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Lao New Year 2012

Posted by donadoni on 11/4/2012 at 20:56

soukdee pbeemai! I'll be in Vientiane 14th Apr. I'm a first timer n just realised its new year in Laos. The funny thing is 14th is also my bday. YAY! But since its peak season in Laos nowadays, am i suppose to concern about finding a room in a budget GH on arrival or should i just solve it online before depart? ...

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Air Quality in Laos/Gibbon Experience

Posted by harmonydavid on 2/4/2012 at 00:13

I've been reading about how terrible the air quality is in Northern Thailand and am wondering if conditions are the same in Northern Laos. I'm planning to do the Gibbon Experience in Bokeo in mid-April but if the pollution is as bad as I'm hearing, I'm thinking I should change my plans. Anybody have current information about the air quaility? ...

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Phonsavan-Sam Neua-Luang Prabang question

Posted by vietabroad on 6/4/2012 at 03:23

I'll be in Phonsavan and am hoping to make a fast trip to Sam Neua to see the Pathet Lao caves in Vieng Xai before returning to Luang Prabang . My plan is one day on the bus from Phonsavan to Sam Neua, one day for a day trip to Vieng Xai, and one day on the bus back to Luang Prabang. Travel guides say bus from Phonsavan to Sam Neua is 8 hours, and Sam Neua to Luang Prabang is 14 hours. Is this realistic? When I asked a travel agent about booking a car to do the same route, she said roa ...

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Luang Prabang to Plain of Jars

Posted by qualitywork1 on 7/11/2011 at 01:16

Hi Everyone, I shall be in Laos in about 3 weeks and want to travel to Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Phonsovan and Vientiene. What is the best order to do this in ? I hate long bus journeys and read the journey from LP to VV is about 8 hours. Is there a quicker way of doing this? I shall then be heading south and exiting at Cambodia. thanks. Also any must see places on the way? My budget is $70/day ...

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Motorbike from Phonsavan to the plain of jars

Posted by PeterW on 18/3/2012 at 07:32

Hi I am thinking or renting a motorbike tomorrow and going to the plain of jars with just me, a map and my camera. A tour operator was saying the roads are too bad for a motorbike but I'm a little suspect. I am with a German girl who hasn't ridden a bike a lot and this advice has thrown her off the idea just as she was coming round - which is fair enough! I'm not taking her on the back of mine because if I crash I hurt myself and thats it. I don't want to take anyone down with me. Has a ...

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Iteneray Advice

Posted by GetOutOfFLorida on 29/3/2012 at 19:38

Heading to SE Asia for 3 weeks with my girlfriend and looking to see the best sights. I realize we are "flying" through, but we don't get enough vacation time. She wants Halong Bay, I want Luang Prabang and we both want Bangkok and Angkor. Is there anything here that stands out good or bad? We want to see breathtaking beauty and cool sites. I am a history buff and she loves nature. She would like to exchange a flight for a cruise somewhere, but I don't see how to possibly do this. ...

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Who was in Muang Ngoi (Laos) end of january/beginning of February 2012 ???

Posted by pb1 on 1/4/2012 at 09:26

Hi, I am trying to come in contact with people who were in Muang Ngoi (the village that can only reached by boat) in the end of January/beginning of February 2012 and who have met a dutch/australian couple called Rianne(18) and Alexander(22). They arrived in Muang Ngoi on January 31st and were found dead in their room in Riverside bungalows in Muang Ngoi on February 4th. If you have met them, have pictures with them on it, or know more about their tragic deaths then please contact me. If you ...

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Anyone going to Bolaven Plateau, 21-27 may 2012?

Posted by norberg2111 on 29/3/2012 at 12:01

Hello. I'm a 25 year old guy from Sweden that will be travelling alone through Asia for 2 months. I will be spending 1 week in southern Laos, around Pakse and Si Phan Don. I'm looking for people to trek with in the Bolaven Plateau area. There is a guided 2-day intermediate trek through the Dong Hua Sao area ( I want to do this sometime between the 21 and 27 may. I'm also looking for people that have done this trek and can tell me more about it. ...

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Lao Airlines name input

Posted by cn2011 on 26/3/2012 at 14:06

Hi, Just booking flights with Lao Airlines ( When filling in name details it says don't put a space between first and middle name, this would make the name on the ticket and the name in your passport technically different. Has anyone flown with them, and was the ticket fine with no spaces between the names? Have emailed them directly with no reply. Thanks ...

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Laos to Hanoi overland, advice?

Posted by LoneFNewbie on 28/1/2012 at 05:46

Hi everyone, I am planning to travel through Laos to Hanoi from Thailand. Aside from the slowboat to luang Prabang, does anyone have advice/suggestions for rest of journey. I have about ten days only as meeting a friend. I have heard the coaches are problematic, is this true? Appreciate any help, thanks. ...

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Any guesthouse in Vientiane with decent wifi?

Posted by wifiman on 26/3/2012 at 07:51

I'll be in Vientiane for a couple of weeks and need a decent connection for my work. Nothing too fancy; an uncongested ~0.7Mb/s connection will do fine. My budget is $10-$20 per night. Any recommendations? ...

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Laos budget

Posted by achoo on 22/3/2012 at 23:02

Hello, All I find on this subject is lists of how much a beer, bowl of noodles, a night's sleep is in different currencies. I need a total budget. Let's say my budget is $40/day (I hear that's a good budget). My question is: How many kip, baht and USD should I take with me and/or exchange at the bank in Huay Xai? Basically how should I divide my budget in different currencies? Is 2 million kip, 5000 baht and 100 dollars enough for 2-3 weeks? Is this too much, too little? It's really confusi ...

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A message from the village chiefs at Nam Ou (Laos)

Posted by Oztravels on 21/3/2012 at 22:14

Hello. I recently visited Nam Ou as part of my project in Laos working with the Luang Prabang Tourism Department. During the visit the village chiefs raised the issue that some visitors (a small minority) are causing concerns with the community regarding excess drinking and socialising (sexual conduct). They have asked me to asset them to spread the word about these issues and ask that people visiting respect their culture and their desire to keep Nam Ou a quiet relaxing place for visitors. Bel ...

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tiger trails.. any good ??

Posted by muskey on 22/3/2012 at 11:21

As anyone used tiger trails in laos for trips or adventures? If so are they reliable / worth using? Cheers ...

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URGENT! Get Typhoid shot in Laos/Thailand?

Posted by achoo on 21/3/2012 at 08:15

Hey! I am currently in Chiang Khong and need to get a shot for Typhoid (I've never taken it). Does anybody know of any place around the area or in Laos were I can get a Typhoid shot? Thank you! (FYI I wasn't planning on going to Laos at first but I sort of ended up heading there anyway. I forgot I need this vaccine as well.) ...

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Communist Police in Northern Laos...

Posted by squarethecircle on 19/10/2011 at 11:43

I'm currently finishing up a 2-month trip around Laos - "Stay Another Day" became the motto for my travels, but "Stay Another Week" would be more accurate, as I stayed in a mere 7 towns during my stay - Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang, Nong Khiaw, Luang Namtha, Vieng Phukha, Muang Sing, in addition to brief overnights in guesthouses near bus stations. I found that as I headed north, the police/government became more openly communist and more openly hostile to my presenc ...

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Making cheap phone calls on mobile in Laos to UK

Posted by LoganT on 18/9/2009 at 02:14

Hi Off to Laos next week. I was wondering if anyone knew of a cheap way of making mobile phone calls to the UK whilst I am there as I want to keep in touch with the boyfriend (he doesn't have computer/skype facilities so internet cafes aren't really an alternative). I have a UK mobile phone contract and it costs ALOT to use it in Asia (I stupidly used my phone in Vietnam this year and ran up a bill bigger than my airfare out to Asia!!) I have tried searching the internet etc but only s ...

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Best route from Bangkok to Vang Vieng?

Posted by catherine25 on 6/3/2012 at 12:30

Hi guys Wondering if you could help... We have been travelling in South East Asia before and last time we took the overnight train from Bangkok to Nong Khai and then crossed the border ourselves and then took a local bus into Vientiane , stayed overnight and got the bus to Vang Vieng in the morning!! We are on a much tighter schedule this time and cant really afford so much time on the road....does anyone know of a better route? Ive heard a good plan is to fly from Bangkok to Udon Than ...

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The bus from hell Vientiane to Hanoi- has anyone done it and is it safe for solo women?

Posted by suswati37 on 7/12/2009 at 15:54

Hi all, I just have a query, I realise the Vientiane to Hanoi is the bus from hell, but has anyone done it and would it be safe for solo female travellers to do? Unfortunately the flight is out of my price range so its my only option...Cheers! ...

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Viewed 21,968 times, with 30 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 11/3/2012 at 10:02

vacinations- a need?

Posted by roupap on 28/2/2012 at 10:35

Hello Travellers! Im planning a trip to Laos_ cambodia in April. what are your experiences as far as vaccination concerned ? im not generally very kin into taking unnecassary treatments or vaccination or tablets. so, how important is that really ? Thank you all for your help!!!! Roupap ...

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