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3 weeks in Laos in June/July

Posted by jrsk42 on 17/3/2013 at 23:17

Hi everyone, I have a question about travelling in Southeast Asia's wet season. I only have 3 weeks for a holiday and haven't been overseas before.. after chatting to a few people and reading a lot on here, I was thinking of spending the whole time in Laos (travelling alone). I'd love to see more of SEA, but don't want to overload myself and miss out on things in Laos. Just have to go back another time! So basically I'd really appreciate some opinions on whether it is a silly idea to go in th ...

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Canon Concept Store In Vientiane

Posted by thinkstopthink on 24/3/2013 at 01:09

Trashed my Canon point and shoot up in Xam Ti. Was going to make a trip into Udon Thani whilst doing a visa run, but discovered there is a pretty well stocked Canon equipment store right in Vientiane. Here is a blog post I wrote about it with more details: Let me know if you have any questions. Jon ...

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Haircut In Vientiane

Posted by thinkstopthink on 24/3/2013 at 01:04

Hi, Need to get my hair clipped. Can anyone recommend a good barbershop in Vientiane? And if you would be so kind: no Tripadvisor directions ("Over by that temple, turn left, go down a couple streets, and I think it is on the right"). A street name with the names of the two cross streets the barbershop is between would be absolutely perfect. I'd like to go today, but I'm guessing most places are closed on Sunday? Any other info like name of the place, hours of operation, etc., woul ...

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Flying Lao Airlines (Domestic) With An Expired Visa

Posted by thinkstopthink on 19/3/2013 at 07:43

I stupidly let my Visa expire. I'd like to fly from Phonsavan to Vientiane to pay the fine (and go out to Thailand and come back into Laos with another 30 day visa). Am I going to have any trouble with Immigration in the Phonsavan airport with an expired visa? I have a reason for not riding the bus, which I won't go into here. Any suggestions? Anyone fly domestically with an expired visa? Thanks, Jon ...

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northern loas itinerary help

Posted by casper709394 on 21/3/2013 at 04:07

hi please help if the following which option is good 1-luang prabang - phonsavan - vientian or 2- phonsavan - luang prabang - vientiane will be great if advice the travelling time between each place. much thanks ...

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Nagi of Mekong 2011 Trip Report

Posted by Captain_Courageous on 29/9/2011 at 18:24

NAGI OF MEKONG SLOWBOAT CRUISE HUAY XAI TO LUANG PRABANG, FEBRUARY 16th 2011 There have been a number of posts about the Nagi of Mekong and finding current information. I went on the Nagi of Mekong in February this year (2011) from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang and it was wonderful, in fact it was the highlight of my trip. This is a video I made of the Nagi trip - There were around 17 passengers with a French family (mum dad and son) joining us at Pak ...

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Car hire (with/without driver) in Laos

Posted by wouter71 on 6/3/2013 at 13:01

We are planning a 3 month trip in Thailand, Laos & Cambodia this winter with two children (then: 7 and 5). For practical reasons we are thinking of hiring a car. Last year we did this in Thailand for a couple of days - driving ourselves - so we know what to expect there. But who can advise us on doing this in Laos? (i'm posting the same question on the Cambodia-forum) Any tips on reliable rental company's? Better chosing a car with driver or is driving ourselves easy enough? (I'm thinking ...

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Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang via Vieng Kham and Pak Xeng

Posted by eljefe on 19/1/2011 at 19:00

Hi, A group of 5 of us are planning to bicycle from Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang. We're hoping to do it in 2 days. I've read that Rte 1C from Nong Khiaw to Vieng Kham and on to Sam Soun is paved and in pretty good condition. From what I've read here and on other sites, the road from Sam Soun to Hiway 13 is a well graded dirt road. We're hoping to break the trip up at Phou Sanam. Phou Sanam is about 25 kms south of the 1C junction (between Vieng Kham and Vieng Thong) and 30 kms before Pak Xeng. ...

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ban lao pako or dreamtime?

Posted by sandsi on 9/3/2013 at 23:45

hi! i am planning to spend some days in an eco resort close to vientiane. the place should be clean and set in a forest area with great nature around. it should be possible to do trecks independently. in the evening i would like to socialize with other people. what's the better choice, ban pako or dreamtime? thanks... ...

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Southern Laos (Pakse) to Northern Cambodia (Preah Vihear Temple) overland, possible?

Posted by wheretonext on 5/3/2013 at 21:35

First of all I want to know the easiest and most convenient way to cross the Laos-Cambodia border and second, seeing that the Preah Vihear temple is near after the border crossing in northern cambodia, why not head there before going to Sieam Reap. It is possible? Cheers! ...

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Luang Prabang to Phonsavan to Hanoi

Posted by 2ndPathToRight on 18/2/2013 at 02:04

Hello all. I am going to be in Luang Prabang in two-three weeks and considering a one day stop in Phonsavan to see the Plain of Jars on my way to Hanoi . I guess I have three questions involving this. 1- How long does it take for the Vietnamese Consulate in Luang Prabang to process a Vietnam visa? 2- I've read about different styles of buses departing Luang Prabang for Hanoi on different days and that you definitely want to get a certain type of bus. What kind of bus leaves on what d ...

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Vang Vieng accommodation owned by a New Zealander search

Posted by LissB on 9/2/2013 at 22:06

I think this may be a long shot but thought I'd see if anyone knew what I was looking for. I went to Vang Vieng at the start of last year with some mates and am heading back with my boyfriend at the end of this year. We found this little place for breakfast with the best croissants we'd had in Asia, the people were very nice and the place, which I think you can stay at. The front was yellow with the eating area out the front and it was owned I think by a ma ...

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Anti-mosquito kit available in Laos?

Posted by jamesdueeast on 20/2/2013 at 23:15

I'm wanting to stock up on some gear against mozzies on my way to Laos. I want to invest in a portable mosquito net, some DEET and creams. Also some malarone tablets as emergency medication. Is it possible to get such stuff in the big cities like Vientiane and Luang Prabang? ...

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4,000 Islands - worth it?

Posted by jennigun on 15/2/2013 at 22:17

My boyfriend and I are spending 2 months in SEA, focused in Thailand. We are planning to spend a week in Northern Laos and Cambodia as well, and we are trying to work out the logistics of getting from Vientiane to Phnom Penh. After doing some research, we are leaning towards flying - we were considering bussing down to see 4000 Islands, but the information about 4000 Islands on this website made it seem less then appealing. We are not fans of crowded or overdeveloped places. Is 4000 Islands ...

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Burn season-Is it happening everywhere?

Posted by Gypsyeyedjester on 2/3/2013 at 02:18

Hello! I am traveling in Thailand right now and everywhere I have been in the north is extremely smokey and I am finding it unbearable. I had planned on going to Laos and Cambodia but if it is smokey there too I think I must leave SE Asia. Does anyone know what the air quality is like in these countries? Thanks! ...

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Northern Laos, the rivers and the Chinese effect.

Posted by Bowner on 8/2/2013 at 21:11

So what's the story with the Chinese and the dams up North? I was in Phongsali the last couple of days. Went for a wander out to some villages and when we popped over the top of one of the hills we found a scene of apocalypse! Diggers pulling apart the hillside, sticking it into trucks and dumping it down the bank presumably to improve the road. I've heard talk about the plan to build around 7 dams on the Mekong/Nam Ou but seeing it close up seems pretty scary. One minute we were seeing villag ...

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Decent hostels in Vientiane

Posted by jamesdueeast on 25/2/2013 at 22:10

Hey, I'm looking for some decent and highly-recommended hostels in Vientiane ? I've heard horrible reviews of Vientiane Backpackers Hostel and Funky Monkey and they seem to be the only ones bookable online. If I can get names and addresses of others recommended, I don't mind finding them once I get there. I'd like to stay for a couple of days where I can get help and info on booking onward trips to places like Tham Kong Lo caves, Dong Phou Vieng and then onward to Pakse. I'm also looking fo ...

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Laos/China border crossing

Posted by tj88 on 2/2/2011 at 14:15

Hi, I just have a quick question. I am currently in China and am about to head to Laos. I am going from Kunming to Laos on a bus. I was wondering how you pay the border crossing. Will they accept Chinese money? If not, will I be able to use some kind of ATM at the border crossing? I don't want to get there and then realize I can't pay the entry visa fee. Thanks. ...

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Sending packages to Laos

Posted by allskillbill on 15/12/2009 at 03:13

I'd like to send some items to a family member in Laos and was wondering if this is going to be to costly. We were planning to ship some items home from Laos but decided to check in with luggage after learning it was going to cost $150 for 6.2kg. If anyone has experience with shipping items to Laos, can you please share any advice for dependability and so I don't brake the bank. Thanks! ...

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Getting from Vietiane to Kong Lo cave?

Posted by Badgerboyjon on 5/2/2013 at 04:44

Hi guys Massive apologies if this has been asked before, I have looked and can't find the exact answer I need so here goes... We are currently in Vientiane and have to stay here to sort an extended Thai Visa for later in the trip. We really don't want to stay here any longer than we have to so wanted to try and get to Kong Lo or Ban Khoun Kam after we have picked up our visa (which we can only do between 1-3 in the afternoon.) We have asked around and there is only one direct bus to Kong L ...

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