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Luang probang back to Thailand Islands?

Posted by patricialalonde on 18/11/2010 at 02:03

I am taking my family to Luang Probang via Chiang Mai and the two slow boats which is approximately three days of travel. We want to leave LP and head to the islands in Thailand (Phuket or Ko Samui) around Dec 20th. I have checked into flights, but for 5 people we are looking at over $2000US. Can anyone recommend a fairly quick route out that won't cost a fortune and take several days or any tips on finding cheap airline tickets? We would very much appreciate any help or insight. ...

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Help please - booking flights with Laos Airlines

Posted by Brisbod on 25/8/2008 at 10:51

Further to my post last week on booking flights, we want to fly from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang on 13 Oct and Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai on 16 Oct. I have first checked on the internet and checked with travel agents in Austalia about fare prices and availability. We can get a flight with Vietnam Airlines for the first leg (which is actually code shared with Laos Airlines flight). However, the travel agent said we need to book any Laos Airlines flights on the internet - they can't book these ...

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Viewed 48,527 times, with 110 replies. Last reply by glomer on 18/11/2010 at 05:16

Laos seems Expensive!

Posted by TheNewGuy8 on 6/11/2010 at 17:57

At least comparatively. Laos seems way more expensive than Thailand. I'm in Vientiane, went to the big indoor market today and the scarves, even with bargaining, were all at least 60,000 kip, most of the ones with natural dyes were at least 100,000, almost $12. I'm not saying its outrageous, but for SE Asia it seems high. I was in Thailand last and everything seemed much cheaper there. Tuk tuk rides here in VTE have all been at least $2 a piece, while in Chiang Mai they were usually never ...

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Viewed 10,082 times, with 42 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 17/11/2010 at 13:38

Trip to Laos, any advice?

Posted by crazyloco on 16/11/2010 at 17:55

Hey everyone, I'm going with a couple of girlfriens to Vietnam Thailand and Laos, but we are going to start are trip in Thailand, and arrive in Vientiane. From there we have 10days in Laos, then were going to Vietnam.. We dont know anybody over there... and we dont know much about Laos... What do you think we should do? Where should we stay? is it expensive? I checked out a couple of hotels http://www.laos-hotel-link.com/ and here http://www.twenga.com/... where do you think whe should stay? we' ...

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Khmu & Hmong New Years, Luang Prabang?

Posted by glomer on 10/11/2010 at 12:50

Sorry for all the questions. Does anyone know when these celebrations will be held this year? ...

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Viewed 3,352 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by glomer on 16/11/2010 at 03:38

Huay Xai, Laos

Posted by wacharinov on 29/6/2009 at 09:45

Watch the video of Huay Xai, Laos on Youtube ...

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Viewed 4,140 times, with 16 replies. Last reply by 5acrefarmer on 15/11/2010 at 17:55

laos bus route/timetable

Posted by melicals on 12/11/2010 at 08:17

I am looking for information (times/cost/duration) of bus routes in Laos but the info I have come across is dated and was wondering if anyone has up to date info for me for the following: phonsaven (plain of jars) to luang prabang and vang vieng to vientiane thanks! [img]smileys/smile.gif[/img] ...

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Viewed 2,743 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by LaoNow on 13/11/2010 at 14:31

USD at 5 year low against LAK

Posted by daawgon on 11/11/2010 at 02:22

Today the USD is at 7,980LAK and declining - a 5 year low. Funny thing is that it's just the opposite in Vietnam - almost a 5 year high at 19,495VND. Please stop the printing press, USA! ...

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River trip

Posted by SEQfunbod on 9/8/2009 at 10:13

I'm new here, and theres so much to read. I heard that the 2 day boat trip from Thailand to Luang Prabang isn't worth it. But, theres a better one from Luang prabang. I read all the messages on the 'slow boat' up there, and it sort of confirms its a bit ordinary. Can you guys tell me about this other boat trip from Luang prabang? How long does it take, where does it go, do you come back by the same boat, whats there when you get there. thanks ...

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Viewed 7,410 times, with 27 replies. Last reply by aoor0708 on 10/11/2010 at 23:35

Camera shop in Vientiane

Posted by bails87 on 6/11/2010 at 22:50

I'll cut to the chase: I got drunk and I lost my camera! However, I'm going toVientiane tomorrow morning, is there a decent choice of electronics shops? Or a 'main' mall or something like that to go to, because I'd like to get a replacement as soon as possible. I'm guessing it's not going to be like the choice I'd have in Bangkok, but it'll have to do. Thanks in advance, Bails ...

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Chiang Mai to Huay Xai. One day?

Posted by trailcrewMT on 4/1/2009 at 09:05

I was wondering if it is possible to make the boarder crossing in Huay Xai in one day, leaving Chiang Mai on the earliest bus. Trying to arrive to check in with Gibbon Experience. Thank You ...

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Viewed 13,804 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by trimmel on 9/11/2010 at 11:08

Faaaaabulous pic from Laos

Posted by somtam2000 on 5/11/2010 at 20:59

As you've probably noticed we're pushing the photo gallery section of the site a bit more, and I just wanted to give a heads up for a fab pic of Laos uploaded by chergood today - if I didn't have a bazillion other things to do just now this pic would have me packing by bag right now! You can see the pic here & thanks again to Chergood for uploading it to the Flickr pool. ...

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Viewed 1,930 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by svendj on 8/11/2010 at 16:58

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 1,834 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 5,555 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 2,579 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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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 2,380 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 2,643 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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Viewed 1,450 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by LaoNow on 1/11/2010 at 11:59


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