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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 2,187 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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