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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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Thanksgiving in Vientiane

Posted by Rasheeed on 23/11/2011 at 20:51

Huh. It's thanksgiving today. I'm in Vientiane. Anything going on for it in town? ...

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From Vientiane to Trat - whats the best possibility?

Posted by vild on 22/11/2011 at 11:32

Hi, after our roundtrip in Laos we finish in Vientiane . Our next destination is Ko Chang. Is there a easy possibility to get from Vientiane directly to Trat so that we don't have to pass Bangkok? Maybe with bus? I hope someone can give me some advise how to manage.... Thanks. ...

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Getting Up Close and Personal With Elephants and Other Itinerary Feedback, Please!

Posted by sharoonie on 20/11/2011 at 02:02

Hi Travelfish Mates! I have several questions I hope you can answer for me before I set off for Luang Prabang on December 2/11, staying in Laos for 15 or 16 days before heading off to Camboda for 9 or 10 days. I'd really appreciate any help/advice/suggestions you can please give me as I am going google-eyed looking things up on the internet and have masses of information from guidebooks messing up my head. So here goes: 1) I really want to spend some quality time with elephants, bathing and ...

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Self drive. Anyone have any information about 1-way rentals from Vientianne going south and dropping

Posted by heffersnork on 16/11/2011 at 13:43


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Luang Prabang to Hanoi

Posted by shannon20 on 11/11/2011 at 06:10

Hey there! My friend and I are wondering what the safest and best way to get from Luang Prabang to Hanoi is? We don't plan to fly, so wondering if anyone has taken this bus ride before? If so, do you know what border crossing it would be and if it's safe? How long? Any advice would be great! Thank you! ...

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Thanks & sage advice appreciated

Posted by Aaranyani on 13/11/2011 at 06:58

First off; thanks be to admin and regular contributors of the forum.....have spent many hours gathering really useful information to form a (kind of) plan in gratitude to travelfish. Cheers- and promise to put some energy back in February with a trip report and images All internal Laos travel is flexible- I must be back in Bangkok by evening of 22nd Jan- the later the better to stay near airport for international flights early am of 23Jan. Leaving Chiang Mai 11Jan that gives me 12 days in L ...

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Viewed 1,541 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by Aaranyani on 14/11/2011 at 20:18

4000 islands to Hanoi - help please

Posted by Kez on 4/11/2011 at 01:35

HI, I am currently heading to 4000 islands but would like to head off to Hanoi next. I have not found much info anywhere on how this trip. Is it even possible? Please let me know if anyone has done it or knows the best way to do it.? Many Thanks ...

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Gibbon Experience in April/May

Posted by ekumbier on 8/11/2011 at 02:08

I've been doing some research on the Gibbon Experience, but their website isn't the most detailed. All I've figured out so far is that there are two treks (classic and waterfall) and 2 or 3 day excursions. What are the prices like for each of these? What is the difference between the 3 day and 2 day treks? Is the 3 day worth the extra money/is the 2 day not sufficient? Also, we are going during the beginning of wet season (late April/early May). Previous posts have indicated that weather w ...

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Japanese Encephalitis and Malria Meds Really Necessary for Laos and Cambodia??

Posted by sharoonie on 1/11/2011 at 10:46

Hi There, I'll be in Laos for 3 weeks in December and will most likely do a hill tribe trek and visit a national park or two. Next, 1 week in Siem Reap and a couple of days in Battambang. I keep reading on the web that I need a Japanese Encephalitis vaccination and malaria pills before I go. I know most of you are probably not international medicine physicians, but if you are in a position to let me know how necessary those things are, I'd appreciate it!! Thanks! ...

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French lessons in Vientiane

Posted by kris74 on 30/10/2011 at 13:53

Hi guys, this is Kris from Poland , i'm planning a one month stay in Vientiane ( january 2012 ) to learn French.I'm looking for a courses or a teacher who can teach me on daily basis. I am looking for apartment to rent as well ? Anyone with good recommendation? Do you know how much i will have to pay for apartment and language lessons. regards kris ...

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Any Recommendations for Great Small Group Tours in Laos + Cambodia?

Posted by sharoonie on 29/10/2011 at 00:39

Hi Guys, Somewhere on the Travelfish Laos or Cambodia section I saw a small group (5 or 6 people) camera photography tour advertised an now can't find it anywhere on the site, so if you can help with that I'd appreciate it. Although I'm not an organized group tour lover, I only have a month to see Laos and Cambodia and want to make the most of my time. I only want a fairly short guided tour (7 -12 days or so) as I prefer independent travel. The appeal of the one I saw was primarily that it tak ...

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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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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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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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