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Just a small message to say- come to Lin`s cafe in Savannakhet!

Posted by newbiedanielle on 2/11/2010 at 15:41

Hi, I just thought I`d write a short post about Savannahket in central Laos. I arrived a few days ago and just wanted to say its a great place to come. I have seen under 5 other tourists, and that was only at my guesthouse and the local museum- which is well worth a visit. There are a great number of trekking and cycling tours to choose from and everyone seems very friendly. The town itself is very laid back and relaxed-even more so than the rest of Laos and the food is great- lots of seafood, ...

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Viewed 1,822 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by newbiedanielle on 5/11/2010 at 13:34

Direct bus between Sekong(Bolaven Plateau in Laos) to Hue(VN)

Posted by tf_geckozy on 26/10/2010 at 09:58

I’ll introduce unkown direct bus between Sekong and Hue operated by Vietnamese aute company once a week from both sides, and this company is operationg direct bus for Vietnamese who are living and working in Sekong province and around it and it’s not daily service, so if you want to use this direct bus in Sekong or Hue, you have to adjust your schedule to this bus service. Contact with this company beforehand is better and maybe you can take this bus at Attapeu too with it. It’s detail ...

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Viewed 5,519 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by tf_geckozy on 5/11/2010 at 00:25

Laos itinerary advice - 11 days

Posted by sleepymonster on 3/11/2010 at 06:44

Hi. I'm visiting Laos for the first time later this month, arriving in Vientiane early on 15 November and flying out of Luang Prabang early on 26 November. I'm thinking of an itinerary like this: Day 1-3: Vientiane Day 4: travel to Vang Vieng Day 5: Vang Vieng Day 6: travel to Luang Prabang Day 7-11: Luang Prabang Day 12: leave Luang Prabang for Cambodia I'm 29, travelling on my own, and interested in art, architecture, history, food and mountain scenery -- and trying to get as mu ...

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Viewed 2,558 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by caseyprich on 4/11/2010 at 11:29

Overnight Stop between LP an Vientaine

Posted by teamika on 3/11/2010 at 06:00

I will be traveling from LP to Vientaine in February. I would like to break up the bus ride somewhere other than VV. Any suggestions? I just need a quiet bit of scenery and not much else. Or somewhere within reasonable hike/bike of VV? Thanks ...

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Have to get from Udon Thani to Vientiane...but I\'m on crutches

Posted by rasmoo on 31/10/2010 at 21:13

Hiya, Am on crutches in a leg brace at the moment, but really want to visit a friend briefly in Vientiane before moving away from Thailand. How difficult is it to get from Udon Thani to the Nong Khai border crossing on the various minibuses/limousines or even a taxi, for someone on crutches? Sounds crazy I know, but flights to Vientiane are pretty expensive at last minute purchase, Udon Thani on Air Asia just SO much cheaper from Bangkok....thanks for advice! ...

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Viewed 3,522 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by svendj on 2/11/2010 at 18:22

Luang Prabang Questions

Posted by TheNewGuy8 on 31/10/2010 at 11:24

Hi Everyone! I'm in Luang Prabang and had a few questions: 1) The night market here seems to be a higher caliber than the ones in Chiang Mai I've seen, but it also seems really expensive. The larger woven blankets seemed to be about $55 USD, and the beautiful wooden bowls/platters were about $25USD. For the wooden tableware I could probably get that at that price in America - am I missing something? 2) I am both simultaneously enchanted by this city and repulsed that it seems to exist s ...

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Viewed 2,350 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by Nokka on 2/11/2010 at 17:35

8 days in Laos -starting in huay xai

Posted by roccstar on 31/10/2010 at 17:45

Hi, I will travel to Laos in the end of November. I will start my trip in Chiang Rai, so I will enter the country in huay xai. I will have 8 days until I will take a flight from LP to Ha Noi. My first plan was to take the boat down the mekong and then to spend the rest in LP, including 2-3 days of trekking. From what I read in this forum, I understand that 7 days in LP would be too long. Now I consider to go to Luang Nam Tha first (2-3 days) and do the trekking in that area. Afterwards I would ...

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Viewed 2,623 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by roccstar on 1/11/2010 at 15:01

Wooden platters/bowls - A deal?

Posted by TheNewGuy8 on 31/10/2010 at 22:53

Hi All. I'm in luang prabang for another 2 nights. at a few shops and at the market I saw these beauuutiful wooden serving platters/bowls. They're made of Ebony/Mahogany/Teak, etc. The ebony especially is beautiful. But they're all pretty expensive. The platters start at 150,000 to 200,000 kip. The vases are like 500,000. That seems super expensive - sort of similar to what I'd pay in america. Can this kind of wooden tableware be bought in Thailand? Is there anything I need to know abou ...

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by boat from Vieniane to Pakse?

Posted by nipitiri on 30/10/2010 at 22:52

Hi! When I look at the map, I see the Mekong going south from Vientiane , towards Savannakhet and Pakse, but I can not find any information about traveling that way. Does anybody know, if it is possible to travel by boat from Vientiane to Pakse? Thanks. ...

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Viewed 2,247 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by nipitiri on 1/11/2010 at 01:00

Best Guest Houses in Luang Prabang

Posted by banana8 on 29/9/2010 at 03:15

Hi All, I will be in Luang Prabang for 5 nights over xmas. I hoped to book a GH in advance as I presume it will be quite busy in December. I've read the travelfish article, but still can't decide! I'm looking for somewhere around $15 a night, which is clean-ish with a friendly atmoshphere. I'd be very grateful if anyone has any recommendations? Rattana GH and Oudomphong both look quite good if anyone has any info on these? Thanks! ...

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Viewed 6,375 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by amoore321 on 29/10/2010 at 12:14

Ubon Ratchanthani to Pakse

Posted by andywb on 26/10/2010 at 09:31

Hello everyone, I was wondering if anyone can help me. I plan on visiting Don Det again. I only have week holiday so I decided to fly Air Asia from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchanthani (only 1000B). I will arrive around 10am. Does anyone know the best way to get from the airport in Ubon Ratchanthani to Pakse ? Once I get to Pakse I should have no problems getting to Don Det. Thank you very much for your help. ...

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Viewed 4,366 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by andywb on 29/10/2010 at 10:38

Need Help soon - Chiang Rai to LP

Posted by TheNewGuy8 on 25/10/2010 at 23:49

Hi All, I know this topic has been covered, and i've been reading lots, but i have questions, and my time is running out: I'm in Chiang Rai and I'd like to get to Luang Prabang. It seems like my options are (and im not including speed boat as an option): Normal Slow Boat (leaves every day) Luang Say Slow boat (very expensive, leaves on thursdays, sundays, and mondays) The naga? I can't get confirmation that this exists and i've read loads about it And then flying from Chiang Mai to LP. O ...

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Viewed 2,128 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 26/10/2010 at 14:35

Overnight bus Vientiane-Pakse

Posted by amz155 on 29/11/2006 at 06:30

Just wondering if anyone can provide info/their experience about the overnight bus from Vientiane to Pakse. Are their different options? How much should we expect to pay? Is the ride a safe one? Thanks! ...

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Viewed 49,728 times, with 24 replies. Last reply by Siamcat on 26/10/2010 at 13:02

Bo Y border crossing--today-Oct.2010

Posted by tf_geckozy on 26/10/2010 at 11:06

Now many kind of direct buses are running between Viet Nam and southern Laos, and i’ll introduce 4 of them as below. ① Between Gia Lai (=Pleiku) and Pakse via Bo Y border (daily service) ② Between Gia Lai (=Pleiku) and Attapeu via Bo Y border (daily service) ③ Between Qui Nhon and Pakse/between Gia Lai and Pakse(by other bus company) via Bo Y border ④ Unkown Direct bus Between Sekong (Laos) and Hue(VN) ...

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Itinerary advice needed 22days Laos&Cambodia

Posted by kif on 21/10/2010 at 20:41

1 Vientiane 2 Vientiane 3 Vientiane - Vang Vieng 4 Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang 5 Luang Prabang 6 Luang Prabang 7 Luang Prabang - Phonsovan 8 Phonsovan - Vientiane 9 Vientiane - Savannakhet 10 Savannakhet - Pakse 11 Pakse 12 Pakse 13 Si Phan Don 14 Si Phan Don 15 Si Phan Don - Kratie 16 Kratie- Kampong Cham 17 Kampong Cham - Phnom Phen 18 Phnom Phen - Siem Riep 19 Siem Riep 20 Siem Riep 21 Siem Riep - Bangkok 22 Bangkok Is th ...

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Where to from Luang Prabang?

Posted by RookieEra on 24/10/2010 at 19:41

Hello all, A friend and i are heading all over SE asia for just short of three months, starting December. We are both young lads, and we've travelled thailand before. We love food, taking advantage of destinations' specialties, and ofcourse a bit of nightlife, but not forgettingauthentic cultural experiences that get you out of the "tourist scene". Our trip will take us both on and off the beaten track. Our leg of Laos isnt the longest, will see us there from 20th Dec - 4th Jan, and go ...

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Luang Prapang, bus help needed!

Posted by dizriz on 7/10/2010 at 20:28

Ok, hi. Hope everyone is ok! I'm having fun out here but I am struggling with one thing... I need to get to Vinh and here it says there is a bus from Luang Prabang. Does anybody know if it is still working as I can't find informaion on it anywhere else. Also if so, which station, the north or the south? Your help is greatly appreciated and much needed! Thank you! ...

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Viewed 1,839 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by wanderingcat on 24/10/2010 at 14:15

huay xai to vang vieng transport?

Posted by kellipoop on 22/10/2010 at 07:25

Hello, I was hoping to get some info about transport from huay xai to vang vieng. I will be in laos for 10 days, starting in huay xai for the gibbon experience and then heading down to luang prabang and vang vieng. Is there a way to get from huay xai to vang vieng? without having to go through luang prabang? I have to fly out of LP so I would prefer not to back track. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! ...

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Viewed 4,478 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by kellipoop on 23/10/2010 at 11:02

Need to buy trekking shoes

Posted by annielin on 17/8/2010 at 17:28

We are looking to buy a pair of good male trekking shoes. Had to throw away the old pair in Thailand. We are in Luang Nam Tha and went to the morning market but they didn't have any trekking shoes in size 11 (US) for men which seems to be size 44 or 27 here. We are skipping the trekking in LNT and heading to Udomxai . Does anyone know of places in Udomxai that sells them or in Luang Prabang? Thanks! Annie ...

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Viewed 8,543 times, with 30 replies. Last reply by Merlinclancy on 18/10/2010 at 15:52

Fly to Luang Prabang or Namtha from VTE

Posted by W_Sobchak on 18/10/2010 at 10:43

Plans have changed and I am now booked on a flight into Vientiane. I will land there tomorrow evening. I plan to fly north to either LP or LNT to start my 2 to 3 weeks in Laos. Is it best to start in Namtha and travel South? I will be flying from LP or VTE to Hanoi at the end of my stay in Laos. From Hanoi I go to Khoalak Thailand for a diving trip. I need to arrive there by Nov 10. Should I allow for time in Sapa after flying to Hanoi or can I get my fill of village life in Laos? I ho ...

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