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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: 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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Hmong New Year 2013

Posted by wanderingcat on 11/12/2013 at 00:33

Hmong New Year celebrations in Luang Prabang & Lak 52 started on 4 Dec (maybe 3 Dec for the latter) 2013. It lasts for about 10 days, so anyone who is in Laos & interested in seeing the celebrations can catch it there. You'll see people dressed in their finest traditional garb, the ball tossing courtship game, singing, dancing & khaen (traditional bamboo wind instrument) performances, cockfighting, some small food & game stalls, & booths where you can wear Hmong tradition ...

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our itinerary is shaping up..sort of..... some help on details???

Posted by lucysmom on 22/10/2013 at 21:36

HI, flying in to vientiane on the evening of the 22nd-- after a LONG day (ny, TOkyo, hong kong, bangkok... ugh) thoughts thus far are to spend the 23rd in Vientiane transit to VV on the 24th ( i wanted to avoid traveling on christmas which is also my daughter, lucy's birthday..) stay there for two days and go to LP on the 27th-- i am wondering if we should just book a place in LP for the duration and do day trips from there (or an overnight or two further north?) we have to be back in BKK f ...

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Malaria risk

Posted by evans112 on 9/12/2013 at 12:00

I am going to north thailand in February and then travelling down the Mekong From Huay Xai to Luang Prabang by slow boat and then spending a few days in Luang Peabang What are the malaria risk doing this and do I need to take anti malaria tablets or any other precautions Many thanks ...

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2 day tour to Bolaven plateau, starting from Pakse on Dec 22nd 2013

Posted by BillieK on 9/12/2013 at 05:27

Dear fellow travelers, I am putting together a small tour group for a very interesting trip to the Bolaven plateau: We would visit waterfalls, ethnic groups, coffee and tea plantations for 2 days and 1night starting from Pakse on December 22nd 2013 until the evening of December 23rd where we return to Pakse. The one day trips that are usually offered are supposed to be very stressful and people seem to be quite in a rush, most longer tours seem to put their focus on long trekking tours. ...

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should i go to laos or give it a miss??

Posted by aim88 on 13/11/2013 at 15:05

I am doing the usual thai, cambodia, vietnam trip and was hoping to then head to indonesia but I am now wondering whether to go to laos instead...I would be going in march so is this time good for weather?and would laos be good for a 30year old solo traveller...not sure the vang vieng tubing thing is for me! I guess what I want to know is if there is anyone that can sell laos to me over indonesia?! Thank you ...

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3 week itinerary - Bangkok, Laos and Cambodia

Posted by corion on 18/11/2013 at 05:56

Hi everyone, I am planning a 3 week trip in May 2014 to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. I am flying from London and plan to head to Bangkok first as I believe this where I can get cheapest direct flights to get into the region. I am travelling with my wife and we are keen photographers looking for a mixture of temples, natural scenery, and good food. So here is my rough itinerary:- -Fly from Bangkok to Phnom Penh (Flight using Bangkok Airlines) -Phnom Penh (2 nights and 1.5 days -Bus (Mekong ...

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Pakse to Si Phan Don - 4000 islands

Posted by Boohoo on 20/11/2013 at 23:25

Hi, Arriving into Pakse tomorrow lunchtime. Bit of advice required. Is Pakse worth a night stop over or should I skip it? How often are the buses to Si Phan Don? Could I get on one as soon as I get to Pakse? Am I right in saying the bus will drop you at Muang Khong then you get a boat from here? Finally, which islands are best to stay on for a little nightlife but nothing too extreme(I want to relax a little but would like to meet other travellers too). Of course, I want cheap guest hous ...

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Posted by odo on 21/11/2013 at 11:04

Hi, I plan on using my UK commission free bank card with ATMs in Laos (& Thailand), but is there anything, apart from the visa on arrival, that I would need $ for in preference to local currencies? Buying smaller amounts of $ in the UK is a bit of a rip off exchange rate these days, so I don't want to buy more than I need & lose more by having to change them again into other currencies. I would rather pay for treks & accommodation in Thai Baht. Who charges the lowest ATM commissio ...

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Hotel recommendation

Posted by takezo on 14/11/2013 at 05:01

Can anybody recommend a budget place in Luang Prabang based on recent experience? Doesn't have to be slap bang in the centre of town, but you know, decent enough. Thanks ...

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Missing Man

Posted by grainger1981 on 19/11/2013 at 18:55

John-Paul Conley a UK national was swept away in a river on Don Khon 4000 Islands, Lao today. The search will resume at dawn, if you are living, working in or visiting the area and can offer any assistance please help. ...

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Solo traveller looking for travel buddies

Posted by rafadopoulos on 20/11/2013 at 07:10

Hi I am a 32 year old female from Melbourne. Going to spend 2 weeks in Laos starting in Vientiane and finishing in LP. Dates 23 Nov to 6 Dec 2013. Looking for solo travellers that are interested in meeting up for drinks, dinner, day trips etc. ...

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travel and trekking question

Posted by lucysmom on 16/11/2013 at 15:28

apologies if this has been posted already-- i had thought i posted it earlier today-- but don't see the post. anyway-- i was wondering if it is going to be possible to book treks and travel from luang prabang (to Nong Kiau, etc) over the holidays while we are there -- or should i book in advance? I have looked at booking in advance and it really does come at a premium-- I do understand the 'you get what you pay for' thing but here the price differential seems pretty extraordinary-- we are ...

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Typhoon updates please

Posted by BlingDiva on 8/11/2013 at 09:57

Just wondering what the weather information is on the ground in Laos? From what I just read online it says that this storm could be one of the worst for Laos? What are the weather updates there? What is expected? And where is the storm most likely to hit? Thanks for any information ...

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Itinerary advice?

Posted by OptsDan on 8/11/2013 at 01:15

Hello am currently in Laos, have been chilling in luang prabang for nearly a week now. Got my vietnam visa today, beginning on the 22nd can enter two weeks today! Going to vang vieng tomorrow by bus to kick back and explore the area for a while, then onto vientiene. Is two weeks too long for these 2 destinations? Or are there any other places definitely worth visiting? also, what method would you recommend taking to get to vietnam? We want to go from the north down to the south, so w ...

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12 days in Laos NEXT WEEK - Itinerary help!! (Vientiane > LP)

Posted by shanghaigirl135 on 5/11/2013 at 05:03

Hello travelers! We are a couple traveling to Laos next week (mid-Nov). We'll be there for 12 days: flying into Vientiane , leaving from Luang Prabang 12 days later. We would be so grateful for travel suggestions from those who have been there -- standalone destinations, day-trips from Vien. / LP, trekking, etc. We're fairly active, in our mid-20s, and would love to see some local culture/places "off the beaten path." We had originally planned: 3 days Vientiane / 3 days Vang Vien ...

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Travel during April May

Posted by Kriztofire on 3/11/2013 at 04:46

I'm going on a six week tour of thialand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in April/May next year. Most of the web says this is the worst time to go. Can anyone share their experience and advice on traveling during this time? Can it be that bad?? ...

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Itinerary Advice: Luang Prabang, Luang Namtha & Phongsali

Posted by jeanne1307 on 30/10/2013 at 22:54

I am flying from Cambodia to either Luang Prabang or Luang Namtha. I have about 14 days. I was considering the following itinerary and want to know if this is too rushed. NOTE if it takes longer to travel overland to vietnam, i have built a buffer in my itinerary in case busses or boats take longer than expected in Laos. * Fly to LP * 3 Full days in LP * Travel Day to LN (via Oudomxay) * 3 Full days in LN * Travel Day to Oudomaxay (bus) * Morning Bus to Phongsali (bus) * 2 Full days in Phon ...

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