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Update on Laos drought?

Posted by glomer on 4/11/2010 at 04:46

How have the rains been this season? I just read a review from someone who said the river was too low to slowboat from NK to LP, and I'm wondering if boats are apt to be running in December. ...

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which boat on which river in which direction?

Posted by ccalvin09 on 25/3/2011 at 06:42

Two days in Vientiane Three days in Luang Prabang Five day round trip from LP to ?? via ?? river at mellow pace in January In a perfect world, I would do something along the lines of: Depart LP via slow boat in the morning on Day 1 and travel for 3-5 hours before stopping for the afternoon/night in a beautiful, mellow location. Middle of nowhere OK if you have a suggestion for a place to sleep and hire a local guide. Day 2: Go hiking/walking/biking/whatever to see something cool and maybe ca ...

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Viewed 2,134 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by ccalvin09 on 25/3/2011 at 21:35

Lao Cooking and The Essence of Life

Posted by fischerzernin on 14/3/2011 at 13:01

Sabaidee, those interested to take a closer look at Lao culture, traditions and cooking may want to check out my new book "Lao Cooking and the Essence of Life". This book reflects about Lao cooking as an extension and expression of Lao culture and traditions. You can easily find the book's website on the internet. Signed Xaixana Champanakone ...

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SE Asia in 5 weeks

Posted by lcooper on 21/3/2011 at 10:58

Hi, I am planning a 5 week trip covering Laos, Cambodia and a very small portion of Thailand. Starting in Chiang Mai cross the border to Huay Xai, Pakbeng, Luang Prabang, Vang Viang, Siam Reip and Phenom Pen. I would also like to get to the coast in Cambodia but not sure where to head. I want to have enough time to not feel rushed and take it at my own pace. I would prefer to do the trip over land rather than fly as I want to take in as much as possible, although I understand time may be a re ...

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travel partner/itinary advice, needed for northern laos -trekking ,village stay, cycling

Posted by santos_g15 on 17/3/2011 at 03:41

hi, i will be visiting northern laos in nov/dec time frame this 2011.i am interested in trekking and village stay .i looked at most of tours offered by tiger trails and green discovery but found them very costly atleast to me.Please find the plan below and reply if interested and we will take it from there. Plan: 1)arrive luang phrabang -chill for the day 2)city tour -also start hunt for trek partners 3)city tour -hunt for trek partners 3)city tour-hunt for trek parnters 4)Leave for phongsali ...

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which village is suitable

Posted by santos_g15 on 18/3/2011 at 23:11

Hey, I plan to visit hill tribes and plan to stay at village for 2-3 days rather than trek from one village to another every day.i have done enough forest treks .i just want to observe hill tribes (why not the land ones ) and take part in thier my schedule would be 1)trek to village-minimum effort (lol) 2)morning-take pics after b'fast-take part in field activity,food collection,wood collection,rear animals etc afternoon-nap followed by blog writing and photo editing. evening :tak ...

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Going to Laos? Want Kip before you go?

Posted by magneticbear on 17/3/2011 at 21:00

Hello, I just left Laos and forgot that no where in the world will exchange Laos Kip (because it's not worth very much...) I will be returning to Portland, Or at the end of April. If you live in Portland and would like Kip before you go, just let me know! I entered Laos from Chiang Khong, Thailand to Huay Xai (North) and traveled south to the following: Pak Beng, Luang Prabang, Phou Khoun (1 day only), Vang Vieng, Vientiane (1 day only), Tha Khaek (1day only), Pakse, Don Det, and Tat Lo. I had a ...

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Vientiane to Huay Xai - Advice

Posted by richardhjan5 on 2/2/2011 at 17:12

Hi all Just in the process of planning a trip, into Vientiane and out of Huay Xai and then into Northern Thailand. Not going till Dec/Jan 2011/12 but have young kids and taking off in the Aussie Dec school holidays so need to get in with the arrangements well in advance. Not to mention the cheap flights !! Definitely planning to get on the boat from LP to Huay Xai and wondered if anyone could give me a heads up on a couple of things: 1. Will the boat definitely run at that time of the y ...

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Viewed 3,679 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by magneticbear on 17/3/2011 at 21:20

Buying antiques in Laos

Posted by trobs on 16/3/2011 at 19:50

Hi all, I've been at the markets in Vientiane today and loved the look of some of the things that are being sold in the antique shops, particularly the opium teapots. I have a couple of questions that I hope somebody can answer. 1. Any idea if these a real antiques? If they are, is it removing some of their important cultural heritage if I purchase some of these things? 2. Any trouble getting things like this out of Laos? Thanks ...

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eco treks laos

Posted by santos_g15 on 15/3/2011 at 22:50

While surfing i came across this site it govt or govt backed association.It seems to summarise all treks and also list the availability of guides and thier contact, along with trek companies like green discovery. i would ask people to list thier experience in any of thier tour.just a two liner or pointer to earlier post is enough.i am planning to trek for 2 weeks in north laos.I guess it will be of help to me as well of others. ...

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Luang Prabang GH - advice please

Posted by Captain_Courageous on 5/12/2010 at 09:44

Hello there, first time traveller to Laos and in need of advice please. Am unfamiliar with the layout of the town and which area would be better suited for me - I've been looking at Riverside GH, Soul Lan Xang GH, and Sayo GH. With Sayo probably Sayo River or Sayo Xieng Mouane. Has anyone any experience of these, which would you choose and why? What is the distance to say, the morning market, national museum, Tat Luang and Wat Sisaket? How far are they from where I could book a tour? Are th ...

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Wow it is the great time for my life

Posted by Lily_traveler09 on 13/3/2011 at 13:13

Last week I have been to Luang Prabang city in Laos, I have many thing to do and to see such as went to see the Kuangsi water fall,that is very wonderful and interesting for me which is very beautiful view and also I was swimming at there it is very cool. on the other hand, so was fun ,and got many friends at there as well as The hotel which I was staying it is seem at my home that I feel at home The hotel is name The Chang Heritage hotel which is location on Khan River so that we can see the ...

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Viewed 1,966 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by Lily_traveler09 on 13/3/2011 at 14:22

Plain of Jars

Posted by curliesue on 2/3/2011 at 09:01

Hi, I'm thinking of visiting the Plain of Jars in Loas. Has anyone been there recenly? Is it worth the visit? Can I go there on my own, or would it be better to go with a guide? Thanks! ...

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Looking for a trekking guide and some adventure.

Posted by W_Sobchak on 17/10/2010 at 18:24

My girlfriend and I are coming to Laos in 2 days and we wish to do some trekking and touring with a guide. We land in Vientiane in two days. We are willing to take a flight to another part of the country to start our adventure, but we would like to meet up with a local guide. Also we would like to experience some less rural areas as well, with a guide. Any suggestions of where to fly from Vientiane to start our 2 weeks in Laos? Any info for contacting guides? We are in our twenties and fit, a ...

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Travel in Laos from Vietnam & thailand

Posted by papaju on 19/1/2011 at 02:56

is it possible to get a train from vietnam to laos? and get a train from laos to thailand? preferably over night train thanks ...

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Travel by bus from Laos to Cambodia

Posted by leena_vn on 1/3/2011 at 11:51

Anyone knows whether it is possible and easy to take a bus from Vientiane to Phnom Penh ? Thanks! ...

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Posted by slavka on 19/2/2011 at 20:55

Hi! I have one Honda Win to sell. I bought it in Vietnam and i am travelling since 2 weeks in Laos. It is a great fun to drive here a motorbike. Maybe my best experience in Asia. The bike is in a good condition, i did not have any problems with it. I will be in a few days in Vientiene and i would like to sell it there. my number: 02096171005, email : (better you call me, because in many small places they do not have internet) ...

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2 weeks in Laos, 2 weeks Cambodia

Posted by summerbutterfly on 22/2/2011 at 19:25

I wanted to put a post up here about our recent 4 week trip to Laos and Cambodia. When I was planning our trip most posts on here seemed to suggest longer is necessary, but I wanted to let others that are planning similar trips know that we were really happy with the amount of time we had and didn’t feel we missed out. We spent two weeks in Laos and two weeks in Cambodia, we didn’t plan a set itinerary but knew we needed to move every few days… breakdown as follows:- Laos: Vientiane 2 ...

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Stranded-need info

Posted by KK1012 on 19/2/2011 at 02:32

PLEASE HELP!!! My son is 28 years old and stranded in Thailand. He has found a job in China but it will take 4-6 weeks for them to process his work visa. He is going to Laos to wait on his work visa because his travel visa has expired in Thailand. He has little money. My question: Is there someplace that he might be able to volunteer during his time in Laos that might provide him with food and a place to sleep? ...

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Viewed 2,557 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 22/2/2011 at 02:24

12 days BKK to Laos, northern Laos Itinerary help (LP and points north)

Posted by jaxphoto on 17/2/2011 at 10:42

This forum in fantastic, I'm hoping to lightly nail down my plans and I need help to know if this is feasible in 12 days. I am interested in delving into the culture of Laos and getting to know the people who live there (not so much other tourists). I'm a photographer and am looking to take quite a few pictures but would like to avoid cheasy tourist traps or fake photo opps. I arrive into Bangkok Feb 26 (really midnight Feb 25th) and have a March 9th departure from Bangkok back home. Fly into ...

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