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12 days in Laos NEXT WEEK - Itinerary help!! (Vientiane > LP)

Posted by shanghaigirl135 on 5/11/2013 at 05:03

Hello travelers! We are a couple traveling to Laos next week (mid-Nov). We'll be there for 12 days: flying into Vientiane , leaving from Luang Prabang 12 days later. We would be so grateful for travel suggestions from those who have been there -- standalone destinations, day-trips from Vien. / LP, trekking, etc. We're fairly active, in our mid-20s, and would love to see some local culture/places "off the beaten path." We had originally planned: 3 days Vientiane / 3 days Vang Vien ...

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Travel during April May

Posted by Kriztofire on 3/11/2013 at 04:46

I'm going on a six week tour of thialand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in April/May next year. Most of the web says this is the worst time to go. Can anyone share their experience and advice on traveling during this time? Can it be that bad?? ...

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Itinerary Advice: Luang Prabang, Luang Namtha & Phongsali

Posted by jeanne1307 on 30/10/2013 at 22:54

I am flying from Cambodia to either Luang Prabang or Luang Namtha. I have about 14 days. I was considering the following itinerary and want to know if this is too rushed. NOTE if it takes longer to travel overland to vietnam, i have built a buffer in my itinerary in case busses or boats take longer than expected in Laos. * Fly to LP * 3 Full days in LP * Travel Day to LN (via Oudomxay) * 3 Full days in LN * Travel Day to Oudomaxay (bus) * Morning Bus to Phongsali (bus) * 2 Full days in Phon ...

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Viewed 2,943 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by jeanne1307 on 3/11/2013 at 21:00

receiving international calls on lao sim

Posted by jennie2102 on 31/10/2013 at 19:23

Having issues with my UK bank that cant be resolved via email. I need to speak to them but dont see why I should pay to call them. I have a unitel Lao sim. Does anyone know if I can receive their incoming call for free? I've looked on the website and cant find the information.failing that the bank have told me to make a reverse charge call but this doesn't appear to be an option in Laos.. Is this correct? ...

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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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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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Viewed 1,349 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 25/10/2013 at 00:21

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 13,811 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 17,694 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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Viewed 6,878 times, with 33 replies. Last reply by wanderingcat on 22/10/2013 at 11:13

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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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 2,572 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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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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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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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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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 2,306 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 2,829 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by LaoLover on 7/10/2013 at 02:52

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