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Laos stops and transport

Posted by magoo23 on 23/5/2011 at 10:48

Hi im in the process of planning our Laos leg of our SE Asia backpacking trip and im a little stumped on Laos. 1) My girlfriend and I arn't all that keen on Vang Vieng but can't find out much about any alternative stops between Vientiane and luang prabang. Any Ideas? or should we just make the bus trip from vientiane to luang prabang in one hit. 2) We are having some trouble finding quality accom in luang prabang within our price range of roughly $15 per night (a few dollars give or take is ...

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Posted by jrwitherspoon on 19/5/2011 at 19:17

im already in vientiane: may 19 to june 1 at least. I need five hours with a native speaker of french and five hours with a native speaker of italian. can anyone suggest where i might quickly find such tutors? ...

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Learning Language in Vientiane

Posted by ecilassim on 21/2/2011 at 20:34

Hi all, i'm planning a one month stay at Vientiane while learning a new language,i'm a malaysian chinese.I'm interested learning Laos,Spanish,French,Italian or any others.I'm looking a teacher who can teach 3 to 5 hours a day. Also looking for a apartment for rent month?budget less than USD150. Anyone with good recommendation? ...

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budget travel

Posted by rachelgreen71 on 19/5/2011 at 13:09

Hi all, I just bought my plane ticket to Thailand which was about 1600USD. I will be staying from July 26th to August 23rd. I have a question regarding my daily budget. I will be there for about a month so I was planning on about 1500USD to have while i backpacked. This will give me about 50USD a day. This will be enough for my daily expenses correct? I currently have very little itinerary planned, could anyone suggest a good one that involves the beaches to the south, as well as the north. Al ...

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north thailand / laos in august

Posted by ricee on 17/5/2011 at 23:02

Hi, im going to be travelling north thailand and laos in august for 5 weeks (first week sept), planing to spend 2/3 weeks north thailand the cross border and take slow boat to LP n work through laos for another couple weeks. have read lots about the boat and border crossings, places to go etc but haven't found a lot of info regarding doing it in the wettest month of the year. has anyone done this kind of trip in august, how hard/easy is it and is it a good idea?? i have already been to Vietnam a ...

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Proposed Trip to Laos

Posted by pajero on 15/5/2011 at 02:44

Hi The following trip to Burma has been proposed to us. We are 67 years old and are not back packers i.e. more spoilt. In addition to laos, we will also be seeing Cambodia, Yunnan before arriving in Burma. Our main concern is.... will we be seeing different things after having visited in Laos as compared to Cambodia, Burma and Yunnan. Any comments would be welcome. Cambodia: Day 1 Bangkok-Phnom Penh by morning flight Sightseeing Phnom Penh Day 2 Phnom Penh-Kratie Day 3 Kratie-Rattanakiri Day 4 ...

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Flying from Chaing Mai to Laos

Posted by nead217 on 16/5/2011 at 05:44

Hey...Im hoping to fly from Chaing Mai to Laos but am finding it really difficult to find flights or at least ones that are affordable..Im thinking of getting a train/bus from Phuket to Chiang Mai then flying from there as I dont want to miss out on Chiang Mai.. Does anyone know any other alternatives for flying to Laos from this area??? Thanks !! ...

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from chiang mai to luang prabang by boat

Posted by annu75 on 13/11/2007 at 05:14

hi, after my long long search on the internet, i finally found a site where you can book the boattrip from chiang mai thailand to luang prabang in laos...what do you think of this company, do you think that's a good price and reliable? thank you for your help ...

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Hill tribe Laos vs hill tribe Thailand

Posted by africandace on 10/4/2010 at 01:41

Hey, I know this question has been asked before but I didn't see any replies (or I'm doing something wrong here, just signed up). I'm flying off to Bangkok in June, and have 19 days to spare before I go to the main destination of my travels: Bali. First I was planning to just head up to Northern Thailand and do some trekking, visit hill tribes. But the more I read, the more I want to go to Laos. SO first I though I could combine the two, the typical round trip I've been reading about. Now I ...

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45 days in Northern Laos

Posted by kandpfishos on 11/1/2011 at 03:31

This is our first post. We think our last try to post got lost in a thread that ended somewhere exotic! If you read this twice and remember doing that ) ignore one or other post. Healthy travels! Hello all We will be in Laos later this year and would appreciate commentand fine-tuning of our itinerary for the Northern Laos component of the trip. In context, we are two mid-60’s Australianblokes, accustomed to independent travel and each other (we have lived and travelledtogether for over 3 ...

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LL to VV renting a bicyle

Posted by cmango on 14/5/2011 at 00:53

Hello everyone, Making my first trip to Laos in mid-Oct. Would love to rent a bicycle in Luang Prabang and drop it off in Vang vieng, 2 or 3 days later. then take a bus from VV to vientiane. It seems I would only have two possibilities of this. 1) book through a company and be shadowed by a car, unless we break down. Or 2) rent a bike ourselves and somehow drop them off in VV, paying someone to take the bikes back. Is this possiblel? While searching the internet I found one company, bike ...

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Laos Vang vieng in May

Posted by danielleandmike on 8/5/2011 at 07:13

Hi, just asking for some advise please, we will be in vang vieng May 20th mainly to go tubing, is it worth going this time of year or will it be a waste of time?? Thanks xx ...

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Best route with only 15 days to spare?

Posted by mattbt on 2/5/2011 at 00:54

Hi guys, I'm heading to Thailand in december and staying in Bangkok for a couple of nights then heading straight to Laos. Problem is i only have roughly 15 days in Laos, I arrive in Bangkok on the 11th December stay for a few nights then leave on the 13th. I need to be back in Bangkok on the 28th to meet a mate. What are the must see's in the time I've got?? cheers in Advance if anyone can help ...

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Laos vacation

Posted by gatvietnam on 9/5/2011 at 21:55

Should I go to Laos now in May or June? What about the weather there? and Where should I visit there? Thanks ...

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Help greatly appreciated! Cambodia/Laos - 2 months

Posted by JarrodPace on 7/5/2011 at 13:36

Hi all I am planning to spend a month in Cambodia followed by a month in Laos later this year (Oct/Nov). Bangkok is where I will fly into and out of the region. I would like to find a balance between seeing as much as I can in these two countries whilst not rushing through every town. I have never travelled before, let alone to the region, so I was wondering if anyone experienced would be able to suggest a good route to take for this trip and which places are good to spend a little time in and ...

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From Vientiane to Vang Vieng after 6pm, Saturday

Posted by terencemagpie on 5/5/2011 at 21:12

Hi my friend and I will be traveling to Laos in July. We'll arrive at Wattay Airport at 5pm and we plan going straight to Vang Vieng . I understand this is a 4 hours journey but this is only a 4 days trip so our time is limited. We'll visit Vientiane on our last day though before heading back to Malaysia. Question is, is there any transport from Wattay Airport/Vientiane to Vang Vieng after 6pm, on Saturday? And how much would they cost? Do I need any pre-booking and where they are? Thanks i ...

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Vietnam/Laos most Northern border crossing

Posted by TomHK on 10/3/2010 at 10:37

Hi there, My friend and I are doing Vietnam South to North, with our last or one of our last stop off points being Sapa. So I was wondering what is the most northern point I can enter Laos from Vietnam, and how easy is it to get there from Sapa? Much Appreciated, Tom ...

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How can I get from Bangkok to Luang Prabang?

Posted by Knigel on 2/5/2011 at 13:24

Hello, I am a Canadian traveling from Koreato Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport on May 12th and will be returning to KoreaMay 22nd. I have been to Thailand for a week before, so this time I intend tohead to Laos right away and then spend most of my time there. I am planning my itinerary now and trying to decide a cheap way to get to Laos from Bangkok. I do not want to take a plane and would like to do something convenient, but still adventurous or scenic. My main mission for this trip is to take ...

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Planes and motorbikes

Posted by busylizzy on 27/4/2011 at 18:53

Finally - my turn to start asking questions for my upcoming trip to Laos in late Sept - Late Oct! I only have 4 weeks in Laos, so want to make the best use of my time by flying some of the longer journeys - in particular: - VTE - XKH (Plain of Jars) - XKH - Luang Prabang (although I suspect this route may no longer be flown) - Pakse - Bangkok Questions: 1. Is the XKH - Luang Prabang flight a seasonal one? I've seen references to it on TF and it looks like a valid route on the website, ...

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Posted by gemuuu on 15/4/2011 at 07:49

Hello, I was looking for some advice on the best thing to do about rabies in Laos... As far as I know I haven't been bitten, but I do have a lot of cuts and marks on my body from tubing earlier in the week and there were dogs around at the bars. The past 2 days I seem to be developing early rabies symptoms, and they aren't easing up. Obviously it could be anything and I'm probably being over the top but I'd rather be overly safe than dead. Currently I'm still in Vang Vieng so would I have to ...

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