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Anyone to share car/van from LP to Vang Vieng?

Posted by affgomes on 25/10/2012 at 05:15

Husband and I are currently in Luang Prabang but hoping to travel down to Vientiane this weekend, stopping at Vang Vieng for a night or two. Heard/read so many horror stories about the buses that am more inclined to get a van with driver if we can split with a few others. A bit last minute but thought it was worth posting. Thinking of leaving after tomorrow, on Saturday. ...

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Private transportation between Muang Khoua and Tay Trang and then on to Dien Bien Phu

Posted by boschl on 20/10/2012 at 03:18

Hello We are looking for information on how to hire private transport between Muang Khoua and Tay Trang and then on to Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam. We have seen bus schedules but was wondering if anyone knew how to arrange private transport. We are looking at trip on Sunday November 11, 2012. thanks thanks ...

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last minute singapore to laos!

Posted by georgiabarredo on 22/10/2012 at 21:04

hello all... i've just booked a ticket to singapore and have randomly decided to go to laos and some cities i missed in SEA last year... i would appreciate any recommendations and advice pls... thank you tentative itinerary fly into singapore singapore to kuala lumpur (via bus) kL to phuket (via bus/train) phuket to chiang mai/chiang rai (via bus) chiang mai to luang prabang luang prabang - VV-vientianne can someone please tell me if i should start at north laos and travel south... or travel s ...

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Dengue in Laos

Posted by somtam2000 on 7/10/2012 at 06:09

So our Laos update has ground to a halt with our man on the ground down with dengue fever -- unfortunately not the Cambodian musical variety. Never heard of dengue fever? You're far more likely to pick dengue fever up than malaria, but you can read about both via the links below. In summary, I don't recommend either. Malaria Dengue So, stress again, take adequate precautions regarding mosquitos and make sure your travel insurance is current. Safe travels. ...

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Laos Cambodia Burma - what order?

Posted by Dimamah on 5/7/2012 at 13:13

hi, I'm planning visiting these countries from 4th of November to 17th of December. The time frame is : 3 weeks Burma 3 weeks Cambodia 6 weeks Laos last 2 weeks at Thailand. I'm a solo 25 years old male first time backpacking in SEA, well first time backpacking anyware I was initially planning doing : Burma > Laos north to south > cambodia east to north west I've heard that some say that Burma isn't easy traveling for inexperienced travelers. what do you think? should i postpone burma ...

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Trekking - Luang Prabang or Luang Nam Tha?

Posted by svichy on 9/5/2008 at 17:23

Hi there, I want to do some trekking while in Laos, and am not sure if I should go out of my way a bit and go to Luang Nam Tha, or if the trekking in LP is just as good. If I went to LNT, it would probably mean missing out on the mekong river slow boat cruise as well, which I had originally planned to do... but plans always change and I am open to suggestions! Thanks in advance. ...

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Train from Laos to Bangkok

Posted by IvybridgeClan on 15/10/2012 at 21:47

We are in Luang Prabang this New Year and then travelling to Bangkok. Considering bus/fly options to Vientiane , we are worried about the bus ride and how safe this is along mountainous, winding roads? Had terrible experience in minibus in Cambodia! Are accidents and breakdowns common/rare on this route LP to VV? Also, catching overnight train to Bangkok. If we do not stay in Vientiane overnight, but arrive during the day (on bus/flight), how much time will we need to allow in order to mak ...

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Have You Volunteered at the Lao Elephant Conservation Centre at Sayaboury?

Posted by 1411 on 20/11/2011 at 22:50

Hi! Just read about the Elephant Conservation Centre at Sayaboury and am considering devoting 6 of my 16 to 18 days in Northern Laos volunteering there as the hype on the website makes it sound like a spectacular (to me, anyway) lifetime experience. If you've been there yourself or know someone who has, I'd appreciate knowing what your impressions are. Would you say the 2 day trip might be enough all things considered, including the limited time I hav ...

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Help planning a trip to Laos and Thailand

Posted by shaungt08 on 7/10/2012 at 12:15

Me and my partner have decided in the summer of 2013 we would like to visit Laos and Thailand in the space of 3-4 weeks. We like the sound of Vang Vieng for the tubing however we don't know where to visit in Thailand or anywhere else in Laos. We also need help with a time-scale. Any tips would be really appreciate I can see this being one of my best summers. ...

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HuayXai to Nong Kiao

Posted by baparker on 4/4/2006 at 21:53

I was just wondering if anyone had any experiences or suggestions on what to expect/the best way to get from Huay Xai to Nong Kiao? If you could help me out on estimates for time and $ that would be very helpful. Thanks ...

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Laos in 5 days

Posted by danni87 on 6/10/2012 at 03:21

Hello all!! My friends and I are travelling to Laos middle of November time from Thailand. I am wondering what the highlights are to do, taking into consideration travel time?? And not sure whether to enter through thailand from west or east side? Thanks!! Dannie ...

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Big fat Laos update, tips appreciated

Posted by somtam2000 on 7/9/2012 at 19:59

Hey all, Better late than never, one of our writers is Laos bound in the next few days for four solid months of research as he updates our complete Laos coverage from top to tail. Any tips or suggestions on places, people, restaurants, guesthouses, noodle shops, tuk tuk drivers, pretty walks, boat rides, treks, banana pancakes and tubing much appreciated Please post any tips in this thread, Adam will keep an eye on it and, as always any assistance will be much appreciated. Cheers & tha ...

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friday off to laos

Posted by tinacrossman on 30/9/2012 at 07:58

we are currently in Chaing Rai and leave on Friday for 30 days in Laos - the only thing is we are not travelling light as we are away for one year. We have two massive suitcases (and two small ones) which have not been a problem so far but reading about Laos on TF I am wondering what to do! Can you help? We fancy going from Huay xai to Vientaine and stopping at the little villages along the way as suggested on the itinery but transport seems to be a worry! We wanted to travel via boats and ...

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Laos backpacker and writer

Posted by panky on 25/9/2012 at 22:18

Hi guys, I'm interested in hiring a backpacker who is (or has) backpacked Laos to do some research. I can't pay much (it'll still go along way in SE Asia) - and it'll probably be via paypal, but I'm more interested in someone who has traveled a lot, and is out there having a good time, perhaps even blogged a bit, likes researching online for their next hostel or couchsurfer to crash, and does things on the cheap. Does anyone know a good spot - (or is this a good spot). I doubt it'll be more ...

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Big Brother Mouse - Luang Prabang

Posted by sianbevans on 8/7/2012 at 20:29

Hello, I am travelling solo for the first time in Laos and am spending a majority of my time in Luang Prabang (8 days). I would like to do a bit of sightseeing and some volunteering. I have come across the Big Brother Mouse website and was wondering about others' experiences with this organisation? I'll definitely drop in and help with conversational English while there but has anyone gone along on a Book Party visit? Any feedback would be appreciated! Cheers ...

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No name restaurant (Luang Prabang)

Posted by Oztravels on 7/3/2012 at 22:14

Hi. Does anyone know the name of the restaurant that is next to the old bridge in Luang Prabang ? We had a great meal there and a friend is going to Luang Prabang next month for the New Year Festival and I want to send him to the correct place. Its the place that cooks the BBQ duck and pork etc. Thanks for any help. David ...

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Renting Bike in Laos

Posted by chopin on 27/9/2012 at 05:24

Hi all, I'll be travelling to VT, VV, and LP in late october. i will travel mainly by bus and boat for the long haul journeys. i was thinking would it be nice to rent a motobike (the japanese type, not dirt bike) while in these 3 towns, as it would give me the freedom to move about and exploring the towns and surrounding areas. if you have done that, please give me a rough estimate of the cost and conditions of renting bikes there, i hope they won't hold my passport? ...

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VT-LP in Oct - boat, bus, or plane?

Posted by chopin on 24/9/2012 at 11:24

Dear all, i'll be in Laos during 4 - 10 Oct. a few questions: 1. Is this period high or low in terms of tourism? 2. I will go from VT to LP, should I take boat(would the water level be sufficient?) or bus? which offers a better experience? fyi, i'll travel from LP to Huay Xai/Chiang Khong and then on to Chiang Mai by boat, so will get a fair share of boating experience here. 3. How about going by plane? any gain/loss as compared with travelling by road or by river? 4. in whichever mode abo ...

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From Bangkok to Huay Xai

Posted by Dutchy on 24/9/2012 at 16:51

Hi there! At the end of October I´ll arrive in Bangkok. I will stay there for night and doing a cycle trip the next morning, but.....After that want to go as quick as possible to Chiang Khong/Huay Xai to do the Gibbon Experience! Who can tell me the quickest option? I would like to book the Gibbon Experience, but don´t now yet when I can arrive there (in Huay Xai) You would really help me with the answer! Thanks! ...

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Village visits from Luang Prabang

Posted by pete61 on 22/9/2012 at 00:11

Hi, Four of us (2+2 young teenagers) are travelling through Laos in January and we are looking at a fantastic tour called the Akha village project (Tiger Trails). Fantastic idea to support a village and the community by giving them a different type of income by receiving guests and showing them their ways of life. Great for the children too to show them how life is for others. My problem is cost for 4 people. Is their something similar we can do from LP to experience this lifestyle that is not s ...

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