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getting Chinese Visa and boarder crossing in Laos

Posted by Thomasbreakwell on 16/2/2012 at 23:15

hi all, sorry if this post is in the wrong place but..... im Australian and will be in Laos around November and ideally want to cross the boarder into Yunnan, China from Laos, there is alot of conflicting information on most of the popular forums about whether i will be able to get a chinese visa in any part of Laos (i need a 90 day visa) and if it is possible or realistic to cross the Laos/chinese boarder lately. i will be staying with a friend who is a Laotian local, would he be able to help m ...

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solo traveller in Laos

Posted by solotraveller on 29/1/2012 at 06:01

Solo female traveller in Laos 2Feb12-28Feb12 is it safe? ...

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1 month rough itinerary, what am I missing?

Posted by whardy on 10/2/2012 at 04:42

Hello everyone, my girlfriend and I are traveling Laos for a month from mid-march to mid-april. We've done quite a bit of research, on this site and forum and beyond, but we wanted to ask the gracious members of the forum for further advice. A bit about us, we're in the backpacker budget range looking to spend about $1,000 USD/person for the month. We're very active, looking for exciting treks, and a mix of on and off the beaten trail stuff. We're going to hit up the usual stuff, unless there's ...

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Viewed 2,121 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by whardy on 11/2/2012 at 06:27

Khong Lor river cave

Posted by rayc101 on 14/1/2012 at 23:41

Hi all, Re Khong Lor river cave I have been unsuccessful in finding advice about water levels in the cave during the wet season, and whether navigation through the cave ceases during this period. I would appreciate some advice on going through the cave in July. Cheers R ...

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Off for my 6 week trip ! Thanks !!! ;-)

Posted by GermanCoastgirl on 3/2/2012 at 10:03

Hi All, after a year of rough planning, checking on loads of posts and feeling great while studying your posts, I am finally leaving for our 6-weeks-trip with my 5 year-old boy to Laos and Thailand this upcoming Sunday ! Thanks to all of you ! As soon as I am back I will finally be able to provide you with answers and advise as well !!! Cheers, Birgit ...

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Luang Prabang accommodation

Posted by stevewilkes on 17/1/2012 at 15:36

Any recommendations on good guest houses for LP for a five day stop over. Were flying in on the 2nd February. What are the must see's of LP and places to eat? ...

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Best way to travel from Bangkok to Vang Vieng?

Posted by lewks on 7/1/2012 at 19:02

Hi people I am landing in Bangkok on the 22nd of march and am going to spend a couple of days there before making my way up to Vang Veing to go tubing. I am thinking of traveling overland or water to get their and flying back and was wondering what the best way to travel overland there was and any places to stop of for a few days on the way I would like to see some of northern Thailand and other parts of Laos as well i have roughly 2 weeks to for this part of my trip! Also what would be the bes ...

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Need new friends in Laos, Feb 26- Mar 16

Posted by daruneemm on 30/1/2012 at 19:27

I am young Thai lady traveling to Laos by myself on Feb 26 - Mar 16 I would to meet a travel companion in Laos. Meeting new friends . I'm interested in finding a platonic travel partner to share expenses and see interesting places.I plan to be in Loas on Feb 26 arrival to Vientiane then going to Vangvieng and Luang_Prabang . Please let me know if you are interest. Thanks Emmy ...

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Getting a SIM card in Don Khon

Posted by think87 on 16/12/2011 at 05:27

is it possible to buy a M phone SIM is don khon? I know its a dumb question but im planning on being here for 5 days and in the middle of changing out my thai SIM for my Lao SIM i dropped it in water. Anyway to get one while in Si Phan Don? thanks ...

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Skip the north, doing only the South ?

Posted by 3drazor on 26/1/2012 at 15:01

Hello, i'm currently planning a second trip to Laos and Cambodia. As i have already seen the big hitters, i'm planning to see something new, possibly more rural than the last time (best thing of the last trip was Nong Kiaow ) and thats where i'm a bit stuck with my intinerary. At first my plan looked like this: Go to Chiang Rai, spend some days there, go over to Laos and spend maybe 4-5 nights in northern Laos (Luang Namtha province), doing some sightseeing with a scooter (Muang Sing, Boten, vi ...

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Viewed 1,253 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by caseyprich on 27/1/2012 at 00:54

Night temperature?

Posted by GermanCoastgirl on 23/1/2012 at 14:09

Hi there, I will be in Laos (VTE,VV and LP) in Feb and was just checking to get in the right mood. BUT then I saw that currently the night temperature in LP goes down to 4 C?? Is that really true? I planned on taking one pair of jeans and a hoodie as long clothes but did not think of taking warm clothes esp. for the night for me and my boy. Can you please advise? I suppose most of the hotels just have sheets.... will I freeze then?? Please note: I am a girl! ))) Thanks for some rem ...

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Gibbon experience - booking

Posted by jaycee404 on 19/12/2011 at 01:16

Hi all, being the indecisive person i am, i've decided that i want to do the gibbon experience. I've been on their website, sent an email and tried to call a couple of times to no avail, the phone rings out. My question is from your previous experience how long has it taken to make contact/book the tour? I ask because i'm flying out of Australia on 7 Jan and i need to re-arrange flights to chiang mai in order to take part.. Thanks in anticipation! ...

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Alternative option for Luang Prabang - Pakse trip

Posted by jennyk80 on 21/1/2012 at 16:50

Hello, I would like to discuss feasibility of my travel plan. We will enter Laos through Vientiane and continue to the Luang Prabang via VV. After few days in LP and surrouding arreas we will continue to the south and cross border to the Cambodia (high level plan - there should be stops during the journey). My question is - how difficult (how many hours, what can be seen during the trip) is to travel by route Luang Prabang - Phou Khoun - Phonsavan - Muang Khoun - Paksan and after conti ...

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Malarials and Japanese inoculation?

Posted by stevewilkes on 14/1/2012 at 03:37


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Flying into Laos

Posted by Micheal1 on 15/1/2012 at 05:57

We wish to fly from Chamg Mai to either Luang Prabang or Vientiane, have tried Laoairlines sight but cant get any info. Can anyone help with prices and is it better to book, once we are in Thailand?? Thanks Micheal ...

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Khon Kaen-Vientiane-Luang Prabang-Chiang Rai by car

Posted by sanooknl on 17/1/2012 at 08:15

We are planning a Car trip from Khon Kaen to Chiang Rai via Laos with overnight stops in Vientiane and Luang Prabang. The trip will be made by our own car (Thai license). Does anyone have experience with traveling through Laos by car and are there any things we have to take care of ? ...

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Kids stuff to do in Laos...??

Posted by GermanCoastgirl on 16/1/2012 at 13:24

Hi All, I have already posted in the Kid's forum but maybe you also have some advice here as well as in the Thailand forum. I will be travelling Laos and Thailand for 6 weeks with my almost 6-year old, starting finally on Feb, 5th. Now it comes to finetuning and I could need some advise on what to do with a kid in Vientiane, VangVieng (no, no tubing, just observing) and Luang Prabang.... anything really great that you remember? We'll definitely spend half of the vacation jumping into waterho ...

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Any Need To Book In Vang Vieng

Posted by mattz123 on 28/12/2011 at 11:35

Hi, I hope someone can help me please. We will be travelling up through Laos mid-end of the coming January and wondered if we are to stop off in Vang Vieng, whether or not we would need to book accomodation? As far as I have been told its a popular time of the season to go, however we have no idea what date we will be arriving. Would love some advice, cheers. p.s. if anyone has a recommendation of a good hostel/guesthouse/hotel let me know. ...

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Viewed 1,731 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by Rufus on 15/1/2012 at 18:16

Widlife tours in Luang Namtha

Posted by gorkreg on 15/1/2012 at 05:46

I know that there is a bit of widlife in the National Park beside Luam Namtha, including tigers and different types of reptiles and birds. I am very interested but all companies seem to focus on treks to minority villages. Is there any company specialised in wildlife watching in the area? Thanks ...

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Visa, Roads and Crossing with a Motorbike

Posted by jammac on 4/12/2011 at 14:53

Hi all, I've read of many ways to get a Visa for Laos, but which is the best way and is it restricted to just 60 days before entry? I will be in Borneo then Vietnam and Cambodia all before laos, and around the 70 day mark I'll enter Laos. So which is the best way to get a visa? What condition are the roads in? I want to ride a bike through the country. How safe is it for bikes? Any issues crossing borders with rented bikes? Thanks James ...

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