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Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang?

Posted by JamieG on 19/9/2010 at 18:45

Hey, I am currently in Chiang Mai and want to head to Laos next week. Although I have seen many tour operators offering slow boat and speed boat services to Luang Prabang , I just wanted to find out if this was the best option? Can anyone recommend the best way to get from Chiang Mai to Laos? Is Luang Prabang the best place to go from Chiang Mai? Any other easier ways to get into Laos from here? Any advice is welcome! Thanks Jamie ...

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Using Australia Dollars in Laos

Posted by aleaster on 19/1/2009 at 19:18

Hi I know that this has been touched on already but want to clarify the situation in Laos. I am hoping to only take Australian dollars in cash to Laos and change in the larger centres - Vientiane, LP and Pakse. Can anyone see any problems with this? Apart from carrying around a reasonable wad of notes. I will have a small amount of US in cash and travellers cheques but with the current exchange rate in Aust for US$, I would prefer to avoid a double conversion and giving more money to ...

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Vientiane to Phnom Penh

Posted by bails87 on 31/3/2010 at 22:07

I'm planning to be in Vientiane , having travelled from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng, in early to mid October. The next 'stop' would be Phnom Penh, so that I can travel over to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat before returning to Bangkok. What is the best way to get from Vientiane to PP? It seems there are or were various overnight buses (sleeper/VIP) that do the journey. But I'm not in any real rush, so would I better to break it up, say stopping for a day at Pakse before ...

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Take no guidebook?

Posted by 5acrefarmer on 14/9/2010 at 18:17

Hi I've been lurking around Travelfish for some time and obsess with wanting to go to Laos. Recently I purchased the GT Rider map of Laos which I think is great, especially as it has so many maps of various towns. Highly recommended. I have always travelled with a guidebook but am wondering if I would need one for Laos. A combination of the free travel guides I downloaded here on Travelfish, the GT Rider map, researching Laos on this website before leaving home and then accessing Travelfish ...

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3 week trip-help needed!

Posted by aleks on 14/9/2010 at 23:26

Hello, I'm planning a three week trip to SE Asia at the beginning of October. Late notice i know but the time has recently come available and I want to fill it with a bit of a holiday. I'm after a bit of advice really- is 3 weeks enough time to fully investigate Laos? What would be the best path the get there and back again? What are the places to visit and things to do? I would normally reserach myself but with the lack of time available I thought this would be a good way of gethering informa ...

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LP first week of November

Posted by thehomebayboy on 7/9/2010 at 15:11

Hello comrades, I would like to visit LP in the first week of November but it seems the only hotels that are available (according to various and sundry booking sites) are ultra expensive. I'm looking for a decent, clean, centrally located place, preferably in the old quarter. Is it possible to do a walk in at that time of the year and get anything other than a basic guest house? Not that I'd mind, but my wife has rare vacations and expects a little more. I'm willing to pay up to 120 U.S. or the ...

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Yoga/Muay Thai Lessons?

Posted by placeshifter on 4/9/2010 at 06:23

Are there are places offering yoga or muay thai lessons in Luang Prabang by any chance? I'll be staying in LP for a full 3 months and would like to keep up my fitness by going to the local gym...although the Muay Thai is the only thing that helps me really keep fit in my experience. ...

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incognito insect repellent

Posted by Puzzle on 3/9/2010 at 19:26

Has anyone any experienceof using a chemical free insect repellent,such as Incognito? ...

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Bike hire in Luang Prabang

Posted by Puzzle on 30/8/2010 at 03:07

Hi My wife and i and our 8 year old daughter will be visiting Luang Prabang around late December this year [2010],and we would like to rent bicycles [pedal bikes] during our stay. Is this possible,and if so i would appreciate any information on where the best place to rent from,would be. Thanks Puzzle ...

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laos to cambodia E Visa for cambodia

Posted by EdSue on 28/8/2010 at 20:15

Hi my wife and i are planning to go from Laos to cambodia in feb/march 2011.We went to cambodia and vietnam this Feb and got an E visa for Cambodia no problem but when i look for and E Visa for Cambodia now it seems it is not accepted on the crossing at Stung Treng. Help !! ...

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Viewed 2,685 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by Captain_Bob on 29/8/2010 at 23:14

Transport - Vientiane / Vang Vieng / Luang Prabang

Posted by ruthmoore on 18/11/2007 at 13:23

I am seeking safe and reputable transport options travelling 29 Dec 2007 Vientiane /Vang Vieng and overnight x 1 night in VV and 30 Dec 2007 VV to Luang Prabang. I have heard there are buses or happy to share cost of hiring private car / driver. Welcome advice. ...

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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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Viewed 6,468 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by mukapecah8 on 25/8/2010 at 17:31

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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Viewed 4,452 times, with 20 replies. Last reply by Archmichael on 20/8/2010 at 21:04

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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Viewed 1,943 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by wanderingcat on 19/8/2010 at 17:01

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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