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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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Laos-Cambodia-Vietnam in 14 days!!!

Posted by InmaLaguna on 12/12/2012 at 11:49

Hello everyone!! I hope you all are OK I have been invited to a wedding in Luang Prabang and thought to take this opportunity to travel a bit around, I am aware that the time I have is very limited and was hoping I could have some advice from your experiences in terms of key places to visit, best routes of transport being flexible to start and end from any point, I will fly from and to London in UK. Any advice on whether to go with visas from here or get them there, any tips for places to st ...

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Muang Ngoi to Luang Namtha

Posted by nikw83 on 7/12/2012 at 23:22

Would i be correct in saying to get from Muang Ngoi to Luang Namtha most directly- I would need to get the -boat from Muang Ngoi to Nong Khiaw, -bus to Udomxai, -onwards bus to Luang Namtha? I will be traveling early to mid Jan with no set dates only a time frame to be back at Bangkok for my flight home. I have had a look on line for these details and would just like to know if things have changed since the posts are quite dated. Any help would be gratefully appreciated. ...

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Viewed 3,153 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by nikw83 on 12/12/2012 at 14:42

If you need a local (english-speaking Lao) Tour guide in Luang Prabang

Posted by fsnyc on 24/2/2006 at 23:59

I was just there and met a great guy. 27. A native who has worked in hotels and restaurants and is now studying and working as a tour guide. He is charming, smart and fun and can show you the usual sites as well as the local discotheque and local restaurants. It won't cost you much by western standards but will employ him and provide a unique experience for you. Contact me for details. ...

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kayak Southern Laos

Posted by gen3ish on 28/11/2012 at 22:47

Hi, I'm going to Laos for a month mid-Jan to mid-Feb and one of my goal is to kayak within the 4000 islands. I heard Don Dhet is one place. Do you know where I can rent a double kayak and an idea of the price to rent it for day trips or about four days. Thanks. ...

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Nan Province in Thailand to Luang Prabang?

Posted by weiz on 3/1/2012 at 10:12

I will be going to Bo Kluea in Nan province in Feb, and thinking of making a trip to Luang Prabang, as Nan is close to the borders of Laos. I've been searching the net for any possible routes or tour companies leading travellers from Nan province to Laos. I wonder if you know any info on possible routes from Nan to LP? Is there any flight from Nan airport to LP? Thank you very much. Wei ...

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NYE 2013 in Vientiane

Posted by wranger on 27/11/2012 at 22:28

Hi all, I will be in Vientiane over new year 2013 and wondered what a solo 50 year old female would do, or where to head to, rather than sitting in a cafe or hotel on my own? Any ideas? Thanks.. ...

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Sending a box from Laos to Canda

Posted by photosyntheze on 26/11/2012 at 05:22

Hi, I would like to know if someone has already sent a box from Laos and Vietnam to Canada by boat and have an idea of "‹"‹prices. thank you very much ...

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Hmong new year 2013

Posted by enday on 25/11/2012 at 04:23

Hi, does someone know what date Hmong new year will be celebrated in Laos in 2013? Thanks ...

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Air to Phonsavan

Posted by robynryd on 21/11/2012 at 16:02

Hi all, I have read that Lao airlines fly a few times a week to Phonsavan but cant find any info on the Laoairlines site. Any clues as to what the situation is as we are crossing into Lao in a few weeks and would like to include the plain of jars in the itinerary. The bus trip looks hellish. Any up to date info appreciated. Thanks everyone. ...

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Luang Prabang to Sam Neua

Posted by uphothar on 12/11/2012 at 17:28

How can I get to Sam Neua from Luang Prabang? Any direct flights from LP or VTN? BTW, what is the correct pronunciation for the word "Neua"? Thank you all. ...

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