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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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Viewed 1,828 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by sunlvr on 14/8/2014 at 13:29

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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Could you please give me some advice on my Lao itinerary (3 weeks)

Posted by DrNugu on 11/7/2014 at 18:44

Hi there. We are a middle-aged (40's) couple looking to explore some of Laos. We have about 3-weeks and we're arriving during wet season (Late July-Mid August). We love sightseeing, cultural activities (cooking classes, visiting hill tribes, learning), light adventure (short treks, rafting, waterfalls), and relaxing by the water or pool. We're not interested in elephants, grueling treks, or killer bus rides. We don't mind flying around domestically if we can. This is a rough itinerary that I pu ...

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Northern Thailand to Laos - advice much appreciated

Posted by Poohh on 30/6/2014 at 04:53

Hi all, At July 21st my visa for Thailands ends, so I need to leave the country. Since I'll be in the North, I thought it makes sense to pick Laos as my next destination. As far as I know now, the border crossing Huay Xai / Chiang Khong is the one to pick from Chiang Rai. But after that I'm in the dark....I don't wan't to take the slow boat, and the other option is the bus to Luang Prabang. As I understand, the latter is a really long and uncomfortable ride, and I wonder how others have des ...

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Viewed 3,143 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by Poohh on 18/7/2014 at 23:34

travel buddy for laos in 6 weeks.

Posted by salpatttt on 4/6/2014 at 03:12

Thirtysomething guy looking for a travel buddy for a couple of lazy months in Laos. Fun n easy going. ...

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Viewed 1,541 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by Poohh on 1/7/2014 at 10:59

Nam Ghong Provincial Protected Area in Attapeu

Posted by gregmccann1 on 19/6/2014 at 11:04

Does anyone know anything about a place called Nam Ghong Provincial Protected Area (NGPPA) at the very bottom of Laos along the Cambodian border? I've made a blog that contains some maps, one photo, and some information. As far as I know there are no roads into the area, no ecotourism, no conservation groups working there, nothing. It's 100,000 hectares and contiguous with Cambodia's Virachey National Park (see the maps and Google Earth in the blog linked above). I am wondering if anyone knows a ...

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Viewed 3,016 times, with 14 replies. Last reply by gregmccann1 on 26/6/2014 at 19:52

Vientiane in 4 days - too long?

Posted by Eldwyer90 on 18/6/2014 at 21:57

Hi Guys, I need to travel to Laos from Bangkok this weekend to get my working visa. I thought I would take the opportunity to make a small holiday out of it. If I travel Friday night, I will arrive in Vientiane Saturday Morning. I am unfortunately confined to Vientiane as I need to be at the embassy early Monday morning and I will need to pick it up the next day on Tuesday. I will be travelling back to Thailand tuesday night. I have heard there isn't a great deal to do in Vientiane. Does a ...

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Viewed 2,471 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by exacto on 19/6/2014 at 07:56

Buying motorbike in Pakse

Posted by MrWonka on 14/6/2014 at 07:03

Hi, How is the market for used motorbikes in Pakse? My budget is tight. Are Minsk 125cc common? Thanks ...

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Direct bus from Hanoi to Vientiane : Road conditions?

Posted by Stellathediver on 11/6/2014 at 10:53

Hello, I was wondering if the roads are winding between Hanoi and Vientiane ? I know that going from Vientiane to Luang Prabang , the roads can make you very nauseous seeing as they go through mountains and are very windy. I was wondering if this would also be the case from Hanoi to Vientiane! I really hope not! Also, since it;s the rainy season that would be dangerous to drive through steep and narrow roads especially on mountains. Thanks. ...

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Decided to go to Laos! - Having a hard time with so little time.

Posted by marianaamc on 4/2/2014 at 13:03

I posted some time ago, that I was undecided on weather to go to Laos or Malaysia. After some researching I decided Laos appealed me the most but as I started to research I also started to worry about the time I've got. I realized I was not counting some days, travel days to Bangkok and I've now booked my flights. So i have 13 full days to go to Laos and I was thinking about doing it overland, just the northern part of the country, going to nong khai and from chiang mai via night trains. My prob ...

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Laos in 14 days with partner and child! Any suggestions?

Posted by BradleyK1972 on 12/2/2014 at 09:41

Hi Everyone! I'm new to this site and have only just discovered it. I'm addicted already and have just spent the last 3 or 4 hours just reading as much info as I can. It's great! Anyway... My partner and I are wanting to go to Laos for about 14 or 15 days starting in mid June and we would like to take our 8 year old son with us as well. There is so much that I would like to see but I don't want to get sucked into trying to see too much and then end up feeling like we've spent the majority of ou ...

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Expat websites for Laos

Posted by placeshifter on 31/7/2010 at 23:29

Just curious if there's an active ex-pat discussions board for people living in Laos by any chance? ...

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Viewed 4,128 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by SoManyMiles on 9/6/2014 at 05:02

Hanoi - Kong Lo Cave (bus?)

Posted by Noes on 25/5/2014 at 22:27

Hi guys. Thanks for the forum, its great at helped us a lot on our journey! At the moment we are in Ho Chi Minh and are moving up to Hanoi , and seeing the coast of Vietnam. In Laos we want to see the Kong Lo Cave, then go tubing and seeing some more caves in Vang Vieng and end up in Luang Prabang where we will take the bus to Kunming, China and then go to Guangzhou by train. But how do we go from Hanoi to Kong Lo Cave? Or as close as posible? Thanks in advance //Noes ...

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Siem Reap to Luang Prabang via Vientiane

Posted by georgie150 on 2/6/2014 at 07:04

Hi there, 2 of us are planning on travelling from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang via Vientiane in the next day or so. We were planning on flying but the flights are about 230USD (left it very late to book). We can't really justify that cost so are now thinking of going overland via the following route: Taxi / bus from here (SR) to the border near Poipet, cross the border, get a tuk tuk to the bus station, get a bus to Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima) then either a bus or train to Nonk Khai. From t ...

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Multiple Entry Visa

Posted by Asheai on 4/4/2009 at 21:07

Does this exist? I want to enter South Laos via Cambodia, exiting Laos into Vietnam... then I plan on traveling up to North Vietnam and re-entering Laos in the north. Does this mean I need 2 Laos visas? How much am I looking at for a Canadian?... also, can you enter Laos from Cambodia and Vietnam without arranging visas beforehand? I heard that the Cambodia border crossing doesn't have this ability - so how long would it take and where would I get a visa if need one? ...

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Viewed 9,006 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by SoManyMiles on 2/6/2014 at 23:42

Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai

Posted by hmuscente1 on 28/5/2010 at 20:47

Hello, I will be traveling in SEA in the beginning/middle of August and I was hoping someone could give me some advice on travel times and ways to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai . My friend and I will be spending a short time in Laos before having to make our way to Chiang Rai to take a flight back down to Bkk. Our itinerary as of right now is: Day one: Arriving in Vientiane in the late-ish afternoon. Day two: spending the morning in Vientiane and then making our way into Vang Vi ...

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