I'm new to this site and have only just discovered it. I'm addicted already and have just spent the last 3 or 4 hours just reading as much info as I can. It's great! Anyway... My partner and I are wanting to go to Laos for about 14 or 15 days starting in mid June and we would like to take our 8 year old son with us as well. There is so much that I would like to see but I don't want to get sucked into trying to see too much and then end up feeling like we've spent the majority of ou ...
Thanks for the forum, its great at helped us a lot on our journey!
At the moment we are in Ho Chi Minh and are moving up to Hanoi , and seeing the coast of Vietnam.
In Laos we want to see the Kong Lo Cave, then go tubing and seeing some more caves in Vang Vieng and end up in Luang Prabang where we will take the bus to Kunming, China and then go to Guangzhou by train.
But how do we go from Hanoi to Kong Lo Cave? Or as close as posible?
Thanks in advance
2 of us are planning on travelling from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang via Vientiane in the next day or so. We were planning on flying but the flights are about 230USD (left it very late to book).
We can't really justify that cost so are now thinking of going overland via the following route:
Taxi / bus from here (SR) to the border near Poipet, cross the border, get a tuk tuk to the bus station, get a bus to Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima) then either a bus or train to Nonk Khai. From t ...
Does this exist? I want to enter South Laos via Cambodia, exiting Laos into Vietnam... then I plan on traveling up to North Vietnam and re-entering Laos in the north.
Does this mean I need 2 Laos visas? How much am I looking at for a Canadian?... also, can you enter Laos from Cambodia and Vietnam without arranging visas beforehand? I heard that the Cambodia border crossing doesn't have this ability - so how long would it take and where would I get a visa if need one? ...
I will be traveling in SEA in the beginning/middle of August and I was hoping someone could give me some advice on travel times and ways to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai . My friend and I will be spending a short time in Laos before having to make our way to Chiang Rai to take a flight back down to Bkk. Our itinerary as of right now is:
Day one: Arriving in Vientiane in the late-ish afternoon.
Day two: spending the morning in Vientiane and then making our way into Vang Vi ...
I'm planning to spend 15-17 days in Cambodia and thought to visit Pakse and 4 Thousand Islands if I'm able to.
Is there any sleeping bus (or other options) I can get from Siem Read - Pakse - Phnom Penh or the other way round?
Can anyone recommend a motorbike mechanic in Luang Prabang? I'm thinking of heading to some of the local big bike rental places and asking there - but I'd also appreciate any suggestions here as well. I'm looking to get a few repairs/tune-up/oil change done on my Honda Win before I head north and cross into Vietnam at Tay Trang and head towards Sapa. ...
I will be staying in VTE, Laos from June 1 ~ 17, i dunt actually have a plan yet but I'm hoping to visit Blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng.
If there is any solo traveler out there, please shut out and let us explore the beauty of Laos ...
We are currently in Luang Prabang , planning to make our way north and into Vietnam (not the most direct route, but hopefully more beautiful). Through forum research, I have learned the following, but still have a few questions and would also love any clarifications or other recent tips:
- Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw
By bus about 4 hours & 80,000 K (boat no longer available due to dam construction)
- Nong Khiaw to Muang Ngoi
By boat about 1 hour & 25,000 K
* Does this boat onl ...
I'm currently planning my trip via Lonely Planet book, but nothing's better than having some of your personal experience.
What do you think is best to see in Laos, places to stay etc...
I only have one week.
Also, how do you recommend me to travel from Siem Reap to Laos and from Laos to Bangkok?
Thank you so much,
Returning recently from Luang Prabang, I'd like to draw attention to 2 rewarding places to visit, which you don't yet learn of from guide books.
1) The Butterfly Park, next to Kwang Si waterfalls, opened only some weeks ago and is a really delightful extra during a visit to Kwang Si. Its centrepiece is a net-enclosed garden, the air full of wonderfully coloured butterflies. The guide points out details of butterfly life all around you, the caterpillars, cocoons, and butterflies busy laying eggs ...
I'm in Phonsavan doing a volunteer project and it has taken longer than planned (surprise!) and I'm running low on two medications:
Buproprion SR 150mg
I can't find these anywhere in Laos. Does anyone know of a pharmacy over the bridge from Vientiane in Nong Khai that I can get prescriptions from? Or maybe Bangkok Hospital in Udon? I know where I would get them if I was in Bangkok, but I'm lost in Nong Khai.
Well, the internet sucks here in Pakse (lol) and I just finished writing a trip report before it shut down on me. Here is the second, but way shorter version. (Probably better this way.... haha)
1.. Tad Lo should NOT be missed. Was an incredible place with beautiful views and a variety of accomadation options. You can take the bus here but so much more fun driving yourself there on a motorbike or motorcycle. The ride took about 90 mins, and was paved the whole way. If you do make the journey a ...
We would like to enter Laos soon (this week if possible) with our own vehicle (German registered), which we know is possible and we have all the paperwork for.
However, our plan to continue to Vietnam has just fallen through as now one needs an escort vehicle there and it is too expensive.
So I would ideally like to spend ca. 3 weeks in Laos (or Cambodia as fallback) and leave the car somewhere and fly to Ha Nai, to return maybe 3 weeks later.
That would mean the car being in the coun ...
This week's travel film is a short motorbike bit somewhere in Laos. Does anyone know where in the country this is? I'm guessing southcentral - Tha Khaek way, but I don't really recognise the landscape at all.
Also, what the hell does the other guy have on the back of his bike?!
does anyone know if it is possible to go by smallish boat on the Mekong from Laos to Cambodia. If possible, presumably it would have to be when there is plenty of water in the river. I am aware of the waterfalls and rapids. However I am wondering if there might be any local knowledge of a way past or through this forbidding stretch of river on the border.
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?).