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What's the fastest transportation around Vientiane ?

Posted by air420 on 27/10/2014 at 00:17

Does anyone know what's the fastest transportation around Vientiane ? I will get there around noon and will have only about 4 hrs before closing time to see: the Buddha Park (Wat Xieng Khuan) which is located outside of town + That Luang + Patuxal. The last 2 are located in the town and I think close to e.a. Will I be able to see all 3 in 4 hrs ? And one last question: are the visitors permitted to get close to the sculptures at the Buddha Park to make photos at close range? Thank you ...

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Flight from Bangkok to Laos

Posted by rudder6 on 24/10/2014 at 07:49

I have booked a flight for two people with Bangkok airways on Wednesday the 29th of October from Bangkok to Laos Vientaine. Flight PH 943. We have decided not to us this flight. Is there anyone that would like to buy these from us at a much lower price and just change the names over? Thanks ...

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14 days itinerary feedback?

Posted by Patrickc on 6/10/2014 at 09:40

I have two weeks for an itinerary in Laos and I wanted to concentrate on the north, let's say it's really the classic Luang Prabang to Vientiane Trail. I originally wanted to go to Phongsali for hiking, but with the boats not going straight from Luang Prabang on the Nam Ou ad flights apparently discontinued, I found it tricky, too time consuming and also I didn't like the idea of travelling for 10+ hours on the appalling road described, just for staying a couple days in Phongsali. If we had ...

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Laos to cambodia - overland

Posted by upasana87 on 9/10/2014 at 12:31

Hey! I am headed to Laos mid December. I am planning to go to Luang Prabang from Chiang Rai, spend about 4 nights at Luang Prabang. I need to head to Siem Reap from Laos (overland). I am not sure if I should stop over at Vang vieng or Vientiane (Or somewhere more interesting. Suggestions are welcome!) on my way to Siem Reap. I will have around 3 nights to spare including travel to Siem Reap. I will really grateful if you can suggest an overland travel from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap (On ...

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Luang Prabang to Haiphong

Posted by JohnGroats on 26/9/2014 at 09:56

Hey, I am going to South East Asia with a few friends next year and part of our plan involves getting from Luang Prabang to Hai phong. However, I'm not sure of the logistics of this trip. Does anyone have any Recommendations? Time is not an issue The cheaper the better Any reccomendations for things to see along the way Thanks in advance ...

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Itinerary feedback please

Posted by girasole9 on 22/9/2014 at 00:23

Hi everybody, Love this site, great board. We would like the community to give us some insight before we book our major incoming and outgoing flights. Are we correct to assume that we can book the smaller flights from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap and from Siem Reap to Bangkok while we are in Asia rather than ahead of time? Day 1 - Arrive Luang Prabang Day 2 - Luang Prabang Day 3 & 4 - Boat from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai (2 days - is that correct?) Day 5 - Bus from Huay Xai to Luang NamTh ...

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Getting from Luang Namtha to Nong Khiauw

Posted by Lewtravels on 5/7/2014 at 16:31

It seems like the only bus to Nong Khiauw from Udomxai leaves at 9 AM. Last time I tried to get to Nong Khiauw from Luang Namtha in one day, we had to rent a minivan in Udomxai. Is there a way to do the Luang Namtha to Nong Khiauw in one day by public transport? TIA Lew ...

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10-14 Days In Laos - Itinerary Help

Posted by ljp on 31/8/2014 at 23:18

Good morning - I've been travelling Thailand/Cambodia and Vietnam for just over a month now (and love it!), and in about a week I will be heading to Laos, however, I am a bit unsure of how best to organise my travel there. I will be arriving via the Tay Trang border crossing (As I will be coming from Sapa/the northwest region) - which I think is both a blessing and a curse for my planning. There doesn't seem to be many tourist hotspots in the northeast of Laos - good as it's nice to get off th ...

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Vietnamese visa in savannakhet?

Posted by TonyCowings on 31/8/2014 at 12:43

Is it possible to get a Vietnam visa in savannakhet? And does anyone recommend any good budget hostels in savannakhet? Thanks people ...

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Pakse to Cambodia bus - watch out!

Posted by davidh on 4/12/2012 at 04:09

Had a very bad experience on the bus from Pakse to Phnom Penh. Not quite a "scam", but really close. I live in Phnom Penh, and had a perfectly fine ride from PP to Pakse with Sorya bus company. Our travel agent said she couldn't issue the return ticket, and so we did it through the Langkam hotel in Pakse. There was no bus company name on the ticket, just "Pakse Travel Co." - should have been a warning. We were picked up in a mini van at 8am, expecting to be driven to the b ...

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to many choices not enough time

Posted by sunlvr on 7/8/2014 at 18:16

It's all about the journey not the destination..... with that being said, I don't want to put to much on my wish list and be disappointed if I can't see it all. We are looking at traveling in either October or January. (advice on this appreciated) This will be a 3 week trip with the main destination being Laos, namely Luang Prabang. I like to soak up the culture and really learn an area. But, I may also never get the chance to return to S.E. Asia. Here is a very tentative wish list/itinerary: Fl ...

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fewest tourists in Luang Prabang

Posted by sunlvr on 11/8/2014 at 17:15

In reading up on Laos and Luang Prabang I have read conflicting stories regarding the amount of tourism. Part of the reason of choosing Laos was because of wanting to be away from the hoards that you find at other locations that have become popular these days. By going in October will I miss the main tourism season? I really don't want to travel half way around the World to see and talk with a bunch of people that live near me. Thanks! ...

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9-day Trip to Southern Laos

Posted by KitLam on 10/8/2014 at 23:26

Being a newbie on backpacking, I planned a route and hope for valuable advice: Day 1: Hong Kong >> Bangkok >> Nakhon Phanom (Overnight Bus) Day 2: Nakhon Phanom >> Thakhek >> Kong Lo Day 3: Visit Tham Kong Lo and Ban Natane Day 4: Kong Lo >> Thakhek >> Pakse Day 5: Visit Bolaven Plateau Day 6: Visit Wat Phu Day 7: Thakhek >> Ubon Ratchathani Day 8: Visit Wat Nong Pa Phong & Wat Pahnanachat, Ubon Ratchathani >> Bangkok (Overnight Train) Day ...

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Southern Laos: Pakse - Bolevan Plateau - Champasak - Si Phan Don in 7 days

Posted by guyedwin on 13/5/2014 at 08:26

Hi all. I will be arriving in Bangkok on 28th May and will be taking an overnight sleeper bus to Pakse. The journey costs about 900 baht and will take approximately 13 hours. From there, my itinerary gets hazy and this is where I require assistance from fellow travelers who are experienced with the area. Based out of Pakse, I will be renting a motorbike for 1 day around the Bolevan Plateau and 1 day to Champasak (and back). I am not really into slow traveling. Riding for hours on long, wind ...

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Is this crazy - Vientiane to Don Det in 4 days via Kong Lo and Champasek

Posted by genya on 6/8/2014 at 15:33

Hi all, I'm new to this forum and it looks great - I've been on Lonely Planet for years but no-one answered this question, I hope you guys can help. I've been scanning my guide book and this plan looks possible, but then the guide book is rather confused over bus times so who knows. Day 1 - leave Vientiane early and travel to Kong Lo caves, sleep at caves Day 2 - visit caves, then travel to Tha Khaek, sleep Tha Khaek Day 3 - VIP bus to Pakse and then onwards bus to Champasek, sleep Champa ...

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Could you please give me some advice on my Lao itinerary (3 weeks)

Posted by DrNugu on 11/7/2014 at 18:44

Hi there. We are a middle-aged (40's) couple looking to explore some of Laos. We have about 3-weeks and we're arriving during wet season (Late July-Mid August). We love sightseeing, cultural activities (cooking classes, visiting hill tribes, learning), light adventure (short treks, rafting, waterfalls), and relaxing by the water or pool. We're not interested in elephants, grueling treks, or killer bus rides. We don't mind flying around domestically if we can. This is a rough itinerary that I pu ...

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Northern Thailand to Laos - advice much appreciated

Posted by Poohh on 30/6/2014 at 04:53

Hi all, At July 21st my visa for Thailands ends, so I need to leave the country. Since I'll be in the North, I thought it makes sense to pick Laos as my next destination. As far as I know now, the border crossing Huay Xai / Chiang Khong is the one to pick from Chiang Rai. But after that I'm in the dark....I don't wan't to take the slow boat, and the other option is the bus to Luang Prabang. As I understand, the latter is a really long and uncomfortable ride, and I wonder how others have des ...

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travel buddy for laos in 6 weeks.

Posted by salpatttt on 4/6/2014 at 03:12

Thirtysomething guy looking for a travel buddy for a couple of lazy months in Laos. Fun n easy going. ...

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Nam Ghong Provincial Protected Area in Attapeu

Posted by gregmccann1 on 19/6/2014 at 11:04

Does anyone know anything about a place called Nam Ghong Provincial Protected Area (NGPPA) at the very bottom of Laos along the Cambodian border? I've made a blog that contains some maps, one photo, and some information. As far as I know there are no roads into the area, no ecotourism, no conservation groups working there, nothing. It's 100,000 hectares and contiguous with Cambodia's Virachey National Park (see the maps and Google Earth in the blog linked above). I am wondering if anyone knows a ...

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Vientiane in 4 days - too long?

Posted by Eldwyer90 on 18/6/2014 at 21:57

Hi Guys, I need to travel to Laos from Bangkok this weekend to get my working visa. I thought I would take the opportunity to make a small holiday out of it. If I travel Friday night, I will arrive in Vientiane Saturday Morning. I am unfortunately confined to Vientiane as I need to be at the embassy early Monday morning and I will need to pick it up the next day on Tuesday. I will be travelling back to Thailand tuesday night. I have heard there isn't a great deal to do in Vientiane. Does a ...

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