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Vientiane > Vinh > Ho Chi Minh (transportation mode advice)

Posted by mukapecah8 on 25/8/2010 at 00:39

Greetings, This coming December, I am going for backpack through out Chiang Mai>Luang Prabang> Vinh >Ho Chi Minh.. Ok, let me get straight to the point.. I've been browsing through the net looking for info & couldn't find satisfying answers, most virtually are shared 'from Vientiane > to Hanoi' I am planning to leave Vientiane for Vinh (by bus), & then from Vinh heading to Ho Chi Minh (by train). My questions; 1) is there a DIRECT bus from Vientiane to Vinh and it is ca ...

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Cambodia-Laos - where to cross over

Posted by yukata on 13/8/2010 at 16:58

Hey all, Currently in Cambodia (Siem Reap) for the week and planning to head to Laos for about 4 weeks after I am done here. I am wondering what people recommend in terms of getting between the two countries. I originally thought of crossing at the land border, but I don't have my visa and was unclear as to if I could get it there. Also, I am more interested in covering the north of the country first in case the 4 weeks goes quickly (as it always does with bus travel and when you are having a g ...

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Smokey Laos

Posted by mikenam on 20/8/2010 at 21:13

Im travelling aroung laos in March and I hear its as smokey as a dragons arse with all the burning of crops and what not. I am a wee bit gutted about this as my friend who is there now has fallen completly in love with the place. Im wondering how bad is this smoke on a scale of bearable to non. Im hoping to travel around vientiene and vang vieng mabye do a bit of bikeing... ...

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Hotel wi-fi in Laos?

Posted by rawjer on 22/8/2010 at 11:03

I've spent the last 7 months traveling in Vietnam, Cambodia, and now in Bangkok, while working using my laptop. In about a month I'll be heading to Laos for the first time, before re-entering Thailand. I found free hotel wifi was extremely easy to find in Vietnam, and speeds weren't bad. In Cambodia it was slower, but easy to find. What's the situation these days in Laos? I'm only planning on staying in Vientiane, Vang Vieng, and Luang Prabang, and my ability to get decent wifi at hotels will d ...

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Posted by dj9900 on 15/8/2010 at 14:37

This is my first posting in Travelfish We intend to visit Vietnam and Laos in Dec 2010. We will be crossing over from Vietnam into Laos via Dien Bien Phu. Can anyone recommend a customised tour operator in Laos We intend to visit Muang SIng, Luang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane. We are Singaporean. Do we require any visa for entering into Laos? Many thanks in advance ...

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More Laos river pics

Posted by somtam2000 on 17/8/2010 at 20:38

I've plugged this blog before, but I will again, cause I love the pics and the writing makes me laugh... a lot. Latest from Johnny on the boat from Muang Khua to Luang Prabang -- Laos pics here. Also check out the entry on the DBP border crossing into Lao.. enjoy! ...

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Maps In Laos

Posted by itayze on 5/8/2010 at 16:19

Should I try to get maps before the trip or are there maps in the guest house and travel agencies in Laos towns ? (Also Thialnad if you know ) ...

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loi kartong

Posted by avshi290842 on 19/8/2010 at 11:11

Does the Laotian celebrate the loi kartong? We will be in Loang Prabng at the time of the loi kartong in Thailand ...

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time is running out! luang prabang --> bangkok help

Posted by walkingtrees on 18/8/2010 at 18:07

hello! i need to be in bangkok on the 25th and am currently in luang prabang. i have a bus tomorrow morning to vang vieng. id like to do a night of partying, then a day or two trek then do the pickup/kayak option down to vientiane. from there cruise back to bangkok. any advice on good trekking options and that pickup/kayak option of travel from vaang vieng that is listed on this site? usually i just go with the flow and find things on my own, but my time is running out and it would be nice ...

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What's the best way to enter the south, Champasak, from Bangkok?

Posted by bigfatcuban on 18/12/2007 at 06:07

Hi I am Planning my 2nd trip to Laos and need to get from Bangkok to the south fast. Is there an overnight train or something from Bangkok to the border? This trip must be done a lot but I have not found anything on the topic. bigfatcuban x ...

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SaiGon ---> Luang-Prabang - Price of flight ticket?

Posted by quan1201 on 16/8/2010 at 22:43

Hello, I plan to fly from SaiGon SGN (VietNam) to Luang-Prabang LPQ in November 2010. I found out that the VNAirlines flight ticket from SGN to LPQ via HaNoi and back would cost about USD 520.--. The VNAirlines flight ticket from SGN to Vientiane and back costs about USD 460.--. Are these prices normal or usual? Kind regards, Quan ...

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bus from Huay Xai to Luang Namtha

Posted by ronyarm on 17/8/2010 at 00:37

We want to move to north Thailand to Laos, we know that a bus from Huay Xai to Luang Namtha at 9:00, do we have enough time to get this bus? What time opened the border in Chiang Khong Thailand? ...

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Luang Namtha Photographs

Posted by kees5 on 11/8/2010 at 12:14

I have been documenting Luang Namtha province since 2002. My photographs of ethnic diversity in that province can be viewed at and ...

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china to laos?

Posted by asthmaissexy on 10/8/2010 at 07:07

Just wondering about the best way to get from China to Laos, on the cheap. Starting in Beijing then onto the Wudang mountains and after that i'm open to suggestions. I'm doing the usual touristy/backpacking thing in Laos! ...

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Boats from Luang Namtha

Posted by indiansummer on 9/5/2010 at 20:36

Hi, I'm trying to find out if boats still run along the Nam Tha from Luang Namtha - does anyone know? If so, do you know how often they run and how much they cost? Can you get from there to Xieng Kok or Hoayxai? Thanks ...

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trip plan for a month in Laos ,Your opinions

Posted by itayze on 2/8/2010 at 19:35

Hi Folks ! I've got a general Idea on a trip to laos I'm gonna do in about two weeks and I would be really glad to hear your thoughts . 1)going over the Thai border to Huai Xai , Tak ing the bus to luang namtha,rest 2)2 days trekk or the river trip . 3)going north, 2 days in moung sing - cycling and getting to know the area. 4)Returning to Luang NamTha, taking the bus to Udonxai and hoping to get on a bus to Luang Prabang or spending the rest of the day there and then going to Luang Prabang ...

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a month in Laos - Itinerary and advice

Posted by lakyw on 5/8/2010 at 20:00

Hi everyone. My GF and I will be in Laos in September. It'll be my 1st time abroad since the age of 12, and I'm really excited about the whole trip. 1st and foremost I must say that TravelFish has been a great aid with planning on the whole trip. But I've still got some questions. We're looking for the mix of trekking, nature and R&R on our trip. Which means we don't want to be stressed about catching the next bus, seeing every beautiful Wat, missing this or that sight recommended on LP or w ...

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9 Days in Laos - Itinerary Check

Posted by jlwh on 5/8/2010 at 08:43

Hi all, Im planning a short solo trip to laos (flying in and out of vientiane) sometime next march and would like some advice/feedback on my preliminary itinerary. Day 1 - Vientiane Day 2 - Vientiane, flying to Phonsavan . Overnight in phonsavan Day 3 - Plain of jars and surrounding areas Day 4 - Phonsavan to Luang Prabang by bus Day 5 - LP Day 6 - LP Day 7 - LP Day 8 - Either bus/fly to vientiane Day 9 - Vientiane before flying home I'm not really into the drinking/partying scene, more in ...

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Visiting Caves in Van Vieng / Nong Kiaou

Posted by lonelytrotter on 4/8/2010 at 15:28

Hello, We (Myself, My wife and 6 year old daughter) will be travelling to Laos in October this year. We wanted to see some of the caves either in Van Vieng or Nong Kiaou. My question is would visiting these caves require swimming in the river either to reach them or to have a look inside. We would like to avoid caves where swimming is involved as our daughter will be with us and the currents could be strong as we are going just after the rains. Can you suggest caves where we can walk in and have ...

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Cluster Munitions

Posted by LaoNow on 1/8/2010 at 16:21

Today Aug. 1 is being celebrated here in Vientiane with banners and a parade as the effective start of the Convention on banning Cluster Munitions. The first international convention is to be held in Vientiane this November. Many countries have ratified the convention but several major producers of cluster munitions, including the US, Russia, China, India, Pakistan and Brazil, have not signed the Convention. Does anyone know the names of the companies that still produce them? ...

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