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Nong Khiaw to Na Meo or Tay Trang crossing and then to Hanoi

Posted by monesprit on 9/12/2010 at 01:33

Does anyone have any recent information about either of these routes/border crossings? Will be in northern Loas in ealy January and heading into Vietnam. We are thinking of leaving from Nong Khiaw and would like to hear any suggestions and information about crossing into Vietnam at either Na Meo or Tay Trang: eg. transport ideas, timing, places to stay or avoid. We will fly out of Hanoi at the end of January. Any ideas about best routes and suggested places to see along the way are appreci ...

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I'm dreaming of a Laos Christmas and a sociable new year

Posted by jackymoon on 19/12/2010 at 11:35

Hello every one, It seems I will be spending the holidays in Laos. Which seems to me tobe a great thing. I think I will end up in Vientiane or Vang Vieng forChristmas, and certainly Vang Vieng for NYE. Sounds like the kind ofplace that I usually don't like to spend too much time, but I wouldvery much enjoy company since I travel alone. So my question is, whichguesthouses in those two cities would be recommendable for friendlystaff and good social atmosphere? Sometimes it is such a pain ...

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Day Trip to the Surrounds

Posted by jlwh on 18/12/2010 at 20:02

Hey guys, I'll be in Laos next May and was thinking of renting a motorbike to take in the surroundings of the various cities that I'm in for some short excursions. I've thought of a few possible options and would like some feedback/comments esp from those who've done it before. a) First option would be riding to and around the Phou Khao Khouay N.P. near Vientiane. b) Renting a bike from Vang Vieng and maybe heading to Kasi c) Renting a bike from Phonsavan (im not really sure what's there i ...

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Visa extension

Posted by Jessa on 16/12/2010 at 20:18

Has anyone extended their visa? I'm flying into Vientiane and would want to organise my extension while i'm there if possible. I have 2 months to travel Laos and Cambodia and really don't want to be on any time restrictions for Laos. I have read in some places it is possible to extend it by a further 30 days. Any information would be very much appreciated. ...

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Travel info Luang Prabang -Luang Namtha-Mouang Khoua

Posted by jaschonaber on 17/2/2009 at 01:43

Hey there, Mid of March we're about to travel from Luang Prabang to Loung Namtha to do some trekking there. After that we plan to go to Mouan Khoua and enjoy a boat trip to Nongkhew and back to LP all in 10 days. I am already in contact with a local guy who does tours there but his offer seems a bit expensive. I would be really glad if you can answer me following questions: - the way from LP to LNT is about 300 km, is that possible in one day? - is it possible to book a local there ...

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Itinary advice appreciated

Posted by tpurple on 11/12/2010 at 09:17

Hello, What a great and very helpful forum! I am planning a trip to Laos and Vietnam for 4 weeks March/April 2011. With only 4 weeks there is far too much that i want to see, so am having trouble narrowing it down. I will by flying in/out of KL, definitely finishing at HCMC, however i am not sure, depending on what route i take whether to fly KL to Chaing Mai or KL to Vientiane. Below is my rough plan at the moment, if anyone could provide any advice as to 1) whether this will be realistic - i ...

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Pak Lai to Vientiane by boat

Posted by mangosteen27 on 19/10/2010 at 14:49

Has anyone done this trip recently? According to the Lonely Planet there are boats going in the morning but they fail to say if it's every morning, and in any case the latest edition is well out of date now, so for all I know it's not even running anymore! I've heard that it runs every 2 days FROM Vientiane so would assume it's the same in the other direction - can anyone confirm, and if so, which days? Also, I won't have much time to hang around if the boat doesn't show up, so does anyone kno ...

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Laos: Backpack, Bike and Sail?

Posted by HugoTrip on 10/12/2010 at 09:57

Hello, I discovered this website two weeks ago. I'm going thoroughly throughout it, and noting infos as much as I can. I didn't think I would post something, as I want to be as self-minded and original as possible... but here i am. I'm a nineteen year old kid, trying to make the best out of a month and a half (12 Jan-22 Feb) solo trip starting in Hanoi, then North Vietnam, Laos (from North to South) and Cambodia. I want to be as much flexible as possible. 1. Please, if you've even been in thes ...

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Northern Laos Itinary Advice

Posted by reece on 12/11/2010 at 10:16

Hi all, great website! I would love a little advice on the last week of my itinerary if anyone can help. 28/12 Arrive Vientiane 29 Vientiane 30 Vientiane – Luang Prabang (Fly) 31 LP 1/1 LP 2 LP 3 LP - Nong Khiaw (Slow Boat) 4 Trek / Overnight Village Homestay 5 Nong Khiaw 6 Nong Khiaw – Udomxai (Bus) 7 Udomxai - Luang Nam Tha (Bus) 8 Luang Nam Tha + surrounds ...

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Can you buy permethrin spray in Laos?

Posted by momof4 on 10/12/2010 at 00:04

How easy is it to pick up permethrin to soak or spray clothing against mozzies in SE Asia? I don't want to treat our clothes before we go since it apparently wears off after 6 weeks and that is well before we get to Cambodia or Laos and I don't want to be carrying bottles of the stuff around with us. So should I forget about it or will I be able to find some solution once we arrive? ...

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Tay Trang and onwards south Itinerary

Posted by maura on 9/12/2010 at 22:55

Hi, We are middle aged couple backpacking (there is a name for us can’t remember what it is) This is our plan. After seeing Han long bay, depart Hanoi 2nd - 4th Jan For Sappa, - Dien Bien Phu, - Muang Khua - boat to Luang Prabang, (I like boats) and bus down to Vientiane. Don’t plan to book in advance giving more flexibility is this wise peak season? Would love to go on to southern Laos but not sure we have time. We want to spend a couple of days on a beach within easy reach of Bangkok airp ...

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Any co-traveller in Laos early December

Posted by parththefirst on 23/11/2010 at 22:24

Hi, M headed to Laos 4-11 December from Kuala Lumpur where I am based currently. Unlike my other trips, no other friend is on board for this looking for some company to make the travel bit more fun. I am a designer by profession & a pretty relaxed person..keen on exploring more of nature & culture..but surely wanna do tubing So far I haven't decided details of my trip but m surely spending atleast 3 days in Luang Prabang, 2 in Van Vieng & 1 in Vientienne..still have a c ...

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Worst place to eat in Luang Prabang

Posted by daawgon on 27/11/2010 at 11:21

has to be the Coconut Restaurant - incredibly BAD FOOD! My papaya salad tasted like sauerkraut with fish sauce, and my Cantonese noodles looked more like an Italian pasta dish that was badly overcooked. Never again! I intend to eat again at the Night Market Buffet because the food was fresh and tasty (not to mention cheap and healthy). ...

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Need to buy a Vietnamese bike in Laos

Posted by rmillar on 3/12/2010 at 14:22

I need to buy a Vietnamese bike in Laos to ride from Luang Prabang to Saigon. I prefer something bigger than a scooter. A minsk or Honda Win would be perfect. I leave 12/13. Thanks! ...

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Visa for Vietnam in Luang Prabang

Posted by brucemoon on 24/1/2009 at 06:59

Hi, all In 2008, Somtam2000 advised that a Vietnamese Visa can be obtained in Luang Prabang. I tried emailing the embassy there with no result. Has anybody actually obtained a visa from the embassy there? If so, how long did it take, and what sort of hassle? I'm planning to be there in April during New Year week. I am now starting to wonder whether the embassy be open at that time. So, if anyone can advise whether the embassy will be open at that time, I'd be appreciative. I ...

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Buying a phone to use in Luang Prabang

Posted by glomer on 4/12/2010 at 00:42

We need to be accessible by phone while in LP (the grandparents will be at home in California with our son), and I'm wondering if it would be easier/cheaper to purchase a phone/simcard in Hanoi vs. LP itself. Any advice? Thanks! ...

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Luang Prabang Prices

Posted by daawgon on 6/5/2010 at 01:00

I understand that LP is considerably pricier than the rest of Laos. I'd like to ask previous travelers about this. What about prices in restaurants, tuk tuks, tours and such? Does LP feel like a ghetto for older, well-heeled tourists? I'm going in late Nov - how crowded will it be then? Thank you much in advance for all answers. ...

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Laos Explore Travel Eco-tourism

Posted by junkyjester on 28/11/2010 at 05:45

Has anyone taken either of the following treks with this company? 1) Akha Trek (2 Days) Akha Experience in Vieng Phoukha 2) 2 Days Trekking Nam Ha-Namdaet Mai Just wondering if either one is better or if I should be looking at a different company that offers a similar package but better experience. My wife and I are going to be in Luang Nam Tha December 17-20, 2010. Thank you. ...

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Last minute trip - 10 days - What to do?

Posted by andyb83 on 29/11/2010 at 05:59

Hi, Im doing a pretty last minute trip here. Ill be leaving from Bangkok on Saturday and need to be back in Bangkok on the 15th. I really want to do the tubing but apart from that I know very little about the country. So basically what Im looking for I a kind soul to organise my life for me quickly and tell me how to get there and what to do I dont want to miss anything. Im a 26 year old guy and If anyone is keen to pull in for the 10 day jaunt, dont be shy. Im there for a good time, not a long ...

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Cambodia to Laos

Posted by Andymt on 2/12/2010 at 01:25

Can anyone tell me how to get into Laos from Cambodia, at the moment we have accomodation booked in Seim Reap and provisionally in Kratchie. After that we are stuck as to how long it takes to get to the border, where to stay once we get through, how much it costs etc etc. Any help would be welcome. Andy ...

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