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Dilemma: Luang Nam Tha or taking more time south?

Posted by CyrilCarton on 22/10/2016 at 23:06

Hi, First time post. Already had a great time reading all the info on Travelfish! Our dilemma: should we go for about 2-3 days to Luang Nam Tha (that's about 5 transport included) or should we spend some more days in the middle/southern part of Laos? We are a couple who likes hiking and interact with the local people. We took the slow boat and are now about 3-4 days in Luang Prabang. We still have about 10-15 days in Laos to spend (before we go to Cambodia) and also want to go south of La ...

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Proof of onward journey

Posted by deborahd16 on 26/9/2016 at 20:08

When doing land border crossing from Thailand into Lao do you have to have proof of onward journey to get visa and gain access to the country. Travel agents have informed me that you do. Intend on traveling from Lao then into Vietnam and wondering if this is going to be the same - proof of onward journey? Planning on traveling fora about 3 months and only have sketchy plans . Any advice and assistance gratefully accepted. ...

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Vientiane to Udon Thani Airport

Posted by Sansam on 25/8/2016 at 08:11

Hi Travelers, I will be travelling by road from VTE to Udon Thani (UTH) airport by road very soon (Sep-2016). My flight from Udon Thani to BKK is at 12:45 pm. Can you please advise if I take the bus from VTE at 8 am to UTH will I be able to catch the flight? Just to add, on the way there will be Laos/Thai border crossing and a tuktuk ride from UTH bus station to airport. Thanks. ...

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Bus Info

Posted by ysasinha on 25/8/2016 at 12:06

Hi guys! I'm travelling to Laos on October and my initial itinerary is below. However, I need help to figure out if the buses schedules fit it. So, is there any night bus for: Luang Prabang x Vang Vieng ; Vang Vieng x Thakhek ; Thakhek x Vientienne? In thakhek I'm planning to do the loop. It worths? What is the best company to rent the scooter? Many thanks!!! ITINERARY: 18/10 - Bangkok x Luang Prabang Arrive 15h30 19/10 - Luang Prabang 20/10 - Luang Prabang 21/10 - Vang Vieng ...

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Savannakhet to Si Phan Don

Posted by blvdve on 12/8/2016 at 15:52

Husband and I will be spending 5+ weeks in Northern Thailand and Laos this November, and I have a vague itinerary planned that includes, during the last ten days, a few nights in Savannakhet (guesthouse booked) and then a few more nights on Don Khone (likewise), with just the one day to get between the two. I assume that we must first get to Pakse and then travel onwards. Has anyone done this journey, with advice to offer? Is it complicated getting from arrival in Pakse to departure > 4 ...

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Transport About vientione to Luang Prabang

Posted by stat on 16/7/2016 at 05:43

Hi!!!Nice to see u all!!! My name is stat I plan dec travel vientione -Luang Prabang-Chin mai, I need some advice about transport is use train,boat or bus better? thanks ur all!!!! ...

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Transport Don Dhet - Laos/Cambodian border - Stung Treng

Posted by Sheepy247 on 16/7/2016 at 02:14

Is it easy/cheaper to organise your own transport (on the same day) from Ban Nakasang to the Laos/Cambodian border, and from there to Stung Treng using buses? Great website, have been referring to it for past few months during our travels. Have trawled through various online sources but few up to date, would appreciate any guidance on this! ...

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Best time for the gibbon experience

Posted by Linda56 on 10/5/2016 at 22:39

hi, I'm wondering when is the best time of year to do the gibbon experience. I have holidays in October and thought as I'm in Krabi it might be worth going, but realised its wet season. Has anyone been at this time and can tell me more. Minnie. ...

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Nam Nern Night Safari helps tigers back from the brink

Posted by somtam2000 on 14/5/2016 at 19:11

Looking to get off the beaten track, support a worthy cause and perhaps spot furry creatures? Read on. "Suddenly the torch is trained like a laser to a single spot; that’s the signal. We turn on our own torches and point. The glow is unmistakeable. There in the brush is a sleek feline body and two yellow orbs shining back at us. It is a civet. I shiver. I’ve been on safaris before but never one where spotting an animal is so important." Cindy Fan for The Australian. ...

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Another attack on the new road between Kasi and Luang Prabang

Posted by somtam2000 on 11/5/2016 at 18:52

"Second Lieutenant Santhi, a soldier who died during the attack, was from Nanh district’s military division, said one of his relatives who declined to be named and did not provide the soldier’s surname. The assailants shot Santhi dead while he was walking in front of the other soldiers, the relative said, adding that he didn’t know if the soldiers were in pursuit of the gunmen." These attacks are really starting to add up in number and are very concerning. You can read the full ...

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Report: Bolaven culture, nature, and hiking without guide

Posted by TheWilds on 9/5/2016 at 10:04

Hello fellow travelers! We are two outdoorsy people with about six months of traveling behind us and we just spent six days motor biking around the Bolaven plateau. We discovered a few great places along the way that we wished we'd known about sooner, so we thought we'd share. You do not need six days, but two may not be enough if your goals include hiking and spending some time with locals like ours did. Note: the prices are what we paid and may change for many reasons. TAD TAYICSEUA (44km ...

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Travelling the length of Laos

Posted by sketchinbawlz on 7/5/2016 at 23:28

Hi, First time post. Website is great resource. Heading for the first time in Asia, from Thailand into Laos in June 2016, doing Luang Prubang, V.V, Vientiane and than want to do Don Det - I know opposite end of the country. Is their anyway to get down there without means of airport. Save me having to go back and around to Cambodia and up to Don Det of which I'd have to pay another visa fee. Open to any ideas, don't mind long hauls. Thank you in advance. ...

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Private driver from Luang Prabang to Plain of Jars to Vientiane?

Posted by ankeshk on 8/5/2016 at 00:09

Hi, We are looking for any leads for a car + driver to take us from Luang Prabang to Vientiane via Phonsavan Plain of Jars over 2 days on 11 May. Ideally the driver can speak little English. Any idea how much this would cost and who is the best person to offer this? ...

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motorbike trip route help

Posted by craigyyz on 28/4/2016 at 18:35

Hi, I found a place in Luang Namtha that rents motorbikes with a drop off option in either Luang Prabang or VTE. I plan on riding for about 12 days and I'd appreciate help with an itinerary and whether I should go all the way to VTE or stop in LP. I plan on a very modest pace and would like to ride about 3-5 hours daily (in the morning). Looking at the map I'm thinking of this route: Luang Namtha - Oudam Xay - Nong Kiew - east from NK looping around highway 1C to Phonsavan - Phou Khoun - ...

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4000 islands to plain of jars advice?

Posted by Brwang93 on 7/4/2016 at 21:26

Hey guys, Hoping to get some advice on getting from 4000 islands up to plain of jars. We've found ourselves with limited time after getting caught up in the slow life down on dondhet, but are hoping to visit plain of jars before catching a flight from Vientiane on the 20th. Is it possible to get a bus direct from pakse to plain of jars, and if so what's the journey like? Happy to do night buses and hoping to avoid going through Vientiane to get there! ...

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Updated: Elevated warning for travel between Kasi and Luang Prabang in Laos

Posted by SoManyMiles on 31/3/2016 at 23:23

On March 31, the US Embassy has elevated its warning to now include what is commonly referred to as "the new road" between Kasi and Luang Prabang . This means that both roads connecting the towns of Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng are now subject to Embassy travel restrictions. You can read the full message here http://laos.usembassy.gov/mobile//warden_messages.html ...

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Elevated warning for travel between Kasi and Luang Prabang in Laos

Posted by somtam2000 on 7/3/2016 at 18:47

The US embassy has just upgraded their warnings for travel on the road between Kasi and Luang Prabang . Historically this has been an at times dangerous stretch, but a couple of recent attacks, along with attacks seemingly aimed at Chinese labour in Xaisomboun province, are very concerning. The important part of the warning says (my bold): The Embassy has prohibited official travel on Road 13 from Km 220 north of Kasi in Vientiane province to Km 270 at the Phou Khoun junction in Luang ...

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Round trip

Posted by PAULDJ4 on 30/3/2016 at 09:48

I have a 7 or 8 day gap in September and would like to do a round trip from Vientiane as this is the only airport with direct routes from KL. Can anyone suggest a ground agent or would I be better asking if you experts can give me a suggested itinerary. ...

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How to travel from Vientiane to Siem Reap

Posted by shwemoe on 25/3/2016 at 05:49

Hello, I am from Myanmar and traveling in the April new year time with this route of "Yangon-Myawadi-Mae Sot-Nong Khai- Vientiane - Siem Reap " (then fly from Siem Reap to Bangkok which is the easy part, then fly back to Yangon). Now I am stuck in looking for the information of how to travel from Vientiane to Siem Reap. And even get to the point of worried as my travel time is the new year time for both Loas and Camboida. Can anyone share the info of how to if you happen to k ...

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Share a slow boat up the Nam Ou from Nong Khiaw to Muang Khua

Posted by Ngolets on 26/3/2016 at 01:20

Two people are looking at sharing a slow boat on March 31, 2016. Also a private car from Dien Bien Phu to Sapa, Vietnam on April 4. We have a line on both but are interested in sharing costs. ...

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