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Against the flow- Si Phan Don to Houayxai

Posted by David_Flick on 28/10/2011 at 04:24

Hi Everyone Me and my GF are travelling the length of Laos upstream, starting in Si Phan Don and ending at Houayxai. I just want to check that my research is accurate so far- We're sorted beyond VN, VV and LP and then the slow boat via Pakbeng, it's just the start that I need to check! Can anyone confirm the best way of getting from SPD to Vientianne without flying? Do you have to stay overnight at Pakse and Savannakhet when you take the bus, or can you go the whole way in one fell swoop? Thanks ...

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Viewed 1,506 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by altmtl on 29/10/2011 at 00:21

Huay Xi to Phongsali

Posted by teamika on 26/10/2011 at 04:39

Hey Folks Heading back to Laos after falling in love with the place this winter. Last time I did the slow boat to LP, hung out in the mountains north of VV and then exited through Vientiene. I have a month and a friend in Hanoi. I am currently thinking about heading into Laos at Huay Xi and then overland wandering to Muang Khu, up the Nam Ou to Phongsali and then back down to the roads and East into Vietnam. The other option would be to fly into LP from Thailand and then head North. I hav ...

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Viewed 1,234 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by teamika on 28/10/2011 at 05:55

URGENT CRY FOR HELP! Toronto -Laos - Cambodia or other way around

Posted by sharoonie on 27/10/2011 at 07:22

Hi Guys, I'm trying to plan a 4 week trip from Toronto, Canada to Laos and Cambodia beginning December 2/11 and I am already lost!! I don't even know which airport to fly into. Been to Thailand several times, so don't want to go via that route. Here's the type of thing I'd like to do, not necessarily in order: - Ankhor Wat - get off the beaten track - hilltribe trekking - elephant parks/sanctuaries - the Gibbon Experience (or the new similar thing) - soak up the local colour, culture, history ...

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Viewed 2,078 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by sharoonie on 27/10/2011 at 23:29

Don Khong floods?

Posted by agedflashpacker on 22/10/2011 at 19:22

Have the islands in Don Khon/Don Khet area been badly affected by the floods in the region? Has it made travel from Pakse difficult? ...

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Viewed 2,255 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by seasiatravels on 26/10/2011 at 22:28

Please, if you're a backpacker, don't...

Posted by MADMAC on 10/6/2009 at 01:11

... come for a visit and start telling expats who live there what's what. I recently had this experience when I was in Savankhet where a French man who spoke fluent Laos was having a conversation with his girlfriend (or maybe wife) at a beer garden. Two kids, who had been in country maybe a week, starting mouthing off to this guy about how he was "exploiting the poor girl" and wasn't sensitive to local culture. Older men of means hooking up with younger women is normal in southeast Asia, it's wh ...

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Viewed 23,406 times, with 72 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 26/10/2011 at 11:52

Help 2 weeks itinerary Laos

Posted by queensy83 on 24/10/2011 at 21:34

Hello, We are a 28 years old couple who are going to Laos in December for 2 weeks. We have the following itinerary in mind: 2 nights Huay Xai (including 2 days-1night Gibbon Experience, already booked) 3 nights Luang Namtha including 1 or 2 nights trekking trip to hill tribe villages 2 nights Muang Khua/Nong Khiaw 3 nights Luang Prabang And from here, we have two options: Option 1: 2 nights Vang Vieng 2 nights Vientiane Flight Vientiane - Phnom-Phen (or Siem Reap. Same price: 175 US$ one wa ...

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Viewed 3,189 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by johnbarrington on 25/10/2011 at 23:58

Laos in march or april?

Posted by georg066 on 22/10/2011 at 17:06

I am planning a 3 week trip to Laos. Unfortunately march and april is the only time I can get off work. I read that the smoke in laos is really bad in march and april. Quote travelfish: 'March to May in Laos -- yuck!' Between march and april what is the best time to go to Laos? Or would you advise to not go at all during that time? Is it that bad? I would be really thankful for hearing some experience! Thanks in advance Georg ...

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Viewed 3,187 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 23/10/2011 at 17:38

LP neighborhood characteristics

Posted by ccalvin09 on 13/10/2011 at 07:31

Hi all, I'm headed to LP in a bit and would like to know a bit more about the personalities of the little neighborhoods so I can pick one when I roll into town looking for a guest house. I'm kind of a TravelFish junkie and love to read all the forums, but I don't think I have seen anything explaining whats in the Historic District vs. Southern LP or Behind Joma Bakery. And do you literally mean right behind a bakery? Ha! And not that LP is San Francisco, but you sure get a different taste in th ...

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Viewed 1,464 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by glomer on 22/10/2011 at 01:42

Overland - Vientiane to Siem Reap

Posted by mangie on 16/11/2006 at 03:45

Hi Guys, Overland Vientiane to Siem Reap. We are looking at an alternative way of getting to Siem Reap instead of flying. The idea is to try & do it by train. THIS IS THE GAME PLAN – CAN ANYONE LET ME KNOW IF IT’S FEASIBLE, PLEASE? Road – Vientiane to Nong Khai – Train to Bangkok (no.138) Dep. Nong Khai 08.15 – Arr. Bangkok 21.10 - Stay Overnight Dep. Bangkok 05.55 – Arr.Aranyaprathet – 11.35 (no.275) Tuk Tuk to Poiphet.(15km) – Poiphet to Siem Reap – taxi $25 – ( ...

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Viewed 43,292 times, with 19 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 21/10/2011 at 01:31

Dollar to Laos KiP at airport

Posted by Bobobrighton on 15/10/2011 at 21:53

Hi, I have looked for this answer but couldn't find it so hoping someone could help me. I am flying this time in to Luang Prabang and will have to exchange money straight away at the airport. Can someone tell me if there is exchange facilities at the LP airport as I need to pay a bill on arrival in Kip Thanking you in advance Booboo ...

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Viewed 2,734 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by christay2009 on 18/10/2011 at 14:36

Safety and Travel in Laos

Posted by annifrid23 on 9/10/2011 at 17:00

Hello Everyone, I am planning my trip through Laos and I was reading about some banditry on some of the transportation routes. In my guidebook, it says that Route 13 between Kasi and Vang Vieng is a target of Hmong bandits and insurgents and it also said to take extra precautions on Route 7 between Phonsavan and Phou Khoun. 1. Has anyone heard of any problems on these routes? I was planning on taking buses to my stops. 2. Does anyone know the best way to go from Vang Vieng to Phosovan to ...

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Viewed 3,384 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by Rufus on 16/10/2011 at 09:43

Phonsavan to Vientiane, plane or bus?

Posted by jonenlyd on 15/10/2011 at 00:56

I'm wondering what the best option is; Flying or taking the bus from Phonsavan to Vientiane. Thanks for your time! ...

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Viewed 2,132 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by altmtl on 15/10/2011 at 04:41

Northern Laos from Thailand

Posted by crellston on 13/10/2011 at 21:06

Planning on entering Lao via the Chiang Khong/Huay Xai crossing but according to the border crossing section of this site, they sometimes do not accept USD for the fee - what currencies do they accept? I have had hassles before with Lao border officials and wonder how bad it really is? Also how easy/difficult is bus travel in the area. We are planning on visiting Muang Sing, Phongsali, Muang Noi etc.? We did this trip 12 years ago by renting a car and driver from LP and wonder what if anything ...

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Viewed 1,975 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 14/10/2011 at 12:39

Living in Luang Prabang for 2-3 months

Posted by placeshifter on 26/7/2010 at 02:22

My girlfriend (and our 3 year old child) currently live in Seoul, South Korea. I make my living through the Internet so have great flexibility in where I can live. We're searching for a place in SE Asia where we could spend 2-3 months every year (December - February) that has charming & atmospheric architecture and neighborhoods (reminiscent of old European towns); is surrounded by beautiful nature; offers delicious, affordable cuisine; and just an overall pleasant and enjoyable atmosphere ...

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Viewed 7,716 times, with 27 replies. Last reply by bigchange on 10/10/2011 at 08:08

Laos Itinerary Ideas - November / December

Posted by lithium on 30/8/2011 at 06:37

I have 10-15 days to spend in Laos some time between November 19th and December 26th. I will either be coming from Bangkok and heading to Vietnam or vice versa. My main interests are: trekking, scenery, boat trips, cuisine and some history. Not big on museums and temples. Would be nice to meet up with other travellers but I'm not into partying and drinking. I've heard that Vientiane and Vang Vieng are nothing to write home about so I'm wondering if it's possible to spend all my time in Lu ...

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Viewed 4,989 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by lithium on 10/10/2011 at 05:10

BCEL ATM's stealing money from your account.

Posted by pabloeskimo on 4/8/2009 at 03:21

We desperately needed to some cash in Paksé because we were going to Don Khong and we knew there were no ATM's there. We tried 3 different ATM's in Paksé & all of them gave the "down for maintenance" message, receiving no money & no receipt. Now when we are back home we see that the transactions have been taken from the account anyways, 300 euros have been taken from the account & we did not get that money or receipts. We will contact our bank & BCEL, along the way we found some people in ...

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Viewed 21,083 times, with 65 replies. Last reply by altmtl on 10/10/2011 at 01:49

Riddle me this: Mekong Question

Posted by jgreen on 1/10/2011 at 14:37

Keep in mind I've never been to Laos, although I've spent much time in Thailand. How come you only hear about a couple boat trips along the Mekong (Like Huay Xai - Luang Prabang route)? How come a person couldn't take the Mekong right down to Cambodia and into Vietnam? Rough water? Water falls? Government restricitons? For such a lovely river, I would think that more of it would be travellable (probably not a word). I would love to take a trip over the whole Mekong, start to finish. ...

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Viewed 3,126 times, with 12 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 8/10/2011 at 18:17

Flooding in Laos

Posted by frasmc on 7/10/2011 at 04:28

Does anyone know if the heavy rains in the region have caused any serious flooding in Laos as in surrounding countries? If the situation in Thailand is a bother when I get there next week I am planning to fly to Pakse, but don't want my time on Si Phan Don to be ruined by torrential downpours or everything being underwater. ...

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Viewed 2,216 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by annifrid23 on 8/10/2011 at 17:37

Luang Prabang to Vientiane night bus?

Posted by katsnow on 12/1/2010 at 18:30

I just figured out if I make a day detour to Vientiane to apply for a Burma visa I can spend four or five more days in Laos instead of bumming around Bangkok. So.... Idealy I would like to catch a night bus after arriving in Luang Prabang arrive get my visa and night bus back? Are there night buses going south? I have seen times for the other direction but I have yet to find any online information for the first leg. ...

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Viewed 21,039 times, with 12 replies. Last reply by kara_12 on 8/10/2011 at 08:57

Bus from Vientiane to Vang Vieng

Posted by kara_12 on 7/10/2011 at 11:55

Hey Guys, Was hoping to get some advice on the bus trip between Vientiane to Vang Vieng? If we fly into Vientiane late is it easy to catch a bus early the next morning? I have read that booking a VIP bus/mini bus is a gamble because you might sometimes be on a plastic chair in the isle. Are the normal buses ok to travel on? Thanksss ...

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Viewed 6,319 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by Rufus on 8/10/2011 at 08:39

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