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Less is More.........as they say!!!!

Posted by steviej on 12/12/2006 at 14:54

Hi all, Right then, we're putting some thoughts together regarding our impending trip to SEA. We're going to take advantage of Bangkok Airways Discovery Airpass but we have a dilemma??!! Our rough route is BKK to Luang Prabang then head south to Si Phan Don. Now then!! do we fly on from LP and skip Vientiane or take the road, via Vang Vieng, to Vientiane and fly out from there?? We have around six to seven days in northern Laos. Any suggestions/ideas much appreciated................. ...

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Travelmate to Laos - end Jan/start Feb 07

Posted by Squeezie on 14/12/2006 at 09:26

Hi, I'm a single female and am planning to travel through Laos for a week or so at the end of January/beginning of Feb next year. I don't have a problem doing it alone, as I know I'll meet lots of people along the way, but if anyone else is heading to Laos around the same time and might be interested in meeting/travelling with someone, it would be cool to have a travel buddy. My name is Sue, I'm 28 and travelling throughout South East Asia for a few months from January onwards. My email is ...

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flying from Vientiane to the islands

Posted by scootypaul on 11/12/2006 at 21:17

hello we are just about to do the classic route from huay xai down to the capital but wish to fly from there to krabi or near buy would you or do any one have recommendations of the best way to go about it !?????? cause we are making every thing up as we go!!!!! ...

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Laos more expensive than Thailand??

Posted by middleman1 on 6/12/2006 at 15:01

Hi there My son and his girlfriend have just arrived in Laos - now in Luang Prabang. From emails I have received he is a bit shocked at how much more expensive it is in Laos than Thailand. Is he correct here as I have seen no 'posts' expressing this view!! Maybe he is doing something wrong!! Anyone else been that have found it expensive? Thanks for a great site. I love Thailand and am keen to see more of SE Asia so I would be interested to know as welll. Sue ...

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on our way

Posted by rigo on 10/12/2006 at 13:11

hi guys, we are off to laos in two days, buzzing. does anyone know if its possible to get from savankhet to champasak without having to overnight in pakse thanks i will be sure to offer me advice and tips when i get back ...

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Living in Vientiane?

Posted by travelsalone on 6/12/2006 at 12:05

I am considering applying for a job at the international school in Vientiane, and am wondering what people who have been to Laos have to say. I hear, and read, it is wonderful to visit, but what about living and working there? Thanks for any insights you may provide, and happy travels! ...

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Suggestions for Northern Laos itinerary

Posted by Susal on 5/12/2006 at 08:09

Hi, Visiting Laos in February and have 10 days in Northern Laos after having come from Vang Vieng, therefore, Luang Prabang will be our first place. The following are must dos: 3 days Luang Prabang ?????? 2 days Gibbon Experience and then cross the border into Thailand Can't decide what to do for the 5 days in the middle. Also need suggestions on the mode of transport ie boat or bus etc. If anyone has any suggestions it would be great to hear from you. ...

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Birthday dinner in Luang Prabang

Posted by roverinexile on 2/12/2006 at 08:05

Been reading the Luang Prabang eat and meet guide - very helpful. When we reach LP in January, it will be my wife's birthday. I'd like to take her out for a meal - something with a local flavor. Does anyone have particular favorites to recommend? thanks, rich ...

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Arrival in Luang Prabang

Posted by amz155 on 30/11/2006 at 22:51

We'll be flying from BKK-LP. Is it easy to catch a taxi into town from the airport? What should we expect to pay? Would it be less of a hassle and more economical to pre-arrange pickup from the airport from a guesthouse if we pre-book our accomodation? Finally, how long should we expect to take to clear customs, find our bags and make it into town? Thanks! ...

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Visas for Laos

Posted by TheSnowQueen on 29/11/2006 at 22:27

Does anyone know if it's possible to get a 30 day visa for Laos from Northern Thailand - seems 14 day is standard but not sure whether to risk turning up at the border. Many thanks ...

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Christmas in Laos

Posted by cecile3147 on 16/11/2006 at 18:20

Hi With 2 friends we'll be in Laos for Chritmas (in VanVieng or in Luang prabang) We wanted to know if someone has a recomandation for a restaurant for the eve of christmas in one of these towns. (european restaurant ) thanks a lot. ...

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Mosquitoes and Malaria-Luang Prabang

Posted by merrylg on 22/11/2006 at 20:46

I am traveling with my husband to Luang Prabang at the beginning of Jan. I am pregnant and trying to assess how serious the mosquito/malaria problem is in Luang Prabang in the winter. My doctor has said it is a high risk malaria area and recommended I take Larium, but studies are inconclusive regarding the safety of this drug in pregnant women. Can anyone report in on the intensity of the mosquitoes in Luang Prabang during the winter season? Do you take a malaria preventitive? Thanks! ...

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March 8 Holiday

Posted by amz155 on 23/11/2006 at 05:46

March 8 (Women's Day) seems to be a ntaional holiday in Laos. Just wondering if travel services (i.e. buses) are running on this day and if shops (restaurants, etc.) remain open. Thanks. ...

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phnom penh to Vientiane

Posted by elcid on 22/11/2006 at 14:09

We were hoping to travel from phnom penh to vientiane going along the mekong river. Is that possible and if so should we get our visas beforehand or at the border? If it is not possible can anyone sugest alternative arrangements ie by bus or train. ...

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in laos for only 3 days

Posted by sideflip1 on 16/10/2006 at 17:57

hello! i only have time to visit laos for 3 days at the end of december. arriving on a thursday morning, and leavning early sunday morning. i was planning on just staying in vientiane and then visiting the buddha park. any other recommendations or advice? also, in vientiane, i was thinking of staying at Mali Namphu guest house or the Dragon Lodge? the reviews i read on here seem good. anyone stayed here? or any other recommendations? thanks for your help! -Tanya ...

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drunk and happy!

Posted by inky on 7/11/2006 at 14:04

sorry one and all about sounding paranoid about not getting any replys to my messages,but my divorce came through and i was extremly drunk!!!!! in a good way of course! ...

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ATM'S / VIENTIANE

Posted by MILKDOG on 29/10/2006 at 11:20

Hi, Just a quick one, are there ATM's in Vientiane? I presume there should be? Many thanks Matthew ...

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Anybody vising Vientiane

Posted by paul2007 on 14/11/2006 at 10:21

Hi Guys, Anybody in or visiting Vientiane, I am paul just reached Vientiane recently. Yet to find a good company to go around and meet places. If anybody interested pls reply. Paul ...

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travel books

Posted by ptgirl on 13/11/2006 at 00:42

Hi, i am planning a trip to Laos for Feb/March 2007. I have always been impartial to Lonely planet and Rough Guides for travel. However i notice that up to date editions of both are limited to 2005 for lonely planet and i think 2002 for RG. However i noticed that Footprint has an edition in 2006. Has anyone used Footprint? I have never used it before. Or is the latest version of Laos/lonelyplanet pretty accurate for the current time? Thanks in advance! ...

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A blog phot that just says wow!

Posted by somtam2000 on 12/11/2006 at 10:07

I was procrastinating this morning and took a look at Travelfish member itchyfeet's ongoing blog for their trip through Laos: Meg and JB's travel blog I opened it up and saw the top pic of a traveller hard at work floating down the river... and just said WOW! If you're going to Laos or Thailand I highly recommend you give this blog a look -- it's got some outstanding pics that really capture the place... Itchy if you;'re reading this -- don't forget our Photo competition... hint hint ...

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