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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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Loas kills Christians

Posted by SEQfunbod on 24/4/2011 at 07:10

From 7 News Australia. April 16, 2011, 4:46 am Laos troops kill four Hmong Christians: NGO WASHINGTON (AFP) - Laotian and Vietnamese troops have killed four Hmong Christian women after confiscating their Bible, a US rights group said Friday, condemning growing persecutions of people for their faith in Laos. The Center for Public Policy Analysis (CPPA) said the unarmed highland Hmong women were "summarily executed" on Thursday in northeastern Xieng Khouang province by soldiers from ...

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Alternative travel out of Huay Xai

Posted by doedeer on 21/4/2011 at 03:10

Hello Currently in the process of planning a trip around Thailand and Laos in August. Me and my girlfriend will be travelling up through Chang Rai into Huay Xai in order to do the Gibbon experience in Bokeo. Following that we will be looking to move on to Luang Prabang . We dont fancy the slow boat and i have read that travelling by road can be treacherous in the rainy season so not recommended. Flights out of Huay Xai are only to Vietienne as i understand so i was wondering if it is feasi ...

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Viewed 2,234 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by SEQfunbod on 24/4/2011 at 07:42

Laos or Cambodia?

Posted by GermanCoastgirl on 19/4/2011 at 20:17

Hi All, I have already posted in the Cambodia forum and would like your input on the following route planning: I will be travelling SEA for 6 weeks in Feb/March 2012. First three weeks with my son, last 3 weeks my husband will join. I have now taken some weeks (besides working/family life) to think of further planning and would like you to give me your feedback on the following planned route (I know, I still have sooo much tíme left but planning is also soooo much fun !) 3 weeks alone with my ...

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Viewed 2,620 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by GermanCoastgirl on 21/4/2011 at 00:42

1month-6weeks.thailand and loas or thailand/cambodia?

Posted by leavingsoon on 29/3/2011 at 14:58

Fellow Travelers Please Advise. Im headed to thailand in a couple weeks and not sure where to spend my time. I don't want to do too much in too little time but would rather take my time (enjoying islands and magical places) along the way. Where are some of the best places you've been in thailand, laos, cambodia? and if you had to choose either laos or cambodia which would you choose? Also, mixed reviews of Phuket? I like to party, but not everyday and don't like real real touristy places. ...

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Viewed 2,824 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by Rufus on 17/4/2011 at 12:42

Travel in Laos over new year

Posted by Daphne on 10/4/2011 at 11:32

Hi I'm planning on making the journey from Bangkok to Vientiane next week on the 14th, then onwards to Pakse and Si Phan Don. Assuming that there are no problems with the overnight train from Bangkok, do you think Laos new year will mean much disruption to travel for the rest of our journey? Will the roads down to Pakse be much busier and less safe? Thanks in advance ...

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Itinerary advice: Phonsavan - Nam Neun - Nong Khiaw

Posted by Binibabe on 9/4/2011 at 18:09

Hello everybody! My husband and I will be going to Laos in November. I went for the first time last year (on a "business" trip working for an NGO) and absolutely fell in love with the country. Now I need to show it to my husband as well. I've tried to come up with a route including Vientiane, Phonsavan and Luang Prabang and avoid taking the same road twice but rather going in a circle. My plan for now is to start in Vientiane, go by bus to Phonsavan, continue by bus (or songthae ...

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Viewed 3,842 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by Binibabe on 10/4/2011 at 04:07

Mountain bikes for sale

Posted by katehuntervt on 3/4/2011 at 08:51

We have two good mountain bikes for sale in Vientiane. Purchased new in Bangkok for $350 USD three weeks ago. We are heading home tomorrow and want them to have a good home. Email ...

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Viewed 3,446 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 5/4/2011 at 18:47

Minsk motorbike for sale Vientiane

Posted by aceoccuduplo on 4/5/2010 at 19:34

Hi, wanting to sell our Minsk motorbike. It runs well, has Vietnamese papers, includes spare parts and basic toolkit, helmet and chain lock. Horn and headlight do not work but we never rode it at night anyway! $300 USD. Please email Matt and Alicia at or see the bike for yourself at Saysouly Guesthouse 23 Manthatulath Rd, Vientiane. T: (021) 218 383-4 F: (021) 223 757 It's parked out the front. The best way to see south-east Asia! ...

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Viewed 4,547 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by aceoccuduplo on 4/4/2011 at 16:39

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