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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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Viewed 1,706 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by pete61 on 14/8/2012 at 02:13

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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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 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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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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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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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 3,377 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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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 - 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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Viewed 1,779 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 15/7/2012 at 02:16

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: Budget is around $100. I am 6 feet tall/1.8 meters. Used is fine. Anyone know w ...

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Viewed 2,359 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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Looking for more people to hire nice slow boat

Posted by tylerhlewis on 3/5/2012 at 10:31

Hello, I'm looking for a few more people interested in hiring one of the nicer slow boats from Thailand to Luang Prabang. My fiance and I would like to take the nicer boat. I've contacted the folks at Nagi of Mekong, and he says he needs a minimum or four people to run the cruise. I would like to depart on June 24th. Should be around $150 US per person and includes accomodations in Pakbeng. Any takers? Any body know any other mid range options besides ...

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Viewed 2,349 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by ashitaka2405 on 7/7/2012 at 04:21

4000 Islands Sunrise? Sunset?

Posted by Wessandcoz on 24/4/2012 at 06:34

Looking to stay at 4000 Islands approx second week in May. We're a couple not looking for party life - just wanting to take in the beauty of the area and relaxing the "Laos" way First of all which island is the best for what were after? Sunset or Sunrise side? Any recommendations on accommodation - mid priced with aircon?? ...

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Viewed 2,385 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by OneScot on 3/7/2012 at 07:19

Si Phan Don to....Where?

Posted by mfriedberg on 19/6/2012 at 14:36

Hi guys. So I am spending a max of 3 weeks travelling from Vientiane to Si Phan Don but then I have another week or two to spend. I'm not sure whether I should continue south into Cambodia or go west into Thailand. If I went to Cambodia I would probably want to go to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh but neither of those are particularly close. I also am probably going to have to fly back to the states from Bangkok so it might make more sense to go to Thailand but it doesn't seem like there is anyt ...

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Viewed 2,296 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 26/6/2012 at 10:12

Laos: cash advance in bank

Posted by WinstonRumfoord on 7/1/2011 at 23:37

With the low cash limit on cash advances from ATMs has anyone done cash advances on a credit card from within a bank in Laos? I think all you need is card and passport. I don't know if you get the same exchange rate, or what the charges might be, or if there are any security issues. Can you do them at small banks in the provinces without ATMs? ...

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