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Laos Railway (paid for by China)

Posted by caseyprich on 16/1/2014 at 19:56

An interesting article (very short, as these ex-pat rags are known to do it). Basically says the deal is all but done for China to build a railway through Laos. http://shanghaiist.com/2014/01/15/china_to_build_high-speed_rail_to_s.php ...

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A delightful little rort in Pakse

Posted by froglink on 20/1/2014 at 09:07

You have to take experiences like this with humour and enjoy getting fleeced from time to time, especially when it is done so graciously. The police guarding the bridge across the Xe Don on the way north to the airport have a charming way of getting a bit of pocket money. It happened like this. I was on a hired motorbike. I took off from the traffic lights just short of the bridge with everyone else and wondered why the light changed to red so fast. A policeman sauntered out into the road and ca ...

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Would you get anti-malaria and anti-rabies preventative treatments for Luang Prabang?

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 15/1/2014 at 17:12

We're going to Luang Prabang for a week, nowhere else in Laos bar day trips on the river, and we are flying in and out of LP. On going for injections for typhoid, tetanus etc, I was recommended to also take preventative medicines against malaria and against rabies. I was surprised because I hadn't thought there was a significant risk of either in Luang Prabang itself. I'd like to ask regular visitors to Luang Prabang and people who know Laos well: Do you / would you take anti-malarials t ...

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Sleeperbus Vientiane to Bangkok

Posted by Pjotra on 11/1/2014 at 03:00

We did some checking upon prices in Vientiane , but apart from the Guesthouses that a 100 THB to the price, all small tervelagents asked 1100 THB, for which they promised a VIP bus. When asked how many seats, the response would be standard:45 The ingternet tells us that this should be 24 on the VIP of The Transport company. Price 660 THB When we exchanged the tickets from the travelagent against the real travelingvouchers, we found out that: -the pickup plus drive to the border, across the br ...

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money questions re arrival in Luang Prabang

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 10/1/2014 at 02:50

1) To get Laotian kip, where is there a reliable ATM in Luang Prabang ? At airport? In town? 2) If there isn't, where is a good place to change $ cash? 3) We're arriving in Luang Prabang on a Sunday. If no ATM, is there anywhere open to change $ cash? Or should / can we get some kip before travelling? (I've been guessing this would be impossible, expensive or illegal.) 4) Our hotel has arranged a car to meet us at Luang Prabang airport at a $ price, which we've agreed. Should we pay this to the ...

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Vientiane to Phonsavan

Posted by VenNL on 5/1/2014 at 06:34

We will be travelling from south to nord Laos for 3 weeks in February & March. I've got most of our plans ready, but I'm not sure how to tackle the trip from Vientiane to Phonsavan . We like to travel by bus, but this is a bit to much for one day. The scenery around Vang Vieng sounds beautifull, but I'm not sure we would like this overpartied place. What would be a nice alternative? And can we get from there to Phonsavan by bus? Thanks! ...

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What vaccinations necessary or advisable for Laos? Luang Prabang only.

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 2/1/2014 at 07:23

What vaccinations are necessary or advisable for Laos? We're UK residents and we're staying entirely in Luang Prabang - plus day trips on the Mekong. Expecting that no vaccinations are required - but are any advisable? ...

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Nightbus Vientiane to Bangkok

Posted by Pjotra on 4/1/2014 at 01:15

Does anyone have a recent experience with the Vientiane to Bangkok nightbus? Like how many sleepers, 32,24 or even 21? Price? Pickup from guesthouse or tuktuk to the busstation etc. Thanks in advance for some usefull comment! P. ...

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Language requirements for holiday in Luang Prabang?

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 2/1/2014 at 07:33

How much need is there to learn a little Lao language for a holiday in Luang Prabang only? How widespread is English-language? Will there still be any people who understand French but not English? I usually learn a little local language but repeatedly find it's not needed. ...

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Flying from Bangkok to Luang Prabang

Posted by WithcottKate on 13/12/2013 at 22:42

I'm flying into Bangkok in February and at this stage plan to fly directly to Luang Prabang the next day to save myself some travel time. Regarding cost and reliability, would it be best to book my flight once I'm in Bangkok or book ahead on a site like skyscanner? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. ...

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Luang Prabang low season

Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 30/12/2013 at 06:09

Is it fairly quiet around June/July? How does it compare to Chiang Mai in terms of tourist numbers? ...

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beware of Agoda, Halolao Bacpackers LPB has moved.

Posted by Pjotra on 25/12/2013 at 05:06

Apart from the fact that Agoda steals 100% of your down payment to secure a room somewhere ( better buy a simcard and phone yourself in advance) it can also happen that, without notification, your reserved guesthouse does not exist anymore, and your rservation has been taken over by someone else. Happened to us around Newyears Eve 2012/2013, when we thought to have booked for 4 nights at Halolao Bacpackers in Luang Prabang. Upon arrival it appeared they had moved to another spot, rising their pr ...

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Safe to drink ice / washed vegetables?

Posted by dhet on 13/12/2013 at 02:15

I hope you won't view this as too paranoid, but after getting sick in India and Bolivia we have some questions. If I step into one of those western-feeling coffee shops in Vientiane and order a drink with ice, how is the ice made? Is it ice made from tap water, or has the water been purified/filtered? Similarly in a restaurant serving fresh vegetables (they have not been part of the cooking process), are these vegetables washed in the tap water, or filtered/purified/bottled water? Thanks f ...

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Panasonic camera repair in Vientiane

Posted by PaulJohann on 22/12/2013 at 01:27

Hi, the on/off-switch of my Panasonic Lumix camera broke yesterday. Does anybody know about a repair shop for this in Vientiane? Any help appreciated. Thanks Paul ...

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Motorbike Licence in Laos

Posted by Gale on 14/12/2013 at 14:49

Hi All Heading to Laos in Feb/Mar 2014. Planning on riding the Thakhek loop. Husband and I have a motorbike licence issued in Victoria Australia. We will get an IDP from the RACV, the state run motoring association at a cost of $35.50. Wondering if the IDP will make us legal to ride motorcycles in Laos? There is a list of countries and requirements on the RACV website but Laos is not mentioned. See link http://www.racv.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/racv/Internet/Primary/travel/driving+overseas/interna ...

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Muang Sing changed

Posted by Pjotra on 18/12/2013 at 21:15

Two years ago we visited Muang Sing in january and had a great time. Although there are a bunch of Chinese imported motorbikes for sale, no one rents them out, so you have to cycle. We went there again, now in december 2013 and were absolutely disappointed. The Chinese have invaded the town and run shops with all kind of inferior stuff on every corner. There are, as before, two restaurants that are open ( there are a lot of signs ' Restaurant' but ghey ere all closed down) We ate at both two y ...

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Busing it from pakse to siem reap

Posted by takezo on 15/12/2013 at 10:27

Hey! I am flying to Pakse from Luang Prabang on Dec 23,but the flight doesn't get there until 12.10 pm. So does that mean slim pickings for transport to Dot Kon the same day? And secondly, continuing onward from Dot Kon to Siem Reap how is bus travel best arranged? From Pakse through to SR? And if so, is such a ticket flexible, i.e. can I stay in the delta as many days as I want? Much obliged ...

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Scenic trek in northern Laos

Posted by coralidiote on 13/12/2013 at 11:55

My boyfriend and I are looking for a beautiful two days trek with a guide in northern Laos. We will go to Luang Nam Tha (and Muang Sing or Muang Long if needed), Udomxai, Muang Khua, Muang Ngoi Neu and Nong Khiaw. Where do you think we can find the most scenic trek among these places? If the trek is also not much frequented by tourists, that would be perfect! ...

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Vang Vieng or Vieng Xai and Phonsavan

Posted by coralidiote on 6/12/2013 at 11:58

I am planning a one month travel in Laos in February and I'm hesitating between two itineraries from Nong Kiaow to Tha Khaek: one stopping by Vang Vieng and the other going to Vieng Xai and Phonsavan. So I am wondering if someone could help me make a choice. What are the differences between Vieng Xai and Vang Vieng? I feel that Vieng Xai is less touristic but also smaller and less beautiful. Am I right? Has anyone been to Vieng Xai and Vang Vieng and could help me make a choice? ...

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Dams on the Nam Ou - article

Posted by wanderingcat on 3/11/2013 at 22:48

Title: Death of the riverboats Source: http://www.geographical.co.uk/Magazine/Mekong_River_dam_-_Oct_13.html Part of a huge hydro-electricity project on the Mekong River and its tributaries, the construction of the Nam Ou 2 dam in Laos could devastate the lives of thousands who rely on the river for their income. Geographical magazine (UK), Ocober 2013 In Richard Flanagan's novel Death of a River Guide, Aljaz Cosini, trapped, drowning under Tasmanian rapids, has a series of visions in which ...

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