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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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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 weather.com 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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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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2-3 weeks in Laos - Northern or Southern?

Posted by jennakuz on 13/12/2011 at 12:47

Hi, I am going to be in Laos for 2-3 weeks in March/April of 2012. I see there are two 2 week trip outlines for Laos on travelfish, one of the north and one of the south. I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions of pros/cons of either part of the country? I am a lone 20 year old female Canadian traveller if that helps - looking to do more than just tube down the river and drink! I want to see the true beauty of Laos! Any suggestions are greatly appreciated! Thanks ...

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Applying for Laos visa in Hanoi or on arrival?

Posted by gorkreg on 27/12/2011 at 21:24

I am entering Laos from Vietnam (Tay Trang). Do you recommend applying for the visa in Hanoi 's consulate beforehand? I have heard that it is more expensive in Hanoi and there is also the hassle of dealing with consulates and probably having to come back in one or two days to collect the passport. Obviously, I prefer to get it on arrival (=easier) but I don't know if there is something I am missing and should know about (apart form the $ and the photograph). Thanks ...

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Mekong or Nam Ou rivers?

Posted by stevewilkes on 11/1/2012 at 16:07

If I had to just do one trip on one river which would it be. 2 day Mekong via Pak Beng or Nam Ou visiting Muang Ngoi and Nong Khiaw? ...

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one month itinerary in Laos

Posted by stevewilkes on 10/1/2012 at 11:42

Hi would everybody please let me know if this itinerary is realistic in a month and whether it is a good one or am I missing some great stuff out? Flying into Bangkok on the 1st February 2012. Bangkok to Luang Prabang flying. Luang Prabang 5 days Slow boat up Mekong to Huay Xai via Pak Beng 2 days Bus to Luang Namtha 1 day Muang Sing for Trekking 2/3 days Bus to Muang Khoua on the Nam Ou river 1/2 days river boat to Muang Ngoi and Nong Khiaw and onto LP 2 days LP to Pakse domesti ...

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Accomodation in Luang Prabang and Vientiane

Posted by nicoleslaw on 5/1/2012 at 14:18

Y'all were so helpful with planning my itinerary that I wanted to pick your brains about accomodation in Luang Prabang and Vientiane also I'll be spending 2 nights in VTN, and 4 nights in LP. Price range is flexible-- anywhere from $20-$60/night (looking for the most bang for my buck and best option. If there's something out of this world for $70ish I could splurge. But I know some places you get almost the same thing for $20 as for $60...). I'm a 28/f travelling solo so safety and loca ...

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2 weeks Laos trip planning

Posted by lewks on 8/1/2012 at 15:18

hi this experience looks great am going to be in Laos for around 2 weeks at the begging of April. I would love to fit this in aswell as get down to Vang vieng to go tubing and was wondering if this would be possible to fit in also what order do you think it be best to do in as i am traveling from Bangkok and need to get back to either Bangkok or Phuket. I have just over 2 weeks for the whole trip leaving from Bangkok and back and wouldn't mind stopping of in a few place on the way if possible ei ...

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Getting from Luang Namtha to Chiang Mai on 1 day?

Posted by katikaml on 7/1/2012 at 15:26

Hi, I am planning my first Laos trip that starts in 1 week. I`ll start from Luang Prabang and then go up north. At one point I need to get from Luang Namtha to Chiang Mai. I found out that there is a bus going from Luang Namtha to Huay Xai. And from there will be a bus to Chiang Mai. Does anyone know if this is doable in 1 day only? I don`t mind taking the bus for almost a whole day. But I just want to make sure if that is possible or not. Is anyone there right now? How cold will the nights ...

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Does anyone know a guesthouse in Muang Sing

Posted by katikaml on 7/1/2012 at 15:28

Hi, I will be staying in Muang Sing for 2 nights end of January. Can anyone recommend a nice guesthouse there? Any chance to book in advance from Europe? Thanks! ...

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From Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang by bus

Posted by Banana17 on 24/11/2011 at 18:25

Hello community, i have been getting some great information from this site lately, but I still have this open question. Me and a friend will be traveling from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang sometime in May (low - budget). I haven't found any real information as to how long the trip would take. I would appreciate any advice especially concerning possible routes. Are there any sites worth seeing for a day? We do not have that much time to spend, so I am definitely looking at staying overnight ...

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