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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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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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Viewed 2,302 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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