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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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?
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 ...
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 ...
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:
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! ...
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)
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...