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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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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 3,055 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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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 4,244 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 3,674 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 4,728 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by aceoccuduplo on 4/4/2011 at 16:39

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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Viewed 3,492 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by caseyprich on 29/3/2011 at 22:05

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 2,570 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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Viewed 2,516 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by caseyprich on 22/3/2011 at 11:34

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 4,004 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by magneticbear on 17/3/2011 at 21:20

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