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Laos itinerary and what to book in advance

Posted by PhantomRide on 21/5/2013 at 19:33

First time posting - many thanks to everyone who replies in these forums - been so so helpful. My wife and I are planning a trip to Laos in November. After lots of reading on travelfish and some other sites we are thinking of starting with the slow boat from Huay Xai to LPB. Then spending several days in LPB with time for a side trip to Nong Khiaw & Muang Ngoi. We've got about 16 days total - including travel time from the states. FYI we're more into relaxation & beauty. Not really l ...

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Luang Prabang advice

Posted by Undisclosed on 27/5/2013 at 20:39

Has anyone been to Luang Prabang lately? Is it super touristy? How long would you suggest staying there? I have heard a lot of good things about it, but I am wondering how much it has changed in the past few years. ...

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Electrical Adaptor

Posted by jeeeebus on 19/5/2013 at 23:41

Will be travelling through Cambodia and Laos in the next couple of months. Can someone advise as to the type of adaptor I need to get for power sockets. ...

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The Gibbon Experience in Laos.

Posted by kbabin on 11/4/2013 at 07:20

Hello! My boyfriend and I are planning on doing the Gibbon Experience in Laos. We have been researching and all the information we have come across has been anywhere from 2005 to last year, and we would like to know some updated information from anyone who has done it very recently (the last 6 months or even more recent). We've come across a lot of mixed reviews regarding the safety and quality of the experience. From the reviews we have read it seems as though its not as good as it once was? ...

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Honda Win 100 FOR SALE (Vietnam Registered)

Posted by willfurley on 13/5/2013 at 22:27

Honda Win 100 (Selling in Luang Prabang from [url=x-apple-data-detectors://0]18/05/13[/url]) $350 Vietnam registered so you can cross into Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam. - Great all round condition (solid bike, very enjoyable to drive) - Very reliable, no major problems (starts first time every day) - Changed oil regularly and regularly oiled chain and tightened when necessary. - Before i started i had the following done: New chain and sprockets New brakes front and rear New tyres New battery ...

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Good hotel/hostel

Posted by krystalt on 13/5/2013 at 08:24

Hi, I'm a college student travelling solo to Asia I will be in Cambodia for some time after I will be traveling to Loas, Luang Prabang 'm looking for cheap accommodation where it's a very social place, I'm a 20 year old college student. I want to stay at a place where it's not really family orientated. I also don't really don't care for things such luxurious hotel, Just one where it's I would meet new people, where it's really a sociable place. Any suggestions ? Thanks ! ...

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Phou Khao Khouay nat. park near Vientiane - anybody hired a guide?

Posted by QWE on 4/5/2013 at 09:17

Hi, I'd like to go observe elephants from the Elephant tower in Phou Khao Khouay nat. park near Vientiane and was wondering if somebody arranged a village tour guide on their own, not through a travel agent? Thanks for all yr answers. ...

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3 weeks in laos - which route to take?

Posted by grishgori on 4/5/2013 at 06:04

So i'm landing in luang prabang in mid-september and staying in Northern Laos till almost mid october for 3 weeks I've got a route planned out and an alternative and I would like to be advised which would suit better Original Route : 1 day ride to Luang Namtha 5 days for NPA and Muang Sing villages 1 day ride back to Luang Prabang 4 days in Luang Prabang 4 days in Nong Khiaw\Muang Ngoi 1 day ride to Vang Vieng 3-4 days in Vang Vieng Final day in Vientiane Alternative : Same thing exactly , o ...

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Anyone going to Laos around the 10th May

Posted by hayz25 on 29/4/2013 at 22:10

Hi im going to Laos around the 10th May is anyone else going then and wanting a travel buddy? ...

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vang vieng to 4000 islands

Posted by kbabin on 28/4/2013 at 05:22

Just need some advice on whether it is possible to travel straight from vang vieng to the 4000 islands, or is it advised to get a bus to ventienne and go from there? Thanks!! ...

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Luang Prabang and Jomas to relocate

Posted by wayan_bob on 29/4/2013 at 11:00

The sad news is that the River Loft restaurant is no more. I had a conversation with the owner this morning (29/4/13) who informed me that she needed a break and that she had helped secure a long lease for Joma's to relocate there. Her staff would be retained by Joma's, but if her current staff wanted to start another River Loft restaurant elsewhere, she would encourage them to do so. Sounds like a win win situation all round, because Joma's need to expand and cannot in their current location. ...

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ecofriendly treks, dishonesty, actual costs, and validating the eco

Posted by drewdogy on 25/4/2013 at 22:59

Before coming to Laos, my fiancee and I were elated to learn that nearly 15 years ago the UN had established an acclaimed program around Luang Namtha that minimized impact on the local villages, helped protect endangered primary forests, and maximized profits for the impoverished inhabitants. Naturally, given all the positives involved, we were more than willing to pay extra in the hopes that our dollars would have a positive effect. Unfortunately, we were great dismayed to discover that many, ...

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Viewed 2,971 times, with 15 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 28/4/2013 at 10:51

a good stopover between Luang Prabang and Plain of jars?

Posted by QWE on 27/4/2013 at 23:36

Hi, I will be going from Luang Prabang to Plain of jars. 1. Could you please suggest a good stopover/s that would split the long trip? 2. If I want to go to Vientiane afterwards, do I have to go half the way back to LP or can I go from Phonsavan? 3. Can I get to the Plain from town on a bicycle? If yes, are there bike rentals in town? Thank you guys for yr answers:-) ...

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Luang Namtha + Muang Sing or Nong Khiaw + Muang Ngoi Neua

Posted by kondrah on 16/4/2013 at 15:56

Hello, we will be in northern from 26 th of april till 4 th of may. So we have 8 full days there. We are starting in Huay Xay with Gibbon Expperience (two days/one night). We were thinking about going to Luang Namtha on 27 th of april. Doing there a trekking (two days/one night) and on 30 th doing one day trip by bike to Muang Sing, back to Luang Namtha same day, and catch a night bus (at 19:00) to Luang Prabang . Than from 1 st of may, we would have three days in Luang Prabang. On 4 th ...

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Phongsali or Muang Khua trek guide recommendations and cost?

Posted by drewdogy on 12/4/2013 at 22:43

Hi All, Does anybody have the name and contact information for a good trekking guide in Phongsali or Muang Khua? (If possible we would prefer a local guide's contact info, not a tour operator) Also, if you trekked in this area, could you please tell us when you went and how much you paid? Thanks in advance for your help! ...

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Visa on arrival issues?

Posted by kbabin on 9/4/2013 at 07:02

Have just read the recent newsletter from Travelfish regarding not being able to obtain a visa on arrival in Laos: "...though you'll hear about tourist visas on arrival being available, as far as we can ascertain, they are not. Let that be a warning!" My boyfriend and I will be travelling to Laos from Chiang Mai (across the Mekong from Chiang Khong) around the 18th of April. Will we have any issues?? It's just after Songkran.. If there is any information anyone could give to us ...

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Accomodation in Luang Prabang during Pi Mai

Posted by ElSpudo on 4/4/2013 at 09:06

Hi, I plan to arrive in Luang Prabang on the 7th April and stay until the end of Pi Mai/Songkran. I'm having trouble finding anything affordable and half decent online, what are my chances of getting a walk-in room at a decent place during the days running up to the festival and staying the duration? ...

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South Laos in July

Posted by Sissi71 on 6/4/2013 at 02:38

Hello everybody, After visiting Angkor I will fly to Pakse and would like to visit the south and Boloven by my own. I have several questions : Is it possible to get a visa at Pakse airport ? What about the weather in July in this part of the country ? Does it frequently rain ? or is it a downpour time to time ? I would like to rent a motorbike and visit myself. Do I need an international licence ? are the road pretty good even when it is wet ? Thank you for all your comments. ...

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Best Area to Stay in Luang Prabang

Posted by melig on 2/4/2013 at 19:42

What area is best to stay in Luang Prabang? We would like to be in walking distance of the main sites and shops. A view of the river would be nice. The area needs to be safe. Are there any hotels you recommend? Thank you! ...

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Luang Prabang

Posted by jeeeebus on 29/3/2013 at 17:58

Hi, I am wanting to travel from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai (Hoksay) to do the 'Gibbon Experience'. Not sure what transport there is. Would appreciate if you have gone this way before you could advise me. I will be there some time in July 2013. Thanks ...

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