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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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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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Luang Prabang to Hanoi, need info on bus travel through north east Laos

Posted by itchyfeet on 10/11/2006 at 10:02

I was wondering if anyone has some information on taking a bus from : Luang Prabang to Nong Kiaow to Nam Nua (xamnua) to Hanoi I would be grateful for any information on travel times and bus times. We are hoping to get to vietnam within 4-5 days. Also just personal recounts would be helpful too. thanks to all, John and Meg ...

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travellers cheques in provincial towns

Posted by wanderingcat on 8/11/2006 at 12:08

anyone knows if banks in provincial towns like Houay Xai, Luang Namtha, Oudomxai (even Phongsali) will cash Amex USD travellers cheques? thanks for your help! ...

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north south/south north

Posted by inky on 6/11/2006 at 20:52

hi folks not sure whether to travel north/south or south north. will be in thailand for 1 week and laos for 3 weeks,would like some suggestions on some ideas,on boarder crossings etc? and whats with the newby tag,am a veteran of 3 posts now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...

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Posted by inky on 6/11/2006 at 21:24

i notice its $30 for visa on thh laos border,do i take it it that sterling is not accepted,and would it be better for me to use baht,or exchange sterling to a few $s depending on the exchange rate before i leave? ...

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Posted by inky on 6/11/2006 at 17:20

hey there i know this has been asked loads of times!!! travelling to laos next year,1 week thailand,3 weeks laos. need some advise on visas,must sees and some info on travel agents in laos. thanks in advance adrian ...

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Plain of Jars

Posted by Georgie on 3/11/2006 at 17:38

Is the Plain of Jars a nightmare to get to if you can't afford to fly? How much are flights? Is it all worth it in the end? I want to go but my husband isn't sure. ...

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Visas for Laos

Posted by tomboreynolds on 27/10/2006 at 01:21

Hi, Could anyone please advise on the speed and ease of getting a visa for Laos if you are in the North of Thailand. Our present plans, as part of a big gap year trip, mean we will be in the Chiang Mai /Chiang Rai region but will not have the opportunity to get the Laos visa in advance of our arrival. We want to cross the border and head for Luang Prabang. Any thoughts much appreciated as well as any views or tips on treks in Northern Thailand. Regrds Tom R ...

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It's easy to forget just how beautiful Laos is

Posted by somtam2000 on 1/11/2006 at 05:18

Digging through some material today I found a "filed" (ie., lost) CD full of pics from Nong Kiaow and Muang Ngoi -- two classic backpacker destinations upriver from Luang Prabang -- including all the accommodation pictures that have long been missing from Travelfish. While adding in the guesthouse pics, I was struck by just how breathtakingly beautiful the area is -- the photo of the guy strumming a guitar on his guesthouse balcony looking over the river on Muang Ngoi as the river sets, had m ...

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just a few questions............for now

Posted by rigo on 23/10/2006 at 14:08

hi guys, i am just fine tuning my itinerary,i have got as far as pakse ( early jan)and wondered what other travellers would recommend we do in the few days that we have down there before we head into cambodia, which of the islands to stay on etc. i also wondered how we would get from eg don det to voen kham(how long) and is it still a nightmare to get from vk to stung treng? one last question, is it imperative that we take malaria medication ? cheers for now ...

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Paddling Nam Kading or Hinboun

Posted by romandaniel on 29/10/2006 at 06:34

I'm going to Laos at the end of November and I'd like to spend some time paddling a river or two in Khammouan or Bolikhamsay provinces (Nam Hinboun? Nam Kading?). I mean not very difficult rivers, with several days on water and overnight camping on the river banks. Do you think it is possible to rent (buy?) some local paddle boat there or should I bring my own inflatable one or is it the idea foolish at all? I appreciate any recommendation. ...

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