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some questions and help with a trip

Posted by lucysmom on 10/10/2013 at 18:42

Hi, i hope that you will please forgive the uneducated questions-- i am sort of behind the 8 ball on planning this one and trying to at least figure out entry and exit points-- we have two weeks (give or take) around christmas -- we will be traveling from NYC via Tokyo (and this is set in stone-- got tickets on miles-- though it doesn't seem like it was a good idea a this point since onward travel is looking insanely expensive! but at any rate...) .SO, I think if we fly into and out of BKK th ...

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Big Changes in Vang Vieng?

Posted by ehenness on 31/8/2012 at 12:02

I'm suprised this hasn't shown up as a post on this forum yet....or maybe I missed it. Basically the Laos government has shut down almost all the tubing bars in Vang Vieng. There are talks of changes saying people will now be required to wear life-jackets etc, shut down all the tubing bars by 6pm etc. I'm not taking one sid ...

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Phou Khao Khouay, how to visit?

Posted by boleslav on 11/10/2013 at 17:10

I am looking for some ideas how to arrange a trekking in Phou Kway (or Phou Khao Khouay. ) Have you done a trip there, would you advise on how to arrange it? I have looked at a web site that offered one day trip for "only"$145 pp thank you ...

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Viewed 1,041 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by JaiYen88 on 13/10/2013 at 12:35

Government Bus From Vientianne to Sam Neua

Posted by theloner on 8/10/2013 at 06:55

Interested in getting a government bus direct to Sam Neua. Not one of those large white mafia run rip off vans that stop in the middle of nowhere and then demand you pay what ever they wish otherwise they dump you off in the middle of nowhere. Witnessed this in 2009 and watched as some Lao were robbed of all their cash and then stranded. Not long ago there were affordable buses that ran throughout much of Laos. Hopefully they still exist. Does anyone know if there are any from the bus station in ...

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How to arrange caving in Chom Ong cave, Oudomxay area?

Posted by boleslav on 5/10/2013 at 13:26

We would like to engage a travel agent to help organize a caving trip to the Chom Ong cave. Would you have any recommendation where to start, who to contact? thank you for any advice. ...

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Viewed 1,858 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by Geer1 on 11/10/2013 at 14:35

Laos again and again

Posted by FGeilenkirchen on 7/9/2013 at 11:52

Hi i plan my 4th trip to Laos after a travel in the south (4000 Islands) Slow Boat to Thailand , Vientiane Luang Prabang , Plain of Jars, I missed only central Laos ( Thakhek) and Nong Khiaw .Any suggestions? But i have only two weeks this year. thanks ...

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Follow the Tiger - Nam Et National Protected area - MUST SEE - NAM Nern Night Safari

Posted by marakusch on 16/12/2010 at 13:11

We have recently been checking on a newly established project tour which leads into one of the most remote areas in Laos. It was created by the WCS (Wildlife conservation society). It is a night safari to spot wildlife in protected jungle from a boat...quite impressive! Cool thing is the stay in the jungle houses... I'm not sure if I can include pictures here, but maybe worth checking online. The starting point of the journey is the small town Vieng Thong, located near the protected area in the ...

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Any info on one way bike rentals?

Posted by odo on 30/9/2013 at 16:11

Well, the bus journeys from Vientiane - Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang sound like a bit of a drag. Is it possible, or even advisable to rent a motorbike for one way trips on either or both of the 2 legs? (December) ...

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Luang Namtha/Muang Sing itinerary + LP Wats

Posted by grishgori on 17/5/2013 at 07:08

I'm arriving to Luang Namtha somewhere in mid-end September this year and I'm planning on spending 5 days in LN and MS combined In Luang Namtha I'm looking for spending about 2 days in the NPA which would leave me 3 days for the villages located around Muang Sing Question is - are the villages around MS doable independently(bicycle+map) or taking an organized trek through an agency is a must? also I would like to travel along and watch the Chinese border how are the sights around there and is th ...

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Viewed 2,420 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by boleslav on 3/10/2013 at 17:49

Travling north Laos to the south

Posted by Oligodfrey on 25/9/2013 at 11:50

Hi ya! Was just wondering how possible it is to get to the south of Laos from the north,once you've been around Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang an all that by bus/coach? What's the best rout for Laos basically. Me and my girlfriend done Laos last year, but only went to the northern places and didn't get down the south. We Will be there from around January nx year and Want to go bk to the places we've been but also want to travel down to the self as well, then on to Cambodia. Any ideas much appreshea ...

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Viewed 3,845 times, with 20 replies. Last reply by Rufus on 30/9/2013 at 19:20

Best way of getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Luang Prabhang

Posted by blueyofsorrento on 17/9/2013 at 04:37

Hello, fellow Travelfishers! We're travelling to Vietnam on 1st November 2013. This is our 4th visit to VN and we'd like to do Laos, probably, but not necessarily, Luang Prabhang. Is there any easy (quick) way to get to LP from HCMC? From searching air travel sites, it's either horrendously expensive or it takes so long, it's as if you have to go via the North Pole! We normally do our own bookings on line and have often booked with the little travel kiosks in the major VN cities without pro ...

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Viewed 2,591 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by blueyofsorrento on 24/9/2013 at 04:48

When best to visit Luang Prabang within November - February period?

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 10/9/2013 at 03:36

To visit Luang Prabang specifically, I'm trying to choose a month between November and February inclusive, thinking about weather and crowded periods and any festivals. What should I bear in mind in choosing when to visit during this period? How do these 4 months vary in this part of Laos? Any periods to avoid? ...

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From Huay Xai to Nong Khiaw?

Posted by Cata on 17/9/2013 at 15:24

Hi, I will be i Laos in October, probably for arround 7/9 days. I would like to go to Nong Khiaw/Muang Ngoi and Luang Prabang. I´ll probably be entering Laos through Huay Xai and leaving from LP. Do you know if there is any buses from Huay Xai to Nong Khiaw?? If not, what would be better?, to go from Huay Xai to Nong Khiaw, via Luang Nam Tha (spending a night there if I must) or to go from the border to LP and from there go for 2/3 says to Nong Khiaw? Thanks a lot!! ...

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Viewed 3,437 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 18/9/2013 at 23:09

land transport

Posted by kiko1984 on 16/9/2013 at 10:44

Does anybody know if there is a direct bus conection between Paksan and Phonsavanh?.Thanx. ...

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Viewed 1,680 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 16/9/2013 at 17:51

'cinema porridge' in Vientiane

Posted by wanderingcat on 30/7/2013 at 07:35

'cinema porridge' is my nickname for the bunch of food stalls that used to sprout up early in the morning at the foyer of the former Viengsamay cinema along Chao Anou Rd. there was a stall selling pork porridge with pa-thong-ko (you2 tiao2 / Chinese fried dough fritters), one doing coffee, another offering banh cuon, & a fourth with khao piak (sen). more than 3 years since i last ate there...heard that the place is now gone...anyone knows where these stalls have relocated to? or of other sim ...

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Viewed 2,590 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by wanderingcat on 15/9/2013 at 10:33

Don dhet to Pakse

Posted by Radishman on 12/9/2013 at 20:09

Is it possible to leave Don Dhet in the morning and get to Pakse in time for the 12:55pm or 17:15 flight the same day? Also, going the other direction, is it possible to get to Don Dhet from Pakse if the flight arrives at at 12:40 pm? thanks eric ...

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Viewed 1,738 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by travellingsarah on 13/9/2013 at 01:28

Vieng Phoukha to Muang Long road ready in 2013?

Posted by Pjotra on 10/9/2013 at 16:23

Hi! Does anyone know if the long promised road from Vieng Phoukha to Muang Long (and then on to Muang Sing) is already done? Traveling there in december 2013 ...

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Flight routes & costs from UK to Luang Prabang?

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 8/9/2013 at 05:16

We're hoping to visit Luang Prabang this November, flying from Britain, probably London. Would be grateful for any comment on: 1) Cheap international routes / airlines / connections which will end up with us flying into Luang Prabang airport, not Vientiane. 2) Any very rough idea about likely total one way cost in November. I'm not sure how typical are the sort of prices I'm seeing on the web. ...

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Bangkok to Laos Best Way to Travel

Posted by Pan18 on 28/8/2013 at 09:14

Hi All My husband and I are due to travel around SE Asia in November, starting in Bangkok to Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, then back to Bangkok. There is a wealth of information available on travel which is both helpful and confusing! So to hope for some simple and useful advise.. Bangkok to Laos Luang Prabang seems a tiresome journey combination of boat and bus. Flying is not really an option so what would you advise on the best and most easiest way (if there is one) to get to Laos. I am ok with ...

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Manners in Lao

Posted by Rufus on 28/8/2013 at 05:13

Just read the recent blog on Lao regarding manners. I don't know, I disagree with a lot again. I guess the blogger and I must live in parallel Lao universes. (We don't). "The phrase excuse me, koh toht, is rarely uttered. People often bump into each other in crowded spaces like markets or tuk tuks, but usually don't feel a need to excuse themselves and instead consider it a natural part of being in close proximity to others" Uh excuse me - pun intended. Koh thot is often used - or it ...

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Viewed 6,107 times, with 30 replies. Last reply by LeonardCohen1 on 31/8/2013 at 07:34

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