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Road Conditions: from Huay Kon/Nguen via ROUTE 4 B to Luang Prubang

Posted by falangsabai on 15/7/2015 at 20:00

We want to drive from Huay Kon/Nguen to Luang Prubang. In looking at a newer road map it looks like there is a new road ROUTE 4B that goes directly to Luang Prubang. You do not need to go via Sayanbury as before. Has anyone actualy driven this route recently? -Is the road paved and in good condition? -Is it mountainous? -Is it safe? -Gas stations? -Border crossing at Huay Kon: Can go in and out of Laos, can I get VOA there. -What is the distance? Previously we had planned to enter at Tha Li L ...

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Handstanding in Laos and Cambodia + bathing in sweet water?

Posted by carmenfeetup on 19/6/2015 at 10:28

Hello everybody! Thanks to your amazing site and forum I found out about lot's of things to be well prepared for my trip to Laos and Cambodia..starting next week. I just have two questions left. 1) I understand that in Laos and Cambodia a like, feet belong on the floor and lower than the rest and also that in some cases we should avoid having feet pointing towards boudha figures/sculptures... but I love to handsand. I handstand everywhere I go, I've been doing this since 2005 and have over 2 ...

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huay xai border crossing open times

Posted by degsy on 13/4/2015 at 12:33

Hi all, Hoping to travel from either yangon or Mandalay to huay xai in Laos on a Saturday in June. I can fly by air to Chiang rai arriving around 3pm. Probably take another three hours to get to crossing: just wondering will it be open, and will the immigration office be open to get a visa on arrival. Many thanks. ...

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3 weeks in Laos and Cambodia in August 2015-itinerary revision please?

Posted by ieskinja on 8/6/2015 at 02:49

Dear travellers, In a nutshell, I' m planning next itinerary. Fly to Bangkok (been in Thailand before) in end of July, and then take a flight to Luang Prabang. Spend few days in LP, both in town itself and some trekking/kayaking/cycling around, perhaps trough some local travel agency (Tiger Trail, Green Discovery?). I want to combine both Northern and Southern Laos so, to save time, I plan to take a flight to Pakse and then spend few days trekking in that area. Afterwards, I wish to move to ...

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june trip to laos

Posted by mariekarizamas on 29/5/2015 at 03:15

Hi guys, Is buddha park worth it? I only have one day in Vientiane. Any suggestion? ...

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From Ubon Ratchathani to Pakse

Posted by phancock on 23/1/2010 at 04:13

Hello travellers, Would like any up to date advice on options for transfering from Ubon Ratchathani airport (arrive 0900) to Pakse. Thanks. Paul ...

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Can you get VOA if on the International bus crossing at Thali

Posted by scoopybombam on 20/5/2015 at 21:49

Hi guys, Can you get VOA at Thali border crossing if you are on the Internatkonal Bus from Loei to Luang Prabang or does it cause a holdup that the bus will not wait for? Cheers ...

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Can I bring my Thai registered car into Laos

Posted by scoopybombam on 20/5/2015 at 19:51

Hi guys My partner and I bought a car on finance in Thailand. The car finance and the car ownership is in my partners name as I could not get finance. I paid the deposit and make the monthly payments. We have since separated and I have the car but still in her name, still making monthly payments I want to enter Laos in the car and either keep it there or do the monthly border run in it. Can it be done and which is the best way? Presumably I take it back to Thailand every 12 months to re-register ...

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new Loei-Sayabouly-Luang Prabang international bus

Posted by wanderingcat on 15/2/2014 at 08:29 13 Feb 2014 Bangkok Post The Transport Company in Thailand has joined with Naluang Company in Laos to launch a new public bus service, Route 14, to link Loei with Luang Prabang . The journey takes about nine hours and covers a distance of 395km. The Transport Company uses an air-conditioned bus with 38 seats for the new service. The bus departs from Loei Bus Terminal daily at 8am and the return trip from Luang Praba ...

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Laos Visa available at Tha Li border crossing

Posted by scoopybombam on 16/5/2015 at 23:36

Hi guys, what is the situation on getting a Laos Visa at the border crossing at Tha Li? Can I get one there or do I have to get one before at Loei, Nong Khai or Khon Kaen when I pass through them. Cheers ...

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Laos re entry visa?

Posted by DrDreidal on 17/5/2015 at 03:24

Hi everyone! I'm currently in Laos, but will only be spending this month in the northern area. After Thailand, I would like to come back into Laos in June to spend time in the South. Is it possible to get a new 30 day visa upon re entry or is there some special procedure I have to go through? Thank you! ...

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From Kunming, China to Luang Namtha

Posted by kcombobulate on 13/5/2015 at 06:01

Hi, I would like to make a trip down from Kunming, China to Luang Namtha. Could someone advise me on the bus route and where can I find information? Would it be better to take an overnight or day bus? Thanks! ...

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Boun Ok Phansa & Lhai Heua Fai, Festival of the Boats of Light

Posted by sunlvr on 4/4/2015 at 08:21

I'm going to be in Laos mid Oct-beginning of Nov. Can anyone tell me more about the festival of lights? I think I will be in Luang Prabang the week of Oct 27, which is when all this begins (I think) Any info on what it's all about and sequence of events, how crowded will town be....ect. would be great! Is this when the boat races are as well?? I've searched online and really can't find anything that answers my questions. Thanks so much! ...

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Bus from Don Khong to Phnom Penh

Posted by kimmied on 17/4/2015 at 16:45

Hi Can anyone please help with information about getting from Don Khong to Phnom Penh. Do we need to travel back to Pakse? Has anyone done this route and would be able to give us some information on what it is like please. The airfares are very expensive so looking at this alternative. Thanks so much ...

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Nagi of Mekong crashes sinks BBC journo dies

Posted by somsai on 14/4/2015 at 16:33

Long time operator Nagi of the Mekong which runs upscale boats Huay Xai to Luang Prabang crashed and quickly sank recently. Story in the Guardian here. I believe the cruise company is Thai owned but the Mekong is Lao up to the high water mark if I'm remembering correctly, it's ...

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border crossing Laos to cambodia ripp off

Posted by craigcraig on 5/2/2015 at 09:20

Crossed the border from Laos to Cambodia, bought a ticket from Don khone to Siem reap paid $40 because we were told it would only take 8 hours on the new road & it probably would have if we hadn't waited 5 hours at the border for the coach, they left around 25 of us there sitting in a (cafe) the organizers of the coach sat there laughing , joking & drinking beer, never offered anyone water etc , when I asked how long the coach would be I was told I had enough time to buy some food from t ...

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Best way to get from Phong Nha or Dong Hoi (Caves) to Luang Prabang?

Posted by muchbutter on 7/4/2015 at 00:15

I've been researching the Laos and Vietnam forum and there's a lot of info about how to get to Luang Prabang from Hanoi and Saigon. Found a couple of old posts about unsafe bus ride from Hue into Cambodia. Does anyone have updated info on safely and efficiently getting from caves in Phong Nha to Luang Prabang? Thanks in advance for your help! ...

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First time in SAE - Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar??

Posted by Nomad85 on 3/3/2015 at 06:32

Hi, my boyfriend and I are currently planning our first trip to Southeast Asia. He isn't an experienced traveller (he has only been to a couple of European countries which were easy to travel in), whereas I've been to parts of South America on my own and really enjoy planning trips thouroughly. We are both around 30 and interested in local culture, food and landscape. We'd like to see beautiful temples, go hiking, do at least one homestay and get off the beaten path a couple of times. We only h ...

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Transport from Nong Khiaw to Luang Namtha

Posted by lakyw on 26/8/2010 at 16:32

Hello. I'm going on a trip to Nong Khiaw from Luang Prabang in mid September. I have a dilemma in which route to travel. I would very much want to visit Nong Khiaw and Luang Namtha, and doing some trekking in both areas. The problem is, I'll be leaving Luang Prabang at the 21st of September and I absolutely have to be at Houay Xay at the 28th. This doesn't leave much time to visit both places. So I have a some of questions: 1. Is it reasonable to visit both Nong Khiaw, Muang Ngoi and Luang ...

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From Hanoi to Luang Prabang

Posted by Intrepid82 on 21/4/2009 at 11:28

Can anyone advise me of the best/quickest way to get from Hanoi to Luang Prabang?? ...

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