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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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Viewed 2,989 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by wanderingcat on 27/9/2012 at 06:36

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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Viewed 2,071 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by wanderingcat on 27/9/2012 at 06:23

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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Viewed 1,527 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by chopin on 26/9/2012 at 02:09

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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Ta Oy minority village hike by Salavan, any one done it?

Posted by holydinahorben on 18/9/2012 at 00:05

has any one done the 80km road into Ta Oy? i am contemplating doing it and would love some feed back from some one who has. ...

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Laos itinerary advice

Posted by araxas on 16/9/2012 at 12:15

Hello, I'm traveling to Laos for the first time in late November, starting/ending my trip in Vientiane . Here's roughly what I've planned. I'm on an average budget (not 5-star, but not backpacking either) Does this itinerary make sense both logistically and from the perspective of a first time Laos visitor? Any advice would be much appreciated! Day 1 - Vientiane Day 2 - travel to Kong Lor by bus / overnight Day 3 - visit Kong Lor caves bus to Thakhet Day 4 - Thakhet (lake, caves, town) Day ...

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Viewed 2,605 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by araxas on 23/9/2012 at 01:32

Flight between Vientiane and Luang Prabang

Posted by bubbl3s on 17/9/2012 at 23:31

Hi, I will be going to Vientiane on 25th October and I'm thinking of taking flight to Luang Prabang. Does anyone know if I can buy last minute air ticket at the airport? And whether the flight is always full and should be booked in advanced? I'm flying Air Asia into Vientiane and they have already changed my departure date once. I'm afraid they might change it again and if I bought the Vientiane-Luang Prabang flight in advanced, the ticket will go to waste. ...

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Viewed 2,500 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by enday on 22/9/2012 at 07:11

Going back to Laos - itinerary suggestions

Posted by Oystein on 20/9/2012 at 08:08

Hi, First of all, thank you to everyone who is contributing to this forum. Ive been using the information here quite a bit, but this is my first post here. The topic of this post is regarding a planned trip, going back to Laos the summer of 2013. Me and my girlfriend went to Laos the summer of 2011, and really loved it. Our challenge now (luxury problem) is to plan an itinerary that doesnt overlap too much with what we saw then, but still includes many nice and interesting spots. Our itinerar ...

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Nice Guest House Phonsavan Not So Nice

Posted by FireTiger on 16/8/2012 at 04:59

I stayed at Nice Guest House Phonsavan in July 2012 for 4 nights. Everything was fine and I had no major complaints. Then it was time to check out when all the drama started: The check out time on the 'rules and guidelines' of the guest house in my room was 12:30 in the afternoon. By the time I went down with my bags it was 1:15pm. I paid for the 4 nights stay and tried to leave. The guy at the desk (either a worker, or manager or the owner) demanded that I pay a whole nights stay for late chec ...

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Laos (Vietianne) or Vietnam (Hanoi) Orphanage

Posted by dhessie on 28/11/2007 at 15:28

I'm looking at volunteering in an orphanage in either Vietianne or Hanoi for a week. Has anyone ever done this? Is it possible to just show up and ask to volunteer? If so, can you give me the name of the orphanage? What kind of things did you do? Thanks. ...

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Viewed 5,453 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by Rufus on 13/9/2012 at 22:28

Two week trip Itinerary: Help!

Posted by loststranger on 7/9/2012 at 10:13

Hi everyone, I am getting a twenty day break from work (Toronto) and I am looking to backpack through Laos. Thing is I have never visited the region before and I am doing this on my own. I'd love to do some trekking and jungle trails but they don't have to be multi-day affairs; I have done a number of those in India. I would like to be part of the backpacking scene too. From the research I have done so far, I would like to spend about two weeks in Laos and a week in Thailand befo ...

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Where should I go if I want to avoid Vang vieng but discover the beauty of true laos

Posted by travelbug86 on 26/8/2012 at 18:36

Hi fellow travellers, I am heading to laos for a week in febuary and was wondering where I should go if I am not interested at all in VV? I understand laos is very beautiful but my schedule only allows a week in laos. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks, Travelbug ...

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Mekong travel to Cambodia

Posted by 2crazy on 7/9/2012 at 14:55

Am wanting to travel from Don Khong down the Mekong to Kratie in Cambodia?Is this possible or is it better to go by road? Any info would be welcome. Thanks. ...

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How to get from Laos to Vietnam by road

Posted by Joanna_S on 6/9/2012 at 15:03

Hi all, I am trying to plan my trip through Laos and it's proven a nightmare! I was planning to take a bus from Vientaine to Luang Prabang, then a boat to Nong Khiaw, then another boat to Muang Khua and here I have a slight problem. Is it doable to get from there to Don Bien Phu and then to Hanoi? If so, can you tell me what the route would be as I assume there are no direct busses, and how long each journey from A to B would take? My Lonely Planet guide is not very precise and says different ...

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Viewed 4,026 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by Joanna_S on 8/9/2012 at 02:26

Bars in Tubing Closed

Posted by lylzezane01 on 4/9/2012 at 23:18

I apologise in advance if this has already been covered. I haven't seen it for myself. I went at the start of the year and wanted to head back during my holidays so I spoke to some people and someone mentioned: Seven of the clubs/bars along the river have been shut down (in July 2012 maybe) and any slides or ziplines or the like no longer exist in the governments efforts to clean up the area. Apparently the bars and stuff that are left are those that could afford to pay off officials, so they ...

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Spiked in Vien Vang

Posted by lylzezane01 on 4/9/2012 at 23:40

Earlier this year I went tubing with a few friends. Half of us got our drinks spiked- one girl got hit so bad by it, that she was paralysed and doesnt recall a thing from the night. We ended up carrying on with about 15 people, some of which had been there for a few days prior. All of them bar 1 had been spiked- including guys! Just be careful! Also check out ...

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