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Lao Visa - 15 or 30 days upon arrival?

Posted by jenny_v on 6/10/2011 at 20:44

Hi travelfishers, I recently contacted the Lao embassy in Sweden to enquire about getting a visa. They told me that the visa issued upon arrival is only for 15 days (and not 30 days as most blogs/websites mention) as opposed to the one you can get from the embassies. Is this something new? I have to send my passport with DHL to Sweden to get the visa (and they only accept Swedish Kroner!!) and just looking at my options here. Also, is it relatively easy to extend your visa in Vientaine? Che ...

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itinerary review - thailand laos - 3 weeks in november

Posted by timwillems on 7/10/2011 at 15:21

hey, I was wondering if anyone could give some remarks on the following itinerary for thailand - laos all travel will be done by public transport we arrive in bangkok in the evening of november 13 and leave from bangkok in the night of december 3 this is what I had in mind: nov 13 - nov 16: bangkok (night train to chiang mai) nov 17- nov 18: chiang mai (1 day chiang mai, 1 day karen villages organized) nov 19: travel to chiang kong (border with laos) nov 20 - nov 21: slow boat to luang praba ...

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Laos visa and passport validity

Posted by bakpakk on 17/4/2010 at 13:20

Hey guys, quick question. Can you get into Laos with a valid visa even if your passport is not valid for 6 months? Laos is going to be my last stop during my summer trip (I hope) and by then my passport will be valid for 5 months not 6. I am thinking of getting a laos visa @ their embassy at my home country before traveling to SE Asia over the summer. My passport is still valid for 8 months now so I can definitely get a Laos visa at my home country but I don't want to get it if I won't be able t ...

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Tubing accidents in Vang Vieng

Posted by chinarocks on 8/9/2011 at 22:40

This may not even be "news" any more but I have heard that there has been some tubing accidents in VV recently due to very strong river currents. CR ...

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First time Backpacker to Laos

Posted by wengchun on 9/8/2011 at 10:20

Guys, do u think i manage to travel from Vietiane-Pakse-Luang Prabang- Van vieng- xieng khuong -Vietiane in 8 days? is really tough isnt it? cause i plan to spend few nites on sleeping bus. any advice? i going to Laos with a friend and i plan to explore on my own. ...

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Instead of Vang Vieng...

Posted by JavaJunkie on 4/2/2010 at 03:43

My husband and I are spending a week in Laos, arriving in Vientiane by overnight train from Ayutthaya, Thailand. Originally I had planned an overnight in Vientiane, bus trip and overnight in Vang Vieng, bus trip and three days in Luang Prabang, and slow boat to Huay Xai. The more I read about the length of the bus trips on curvy roads and the touristy-ness of Vang Vieng, the more sense it made to fly from Vientaine to Luang Prabang, which leaves us with an extra two days to spend somewhe ...

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Pakse Airport??

Posted by jimmyjaxx on 10/3/2010 at 04:39

Is Pakse airport open as I'm hoping to fly to Siem Reap from there in early May?? Thanks in advance. j ...

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time in Luang Prabang

Posted by lagale on 9/7/2011 at 22:33

we are flying from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang and staying 2 nights prior to returning to Hanoi where we fly to HK. Is 2 nights enough, or rather it is actually 1-1/2 days depending on the hour we actually arrive in LP from SR. ...

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Specific motorbiking question

Posted by jgreen on 13/9/2011 at 15:14

I know you experienced Laos tavellers on this forum must get sick of us newbies asking these pain in the ass questions so I'll be brief My girlfriend and I will be making our way to Laos in January for the first time. We are super excited and want to do a motorbike trip when we are here. Something with stunning views and it can be up to 4 days long. She has little to no motorbiking experience so it would have to be an easy-ish ride. Can you recommend a good ride for us to do? Is the Bolaven pl ...

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Surface mail track & trace from Lao

Posted by savorygal on 7/9/2011 at 14:45

I sent a package from the Luang Prabang post office to the US in late february. The package has not arrived. I have a receipt with a tracking number but cannot seem to find anyplace online to track/trace the package. Is it possible they are still waiting for a container to fill up? Should I just resign myself to the fact that in all likelihood the package is lost? ...

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Homestays and Gibon Experience

Posted by Tessa123 on 11/9/2011 at 15:48

I'm going to Loas in early October this year and will be doing alot of Homestays and other cheap accomodation. Do I need a sleeping bag or will they provide such thing? Also would this offend them? Is there any etiquette that i should be aware of with homestays and just generally travelling around Laos? I will also be doing to Gibon Experience, for this are sleeping bags a necessity? Thanks ...

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Landslide Delaying Bus Travel Vientiane/Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang

Posted by wanderingcat on 23/8/2011 at 08:22

Report from another forum. Sounds like there has been a rather large landslide along HWY between Luang Prabang & Vang Vieng that is taking some time to clear. Vehicles cannot pass, so passengers have to transfer between buses on either side of the landslide in order to continue with their journey. Involves walking (& carrying all baggage) on an uphill/downhill (depending on direction of travel) path cleared across the landslide. Be prepared for delays. There is an article in the Vi ...

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Itinerary for Northern Laos

Posted by amberriot on 1/9/2011 at 21:02

Hi there, My husband and I are English teachers in Southern Thailand and we have most of October off. I'm looking for suggestions/validation about the leg of our trip in Laos. Any insight would be excellent. I feel like I've been on travelfish for 2 weeks straight trying to make sure we don't miss anything. We will enter Laos from Thailand and start in Vientiane. I've heard from co-workers that it's eh, so we will spend one night here (we arrive very early in the morning, so we should have eno ...

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Little Eden Guest House On Don Det

Posted by laallee on 13/5/2011 at 20:50

Does anyone have the email or telephone number please, thanks. ...

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Itinerary Review for 2 weeks in Laos.

Posted by Peachula on 31/8/2011 at 16:12

From every person I've talked to Laos has been their favourite part of SEA, so I've considered adding an extra week, but I do have a few extra days to play with either way. Here is a general idea of what I was thinking for my itinerary, I've included traveling days and places I have to cross through, I'll be flying in from Hanoi to Luang Prabang , just looking for any reviews or aid on my itinerary. Main places I wish to see are Luang Prabang, Vang Viang, Vientiane , and the 4000 Islands ...

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Watching Football

Posted by OregonDuck541 on 31/8/2011 at 23:39

Hi, My friend and I are huge American Football fans and we were wondering if there were any places to watch NCAA football in Vientiane? Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated or if no one knows of any bars a good site to stream the Oregon LSU game on September 3rd would be much appreciated as well. Thanks! ...

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Laos in 5 days?

Posted by globalgypsy88 on 25/8/2011 at 06:07

Hi all, quick query I am hoping you may be able to help with. I am travelling to South East Asia late October and I'm trying to fit in as much as possible. Travel fish have a fantastic guide for a week in Laos, for the main (touristy) places I want to visit but no links to where I can find details on transport. My plan is Vientiane -> Vang Vieng -> Luang Parabang, in 5-6 days! The bus would be ideal but I'm hearing bas things namely on the comfort/ speed/ safety of these journeys. H ...

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Viewed 1,961 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by globalgypsy88 on 29/8/2011 at 16:31

Female traveller - October 2011

Posted by oliviawijaya on 22/2/2011 at 01:50

Hi, Has just bought cheap air asia ticket from KL to Vientiane in September. I will travel alone on 26th October to 1st of November. Anyone want to join? ...

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Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang - Need advice

Posted by chopin on 16/8/2011 at 23:24

I am planning to go from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang via slow boat in Chiang Khong/Huay Xai. A few things need your advice: 1. Is it worthwhile to book the slow boat thru an agent at Chiang Mai first, or at Chiang Khong, or just hop on one in Huay Xai? Any chance of being ripped off? 2. What time is the bus leaving Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong? Arrival time? What is the latest fare? Should I take bus or private minivan, or any better options? 3. How long does it take to clear immigration at ...

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Weather in Thailand/Laos in early-mid April

Posted by kara_12 on 7/8/2011 at 14:29

Hey Guys, Was wondering if I could get some advice on the weather in Laos (Vientiane, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang) and Northern Thailand ( Chiang Mai ) in early to mid April. Is the smoke from the farmers burning unbearable? Is it still a good time to go tubing or is the water level to low? Also is Chiang Mai a good place to be in for Songkran? Does everything shut for these 2 days? Thanks heappppppsss ...

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