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Bus Travel Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Posted by 58raeaton70 on 30/1/2017 at 02:28

Hello - in the next week, my wife and are planning to travel by bus from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. It would appear the violence issues of a few months back have subsided? I am curious if there any travelers out there who have recently traveled this route? And if so were there any issues? I believe several countries still have advisories posted. Thank you in advance, Rick ...

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Outdoor shop - rucksack needed in Vientiane

Posted by James86 on 10/3/2017 at 01:59

Hi, My rucksack just split open and I have a flight tomorrow from Malaysia to Vientiane. Are there any decent outdoor hiking shops where I can buy a 50 to 65 litre ruck sack in Vientiane? Any idea on price? Or I might have to head into KL (am at the airport!) thanks, James ...

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Motorbike Stolen in Bolaven Plateau (repost)

Posted by somtam2000 on 1/3/2017 at 05:44

This morning my motorbike was stolen un just 5 minutes en Pakson. The office where I rented it said to me that I have to buy a new one. What can I do? Thank you [Note, this post was originally posted by lorenaanchia here. I've reposted it here as it will more likely get attention and helpful advice as a new thread.] ...

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The Sino-Laos Railway Started Its Construction

Posted by andrew123 on 14/2/2017 at 22:01

On December 25, the overall ground breaking ceremony of the Sino-Laos railway was held in Luang Prabang, north part of Laos. Thongloun, premier of Laos, led the delegates from both parties to attend the ceremony. The railway extends from the frontier port of Mohan-Moding in the north to Vientiane in the south. The total length is over 400 kilometers and 67.2% of it is bridges and tunnels. The designed speed is 160 km per hour. 32 stations will be built on the route. The estimated constructio ...

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North Thailand to Laos

Posted by Inbar96 on 29/1/2017 at 23:17

Hi, I'm planning cross from north Thailand (Chang Rai) to Laos. At Laos, I would like to start from the north, trough the middle and then the 4000 island and cross to Cambodia. I know there is a transfer from XH at laos to Luang provang, but first I want to visit luang Namath, and from there move to Moang Nagui-Luang Pravang and go south Laos. There is someone who did it and can help me?? ...

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Crossing from Northern Thailand

Posted by Cindynyc on 24/1/2017 at 10:44

Hello To all, I am planning on entering Laos from Chaing Rai. Is there a direct bus route? Or do I have to make any transfers? I am planing on visiting (with only a weeks time) Luang Prang(3 days), Viang vang (3 days) and Vientiane (2days). From there I am going to Hanoi, Vietnam. The biggest problem so far is entering from Chaing Rai and exiting from Vientiane into Hanoi. Any input will help;) thanks, Cynthia Queens, N.Y. ...

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Lai Heua Fai festival LP 2017 dates?

Posted by Meekyman on 14/1/2017 at 10:50

Hello Everyone, First time poster here. Currently planning our first trip to Laos for later this year and wish to be in Luang Prabang for the Lai Heua Fai festival (festival of the fireboat). Can anyone confirm the date of this event for 2017? Many thanks Graham ...

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Bolavean loop partner

Posted by Eias on 31/12/2016 at 04:11

Hello. I want to do the bolavean plateau loop for around 3 days with a rented motorbike starting from pakse around the 2nd of january and would like some company. Im flexible on dates and journey time. Anyone care to join me? ...

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Pakse airport stopover: time for visa?

Posted by Riolomas on 7/1/2017 at 23:37

Hi I'm booked on a flight from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang with a stopover in in Pakse of only 40 minutes. I think its all on the same Air Lao aircraft because both flights have the same flight number. Does anyone know if this is enough time to get an airport visa into the country? (USA citizen) Flight is on Jan 24th. Or can I get one in the Luang Prabang airport? Thanks to anyone that can help with this answer! ...

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Flying from Vietnam to Laos - onward journey requirement?

Posted by Zeeber on 23/12/2016 at 06:10

Hi there. I'm flying into Luang Prabang from Hanoi, and I wondered if I need evidence of an onward journey? I'm really anxious about this having been barred from entering a flight into Vietnam from Thailand. Better safe than sorry. Thanks in advance! ...

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Motorbike from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Posted by philip81 on 10/10/2016 at 09:13

Hi all, I've looked long and hard to find some answers to the following questions but so far unsuccesful. I hope someone(s) here can address one or more of our concerns. We (my girlfriend and I) will be traveling through Laos for a couple of weeks soon, and as part of this we want to do a motorbike ride from LPB to Vang Vieng , and back. Now I noticed everyone seems to drive Route 13 over Phou Khoun (this route), which we're planning to take for the drive back from Vang Vieng to LPB. For dr ...

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SIM card in Laos

Posted by JeremyNicholl on 27/11/2016 at 23:14

I'll arrive Laos in a couple of days and assume I'll need to change the Thai SIM card I'be been using in my iphone. Does anyone know the best Laotian SIM card to use and how to get one, preferably in Huay Xai, which will be my first stop in Laos? ...

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elephant festival Northern Laos

Posted by ellenfried on 29/11/2016 at 17:21

I would like to know the dates for the elephant festival in Northern Laos in 2017. I believe it will take place sometime in February. Has anyone attended, and, if so, how was it? ...

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Contact info for NK Adventure

Posted by pigletthepug on 29/11/2016 at 09:24

Hello, I've come across positive reviews of NK Adventure in Nong Khiaw but cannot seem to get their contact info. Am in Nong Khiaw for only 2 full days, so would like to arrange something in advance. Thanks. ...

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Photography

Posted by NiqiGrobler on 23/11/2016 at 03:15

Hello, I recently moved to Vientiane and I'm studying photography. Can anyone tell me where I can get hold of a Light Tent in Vientiane if at all possible. Thank you! ...

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Bus travel in Laos

Posted by chrisfish on 6/8/2016 at 09:22

Hello! I am planning a trip to Laos and Cambodia for myself and two friends in November. We will have three weeks, and I have an itinerary largely planned, and am booking hotels - don't want to have to run around looking for a hotel on arrival when we only have a limited time. My question - is it realistic to expect to be able to turn up in say, Vientiane , and be able to book a bus out to Vang Vieng two days later for three people? November is obviously quite peak time. If you think we ...

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Sending Mail from Laos

Posted by tlm44 on 23/1/2009 at 08:36

I just wanted to let everyone know what happened to my box of souvenirs I sent home from Laos. The box was open and most of my stuff was taken. Interestingly enough it was all the stuff that had anything to do with the countries - had the name on it - tshirts, bracelets, scarves, my lonely planet (which was in there by accident), an $90.00 silk dress, I am not even sure what else. I sent it thru the official post office. Just a warning for everyone. ...

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Nong Kiao to Luang Prabang By Boat/Minibus

Posted by Antaro on 7/11/2016 at 07:05

Hi out there! Has anyone recently done the trip from Nong Kiao to Luang Prabang with a combination of boat to the first dam and from there to Luang Prabang by Minibus? I've heared that this trip is offered by some travelagents in NK and wonder how much this would cost and if it's worth it. I've done the whole trip by boat a couple of years ago when the river still was open and really loved it ... Any advice appreciated! Regards, A. ...

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Road Conditions - Lao Bao to Savannakhet

Posted by carlosmm4 on 13/7/2015 at 20:58

I am interested to know about the road conditions to cross Laos. plan is to start at Lao Bao border in Vietnam with Dansanvah in Laos and Cross Laos to border with Thailand at Savannakhet is the road ok to travel in a mini bus ? or is the road at times of the year (example in monsoon season) not able to be travelled by mini bus and only able to be travelled with a 4wd jeep or motorbike ...

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Sloe boat from Luang Prabang

Posted by fredi1966 on 6/11/2016 at 03:41

Hi, my plan is to travel on a slow Boat to Thailand. Do this trip 5 years ago with a luxury boat ( Shompoo Cruise) now i would take the regular slow boats . Now the have all good seats like car seats? from which point they start ? where can i buy the tickets ? thanks fredi1966 ...

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