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From Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong and later to Houei Xai (Laos)

Posted by Russian on 1/6/2010 at 02:49

Good-day, Please help me sort my itinerary out. How would I go about catching a bus from Chiang Mai across the border to Houei Xai? My final destination is the Gibbon Reserve development in Laos. What bus terminal will I need to go to in Chiang Mai? According to my map, there are at least 2 bus terminals: Chang Phueak and Arcade. What bus should I catch? Will I need to buy tickets in advance? Is there a bus schedule somewhere online? Thank you very much! ...

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Cambodia to Laos

Posted by Tira on 6/8/2011 at 04:52

I will be traveling to Siem Reap on Dec. 23 and leave SEA on Feb. 2 from Luang Prabang and I’m hoping to get some good tips/tricks/does and don’ts from all you travelers. I have traveled to SEA before but not for such a, relatively, long time. Here is what I have in mind and it would be great to get some feedback what I should / shouldn’t do, what to do and maybe places to stay overnight etc. I would very much like to volunteer somewhere on the way, I know I will again go to Big Brot ...

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Do I need a transit vist if I am not leaving the airport?

Posted by Katie_F on 4/8/2011 at 12:01

I just booked a flight from Siem Reap to Hanoi through Vietnam Airlines. The website didn't mention anything about a connection, but once I booked the confirmation shows a 40 minute layover in Luang Prabang. I have a feeling that the plane is just making a pit stop there and then the same plane will carry on to Hanoi, but on the chance that it's not will I have to get a visa if I'm not leaving the airport? I'd just like to be prepared in terms of paperwork and pictures. ...

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Mosquito Nets - useful?

Posted by krestniy on 5/8/2011 at 14:23

Do I really need to carry a mosquito net? We'll be in Vietnam and Laos for 40 days total, including some tours. It seems that most nets come either with a hook that attaches in the center or with strings at each corner. I am wondering about how useful they will be. If a room has a place to tie the hook - wouldn't it have a mosquito net? And if it doesn't - where would the net be placed? Thanks! ...

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Looking for Travel Buddy

Posted by junjie87 on 2/3/2011 at 10:55

Hi, I am intending to travel in Laos for 2+ weeks in December 2011. Looking for a travel buddy (male) of similar interests. I'm interested in outdoors, caving, trekking, doing homestays, going to rural areas, interacting with locals etc. Anyone's who is interested please reply here or PM me! Thanks! Cheers ...

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Lao Airline Luggage Help

Posted by schmuly on 6/7/2011 at 18:35

Hi, just went to book Luang Prabang to Hanoi - I got to entering my card details and there was no questions about checked - in luggage. The Lao Airways site says "information coming soon". Do I need to purchase luggage like most low-cost carriers or is it included? Thanks ...

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Travelling through Laos

Posted by giroffle on 28/7/2011 at 17:55

Hi I am new to this site, but have been trawling it for a few days as my partner and I are travelling to SE Asia for three months in November beginning in Chiang Mai.In mid-Nov we start our trip in Laos (Hiay Xai --> Luang Prabang --> Vientiane --| STOP....all this is in hand (..so to speak) but from Vientiane I am not quite sure how to plan the next part From there we want to head down to Cambodia and know the route we want to take... -->Savannakhet --> Pakse --> Champasa ...

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from north of thailand to Luang prabang laos

Posted by eishil on 26/7/2011 at 22:29

Does any one know how to travel from north of thailand to Laos Luang Prabang? I'm in Tak then what is the next place for me to go then to Luang Prabang..please help me Thanks in advance ...

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Luang Prabang to Chaing Mai, Help please!

Posted by Tomhamish on 27/7/2011 at 15:46

hi we are planning on taking the slow boat from LP to Huay Xai in a days time, however we are pushed for time. Will the boat arrive in Huay Xai in time for us to get a bus to Chaing Mai that same day? and does anyone know how long the bus takes? Also if anyone knows an alternative way of getting from Luang Prabang to Chaing Mai other than flying please let me know!!! thanks Tom ...

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1st time return to Laos

Posted by askosa on 5/7/2011 at 04:47

I have been in the US for 30 years. Going back to visit Laos for the first time. Will be going to Ventiane, Vang Veng, Laung Prabang, Pakse and Champasak. Any advise? where is a good place to be? any OUT Travel places, club to visit? ...

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From Vietnam to Laos, and staying in laos for 3 weeks

Posted by norwayman on 20/7/2011 at 19:46

Hey travellers! So, I'm going to SE ASIA after a trip in China, where I cross over to Vietnam to do the nothern part of the contry. The plan so far is to go from Hanoi to Laos somehow and somewhere. The question is this: What is the best way to get in to laos, and do anyone have an itinerery suggestion for laos for 3 weeks..? thinking of ending the trip with the slowboat out to thailand (to chiang mai). I have done some reading about the subject, but is it normal to travel straight from Hanoi ...

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Tubing in Vang Vieng/ Tham Kong Lo Cave

Posted by ryder80 on 1/7/2011 at 09:52

i'm currently in Luang Prabang, Laos (friday July 1st), been here several days, and heading towards the south to Vang Vieng and Tham Kong Lo cave eventually... now i'm hearing mixed reviews since there has been excessive rains and massive flooding. what is the situation in vang vieng as of now, supposely most of the bars have been wiped out, and tubing has been closed off, but been speaking to people who have said, it's both open and closed, so if there's anyone there as of now, any idea of w ...

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Loas visa run Houei Xai

Posted by WinstonRumfoord on 25/1/2011 at 17:09

Has anyone done a visa run from Houei Xai to Chiang Khong and back to extend a stay in Laos? Also I have a 60 day Thailand visa, will that be used up? So when I cross a second time to Thailand, by this crossing, will I only get a 15 day visa for Thailand? ...

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Vieng Xai Caves - Adventurers wanted

Posted by DanandElise on 12/7/2011 at 19:07

Hey there! My wife and I will be arriving in Xam Neua on July 14th, 2011 with the hopes of taking a day trip out to Vieng Xai to see the caves. Will anyone else be in this region at the same time who would like to get together and cut the costs of the excursion? We are Canadians, 28 and 26, and open to anyone from anywhere joining us. With this being the off-season, the group sizes are not what they are normally and thus would be nice to share some costs. Reply here or shoot us an email! - ...

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Tubing in Vang Vieng

Posted by Joey82 on 9/7/2011 at 06:17

Will it be too cold to go tubing in Vang Vieng in middle of January? Does it get that cold in the day? ...

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Homestay near Luang Prabang

Posted by Eireann on 28/6/2011 at 01:39

Hi all I plan on being in LP for 5 nights in late July and just wondering if its possible to do a village homestay anywhere nearby? Are there any local tour operators that offer this? I know its possible to do it further north but I don't want to have to travel too far (though a few hours cycle/trek is fine). I had originally planned to do this as part of a tour in Vietnam but I think the Laos experience would be a bit more authentic.... Thanks Eireann ...

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Luang Prabang to Hanoi by bus

Posted by Pisith on 9/3/2011 at 13:58

Dear all: any idea for travelling from Luang Prabang to Hanoi by bus? Thanks Pisith ...

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Luang Prabang to Hanoi

Posted by guernseydan on 20/5/2011 at 14:31

Is it easy to do overland! i'd like to bus it and save on the flight but cant find to much info! ...

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Three weeks to travel laos, vietnam, cambodia

Posted by vicprag on 29/6/2011 at 15:18

Hi there, Am travelling to Thailand January next year. Have been and done the Phuket/koh samui thing and would like to experience the Northern Thailand/Laos/Vietnam thing. I am not very familiar with the area so would love it if someone had a suggested itinerary for the 3 weeks I will be there? I would be happy to cut out areas to ensure that I had enough time in each place to properly enjoy it ! Would like to do the Gibbon experience, thats about all I know ! Thanks so much for your help ...

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itinerary advice needed - too rushed?

Posted by malaysiangirl on 29/6/2011 at 01:18

Hello everyone [img]smileys/smile.gif[/img] I'll be heading to Laos next week and have only 2 weeks for Laos and Vietnam (decided to do a little bit of both since I couldn't bring myself to choose between the 2 countries! I've been to Laos before and spent my time there in the north, so this time I'd like to spend my few days in the south instead. My rough idea is as follows tuesday- reach vientiane in the afternoon (flying in to here fr KualaLumpur), hop on the night bus to Pakse wednesday ...

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