Photo: Classic scenery surrounds Vang Vieng.

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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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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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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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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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What vaccinations necessary or advisable for Laos? Luang Prabang only.

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 2/1/2014 at 07:23

What vaccinations are necessary or advisable for Laos? We're UK residents and we're staying entirely in Luang Prabang - plus day trips on the Mekong. Expecting that no vaccinations are required - but are any advisable? ...

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Nightbus Vientiane to Bangkok

Posted by Pjotra on 4/1/2014 at 01:15

Does anyone have a recent experience with the Vientiane to Bangkok nightbus? Like how many sleepers, 32,24 or even 21? Price? Pickup from guesthouse or tuktuk to the busstation etc. Thanks in advance for some usefull comment! P. ...

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Language requirements for holiday in Luang Prabang?

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 2/1/2014 at 07:33

How much need is there to learn a little Lao language for a holiday in Luang Prabang only? How widespread is English-language? Will there still be any people who understand French but not English? I usually learn a little local language but repeatedly find it's not needed. ...

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Flying from Bangkok to Luang Prabang

Posted by WithcottKate on 13/12/2013 at 22:42

I'm flying into Bangkok in February and at this stage plan to fly directly to Luang Prabang the next day to save myself some travel time. Regarding cost and reliability, would it be best to book my flight once I'm in Bangkok or book ahead on a site like skyscanner? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. ...

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Luang Prabang low season

Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 30/12/2013 at 06:09

Is it fairly quiet around June/July? How does it compare to Chiang Mai in terms of tourist numbers? ...

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beware of Agoda, Halolao Bacpackers LPB has moved.

Posted by Pjotra on 25/12/2013 at 05:06

Apart from the fact that Agoda steals 100% of your down payment to secure a room somewhere ( better buy a simcard and phone yourself in advance) it can also happen that, without notification, your reserved guesthouse does not exist anymore, and your rservation has been taken over by someone else. Happened to us around Newyears Eve 2012/2013, when we thought to have booked for 4 nights at Halolao Bacpackers in Luang Prabang. Upon arrival it appeared they had moved to another spot, rising their pr ...

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Safe to drink ice / washed vegetables?

Posted by dhet on 13/12/2013 at 02:15

I hope you won't view this as too paranoid, but after getting sick in India and Bolivia we have some questions. If I step into one of those western-feeling coffee shops in Vientiane and order a drink with ice, how is the ice made? Is it ice made from tap water, or has the water been purified/filtered? Similarly in a restaurant serving fresh vegetables (they have not been part of the cooking process), are these vegetables washed in the tap water, or filtered/purified/bottled water? Thanks f ...

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Panasonic camera repair in Vientiane

Posted by PaulJohann on 22/12/2013 at 01:27

Hi, the on/off-switch of my Panasonic Lumix camera broke yesterday. Does anybody know about a repair shop for this in Vientiane? Any help appreciated. Thanks Paul ...

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