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Phongsaly to Nong Khiaw by boat?

Posted by Kmcgregor1 on 2/5/2017 at 08:27

Hi guys I'll be heading to Phongsaly to do some trekking and was thinking of heading to Nong Kiaow from here via boat. I've had a look online and pieced together bits of information and I think it will be possible. From Phongsaly there should be a bus/truck to Hatsa. From Hatsa I can take a boat to Muang Khua then from there a boat to Muang Ngoi. From there I should be able to take a boat to Nong Khiaw. Obviously overnight stays needed and I have some time to do this trip. I'd really ...

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4000 Islands and Dolphins

Posted by Stef77 on 30/3/2017 at 09:11

Is it worth it to make a trip to see the river dolphins? Has anyone seen them lately? Thanks!! ...

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Pak Kading advice needed

Posted by Mirjam1970 on 29/4/2017 at 06:02

Hi everyone, I would be very glad and thankful if you have some information for us on this: We are heading to Laos in May and planning to go by bus from Vientiane to Na Hin. Thought about having a break in Pak Kading, if possible for one night. But we hesitate as we did not find up to date information about accommodation in Pak Kading. There seems to be Vilada Guesthouse, but is it still operating? Or any other guesthouse? I am just scared we will drop off the bus and find us without a place t ...

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Is it possible to visit the falls in Don Khon staying only 1 night?

Posted by algonette7987 on 22/4/2017 at 00:19

Regretfully, I am on something of a fly-by visit to Southern Laos (5 nights in all before I fly to Vientiane). I am a solo traveller and would like to take the bus/boat from Champasak leaving around 8 am (as I have heard is possible), spend one night in Don Khon, and return to Pakse leaving the island around 11 am. I would leave later but I saw online that 11 am is when most people leave. I'd prefer not to spend a lot of money to hire a private car and even that isn't going to get me to th ...

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Travelling in Laos and Cambodia at 17.

Posted by Wannabeadventurer on 16/4/2017 at 13:08

Hi all, I'm planning a trip to Laos and Cambodia for around six weeks this summer.(I'm flying into Thailand). I'm 17 years old and was wondering if there are any specific age requirements or restrictions in terms of Visas etc? There is very little info about this online. Thanks ...

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Laos and Cambodia in October with a 7 year old

Posted by cathf2 on 7/4/2017 at 14:05

Hello- I am traveling to Laos and Cambodia in October with my husband and our 7 year old son. We have traveled in Thailand with our son (and Vietnam/China/Myanmar with no kids) but this is our first time in Laos and Cambodia. We will have 3-3.5 weeks. Do you think the below itinerary is reasonable? Any suggestions on what we should add or subtract? Any hidden off the beaten path gems to suggest? Any suggestions on which Cambodian island is good for a family? In Thailand, we loved Koh Mak (it wa ...

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Travel warning for travel between Kasi and Luang Prabang in Laos

Posted by somtam2000 on 19/2/2017 at 23:01

We received a report this week from a Travelfish user of a shooting on a bus they were travelling on between Luang Prabang and Vientiane late last week and one passenger, a Lao, was shot in the stomach. Historically travel between Kasi and Luang Prabang has been somewhat dangerous (especially around Phoun Khoun), but it had settled down over the last decade. However, in the last 12 months though, there have been a number of shootings and attacks on this road. Tourists have not prev ...

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Getting around

Posted by Stef77 on 30/3/2017 at 09:10

Hello All! I'm planning to make some big leaps between Luang Prabang and Phonsavan , Phonsavan and Thakhek, Thakhek and 4000 Islands. I'm looking for advice on the best travel options. I'm not super picky but I also don't mind paying a bit more for either ease or comfort. Thanks!! ...

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Thakhek Loop travel buddy

Posted by Lostnlao on 26/3/2017 at 01:37

Older Aussie guy living and working in Lao with good 4WD car hoping to check out Thakhek loop on 13,14,15,16 April. Looking for a travel buddy or two to share the experience with and break the monotony of living in rural Laos. No set agenda just to do the loop in the clockwise direction take in the sights, good conversation and enjoy a few Beerlaos watching the spectacular sunsets we get here. If interested please contact on message service this site. cheers ...

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Muang Khua to Luang Namtha

Posted by GregoryMarie on 24/3/2017 at 08:52

Just wondering if anyone knows how to get from Muang Khua to Luang Namtha? Are there buses that go that route? I have had trouble finding information about this. Thanks for any help ...

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accommodation in Boten, Laos?

Posted by rolltide on 8/3/2017 at 13:20

I'm headed to Boten, Laos on April 22 for one night. The intent is to cross the border from China and reset the 60-day clock on my tourist visa for China. It seems difficult to find accommodation bookable online. Are there places to stay in Boten, Laos? Is it possible to walk into the town and find a place to stay on the spot? ...

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Bus Travel Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Posted by 58raeaton70 on 30/1/2017 at 02:28

Hello - in the next week, my wife and are planning to travel by bus from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. It would appear the violence issues of a few months back have subsided? I am curious if there any travelers out there who have recently traveled this route? And if so were there any issues? I believe several countries still have advisories posted. Thank you in advance, Rick ...

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Outdoor shop - rucksack needed in Vientiane

Posted by James86 on 10/3/2017 at 01:59

Hi, My rucksack just split open and I have a flight tomorrow from Malaysia to Vientiane. Are there any decent outdoor hiking shops where I can buy a 50 to 65 litre ruck sack in Vientiane? Any idea on price? Or I might have to head into KL (am at the airport!) thanks, James ...

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Motorbike Stolen in Bolaven Plateau (repost)

Posted by somtam2000 on 1/3/2017 at 05:44

This morning my motorbike was stolen un just 5 minutes en Pakson. The office where I rented it said to me that I have to buy a new one. What can I do? Thank you [Note, this post was originally posted by lorenaanchia here. I've reposted it here as it will more likely get attention and helpful advice as a new thread.] ...

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The Sino-Laos Railway Started Its Construction

Posted by andrew123 on 14/2/2017 at 22:01

On December 25, the overall ground breaking ceremony of the Sino-Laos railway was held in Luang Prabang, north part of Laos. Thongloun, premier of Laos, led the delegates from both parties to attend the ceremony. The railway extends from the frontier port of Mohan-Moding in the north to Vientiane in the south. The total length is over 400 kilometers and 67.2% of it is bridges and tunnels. The designed speed is 160 km per hour. 32 stations will be built on the route. The estimated constructio ...

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North Thailand to Laos

Posted by Inbar96 on 29/1/2017 at 23:17

Hi, I'm planning cross from north Thailand (Chang Rai) to Laos. At Laos, I would like to start from the north, trough the middle and then the 4000 island and cross to Cambodia. I know there is a transfer from XH at laos to Luang provang, but first I want to visit luang Namath, and from there move to Moang Nagui-Luang Pravang and go south Laos. There is someone who did it and can help me?? ...

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Crossing from Northern Thailand

Posted by Cindynyc on 24/1/2017 at 10:44

Hello To all, I am planning on entering Laos from Chaing Rai. Is there a direct bus route? Or do I have to make any transfers? I am planing on visiting (with only a weeks time) Luang Prang(3 days), Viang vang (3 days) and Vientiane (2days). From there I am going to Hanoi, Vietnam. The biggest problem so far is entering from Chaing Rai and exiting from Vientiane into Hanoi. Any input will help;) thanks, Cynthia Queens, N.Y. ...

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Lai Heua Fai festival LP 2017 dates?

Posted by Meekyman on 14/1/2017 at 10:50

Hello Everyone, First time poster here. Currently planning our first trip to Laos for later this year and wish to be in Luang Prabang for the Lai Heua Fai festival (festival of the fireboat). Can anyone confirm the date of this event for 2017? Many thanks Graham ...

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Bolavean loop partner

Posted by Eias on 31/12/2016 at 04:11

Hello. I want to do the bolavean plateau loop for around 3 days with a rented motorbike starting from pakse around the 2nd of january and would like some company. Im flexible on dates and journey time. Anyone care to join me? ...

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Pakse airport stopover: time for visa?

Posted by Riolomas on 7/1/2017 at 23:37

Hi I'm booked on a flight from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang with a stopover in in Pakse of only 40 minutes. I think its all on the same Air Lao aircraft because both flights have the same flight number. Does anyone know if this is enough time to get an airport visa into the country? (USA citizen) Flight is on Jan 24th. Or can I get one in the Luang Prabang airport? Thanks to anyone that can help with this answer! ...

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