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Car hire in Laos??

Posted by melissakelly on 11/3/2007 at 12:13

I'm travelling to Laos in June with one other person. As we have limited time I was thinking that it might be an idea to hire a car with a driver to take us from Luang Prabang to Sam Nuea over a few days. The plan is then to travel through to Hanoi. Does anyone know - If it is possible? How much it would cost per day? Where to hire from in L. P? Thanks ...

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Phonsavan to Vientiane

Posted by Jomcevoy on 6/3/2007 at 14:11

Hi all, I'm wanting to know if its possible to fly from Phonsavan to Vientiane. If so, how much and who do I book with. I know there is a bus (which I would rather take!) but due to time constraints and other people travelling with me, trying to see if we can fly! Thanks very much, cheers, Jo ...

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Laos - How cold is it?

Posted by drutherford on 1/3/2007 at 20:03

Hi everyone, I've read a few trip reports now where people have said it can get really cold in Laos (in particular on boat journeys and buses). How cold is it in May/June? Do we need heavy duty jackets etc or can we get away with long sleeved shirts or fleeces? Cheers Debbie ...

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Odd prices for Bangkok-Luang Prabang flights

Posted by lioninzion on 18/2/2007 at 21:53

Howdy all, I wondered if anyone could shed some light on the peculiarly large differences in prices for one-way flights between Bangkok and Luang Prabang. Bangkok Airways' website quotes the lowest price as 7750 baht ($232), including all taxes. The Lao Airlines wesbite (the real one, not the cheeky Paris travel agency imposters) quotes Bangkok-Luang Prabang flights for 4000 baht ($120). This seems like a ludicrously large difference. Can Lao Airlines really be that much ...

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Trying to get from Udon Thani Airport Thailand to the Laos visa checkpoint

Posted by chris1dna on 1/12/2006 at 20:24

I am traveling to Luang Prabong in Laos. How is best to reach Lao Visa checkpoint at Friendship Bridge in Nong Khai from the Udon Thani Airport? Is there a bus service catering to travelers who need to get to Laos from the Airport perhaps? Any help would be great! Happy Traveling. Sawasdee, Chris ...

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Luang Probang to Chang Mai

Posted by ifoy6240 on 2/12/2006 at 18:56

Hi! We're travelling from Luang Probang to Chang Mai next month. It seems most people travel that in the other direction. Is it possible to take the slow boat and bus this way? Has anyone travelled this way or has any recommendations? Thanks, Ilana ...

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Rocket festival & Visahka

Posted by buddym on 19/2/2007 at 15:02

Does anyone know which day the Rocket Festival and Visakha will be celebrated in Luang Prabang? Thanks! ...

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Luang Prabang Travel agent problems

Posted by robyn on 18/2/2007 at 13:30

We have just returned from 17 days in Laos and I felt I should warn other travellers to be careful when booking through travel agents that they get what they pay for. As there were 4 of us travelling together we decided to book a car and driver to take us from Luang Prabang to the Plain of Jars. The agent we approached had a young English speaking university student who helped us and suggested he could also organise an English speaking guide to take us and show us around the Plain of Jars. As we ...

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Vanvisa Guesthouse - Luang Prabang

Posted by canucksinasia on 15/2/2007 at 01:54

Hello! Wondering if anyone has had any experience with the Vanvisa Guesthouse in Luang Prabang? The same woman that owns this one also has one called Villa Lane Xang Guesthouse. From what I've seen on the internet ( Van Visa ) the place looks very nice, well located, and inexpensive... In short, too good to be true!!! If anyone has stayed their and can shed some objective light on the place I would be quite grateful! James & Lindsay CanucksinAsia ...

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How to get to Phongsali

Posted by Kurl on 1/2/2007 at 07:57

Hi, I have recently discovered that Lao Air has cancelled their Vientiane to Phongsali flight. I will be travelling in June for a month and wanted to fly directly to Phongsali so I didn't need to back track etc. Any suggestions of how to get there?? A flight to another city and bus it? Thanks Kurl ...

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On my own

Posted by Jomcevoy on 7/2/2007 at 11:55

Hi all. I'm hoping to be able to travel to Laos and Cambodia for 3-4 weeks in April-May this year. I'd be doing this bit before meeting up with people in the USA. For this part though, I will be a woman travelling by myself. I haven't done any travel before either, so I am a little unsure about it. I'm also on a fairly tight budget! My idea at present is to land in Bangkok, bus/train from their to Chian Kong, enter Laos, travel down the Mekong to Luang Prabang, on to Vientiane, then down to t ...

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Bangkok to Laos border

Posted by Jomcevoy on 8/2/2007 at 13:45

Hi. Just wondering if I arrive in Bangkok how easy it will be to get an overnight bus to Chiang Kong, to then travel into Laos and get the 2 day boat down to Luang Prabang. Will be doing so by myself too. Cheers! jo ...

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Champasak to Don Det

Posted by sugarplum on 10/2/2007 at 13:15

We are thinking of getting a boat from Pakse to Champasak (as a change from the bus) but need to pick up a bus from Champasak to go on to Don Det. Do es anyone know if there are regular buses running this route please? ...

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Crossing at Vang Tao - Visa

Posted by redmill on 10/2/2007 at 14:27

Is it possible to get visa for longer than 15 days at this crossing? If not how difficult is it to extend visas once in country? ...

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Vang Vieng accommodation

Posted by amz155 on 14/11/2006 at 03:07

Hello, Can anyone recommend a place to stay in VV stay is "just outside" of town. I've been reading that the town is a bit of a backpacker ghetto and that staying just outside of town is a bit quieter. Where would this be-north or south? Any suggestions in the $20 or under range? thanks! ...

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Luang Prabang- centre of town?

Posted by amz155 on 20/1/2007 at 07:34

I've been reading (for the 100th time!) the reviews of the guesthouses in LP. Some GH's locations are mentioned as being a "10 minute walk in to the centre of town?. Just wondering what area is considered the "centre of town". Ideally we'd prefer to say within a 10 minutes walk, so within what boudanries should we be looking. (then again, I'm thinking that LP is not that big a town so nothing is so far away from the centre of town...) ...

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Give something back in Luang Prabang

Posted by mosquitofeed on 7/2/2007 at 03:20

Anyone looking for somewhere to gather themselves together before heading out of Luang Prabang should try and check out a lovely place a few k's out of town. Four of us turned up at these lovely bungalows for a couple of nights and ended up staying 9 days. The guys who own it are really great, speak good english, they'll pick you up in their old landrover. They serve up some excellent simple Laos food as well as some top notch hospitality. They do a lot for the community and are more than happy ...

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Prophetic writings on Vang Vieng

Posted by somtam2000 on 13/1/2007 at 11:26

Here's a link to a story by AP writer Denis Gray about a 2001 visit to Vang Vieng. While the story is somewhat dated, its conclusion — that Vang Vieng is doomed — is not far off the mark in my opinion. "For some, Vang Vieng is the first stop on a touristic opium trail which weaves through Luang Prabang and ends at Muang Sing in northwestern Laos. But most come to savor the atmosphere of old Asia rapidly vanishing in much of the continent, and probably also doomed in Vang Vieng." Anyone ...

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Urgent! Phonsavan to Vinh - VIP bus scam?

Posted by tombra on 30/1/2007 at 18:26

Hey guys, We have this little issue we would like to We are now in Phonsavan (Laos) and want to go to Hanoi as soon as possible. We have been checking out transportation-options right after we arrived here, and there is supposed to be a VIP bus going from Phonsavan and directly to Vinh. Does anyone know anything about this bustrip? We have heard about scams from the Vietnamese side where the buses that are supposed to go all the way across the border just let you off at the border. ...

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Vang Vieng - Green Discovery Tours / Mulberry Farm

Posted by gempea on 2/2/2007 at 19:57

Has anyone been on any tours with Green Discovery? Their prices seem pretty expensive but they are recommended in my Footprint Guide and on several sites. Also, has anyone stayed at the Mulberry Farm outside of Vang Vieng? It looks like a worthy and interesting place to visit. Do they still have a one-week minimum stay requirement? ...

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