ages trying to find it unsuccessfully.... Staying in Huay Xui overnight, wanting to go to Bangkok the next day.... Can someone tell me how long I can expect to take to get to Chiang Mai? Trying to book a flight from CM to BKK and need to have a rough estimate of how long it will take to get there? Best options? Pricing? Any other info would be great at the same time! Reet xx ...

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Advice Needed: Where's the best place(s) to visit in Laos?

Posted by mariamini on 18/8/2007 at 15:39

Hi, We're currently in Vietnam, looking to go into Laos very soon, for roughly a week. We've got some guide books and have read up on travelfish but was hoping perhaps people could help us on here. I'm looking for peoples recommendation of any particularly good spots we should definately go to? We've got 7-10 days to do it. Any help will be appreciated, Thanks, Maria ...

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Posted by scootypaul on 21/11/2006 at 21:49

Has anyone been up to the gibbon experience northern loas Houayxay if so what was it like and how easy is it to get to from Vientiane Cheers Scootypaul ...

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Vang Vieng to Vientiane airport

Posted by grazee on 19/8/2007 at 11:48

Greetings all, I need to get from Vang Vieng to Vientaine to catch a flight leaving at 1540. On paper it seems quite doable to leave VV on the morning of the flight. Is transport on that route reliable enough to get there on time, or should I play safe and travel to Vientiane the previous day. Thanking you in anticipation Enjoy your travels, Grazee ...

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Any festivals in August?

Posted by arundati on 26/7/2007 at 16:14

Hi guys. I'll arrive in Vien, VV and Luang in the next month. So, I'd like to ask for some information on traditional festivals/activities held in Aug. Would like to know the exact time and place. Thanks so much. ...

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Harry Potter Book in Laos?

Posted by notacrime on 24/7/2007 at 00:14

Anyone found the new Harry Potter book in English for sale anywhere in Laos? We're in Luang Prabang and will be in Vang Viang and Vientiane over the next week. Thanks! ...

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Western New Years in Laos

Posted by peachiest99 on 14/7/2007 at 16:43

I am planning to make the Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang trip, via the HuayXui border over the 31st of Dec (New Years Eve) and I am wondering if this will be a problem with the border or the organising of bus/boats. Has anyone had any experience with things being closed on New Years Eve or Day? ...

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rocket Festival

Posted by eidechse on 1/8/2007 at 20:44

Hi there, I heard about a rocket festival in the north of Laos (Muang Sing maybe) some time around November that should be really cracy, lots of monks involved and rockets, etc. Does anybody know the exact date, place and how to get there? Thanks a lot! ...

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about vietnam airlines and "indochina loop"

Posted by ketchoop on 31/7/2007 at 21:32

Hi. Searching by the net i found some advices in different agencies about something called "indochina loop" or "trans indochina". that's a kind of "pass" to connect Ha noi- vientiane- pnohm penh and ho chi minh city, with good prices ( but different in one or another agencie)...about 250US$. Do you know that?, and the important you know if we could change vientiane/luang prabang and phnom penh/Siem Reap in the "pass". thanks, and cheers from Spain ...

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Vietnam to Laos Lao Bao

Posted by traceyspacey on 17/7/2007 at 16:35

Has anyone done this recently? Were you issued a 30 day visa on arrival? ...

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pakse hotel - do not stay there

Posted by jheidenr on 13/6/2007 at 11:15

do not stay there! they double charged me and wont give me my money back. totally overpriced, they try to pressure you into tours in order to minimize their cost and accomodate other travelers. hot water didnt work consistently. ...

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define "modest swimwear"?

Posted by JlyGrnMigt on 15/7/2007 at 20:00

A few of the pages here mention that modest swimwear is required so as to not offend. Does that mean a one-piece is ok or should I plan to cover up even more? thanks ...

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Renewable energy electrifies Lao villages!

Posted by Laotraveller on 11/5/2007 at 11:06

On my trip through Lao a special opportunity to see the country from a different angle came my way. I was travelling in the Northeast of the country and heard about an inauguration of an new power grid in a little village called Nam Kha which was supposed to be very innovative. That made me curious. After a bit of researching on the web I found the company responsible for that, and asked them if I might attend the opening of the grid as well. I still had a few days in Laos and thought I might ...

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Visa: upon arrival or in advance?

Posted by rkmoilan on 24/6/2007 at 02:37

How long will it take to get a visa upon arrival in Luang Prabang? I'm trying to figure out if it's worth it to save some time and get the visa beforehand. ...

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Tiger Trails - Elephant Park Experience

Posted by ilovebdt on 24/6/2007 at 12:24

Hi Has anyone done the 2 day elephant park trip with Tiger Trails out of Luang Prabang? How was your experience? Was it worth the money? ilovebdt ...

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10 days in Laos

Posted by EmjayReet on 3/6/2007 at 14:34

Hello, Ok excuse my ignorance... I have my Laos Lonely Planet on order and have done a bit of reading but want to now get some opinions... Having done 6 weeks in Thailand and Cambodia in Dec/Jan its time to head back... I am going to do 4 weeks... approx 10 days in Laos and the rest in Thailand (didnt get enough!!).... I am just trying to work out the best route!! I really want to do the Gibbon Experience up at Huay Xai, I am going to Chiang Mai and I really want to do the tubing for a ...

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Electrical Outlets

Posted by shimek13 on 2/7/2007 at 12:36

Is it recommended to bring a voltage converter and plug adaptor for charging cameras etc? Do internet cafes in Laos have any of these? I would hate to not be able to use my camera on my trip b/c my battery runs out! Thanks! ...

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3 weeks in Laos: 1 for the south and 2 for the north. It is feasible ?

Posted by vuh on 2/5/2007 at 23:07

I have read most of the message on this travelboard and thanks to all of you for having spent times providing information. But, I still have questions becauseI have 3 weeks in Laos and I plan to spend: 1. one week in the southern region, including: Pakse, the 4000 islands (2 days) and the Bolaven Plateau, 4 days (Salavan,Sekong, Attapeu) It will be an error if I skip Champasak? How many days would be recommended for this area? 2. Two weeks in the northern region including: Vang Vieng, Lua ...

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Travelfish Guide to Champasak added

Posted by somtam2000 on 26/3/2007 at 23:32

We've just added another Travelfish Guide to our small collection of PDF guides to the region. The latest one is to the most popular province in southern Laos -- Champasak -- home to Wat Phu, 4,000 islands -- and loads more The 18 page PDF guide includes six maps, over 75 (closer to 100 I think...) detailed listings for accommodation, restaurants, bars, sights and attractions and all up some 20,000 words of travel intelligence to the region. All that for a paltry US$2.95 -- how's that for val ...

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Viewed 3,359 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 22/6/2007 at 07:33

Shoe Recommendations For Trekking

Posted by shimek13 on 21/6/2007 at 00:24

I will be in Northern Laos for several weeks in July and would like to have some recommendations on what brands/types of shoes are best for 2-3 day trekking? I am thinking about getting hiking sandals (chacos) but I am wondering if a covered shoe wouldn't be better b/c of leeches. Thanks! ...

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