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Travelling Laos in 10 days

Posted by origami88 on 18/8/2012 at 10:14

So I am planning to stay for about 10 days in Laos (starting Luang Prabang). Is that just enough time for me to take in much of what Northern Laos has to offer? Or can i stretch it and go the whole way (i.e. North to South?). Can someone please kindly offer a rough itinerary for which I can go by to make the most out of this short trip? The other important thing is, I need to wind up at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Would you know whats the most convenient way out of Laos to get to Siem Reap? I am ...

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Tragic story from Vang Vieng

Posted by somtam2000 on 21/9/2009 at 12:30

The Guardian has a tragic story of a tourist dying while tubing in Vang Vieng in Laos. As has been mentioned on Travelfsih, one should exercise care and stay in control while tubing on the river -- especially in the wet season. You can read the full story here It would be interesting to know why the insurer failed to pay up for the costs of the rescue effort. ...

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Laos Cambodia Vietnam

Posted by Lizard83 on 15/8/2012 at 04:26

Hi All I'm looking to arrange a surprise trip for my boyfriend to the above. We went travelling 4 years ago but never made it to Laos, Cambodia or Vietnam and it something we have always regretted. Our biggest problem is we only have about 10 days and this will be straight after Christmas. Would love to have longer but with a mortgage now its just not possible! I'm therefore looking for any advice or a cheeky itinerary to help us. I jsut don't know where to begin! A big thanks in advance Liz ...

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Busing from Don Dhet to Phnom Penh

Posted by redlipgloss on 10/8/2012 at 16:41

So I know that I can bus from Don Dhet to Phnom Penh but my issue is that I can't get mush more information than "yes, this can be done." I'm really hoping there's someone out there who can assist in answering the following questions: 1) Where do you catch the bus from or at? 2) Where do you buy tickets from? 3) Are there any bus companies/trips to watch out for? Anything not quite safe? 4) How long does this trip usually take? Thanks, so much, in advance for your help! ...

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Itinerary help -21 days

Posted by pete61 on 12/8/2012 at 09:18

My partner and two young teenage kids will be in Laos for 21 days. We are entering from Kratie and leaving from Vientiane. A nice stay on an island, an elephant experience, about 5 days in Luang Prabang and any recommended places with no doubling back. We're not afraid of roughing it and getting off the beaten track. We'd like to stay a couple of nights in a few places to get a bit of a feel for the towns/villages if time permits. A boat trip would be great too. Is ther time to go up north? ...

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vang vieng, tubing, assault, corruption, lessons

Posted by DJ959 on 10/3/2010 at 13:12

What follows is a cautionary tale. It's long, but I think the context is important and the end provides several lessons about traveling, Laos, Vang Vieng , and how to deal (and not deal) with the police. Firstly, I've been to Laos several times, love the country, and found the people to be wonderful. What happened today is definitely a big exception. Vang Vieng is a backpacker ghetto (in a wonderful setting) and some of the local people (or people with money who moved there to make more mon ...

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Viewed 7,353 times, with 16 replies. Last reply by Rufus on 9/8/2012 at 19:24

Flight Huay Xai to Luang Prabang

Posted by NewbieC on 26/10/2009 at 04:44

Hello I'm interested in doing the Gibbon Experience but don't have too much time to take 2 days getting from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang....is there any quicker way? I've tried looking for flights but I'm not having much luck. Thanks ...

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Udon-Vietianne-Kong Lor cave

Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 2/8/2012 at 19:48

Is there a bus from Udon Airport to Vientiane that stops at the border to allow the purchase of a visa and then onward travel? The rough plan is stay in Vientiane for 2 nights then do a 2 night tour to Kong Lor and return for 1n Vientiane then onto Nong Khai for 3 nights. Or is it better to visit Kong Lor from Nakhon Phanom? ...

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LP -> VV -> Vientiane or the opposite direction?

Posted by EugeneS on 2/8/2012 at 04:52

Hi folks! Me and my wife will be traveling in North Thailand (Chiang Mai) in October and our next stop is Laos. After Laos we plan to continue to Hanoi (Vietnam). The main places we want to visit in Laos are: Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane . However I'm curious what would be the best route for us? If we start in Chiang Mai, I though of 2 following options: 1. Going all the way to Udon Thani and enter Lao side via Friendship border passage which brings us directly to Vientiane. ...

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Viewed 1,434 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 2/8/2012 at 13:59

Beer Lao Brewery Tour in Vientiane

Posted by jc1257 on 22/5/2012 at 05:53

Does anyone know if they are conducting tours of the Beer Lao brewery in Vientiane? The latest that I could find was a Lonely Planet forum post from last year saying it was closed for a few months. Thanks for any updated info. ...

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Viewed 3,204 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by JuliaMcD on 1/8/2012 at 16:15

Flying from Lao to Vietnam

Posted by sophienteresa on 5/4/2011 at 00:23

Hi all, I have been looking for the cheapest way to fly from Lao to Hanoi ... and they all seem quite pricey. My main question is; does anyone know if it is cheaper to book flights in Lao itself to fly to Hanoi? We are travelling round SEA for 9 weeks, and dont fancy the bus from Vientiane to Hanoi much, as I have read on here that it is pretty gruesome. Is this still the case? Cheers Sophie :o) ...

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Viewed 8,915 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by EugeneS on 30/7/2012 at 02:24

3 weeks in Laos - tips needed

Posted by stephanieman on 25/7/2012 at 05:16

Hi there, A girl at the age of 19 is going to Laos as solo traveler this late August. I am very excited about this trip cos it's my first solo trip so I would like to ask for more information from you guys. I know these are a lot of questions... but your advice is really important to me 1. [Luang Prabang] I would like to go to Kuang Si Waterfall & homestay. I have checked with Green Discovery. A 2 day trip with homestay cost me around USD$64 which I find it really expensive. Is there any ...

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Viewed 3,037 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by Rufus on 28/7/2012 at 22:24

Night Bus from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang

Posted by aik_yong2002 on 16/7/2012 at 04:00

Hi, planning to go Laos in October and travel from Vientiane - Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang . Is there an overnight bus or minivan that travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang (since there are buses leaving Vientiane to Luang Prabang at night)? I tried to search online but only found morning buses. I have a tight schedule and travel in daytime will waste the sightseeing time. Thanks. ...

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Viewed 8,230 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by stoneman on 23/7/2012 at 07:52

Let's all go tubing!

Posted by elyobj on 8/7/2012 at 02:43

My girlfriend and I are going tubing sometime in the next few weeks. (no dates yet) Things like this are always best experienced in groups, so if you wanna get together, be stupid and float down the river drop us an email - elyobj@gmail.com James 26 from UK Beth 28 from USA. We're both lovely people, and we're both happy to throw our keys in a bowl and go with the flow.. (at least i am) ...

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Looking for less-toured places recommendation

Posted by ofek on 12/7/2012 at 18:45

Hello, Me and my two friends are about to visit laos as a part of our trip to S.E. Asia (thiland, laos and vietnam). We will start in the north, at Louang Nam-Tha and continue to Louangprabang, Viang-Vieng and Vientiane. Beside this regular travel, we would like to see some more wild, less-toured, places located on/ near our route. I would be thankful for any recommendation for such places. I've heared about a possibility to take a boat from Louang Nam-Tha to some isolated villages, surround ...

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Looking to Buy a Bike in Vientiane

Posted by pranaman on 1/7/2012 at 22:09

Hi, I am renting a house in Sisavat Village, a little north of the main city center. I am renting a one-geared bike from PVO, the Vientnamese bike rental place by the Mekon/near Wat Mixay. It's been almost 2 month, so it's adding up at 7000 kip/day. I would rather buy one. Prefer one with straight handlebars, road tires, multiple gears, like this one: www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/town/recreation/hybrid/7100/#. Budget is around $100. I am 6 feet tall/1.8 meters. Used is fine. Anyone know w ...

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Viewed 2,092 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 12/7/2012 at 13:55

Trekking partner in Southern Laos

Posted by Laurabaek on 17/6/2012 at 08:18

Hieveryone! I'm a 21year old danish girl who are looking for a trekking partner in Pakse /Champasak(Southern Laos). You have tobe more than one person when you book the trip, so I would be so happy to findsomeone who want's trekking as well. I'm thinking about 2 or 3 days trekking,or a zip-line tour. It all sounds so cool, and the nature should be amazing! Right nowI'm in Vientiane, but I'll go to Pakse tomorrow with the night bus. So thetrekking trip can start from the 19th, 20th or 21th of ...

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Solo traveller, 30th Apr - 6th May

Posted by joe1985 on 18/4/2012 at 09:35

Hello - I'm going to be in-and-around Vientiane from the 30th April to the 6th May, just me and my backpack! I want to do some trekking, be adventurous etc, but I'm pretty flexible and will go with the flow. Let me know if you're planning anything and don't mind me tagging along, or want to meet up for a drink! I'm a 26 year-old british guy - a good egg! can be texted on: +44 7817576452 Cheers, Joe ...

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Need friends in Vientiane

Posted by tiffoturtle on 25/4/2012 at 02:50

Hi, I'm based in Vientiane for the next few months volunteering and want to find some new friends while I'm here! I'm a 25yo Aussie girl who is looking for people interested in having some drinks, sampling the lao cuisine or maybe taking a yoga class together. Reply or drop me a line if you're interested! ...

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Nagi of Mekong to Luang Prabang

Posted by jBird on 11/1/2009 at 22:18

hey all, sorry for the repost but i'm having trouble finding clear info on the Nagi slow boat to Luang Prabang... also apologize for this looooong post: two of us are planning on going to LP from Thailand late May/early June '09. i've been through just about every post on fish/lonelyP/trip advisor, trying to figure out the best/most economical way down the Mekong. the Nagi of Mekong seems to be ideal but there really is a lack of recent reviews an they're website, http://nagiofmekong. ...

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