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6 Nights In Laos - Stay in Luang Prabang or See Vientiane Too?

Posted by nicoleslaw on 3/1/2012 at 12:14

Hello All, I'm going to be in Laos for 6 nights in Feb. Debating between spending the whole time in Luang Prabang, or doing a night or two in Vientiane and then 4-5 nights in Luang Prabang. I'd be flying in and out of both (and between them). I could conceivably knock a day off Bangkok to be able to make it 7 nights if you all think I'd be nuts to miss Vientiane or cut my time in LP down too much... but I'd rather not. Interest wise... seeing the temples, travel photography, a bit of cu ...

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Best Route to get to Cambodia

Posted by mishka1988 on 1/1/2012 at 14:09

Hi everyone, Looking for some advice. I seem to be in a rut going about planning my route. I'll be starting in Thailand crossing into Laos from the Chiang Rai area passing through Luang Prang, Vientiane.. not sure if I should make my way back into Thailand to then make it to the Pot Pei crossing into Cambodia or if possible to head south in a reasonable amount of time to see 4000 islands and then cross into Cambodia heading to Siem Riep. I have been reading there are buses headed to southe ...

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HouaiXai to Luang Prabang - is there any more comfortable way to go there than the backpackerferrie?

Posted by vild on 23/11/2011 at 00:59

Hi, can you tell me if there is any more comfortable but affordable possibility to go from Houay Xai to Luang Prabang on the Mekong than the backpackerferrie? Thanks for your help ...

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How to book accommodation in Nong Khiaw in advance?

Posted by itadakimasu on 13/11/2010 at 09:08

Hello all, Just wondering if anyone has managed to arrange accommodation in advance of arriving in Nong Khiaw? Most of the guesthouses recommended here do not have websites, nor can they be found with booking agents. Nong Kiau does but they are booked out on the day I'm going to be there. Do most people just arrive at Nong Khiaw then find a guesthouse? I'm interested in the Sunset Guesthouse so if anyone has their e-mail that would be hugely helpful Also, if you have been there recently, is i ...

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Getting to Hua Hin

Posted by alexandra93 on 19/12/2011 at 00:48

Hello fellow travelers, I am intending to plan a trip to Thailand and Laos next year during semester break. I am thinking of planning a return flight Syd to Bangkok and then flying/traveling up to Laos and down to parts of Thailand. I was wondering whether it is possible to get a flight from Luang Prapang to Hua Hin or a train from Nong Khai to Hua Hin - is it necessary that you must stay/stop at Bangkok to get to Hua Hin? This is the only way I seem to have found (stopping at Bangkok on t ...

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S. Laos: Self-depriv?

Posted by alljokingaside on 20/12/2011 at 22:43

Hey all, So I'm planning on entering Laos from Hoi An to Pakse (1-2 days), then plan on heading to Don Det (X days), and leaving to Siem Reap/Cambodia. -Am I depriving myself by spending so little time there? (ie Is it worth the trip or should I save it for its own trip and spend more time in Vietnam/Cambodia?) -Are there any recommended destinations along the way? -Is there a boat down to Cambodia from near Don Det? If so, how is it? (quality, duration, fun/chill factor, etc) Thanks! ...

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ATMs in laos

Posted by gorkreg on 11/12/2011 at 14:33

What is the ATM situation in Laos? I prefer to rely just on them (with some Euros in case of emergency). If this is not possible, what are the best places to exchange Euros (banks, money exchangers, etc)? Also, I am going to be entering Laos from Vietnam by road (probably Tay Trang or Na Meo). How do I get kips after I've entered the country? I guess there are no ATMs around. Thanks ...

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Vietnam to Laos Crossing

Posted by alljokingaside on 21/12/2011 at 01:05

Hey all, I checked the travelfish blurb on border crossings, but it didn't have what I was looking for. So the idea is to head from Hai An to Pakse via Dongha and Savannakhet . Are there any overnight buses? How much? How long? And, finally, how many connections? Thanks! ...

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Pakse - taxi driver or private car driver, please

Posted by notayummymummy on 30/10/2008 at 13:38

We are landing at Pakse airport around 11am and want to drive straight to Don Khon island. We have two small kids with us and would prefer to do this by private car / taxi (with a driver). But I can't find any phone numbers to call and try to book someone. Can anyone help with a name or phone number? Thanks ...

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My Laos trip, need some advice!

Posted by jaycee404 on 18/12/2011 at 03:59

Hi all ! I'm travelling to Laos in a couple of weeks. The plan is to fly into Chiang Mai, bus it to Houay Xai to do the Gibbon experience. From there, going by slow to boat to Luang Prabang. Question, when you return from the Gibbon experience would you have enough time to catch the boat to LP? Also i plan to stay in Chiang Kong over night then cross the river to meet the Gibbon group which departs at 9am. Is this wise, would there be enough time if i caught an early fery? Many thanks! ...

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Most direct way from Bangkok to Vang Vieng?

Posted by johnplawlor on 18/1/2010 at 19:36

So I have three full days off work with a half day before and a half day after that for travelling. How can I get from Bangkok to Vang Vieng as directly as possible with minimum travel time. Or maybe someone could let me know how long it takes to travel if you can't get flights? Thanks ...

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Regretfully we can't make it to Laos

Posted by KevandJho on 3/12/2011 at 22:33

My wife and I will be spending 32 days in Vietnam/Cambodia commencing mid December. Orginally we were going to set some time(4 days) aside for Southern Laos,however, we thought compressing 3 countries into 32 days was stretching things a little too much. From the videos I've seen of Laos, it seems like a place that deserves much more time than a few days in the South. Next year perhaps we will check out Laos,Mynmar and perhaps a little of Southern China or North Vietnam. How much time does Lao ...

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Getting a 3month vietnamese visa in Laos

Posted by tester099 on 10/12/2011 at 03:34

Hi, I'm currently in Vietnam and will travel to Laos in early January. I will be traveling by bus so I cannot get a visa on arrival for Vietnam. My question, does anybody have the current prices for these visa and processing time? (3 months, single entry)? I will go to Vientiane probably but I could stop in Savannakhet if it's easier/cheaper to get it done there. Also from past experience I know that you can usually get a better deal going to a travel agency instead of going straight to ...

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Getting from BoKeo to Louang Namtha

Posted by maritraveler on 8/12/2011 at 15:53

We're trying to get from the BoKeo national forest entrance to the town of Laung Namtha. Does anyone know if there's a bus or public transportation going there. ...

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Luang Prabang to Vientiane the long way round (ie avoiding Vang Viieng)

Posted by KirstyB on 27/11/2011 at 23:50

So the plan was to travel between Luang Prabang and Vientiane without going via Vang Vieng. I was hoping to go via Sainyaburi and Pak Lai, mostly by boat but it seems this is no longer an option unless we're prepared to spend US$2,000 on a private charter for a 2 day trip! We're not. I've not been able to find anything particularly up to date on the road conditions - what I have read implies a dusty journey from hell. Has anyone does this journey recently and are the road conditions better ...

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Accommodation in Nong Kiaw

Posted by natalieh3005 on 1/12/2011 at 22:56

Can anyone who's been recently recommend the best place to stay in Nong Kiaw? We don't mind basic, as long as it's clean!! Thanks!! ...

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Muang Khua to Dien Bien Phu at Christmas

Posted by natalieh3005 on 28/9/2011 at 04:35

Apologies if this is a stupid question, but i will be in northern Laos just before Christmas and plan to do the route from Muang Khua to Dien Bien Phu - am I right in assuming that all the buses will still run daily, on Christmas eve and the days leading up to it? ( I know it's not really celebrated, but just wanted to check!!) ...

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What to do in Laos

Posted by Aaron88 on 22/8/2011 at 20:57

Hello, I'm travelling to Lao in December this year from the 23rd of December to the 28th of December 2011 from Austrlia. I'm flying to Luang Prabang for a couple of days and then making my way to Vientiane with my gf. Just wondering the following; - Activities to do while in Luang Prabang and Vientiane? - Good hotels to stay at in a reasonable price range 3 or 4 star? - Cheapest and Best way to travel around town? - Things to look at for? - What tours are good? - Is it best to book tours ...

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siam sun tour company

Posted by stevehoberg on 27/11/2011 at 19:28

Has anyone been on a tour with Siam Sun Tour company? They have a tour from Luang Prabang to Muang Ngoi and Nong Kiau that I am interested in but can find no info or reviews if the company. Any other tour companies that are recommended? Thanks!! ...

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Laos suggestions

Posted by fabba487 on 7/11/2011 at 01:15

Hi there, i am travelling to Laos as part of a 2 month trip for 2-3 weeks, i will be going from Chang Mai to Luang Probang, Vientanne and Vang Vieng. From there i am planning on travelling South through Laos into Cambodia, however, i do not know much about Southern Laos. Any suggestions on places to go/stay throughout Southern Laos, or in regards to travelling from Laos to Cambodia in general would be much appreciated, thank you. ...

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