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Arriving Laos in March

Posted by ssgal on 16/1/2013 at 10:24

Hi, I will have around 8 days to explore Vientiane, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. I plan to take a night bus from VTE to LP (a sleeper bus); Has anyone taken it? Do you think it's safe a solo female traveler? I won't break the journey in Vang Vieng but I will make a stop on my way back to VTE (for my return flight). Secondly, my arrival will be on first week of March - it shouldn't be a high season, right? As I want to go show for hostels/guesthouses in all those cities. If you also have any ...

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Hanoi to Luang Prabang - Stops along the way?

Posted by StephJayne165 on 18/1/2013 at 08:21

So I'm currently in Hanoi, Vietnam, heading to Laos in the next couple of days, I've just been informed its a 28hour bus ride from city to city, which seems a little long for me! I'm probably going to stop off in Pu Luong (I think) National Park on the Vietnam side, but it's still a bit of a hefty journey to LP. Looking for any suggestions on towns/national parks I can stop at en route to LP to break up the journey a bit. Time is not an issue for me, however money is (hence why I'm not flying), ...

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Luang Nam Tha or Nong Khiaw ??

Posted by Undisclosed on 4/1/2013 at 09:20

We are planning a trip to Laos late this year, being slightly limited time wise we are trying to choose where to go. Luang Prabang is for sure, and from there we need to choose between going up to Luang Nam Tha to do some trekking, or going up the river to a river side town or two, probably Nong Khiaw, and maybe another. Any suggestions which one to choose?! ...

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VIP Bus from Vientane to Pakse, how do you rate them?

Posted by 12willkirk on 15/1/2013 at 11:52

Hi all, Would like to know what the VIP buses are like which run through Laos, as have heard some differing views, but would be good to hear of some of your experiences and what to watch out for when booking? Cheers ...

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Itinery advice please!!

Posted by michien on 13/1/2013 at 04:20

Hi experts, Need some advice on timings. I have 1 week. Plan is to mbike from hoi an to kon tum (3 nights) then catch bus to attapeu. From there I am unsure. I am thinking 1 night attapeu then tatlo 2 nights and 1 night pakse, fly back to Danang. Is this doable? I need to do this way 'cause my wife is from Hoi An and has given me a leave pass while we are in country..... ...

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A month in Laos - Too much travel?

Posted by Bowner on 10/1/2013 at 15:48

Hi All, I'm off to Laos on Tuesday for a month. My plans are pretty loose at the moment but I'm starting to think I'd like to spend some time around LP but also get right down South to the Wat Phou temples and maybe even further south. I'm starting to wonder if I should decide on one or the other as reading about the nightmare bus journeys makes me wonder if it's worth the trip all the way down South. What do you think? Does a month mean I could take it all in without overdoing the time spent o ...

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Deaths in Laos

Posted by Red_Eye on 9/1/2013 at 16:25

It has been reported that a second Australian man has been found dead in Laos. The two men were aged 38 and 40. The second man died in Vientiane, so I am assuming it was not Vang Vieng related. Does anyone know what has happened? ...

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Boat from Pakse to Champasak

Posted by dclayw on 17/7/2009 at 08:24

I know there is some info on this in the travel section under Pakse but does anyone have any current info on this boat trip. Is the regular service still running, when does it leave Pakse, does it run every day (plan on being there on 23/12), cost of the trip etc. If there is a boat operating we would rather get to Champasak that way then by road. Planning on spending 3 nights in Champasak just taking it easy, one day cycling to Wat Phu and another cycling around Don Daeng. Then we will b ...

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My Laos photos on FLICKR

Posted by engl on 6/1/2013 at 07:46

Hi guys, I have been in Laos in October 2012 and a few times before that. If you like, have a look at my photos on FLICKR: Apart from Laos you can find many more photos from Burma / Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal, Philippines,.... Enjoy Roland ...

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Luang Prabang place to write

Posted by sgchaplowe on 12/11/2012 at 16:04

I will be in Chiang Mai (Thailand) for a conference, and afterwards I need to find a place to go and do some writing on a book I am working on. Thus, I am looking for a good place to chill for about 10 days, with internet connection, but also good connection with the people and culture. I was thinking Luang Prabang (if other ideas come to mind, shoot). Ideally, I would like a quaint guesthouse in LP where there is good interaction with the local people, etc. Suggestions welcome. Thanks. ...

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Advice needed for Laos itinerary

Posted by Klozknitz on 20/12/2012 at 18:10

We're leaving for our honeymoon in Laos in less than a week and I think I've screwed up. On reading information about the overnight sleeper train to Vientiane from Bangkok, I never considered that it would sell out. Well, it has. So now we arrive in Bangkok on 27 Dec and have no way to get to Laos. We were planning on this itinerary for 18 days: BKK-Vientiane Fly to Phonsavan Bus to Luang Prabang Nong Kiauw Luang Namtha Chiang Mai BKK But now that we have no train possibility, I'm recons ...

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Bus to Vieng Vang from Vientiane Night

Posted by dasaint on 1/1/2013 at 20:14

I plan to go to Vieng Vang but due to my travel plans I can leave Vientiane after 6pm . Is there a bus still traveling at that time ? ...

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Volunteering in Luang Prabang

Posted by sianbevans on 8/10/2012 at 04:26

Hello, I'm looking to spend 6 months in Luang Prabang from April next year. I'm a teacher and would like to volunteer teaching English. I've found a few organizations online but many charge thousands of dollars. I don't mind paying if I know the money is used correctly and the experience is worthwhile. I'd like to hear from anyone who has volunteered or any suggestions on trustworthy organizations. Thanks for your time ...

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Posted by BUCKSBLOKE35 on 13/4/2006 at 23:39

What is the easiest way to travel this route.does it require booking and are there any alternatives.any help greatly appreciated. tony ...

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Vientiene to Pakse

Posted by wanderlust12761 on 29/12/2012 at 22:26

Hello Travelers, I will be heading from VTE to Pakse in about a week and wanted some recent/updated info about the buses (vs. flying?). I've noticed that most of the posts on this topic are at least 2 years old, so I'm wanting to know if things have changed at all in the last 2-5 years. What I gather from reading these is that the VIP buses may be more comfortable than the "sleeper" buses, as one doesn't need to share a bed (I'm traveling alone) and the seats recline nicely. Can anyo ...

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New Year Eve 2012 in Luang Prabang

Posted by nikw83 on 7/12/2012 at 19:48

I will be in Luang Prabang with my partner for New Years Eve (31st Dec) Could anyone give me advice if anywhere is Luang Prabang will be putting on a party etc to celebrate? Thanks for your help in advance ...

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bus tha khaek to lak xao

Posted by bascanvas on 1/11/2012 at 04:42

Hi, i have a hard time finding out if there is a direct bus connection from Tha Khaek to Lak Xao (actually want to get off in Ban Nahin for the kong lo cave). I've read a lot of stories of people having a hard time with switching busses etc. So if possible i would like to avoid this. If anyone can provide me with some up to date info this would be much appreciated. Regards Bas ...

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Info about transport/price - North of Laos

Posted by photosyntheze on 20/12/2012 at 10:01

Hi, Hope thoses info gonna help some of you If you really want to know about the contry and see authentic towns and villages i suggest to go in the North. It's a little bit cold, but the landscae is really nice. Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng it's not really Laos, for me, it was to touristic. A lot of travellers only go in thoses towns and they had a bad opinion about the entire contry and the can you judge a contry when you only go in touristics places... ?? Chiang Khong ...

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New road south from Phonsavan?

Posted by BerlinCanary on 6/10/2012 at 06:12

Planning a trip to Laos & Cambodia starting in Vientiane . We want to go north and then return south without going through Vientiane again. We've heard there's a new road due for completion going south from Phonsavan to Savannakhet. Anyone know if it has been completed or what the options are for this sort of journey? Google maps certainly suggests it's a possibility (journey time about 6 hours or so); but that may be misleading. ...

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Business visa for a 1 month apartment rental?

Posted by louisebreton on 13/12/2012 at 22:19

Hi We have read a few comments about the need to get a business visa to legally rent a house. We plan on staying for one month in Luang Prabang and would like to rent a fully furnished and equipped apartment. Does anybody know if this would call for a business visa? thank you ...

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