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What to do in Laos?

Posted by caroquette on 16/4/2014 at 19:28

Hey everyone, I'm currently planning my trip via Lonely Planet book, but nothing's better than having some of your personal experience. What do you think is best to see in Laos, places to stay etc... I only have one week. Also, how do you recommend me to travel from Siem Reap to Laos and from Laos to Bangkok? Thank you so much, Best Regards, Carolina ...

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2 new places to recommend near Luang Prabang

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 6/4/2014 at 12:48

Returning recently from Luang Prabang, I'd like to draw attention to 2 rewarding places to visit, which you don't yet learn of from guide books. 1) The Butterfly Park, next to Kwang Si waterfalls, opened only some weeks ago and is a really delightful extra during a visit to Kwang Si. Its centrepiece is a net-enclosed garden, the air full of wonderfully coloured butterflies. The guide points out details of butterfly life all around you, the caterpillars, cocoons, and butterflies busy laying eggs ...

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Medications over the border from Vientiane?

Posted by thinkstopthink on 25/3/2014 at 02:16

I'm in Phonsavan doing a volunteer project and it has taken longer than planned (surprise!) and I'm running low on two medications: Buproprion SR 150mg Citalopram 20mg I can't find these anywhere in Laos. Does anyone know of a pharmacy over the bridge from Vientiane in Nong Khai that I can get prescriptions from? Or maybe Bangkok Hospital in Udon? I know where I would get them if I was in Bangkok, but I'm lost in Nong Khai. Thanks! Jon ...

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 20/3/2014 at 23:22

What's the food scene there like? Good little restaurants and streed food along the river? Is it a cool town to hang out in for a few days? ...

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Trip Report: Motorcycling the Bolaven Plateau

Posted by misplcednotlost on 12/11/2011 at 07:10

Well, the internet sucks here in Pakse (lol) and I just finished writing a trip report before it shut down on me. Here is the second, but way shorter version. (Probably better this way.... haha) 1.. Tad Lo should NOT be missed. Was an incredible place with beautiful views and a variety of accomadation options. You can take the bus here but so much more fun driving yourself there on a motorbike or motorcycle. The ride took about 90 mins, and was paved the whole way. If you do make the journey a ...

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Own foreign vehicle in Laos or Cambodia: how long can it stay?

Posted by wickychicky on 11/3/2014 at 04:08

Hello! We would like to enter Laos soon (this week if possible) with our own vehicle (German registered), which we know is possible and we have all the paperwork for. However, our plan to continue to Vietnam has just fallen through as now one needs an escort vehicle there and it is too expensive. So I would ideally like to spend ca. 3 weeks in Laos (or Cambodia as fallback) and leave the car somewhere and fly to Ha Nai, to return maybe 3 weeks later. That would mean the car being in the coun ...

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Does anyone know where this road is?

Posted by somtam2000 on 3/3/2014 at 06:02

This week's travel film is a short motorbike bit somewhere in Laos. Does anyone know where in the country this is? I'm guessing southcentral - Tha Khaek way, but I don't really recognise the landscape at all. Also, what the hell does the other guy have on the back of his bike?! Cheers ...

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Laos to Cambodia. Via Mekong.

Posted by chinaconsult3 on 26/2/2014 at 22:20

Hi everyone, does anyone know if it is possible to go by smallish boat on the Mekong from Laos to Cambodia. If possible, presumably it would have to be when there is plenty of water in the river. I am aware of the waterfalls and rapids. However I am wondering if there might be any local knowledge of a way past or through this forbidding stretch of river on the border. Brian. ...

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Slow boat Vientiane to Pak Lai then Luang Prabang

Posted by mandyoz on 2/11/2010 at 10:52

Can anyone give me some idea if this route is still operating by cargo passenger boat. I am going in June 2011 and interested to know some details and personal experiences. Thanks Mandy ...

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Laos to China

Posted by chinaconsult3 on 25/2/2014 at 02:15

Hi, is it possible to travel up the Mekong river from Laos to south western China (e.g., Jinghong) via the river border between Laos and Myanmar/Burma? I know that travel was disallowed after some killings of sailors some time ago. Does anybody know if the ban on travel has been lifted? (The reverse journey also?). Brian. ...

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Cycle Touring Laos

Posted by enduro75 on 21/2/2014 at 02:52

Hoping anyone can help. I'm a keen Cycle tourist and have booked a flight in March to Vientiane with my bike and have 3 weeks to get to Hoi An in Vietnam. Initially I had planned to spend a day or two at Vang Viang then onto route 13 via Savannakhet - however North Laos looks more interesting so now thinking of cycling From Vang Viang to Phonsavan then follow route 7 to the Vietnam border. Looking at the map there doesn't appear to be many villages along this route. Does anyone know if ...

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Slow boat upriver from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai

Posted by TassieWombat on 24/2/2014 at 16:45

Does the slow boat go any slower upriver in the wet season? (I know, not the best time for travel in Northern Laos, but life's travels often don't pan out as one would like) [img]smileys/smile.gif[/img]. Seems most folk come down river? Is it more or less crowded? Too difficult for two 70 year olds? We've travelled SE Asia before so are aware what we could be up for..If any one knows let me know please. ...

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Packrafting Laos?

Posted by tikchikak on 17/2/2014 at 23:27

Hello, I'm looking to travel to Laos with my packraft in May. Real preliminary research here, just wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction. I'm looking for a good river to float for 7-14 days. How high up the Nam Ou can you get to float down? Is May a bad time to float? I can handle some rapids, but flood stage could be dangerous! Trying to get out of the touristy areas. Thank you very much! ...

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Some countries do not need a visa for Laos

Posted by Armando696 on 18/2/2014 at 09:06

Citizen of the following countries do not need a visa for Laos: all ASEAN countries. Citizen of the following countries do not need a visa for Laos for a stay up to 15 days: Japan, Luxembourg, Switzerland, regardless if you enter by air or at a land border. Just show passport and get it stamped, same thing like in Thailand. For a longer stay a visa is needed. ...

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New Lao"“China border crossing in Phongsali province

Posted by Ed_Aves on 13/2/2014 at 08:11

Hello all I read last month in the Vientiane Times that a second Lao/China border crossing had opened up for international tourists in December, between Lan Toui/Lan Tuy in Phongsali province, right in the very northern tip of Laos, and Meuang Kham on the Chinese side. Has anyone made this crossing, or does anyone know anyone who has? I saw at the tourist office in Phongsali that there is apparently a daily bus from Phongsali to Lan Tuy at 9am, but does anyone know about the journey, t ...

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Slow boat down the Mekong - HoueiSay to Luang Prabang

Posted by mangie on 15/11/2006 at 02:30

Hi Guys. HoueiSay to Luang Prabang down the Mekong on a slow boat. Any ideas of timings? Border opens at 0800am. Am I better to stay in HoueiSay the night to catch the boat early the next morning? The plan is to break the journey & stay the night in Pakbeng. Can I buy a ticket from HoueiSay to Luang Prabang & stop the night? We aim to do this journey early Feb.07. Do the boats get busy & can you buy tickets in advance? So many questions--Can somebody help with the answers? THANKS. ...

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Long Tieng

Posted by jbhicks on 3/2/2014 at 00:11

I'm planning to make 3-week trip to Laos in March. I am hoping to retrace some of my Dad's old footsteps there. He was there in the early 1970's for the Secret War. One of the places I'd like to go to Long Tieng, but I'm looking for some help on the best way to get there. I'm also wondering if it is possible to see the old runway there. Thank you in advance! ...

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Car Rental in Laos (Pakse)

Posted by Sethlake on 21/12/2010 at 06:40

Are there any updates on renting a jeep type vehicle in Pakse? I would like to do this for my family but it appears impossible to do without a driver. How difficult is it to take a car across the border (Thai-Laos @ Chong Mek). Would you have to pay all sorts of duties and need paperwork proving its your car etc? ...

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Companions needed: Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang 3 day kayak trip

Posted by jemmaremma on 27/2/2012 at 04:24

Hi all! I'm thinking about doing a 3 day kayak trip from Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang in the first week of march and am looking for people to come with and split the cost!! For 3 people its $190 per person and for 4 is $180. this is with the tour operator Green Discovery. The iteniary is as follows: Three full days enjoying the scenery and life of the river. This itinerary is on and about the river. We leave at 8.00 by kayaks and head downstream. Shortly after departing, the river separates ...

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slow boat trip south

Posted by birgitdeuss on 9/9/2008 at 02:40

In October 08 we will be in Laos and would like to do a slow boattrip on the Mekong or any other river. Preferably in the South, or otherwise North. On the net we've found very posh, expensive trips or scam trips with 20+ people on one boat. There must be other ways... Help! ...

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