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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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Viewed 3,326 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Pippi on 31/1/2014 at 08:35

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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Savannakhet to Pakse - Urgent help please

Posted by Bridgequeen on 7/12/2013 at 08:27

I am currently in Savannakhet and have asked my very helpful hotel to book a bus for me to Pakse, i need to get there on Monday. They kind of laughed. I have spent the afternoon searching for a travel agent. I also googled to find that there is a flight, which I would prefer but you cannot book it on the Lao Airlines site. I know I could probably pay to go to the bus station tomorrow and try to explain but I would much rather sort it in town with somebody who speaks English. any ideas??? ...

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Any change to 'visa on arrival' at Luang Prabang airport?

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 2/1/2014 at 07:28

Just checking anxiously - it's still the case, isn't it, that for air entry to Laos via Luang Prabang UK citizens buy a visa on arrival at Luang Prabang airport? What's the cost in 2014? ...

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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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Viewed 1,564 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 24/1/2014 at 23:28

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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Viewed 2,864 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by EdwardTrunk on 19/1/2014 at 08:56

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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