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Some initial advice

Posted by natalie_rae on 1/11/2013 at 01:00

Hi all, We are currently planning our trip for Laos for four weeks, arrive 23 December. Hoping that travelfishers could provide some general (and some not so general advice). Firstly, we are wanting to do some trekking out of Muang Long, see Luang Prabang and the Plain of Jars. We weren't certain after that if it would be possible to make it down to the 4,000 Islands or if we would be better off sticking in the north and moving around at a leisurely pace. Secondly, does anyone have any advi ...

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Ban Na Elefants

Posted by LillaAnna on 28/10/2013 at 15:45

Hi, Does anyone know if the Ban Na Elefants has been around lately? Last January when I was i Vientiane they had not been there for a while... I would like to go on the treck and as it is expensive it would be nice to at least have a small chanse of spotting them.... ...

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Visa on Arrival(land crossing from Thailand) - completing the form

Posted by Boohoo on 24/10/2013 at 12:04

Hi, I'm not sure if I'm concerning myself too much with this or not but I've been looking at the form online. A couple of things: 1 - 'Duration of Stay', all I know is it will be less than 30 days but I would have no way in hell of knowing the exact duration. I'm just going with the flow and see what happens. So, how would I answer this question? 2 - 'Next Destination', will it suffice to put a country only. In my case, 'Cambodia'? 3 - 'Place of residence in respective country', I presume t ...

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Viewed 3,805 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by Boohoo on 27/10/2013 at 03:23

Traveling into and out of Laos

Posted by mitchrich10 on 24/10/2013 at 00:21

Hi, Some friends and I are heading to Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam in May and are planning our trip right now. I was wondering if anyone knew if it was possible to get from Sa Pa to Muang Sing or Luang Nam Tha? And if so how? Also, if anyone knew of a way to get from Don Det to Siem Reap? Any tips or suggestions would be very helpful! This is what we have figured out so far: 1) Fly into Ho Chi Minh 2) Down to Phu Quoc 3) Back up to Mui Ne 4) Up to Nha Trang 5) Up to Hue 6) Ha Long Bay 7) Hanoi ...

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What malaria risks in Luang Prabang, early February?

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 18/10/2013 at 07:37

Can anyone give guidance on malaria risks in Luang Prabang? We'll be visiting during the first week in February, flying in, spending all our nights in Laos there, and going no further afield than daytime boat trips on the Mekong. I know that malaria is a risk in some places in Laos but are preventative medicines needed for Luang Prabang? Should hotel rooms have window netting? Should we bring our own? Grateful for any informed advice. Prefer to avoid anti-malarial medicines. ...

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Viewed 13,343 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by EdwardTrunk on 23/10/2013 at 06:14

Money in Laos

Posted by sabaisabai on 23/1/2006 at 16:33

What is better - cash or tqs or credit? I'm planning to travel in laos for two weeks. ...

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Viewed 17,204 times, with 28 replies. Last reply by LaoLover on 22/10/2013 at 23:55

Lao Airlines Crash

Posted by Captain_Bob on 16/10/2013 at 08:24 Getting initial reports about a Lao Airlines plane that crashed into the Mekong on a Vientiane-Pakse run today around 4pm. Details forthcoming... Articles claiming 39 dead. On Thai TV a report said 47 dead, now 52 (everyone on board). Details coming in slowly. http://www.reuters ...

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distance between vientian and luang prabang and travel by car/bus

Posted by thaifook on 22/10/2013 at 01:59

What is the distance between these two places ? If travel by car/bus , it takes how long to reach the destination ? What is the best time to travel, day or night ? Yours truly, ...

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Hotel recommendation for Luang Prabang please?

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 13/10/2013 at 09:04

We're seeking a hotel for a week in Luang Prabang in February. We're hoping for somewhere which: 1. preferably has a building with traditional character - old rather than new. 2. a comfortable room for 2 people with private bathroom. 3. quiet neighbourhood with greenery but in easy walking distance of the beautiful parts of Luang Prabang 4. moderate price. Not seeking anywhere glitzy or plush or with lots of services. Not seeking TV etc. 5. Very important - we want to book long in advance & ...

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Viewed 1,740 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by novagorilla on 18/10/2013 at 02:52

Lao authorities return refugees to North Korea

Posted by daawgon on 3/6/2013 at 21:14

(CNN) -- The nine young North Koreans thought they were near the end of their long and dangerous journey toward freedom. Their years-long odyssey had taken them thousands of miles, from North Korea, one of the world's most repressive states, to Laos, a small, landlocked nation in Southeast Asia. From there, they just needed to cross the border into Thailand and find their way to South Korean diplomats who would be able to offer them citizenship and a new life. Orphaned and homeless: Surviving th ...

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Viewed 2,498 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by daawgon on 16/10/2013 at 12:37

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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Viewed 2,016 times, with 19 replies. Last reply by theloner on 14/10/2013 at 03:54

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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Viewed 22,802 times, with 90 replies. Last reply by squarethecircle on 13/10/2013 at 22:51

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 1,312 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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Viewed 1,354 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by theloner on 13/10/2013 at 04:10

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 2,213 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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Viewed 2,771 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by LaoLover on 7/10/2013 at 02:52

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 2,700 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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