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Decided to go to Laos! - Having a hard time with so little time.

Posted by marianaamc on 4/2/2014 at 13:03

I posted some time ago, that I was undecided on weather to go to Laos or Malaysia. After some researching I decided Laos appealed me the most but as I started to research I also started to worry about the time I've got. I realized I was not counting some days, travel days to Bangkok and I've now booked my flights. So i have 13 full days to go to Laos and I was thinking about doing it overland, just the northern part of the country, going to nong khai and from chiang mai via night trains. My prob ...

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Laos in 14 days with partner and child! Any suggestions?

Posted by BradleyK1972 on 12/2/2014 at 09:41

Hi Everyone! I'm new to this site and have only just discovered it. I'm addicted already and have just spent the last 3 or 4 hours just reading as much info as I can. It's great! Anyway... My partner and I are wanting to go to Laos for about 14 or 15 days starting in mid June and we would like to take our 8 year old son with us as well. There is so much that I would like to see but I don't want to get sucked into trying to see too much and then end up feeling like we've spent the majority of ou ...

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Expat websites for Laos

Posted by placeshifter on 31/7/2010 at 23:29

Just curious if there's an active ex-pat discussions board for people living in Laos by any chance? ...

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Hanoi - Kong Lo Cave (bus?)

Posted by Noes on 25/5/2014 at 22:27

Hi guys. Thanks for the forum, its great at helped us a lot on our journey! At the moment we are in Ho Chi Minh and are moving up to Hanoi , and seeing the coast of Vietnam. In Laos we want to see the Kong Lo Cave, then go tubing and seeing some more caves in Vang Vieng and end up in Luang Prabang where we will take the bus to Kunming, China and then go to Guangzhou by train. But how do we go from Hanoi to Kong Lo Cave? Or as close as posible? Thanks in advance //Noes ...

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Siem Reap to Luang Prabang via Vientiane

Posted by georgie150 on 2/6/2014 at 07:04

Hi there, 2 of us are planning on travelling from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang via Vientiane in the next day or so. We were planning on flying but the flights are about 230USD (left it very late to book). We can't really justify that cost so are now thinking of going overland via the following route: Taxi / bus from here (SR) to the border near Poipet, cross the border, get a tuk tuk to the bus station, get a bus to Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima) then either a bus or train to Nonk Khai. From t ...

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Multiple Entry Visa

Posted by Asheai on 4/4/2009 at 21:07

Does this exist? I want to enter South Laos via Cambodia, exiting Laos into Vietnam... then I plan on traveling up to North Vietnam and re-entering Laos in the north. Does this mean I need 2 Laos visas? How much am I looking at for a Canadian?... also, can you enter Laos from Cambodia and Vietnam without arranging visas beforehand? I heard that the Cambodia border crossing doesn't have this ability - so how long would it take and where would I get a visa if need one? ...

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Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai

Posted by hmuscente1 on 28/5/2010 at 20:47

Hello, I will be traveling in SEA in the beginning/middle of August and I was hoping someone could give me some advice on travel times and ways to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai . My friend and I will be spending a short time in Laos before having to make our way to Chiang Rai to take a flight back down to Bkk. Our itinerary as of right now is: Day one: Arriving in Vientiane in the late-ish afternoon. Day two: spending the morning in Vientiane and then making our way into Vang Vi ...

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Cambodia to South Laos

Posted by yowjoe on 16/5/2014 at 05:01

Hi! I'm planning to spend 15-17 days in Cambodia and thought to visit Pakse and 4 Thousand Islands if I'm able to. Is there any sleeping bus (or other options) I can get from Siem Read - Pakse - Phnom Penh or the other way round? Thanks! Joe ...

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Motorbike mechanic in Luang Prabang?

Posted by cbg0927 on 5/5/2014 at 00:54

Can anyone recommend a motorbike mechanic in Luang Prabang? I'm thinking of heading to some of the local big bike rental places and asking there - but I'd also appreciate any suggestions here as well. I'm looking to get a few repairs/tune-up/oil change done on my Honda Win before I head north and cross into Vietnam at Tay Trang and head towards Sapa. ...

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Posted by beibeibala on 29/4/2014 at 06:36

Hello there I will be staying in VTE, Laos from June 1 ~ 17, i dunt actually have a plan yet but I'm hoping to visit Blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng. If there is any solo traveler out there, please shut out and let us explore the beauty of Laos ...

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Luang Prabang to Sapa: Particular route questions.

Posted by Sparkwanderlust on 19/4/2014 at 10:25

We are currently in Luang Prabang , planning to make our way north and into Vietnam (not the most direct route, but hopefully more beautiful). Through forum research, I have learned the following, but still have a few questions and would also love any clarifications or other recent tips: - Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw By bus about 4 hours & 80,000 K (boat no longer available due to dam construction) - Nong Khiaw to Muang Ngoi By boat about 1 hour & 25,000 K * Does this boat onl ...

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What to do in Laos?

Posted by caroquette on 16/4/2014 at 19:28

Hey everyone, I'm currently planning my trip via Lonely Planet book, but nothing's better than having some of your personal experience. What do you think is best to see in Laos, places to stay etc... I only have one week. Also, how do you recommend me to travel from Siem Reap to Laos and from Laos to Bangkok? Thank you so much, Best Regards, Carolina ...

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2 new places to recommend near Luang Prabang

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 6/4/2014 at 12:48

Returning recently from Luang Prabang, I'd like to draw attention to 2 rewarding places to visit, which you don't yet learn of from guide books. 1) The Butterfly Park, next to Kwang Si waterfalls, opened only some weeks ago and is a really delightful extra during a visit to Kwang Si. Its centrepiece is a net-enclosed garden, the air full of wonderfully coloured butterflies. The guide points out details of butterfly life all around you, the caterpillars, cocoons, and butterflies busy laying eggs ...

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Medications over the border from Vientiane?

Posted by thinkstopthink on 25/3/2014 at 02:16

I'm in Phonsavan doing a volunteer project and it has taken longer than planned (surprise!) and I'm running low on two medications: Buproprion SR 150mg Citalopram 20mg I can't find these anywhere in Laos. Does anyone know of a pharmacy over the bridge from Vientiane in Nong Khai that I can get prescriptions from? Or maybe Bangkok Hospital in Udon? I know where I would get them if I was in Bangkok, but I'm lost in Nong Khai. Thanks! Jon ...

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 20/3/2014 at 23:22

What's the food scene there like? Good little restaurants and streed food along the river? Is it a cool town to hang out in for a few days? ...

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Trip Report: Motorcycling the Bolaven Plateau

Posted by misplcednotlost on 12/11/2011 at 07:10

Well, the internet sucks here in Pakse (lol) and I just finished writing a trip report before it shut down on me. Here is the second, but way shorter version. (Probably better this way.... haha) 1.. Tad Lo should NOT be missed. Was an incredible place with beautiful views and a variety of accomadation options. You can take the bus here but so much more fun driving yourself there on a motorbike or motorcycle. The ride took about 90 mins, and was paved the whole way. If you do make the journey a ...

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Own foreign vehicle in Laos or Cambodia: how long can it stay?

Posted by wickychicky on 11/3/2014 at 04:08

Hello! We would like to enter Laos soon (this week if possible) with our own vehicle (German registered), which we know is possible and we have all the paperwork for. However, our plan to continue to Vietnam has just fallen through as now one needs an escort vehicle there and it is too expensive. So I would ideally like to spend ca. 3 weeks in Laos (or Cambodia as fallback) and leave the car somewhere and fly to Ha Nai, to return maybe 3 weeks later. That would mean the car being in the coun ...

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Does anyone know where this road is?

Posted by somtam2000 on 3/3/2014 at 06:02

This week's travel film is a short motorbike bit somewhere in Laos. Does anyone know where in the country this is? I'm guessing southcentral - Tha Khaek way, but I don't really recognise the landscape at all. Also, what the hell does the other guy have on the back of his bike?! Cheers ...

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Laos to Cambodia. Via Mekong.

Posted by chinaconsult3 on 26/2/2014 at 22:20

Hi everyone, does anyone know if it is possible to go by smallish boat on the Mekong from Laos to Cambodia. If possible, presumably it would have to be when there is plenty of water in the river. I am aware of the waterfalls and rapids. However I am wondering if there might be any local knowledge of a way past or through this forbidding stretch of river on the border. Brian. ...

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Slow boat Vientiane to Pak Lai then Luang Prabang

Posted by mandyoz on 2/11/2010 at 10:52

Can anyone give me some idea if this route is still operating by cargo passenger boat. I am going in June 2011 and interested to know some details and personal experiences. Thanks Mandy ...

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