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6hour trek for gibbon experience?

Posted by wemaybesometime on 12/5/2007 at 15:50

Hi All I'm booked to do the gibbon experience next week, but am slightly worried about the time it takes to get to/from the treehouses. Does anyone know just how bad the rain needs to be for the car not to be able to do the journey? By UK standards it's pretty rainy here in Chiang Mai, and I'm really not keen on the longer trek. Also, if anyone has done the 6hours - is it hardcore trekking or can someone of average fitness manage it? Thanks in advance! Tara ...

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A "must do" while in Laos

Posted by quokka on 9/5/2007 at 09:40

Visit Big Brother Mouse, found in bigger towns (Luang Prabang, Luang Nam Tha, etc.) and spend a few bucks on some books. Created by Lao youths, they are intended to raise literacy - and they make perfect gifts if you visit any villages. Give them to a schoolmaster and know you have done something good. If you can afford to travel at all, you can afford this. Also keep your eye open for Red Cross posters. If a Lao needs blood, it is very expensive through normal venues; your donation throu ...

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Book Launch Party in Luang Prabang

Posted by johnbkarenh on 8/5/2007 at 15:29

I have been volunteering at Big Brother Mouse, a Lao children's book publisher that is trying to increase the love of reading by publishing good quality books. They are planning a dinner and book launch party in Luang Prabang to celebrate the publication of Dr Dolittle, the first feature length children's book in Laos. The evening will include a traditional Laos banquet, a chance to meet the 15 year old artist, Chittakone and the opportunity to meet fellow travelers. It will be held at the Thre ...

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What's Wrong with Peanuts in Laos?

Posted by chopin on 29/4/2007 at 19:40

Dear Moderator, In the FAQ section for Laos, I saw this entry: "How do I avoid peanuts?" I don't quite get it - what's wrong with peanuts in Laos, that we should avoid them there? Thanks. ...

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Border crossing from Loei into Laos?

Posted by Gorey on 4/5/2007 at 04:29

Hi there, i've found so much valuable information on this site its completly changed my travel plans for the better, but i i found something i need to ask myself. when i plan to enter laos, its likly i'll be in Loei province in Thailand, i read in a guidebook i used to own that mentioned a river crossing point in Loei - Laos but cant seem to find anything about it. the friends i know in laos i cant get in touch with yet so i hoped someone here may know? If not i can always eat up a day or two ...

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Day trip and Guesthouse (Luang Prabang)

Posted by SteinOfOrange on 28/4/2007 at 09:33

I have been staying at SAYSAMONE Guesthouse. It is directly on the Mekong River. AC and single or two beds for around 10 usd's. Very nice and great relaxation. I went on a day trip, southbound on the Mekong. For eight hours we (two persons) spent 25usd total. We did swim in the waterfall, and had lunch in a village. I can tell you that the return trip (4 to 6) was worth my 12.50 and more. The river comes alive after 4pm. The tide has risen, children use steep mud banks as a water sli ...

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Bus from Luang Prabang to Vientiane

Posted by Meilian1818 on 17/4/2007 at 04:36

I'm planning a trip through Laos for early this June and am running into some time constraints now that they no longer offer the speedboats from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang. Is the bus the fastest way between Luang Prabang and Vientiane (except flying). How long does the VIP bus/mini van take and what time does it leave LP? Is there a night bus between these two cities? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!! ...

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Luang Prabang: Excursions

Posted by SteinOfOrange on 26/4/2007 at 09:23

I am in Luang for 4 days, having just flown in from Hanoi. Yesterday, I booked a 65$(usd)two day excursion with the White Elephant Co., mainly because I wanted to support the Canadian founded business. I packed my bags this morning and hiked down to the W.Elephants place. Surprise! No tour. The other two people had canceled out. It took the person at the desk maybe ten minutes before he finally admitted it; he was hoping I would go on the one day excursion. Not. I did get a refund very e ...

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Vietnam and Laos

Posted by agnes_wyee on 22/4/2007 at 18:19

Hi I'll be travelling from Central to Southern Vietnam starting from Hue to Saigon (going from Phnom Penh). I had done Hanoi and Halong Bay in a different trip. My tentative itinery is (can be changed): Phnom Penh - Hue (fly) Hue - Danang/ Hoi An (bus) Danang - Nha Trang (fly) Nha Trang - Saigon (fly) *Maybe: Saigon - Mui Ne (bus) & Can Tho I saw one of your articles mentioned Con Dao and Phu Quoc. Where exactly is these two places (cannot find in the map) and how do I get there? ...

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That sinking feeling of an authentic experience

Posted by somtam2000 on 24/4/2007 at 14:13

I just stumbled across "Laotian Prayers on a Sinking Raft" in the March issue of Perceptive Travel, penned by Brad Olsen. Hanging out in Muang Ngoi, Brad and his partner joined two others planning to float down the Nam Ou on a bamboo raft -- turns out it's not as easy as it looks. Brad finishes in explaining that while the raft trip may not have been smooth sailing, it was an "authentic travel moment". What springs to your mind when you think of an authentic travel moment? ...

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Lao Airlines Web Site

Posted by Rufus on 22/4/2007 at 13:29

Why does Travelfish have a link to a site which purports to be the Lao Airlines site, but indeed is not? It is a site from a travel agent in France. This is very unfair on Laos Airlines, particularly when things sometimes go wrong - as they have in the past. ...

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Trouble on Route 13

Posted by longleat on 18/2/2007 at 01:54

I have read on the US Embassy in Laos website that there has been fighting again on Rt. 13 and advice that there should be no overland travel from VV to LP. Does anyone know about this situation? ...

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Bo Y border crossing and Laos Visa

Posted by kiwigirl on 15/4/2007 at 15:11

Hi, Hubbie and I are off to Vietnam and Laos in 4 weeks - getting very excited!! At this stage we are planning on entering Laos from Vietnam via the Bo Y border (from central highlands of Vietnam to Attepeu region in Laos) - any more successful border crossing updates in this direction much appreciated. I have read that according to Lao embassy officials this border is still closed to foreigners (we are from New Zealand)however we are still deterimined to try - and at least have an adv ...

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Little scam in southern Laos

Posted by JoHe59 on 17/4/2007 at 21:07

I went to the 4000 islands in southern Laos by taking the public bus from Pakse to Don Det/Don Khon. It takes about 3 hours and then you have to take a boat (ferry) to either Don Det or Don Khon. Normally the boats depart from the boatlanding at the small village of Ban Nakasan. At a certain moment I saw the sign 'Ban Nakasan' on the main road pointing towards a small road to the right, but the bus just went on for a few km and then turned right onto a similar small road. At the end there was a ...

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Gibbon Experience

Posted by jfenwick on 15/4/2007 at 01:10

Which Gibbon Experience is a better choice - The Classic or the Waterfall? What is the real difference between the two? ...

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Best mode of transport for a solo traveller

Posted by zohe on 12/4/2007 at 14:06

Dear season travellers, I'm a new solo traveller from Singapore. There is a travel pass offer by one of the ticket agent here. I am very tempted to buy & fly across vietnam, laos & cambodia. however, may i know if flying is one of the best option? what if i'm not in a hurry. my reason to take flight is to avoid possible risk hazzled while crossing the borders. am i worrying too much? buying the pass may save some cost, but i'm afraid it will make my trip highly inflexible if i decide to ta ...

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Gibbon Experience website, email & phone down...

Posted by canucksinasia on 6/4/2007 at 17:07

Hello, It seems to me that the website, email and phone number for the Gibbon Experience in Laos are all down - does anyone have any information about this? Has anyone been there recently? I'm trying to contact them as we plan on being there in a week, but have been completely unable to no matter what method I try. Thanks, CanucksinAsia ...

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Visa At Chiang Khong or Huay Xai

Posted by fragility22 on 3/4/2007 at 21:22

Is it possible to get a visa at either Chiang Kong or Huay Xai on arrival or do I need to organise this beforehand, if I can get one on arrival how long does it take? ...

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Posted by Birsay on 25/3/2007 at 18:37

We leave for Vientiane on 31-3 and have heard varying stories about the need for bribes at entry/exit points. Has anyone had experiences of this? ...

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Travelfish Guide to Remote southern Laos added

Posted by somtam2000 on 23/3/2007 at 08:06

We've just added another Travelfish Guide to our small collection of PDF guides to the region. The latest one is to a bit of an unusual, off-the-beaten-track region we call "Remote southern Laos". The 11 page PDF guide covers the provinces of Salavan, Sekong and Attapeu, includes five maps, over 50 detailed listings for accommodation, restaurants, bars, sights and attractions and all up some 15,000 words of travel intelligence to the region. All that for a paltry US$2.95 -- less than $1 a pro ...

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