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Northern Laos

Posted by Kuduman1 on 23/7/2015 at 21:58

I am looking to explore new towns sites etc in northern Laos. I have been as far as luang probang. Any recommendations , routes etc? ...

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The loop and baggage drop

Posted by mikal83 on 9/7/2015 at 13:36

Planning on doing the loop at Tha Khaek when we get there approx mid Nov. Obviously we dont want to lug a weighty backpack on the bike, sooooooooo are the accom there cool about a 3/4 day storage.?? ...

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Tha Khaek Hotels

Posted by mikal83 on 29/6/2015 at 11:04

Can you recommend one to us. Travelling up from Pakse on our way to the capital and of course we want to do "the Loop". BUT Agoda rates the best 7.7 and the rest quite low..............oh dear. ...

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Road Conditions - Lao Bao to Savannakhet

Posted by carlosmm4 on 13/7/2015 at 20:58

I am interested to know about the road conditions to cross Laos. plan is to start at Lao Bao border in Vietnam with Dansanvah in Laos and Cross Laos to border with Thailand at Savannakhet is the road ok to travel in a mini bus ? or is the road at times of the year (example in monsoon season) not able to be travelled by mini bus and only able to be travelled with a 4wd jeep or motorbike ...

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Has anyone done the Mahout Lodge 3 day mahout course

Posted by condrew on 18/5/2009 at 10:09

I am thinking about doing the 3 day mahout course at the Mahout Lodge in Luang Prabang. I woul be interested in anyones experience there. I read the story about Tiger trails elephant experience here on travelfish but the reviews from travelers were not so favorable. Also, in contacting the lodge they asked for a 50% plus 3% deposit to hold the reservation which is not until next Jan. Is this standard? and lastly, Any ballpark figures on how much it costs to fly from Hanoi to Luang P ...

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Best Bus from Vietnam to Laos?

Posted by goonistik on 12/7/2015 at 10:24

I am planning a SEA trip. I will probably start in Siem Reap go down to Phnom Penh than to HCMC. In Vietnam, from HCMC I will head northwards to Hanoi. My question is what is my best option to travel by bus from Vietnam to Laos? I would like to avoid the hellish Hanoi-LP bus. I would prefer to break my trip because even 9 hours on a bus is tiresome. I've checked the Border Crossings but the info seems oriented to people who are crossing from Laos to Vietnam, rather than the other way aroun ...

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Driving to Champasak soon, information wanted, ride offered

Posted by mettamark on 17/7/2015 at 08:23

Greetings, I live in Bangkok and I am finally getting serious about visiting Champasak/Laos using my own car b4 the rainy season sets in. I do have my "car passport", aka International Transport Permit from the LTD,. still wondering if I missed anything. I would appreciate any input from ppl who have visited the area using their own car. BTW: I am open to offer a ride to someone compatible (no drinking/no smoking), if interested, please describe yourself and your travel plans.... ...

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Road Conditions: from Huay Kon/Nguen via ROUTE 4 B to Luang Prubang

Posted by falangsabai on 15/7/2015 at 20:00

We want to drive from Huay Kon/Nguen to Luang Prubang. In looking at a newer road map it looks like there is a new road ROUTE 4B that goes directly to Luang Prubang. You do not need to go via Sayanbury as before. Has anyone actualy driven this route recently? -Is the road paved and in good condition? -Is it mountainous? -Is it safe? -Gas stations? -Border crossing at Huay Kon: Can go in and out of Laos, can I get VOA there. -What is the distance? Previously we had planned to enter at Tha Li L ...

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Handstanding in Laos and Cambodia + bathing in sweet water?

Posted by carmenfeetup on 19/6/2015 at 10:28

Hello everybody! Thanks to your amazing site and forum I found out about lot's of things to be well prepared for my trip to Laos and Cambodia..starting next week. I just have two questions left. 1) I understand that in Laos and Cambodia a like, feet belong on the floor and lower than the rest and also that in some cases we should avoid having feet pointing towards boudha figures/sculptures... but I love to handsand. I handstand everywhere I go, I've been doing this since 2005 and have over 2 ...

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huay xai border crossing open times

Posted by degsy on 13/4/2015 at 12:33

Hi all, Hoping to travel from either yangon or Mandalay to huay xai in Laos on a Saturday in June. I can fly by air to Chiang rai arriving around 3pm. Probably take another three hours to get to crossing: just wondering will it be open, and will the immigration office be open to get a visa on arrival. Many thanks. ...

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3 weeks in Laos and Cambodia in August 2015-itinerary revision please?

Posted by ieskinja on 8/6/2015 at 02:49

Dear travellers, In a nutshell, I' m planning next itinerary. Fly to Bangkok (been in Thailand before) in end of July, and then take a flight to Luang Prabang. Spend few days in LP, both in town itself and some trekking/kayaking/cycling around, perhaps trough some local travel agency (Tiger Trail, Green Discovery?). I want to combine both Northern and Southern Laos so, to save time, I plan to take a flight to Pakse and then spend few days trekking in that area. Afterwards, I wish to move to ...

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june trip to laos

Posted by mariekarizamas on 29/5/2015 at 03:15

Hi guys, Is buddha park worth it? I only have one day in Vientiane. Any suggestion? ...

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From Ubon Ratchathani to Pakse

Posted by phancock on 23/1/2010 at 04:13

Hello travellers, Would like any up to date advice on options for transfering from Ubon Ratchathani airport (arrive 0900) to Pakse. Thanks. Paul ...

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Can you get VOA if on the International bus crossing at Thali

Posted by scoopybombam on 20/5/2015 at 21:49

Hi guys, Can you get VOA at Thali border crossing if you are on the Internatkonal Bus from Loei to Luang Prabang or does it cause a holdup that the bus will not wait for? Cheers ...

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Can I bring my Thai registered car into Laos

Posted by scoopybombam on 20/5/2015 at 19:51

Hi guys My partner and I bought a car on finance in Thailand. The car finance and the car ownership is in my partners name as I could not get finance. I paid the deposit and make the monthly payments. We have since separated and I have the car but still in her name, still making monthly payments I want to enter Laos in the car and either keep it there or do the monthly border run in it. Can it be done and which is the best way? Presumably I take it back to Thailand every 12 months to re-register ...

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new Loei-Sayabouly-Luang Prabang international bus

Posted by wanderingcat on 15/2/2014 at 08:29 13 Feb 2014 Bangkok Post The Transport Company in Thailand has joined with Naluang Company in Laos to launch a new public bus service, Route 14, to link Loei with Luang Prabang . The journey takes about nine hours and covers a distance of 395km. The Transport Company uses an air-conditioned bus with 38 seats for the new service. The bus departs from Loei Bus Terminal daily at 8am and the return trip from Luang Praba ...

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Laos Visa available at Tha Li border crossing

Posted by scoopybombam on 16/5/2015 at 23:36

Hi guys, what is the situation on getting a Laos Visa at the border crossing at Tha Li? Can I get one there or do I have to get one before at Loei, Nong Khai or Khon Kaen when I pass through them. Cheers ...

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Laos re entry visa?

Posted by DrDreidal on 17/5/2015 at 03:24

Hi everyone! I'm currently in Laos, but will only be spending this month in the northern area. After Thailand, I would like to come back into Laos in June to spend time in the South. Is it possible to get a new 30 day visa upon re entry or is there some special procedure I have to go through? Thank you! ...

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From Kunming, China to Luang Namtha

Posted by kcombobulate on 13/5/2015 at 06:01

Hi, I would like to make a trip down from Kunming, China to Luang Namtha. Could someone advise me on the bus route and where can I find information? Would it be better to take an overnight or day bus? Thanks! ...

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Boun Ok Phansa & Lhai Heua Fai, Festival of the Boats of Light

Posted by sunlvr on 4/4/2015 at 08:21

I'm going to be in Laos mid Oct-beginning of Nov. Can anyone tell me more about the festival of lights? I think I will be in Luang Prabang the week of Oct 27, which is when all this begins (I think) Any info on what it's all about and sequence of events, how crowded will town be....ect. would be great! Is this when the boat races are as well?? I've searched online and really can't find anything that answers my questions. Thanks so much! ...

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