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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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Luang Prabang to Pakse to Don Kohn -> in one day?

Posted by cdwy0142 on 28/11/2010 at 17:53

Hi everyone - I'll be spending a few weeks in Laos (from Dec 8 to Dec 21) and I was wondering if it was possible to get from LP down to Don Khon and the 4000 islands in one day. I am booked on the Laos Air flight from LP to Pakse which gets in at 12:30PM. I am wondering if that is too late to get the bus or a sawngthaew down to Ban Nakasang from the 8KM bus terminal in Pakse? The LP guide says that transport is available until 3PM I am just wondering if in reality (and given the vagaries ...

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Activities around Vientiene?

Posted by travellingsarah on 21/11/2010 at 18:29

I live in Hanoi and unexpectedly have to go to Vientiene next weekend to get a new visa. I've been to Vientiene before, and wasn't particularly inspired then, so don't really want to spend the 3 nights in town. I was thinking of hiring a motorbike and heading out to Phou Khao Khouay NP for a night or two, but anyone got any other suggestions of how to make the most of our 3 days there? ...

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Travelling from Laos to Hanoi

Posted by diablohowes on 23/11/2010 at 20:22

Hi guys, We're currently in Vang Vieng in Laos, and we're aiming to be in Hanoi in about 6 days time. We're thinking of heading to Luang probang tommorow on the 6 hour bus. I know there is a very long and "interesting" bus journey that does go straight to Hanoi and there is the alternative of heading back the 9 hours to Vientiane and getting a slightly more comfortable bus from there to Hanoi. I'm just wondering if there is a good route for getting to Hanoi that we can take tha ...

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Viewed 2,001 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 24/11/2010 at 21:28

new 100,000kip banknote

Posted by wanderingcat on 22/11/2010 at 12:40

just FYI: still remember the pre-50,000kip banknote days perhaps we will see fewer of such travel photos from Laos... ...

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Luang Prabang heritage celebrations 2010

Posted by wanderingcat on 23/11/2010 at 09:23

For those who will be in Luang Prabang in mid-Dec 2010: excerpts: Luang Prabang is gearing up to celebrate 15 years since it became a World Heritage Site, with the main events slated for December 16 and 17... ...December 16, the first day of the event, would be devoted to a meeting to review the running of the World Heritage Site over the past 15 years, and look at ways to mobilise more funding to help preserv ...

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Hot dry season

Posted by Millsze84 on 21/11/2010 at 14:12

Hello, Im thinking about visiting Laos at the start of April in the hot dry season. I have read that there is a problem with smoke at that time of year. Has anyone been to Laos during April? Is it a deal breaker? Thanks! ...

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Buying Mozzie Nets in Thailand

Posted by teamika on 20/11/2010 at 01:46

I am assuming that this is easy answer but assumptions being what they are... I will be travelling around Northern Thailand and into Laos on a rented moto in February. Can I purchase a decent mosquito net in Chiang Mai prior to setting out on the bike or should I schlep one with me on the flight. Thanks! ...

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Viewed 1,574 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by teamika on 22/11/2010 at 02:33

*Urgent* question about Lao Air

Posted by glomer on 20/11/2010 at 00:18

This is a repost. I am having no end of problems getting Vietnam Air to honor my ticket from Hanoi to Luang Prabang because of a change of name/passport number due to marriage. The exact same flight is offered by Lao Air. Is it safe to purchase tickets via their website? I know there have been problems in the past, but am not sure what the current situation is. We are scheduled to leave for our honeymoon in a couple of weeks, and I'm afraid of getting stuck in Hanoi. Please advise! ...

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