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overland travel from hanoi to luang prabang via bus -- seeking detailed information!!

Posted by danthony88 on 30/10/2014 at 11:50

Hello travelers, trekkers the rest of y'all with wanderlust in your hearts -- My friend is teaching English in Taiwan (I live in the U.S.) and we're meeting up to backpack around Southeast Asia starting in mid-late January for a month or two. Our first stop is Hanoi , after which we want to head west through Vietnam and Laos to Luang Prabang. I've read lots of horror stories about the Hanoi-LP bus, but our sense of adventure (and finances) dictate this mode of travel, so we will not be dis ...

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VoA - Vientiane Land border

Posted by Boohoo on 31/10/2014 at 21:42

Hi, Currently working my way up through Thailand. Can I get a visa on arrival at the Nong Khai crossing? Also, can a visa for Vietnam still be obtained in Vientianne? I've already visited parts of Laos so I'm looking to get over to Vietnam as quick as I can so I can travel down from around Hue then cross into Cambodia. I'd appreciate an advice. Sorry if this is covering a few forums but I wasn't sure of the best place to post. Cheers ...

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Northern Laos - Advices and transports

Posted by McKracken on 1/10/2014 at 07:16

Hi, I'd like to have some advice on my next trip to Laos. We are planning to visit Laos end of October to beginning of November, 15 days approximately. Nothing is really defined, we currently only know that we will enter the 25th from Pakse and exit from Huay Xai on the 7th of November (we fly to the Thai borders from/to Bangkok, and then cross by bus). While the ideas for the South are pretty clear (going around for 5-6 days), we do not know how approach the North part. We would like to ...

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Thailand to Laos Overland

Posted by littlek on 29/10/2014 at 07:51

Hello! I'm heading to Laos on a whim in about 3 weeks and I'm looking for some advice. I will have about 4 weeks there. I'm an independent traveler but I'm hoping to make some friends along the way, of course. I'm in my mid-20's so I don't mind the backpacker scene but I'm also not adverse to dodging crowds in order to experience something great, I'm thinking about flying into Bangkok (it's the cheapest option) and heading up through Thailand to the border and heading over into Vientiane. Any ti ...

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Vientiane to Luang Prabang by buss

Posted by air420 on 26/10/2014 at 21:04

Does anyone know where to buy a buss tickets (A/C or VIP busses) for traveling from Vientiane to Luang Prabang, and where the busses depart from and at what time? ...

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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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