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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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Motorbike Licence in Laos

Posted by Gale on 14/12/2013 at 14:49

Hi All Heading to Laos in Feb/Mar 2014. Planning on riding the Thakhek loop. Husband and I have a motorbike licence issued in Victoria Australia. We will get an IDP from the RACV, the state run motoring association at a cost of $35.50. Wondering if the IDP will make us legal to ride motorcycles in Laos? There is a list of countries and requirements on the RACV website but Laos is not mentioned. See link ...

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Muang Sing changed

Posted by Pjotra on 18/12/2013 at 21:15

Two years ago we visited Muang Sing in january and had a great time. Although there are a bunch of Chinese imported motorbikes for sale, no one rents them out, so you have to cycle. We went there again, now in december 2013 and were absolutely disappointed. The Chinese have invaded the town and run shops with all kind of inferior stuff on every corner. There are, as before, two restaurants that are open ( there are a lot of signs ' Restaurant' but ghey ere all closed down) We ate at both two y ...

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Busing it from pakse to siem reap

Posted by takezo on 15/12/2013 at 10:27

Hey! I am flying to Pakse from Luang Prabang on Dec 23,but the flight doesn't get there until 12.10 pm. So does that mean slim pickings for transport to Dot Kon the same day? And secondly, continuing onward from Dot Kon to Siem Reap how is bus travel best arranged? From Pakse through to SR? And if so, is such a ticket flexible, i.e. can I stay in the delta as many days as I want? Much obliged ...

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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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