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Where to go in Southern Laos

Posted by Handy on 4/5/2010 at 01:42

Hey all, My girlfriend and I are arriving in Luang Prabang on August 8th, planning to bus it to Siem Reap where we are catching a flight to HCMC on August 29th. We'll spend a couple of days in each of LP, Vang Vieng and Vientiane , leaving Vientiane southbound around the 15th or 16th. We are planning to spend 2 or 3 nights at Si Phan Don, and to leave there for Cambodia around the 23rd. I'd appreciate some advice on an itinerary between Vientiane and Si Phan Don, which will be 4-5 ...

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Hotel & Private Guide Recommendations

Posted by chantelita on 2/5/2010 at 11:44

Hi, My boyfriend & I will be visiting Laos in late June into early July of this year. We are looking for hotel recs in the $20-$40 range in Vientiane, Vang Vieng, and Luang Prabang. Also, if there were any other super special hotels that anyone has stayed at anywhere else in the country, we'd love to hear about it, as our itinerary is not set in stone just yet. Also, we've used private guides (with transportation) before in Bali, Vietnam & Cambodia and really liked the option. Does anyo ...

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train laos to bangkok

Posted by jxs336 on 18/4/2010 at 05:15

does anyone know a site to find out the cost and time for taking a train from laos to bangkok. also how long does it take? also is it possible to take a train from Laos to Koh samui? thanks ...

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HELP! Laos visa on arrival DBP - Muang Khau (Tay Trang/Sop Hun) border

Posted by smellel on 15/4/2010 at 08:46

Hi, I am currently in Sapa and was planning in a fewdays to travel to Laos via Dien Bien Phu and Muang Khua. The booking agents in Sapa are saying visas are not available on arrival, however I have many reports from 2009 and previously saying they are. Can anyone who knows if it is possible to get Laos visa on arrival (Australian passports) please respond asap as otherwise need to book train back to Hanoi and alternative transport and visa!! Thanks muchly for help! El ...

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Vientiane to Luang Prabang and back

Posted by babiguling on 15/4/2010 at 14:03

Hi Im thinking of catching a flight to Vientiane from Kuala Lumpur. I mainly want to see Luang Prabang and wanted to know how long I should spend going to Luang Prabang and then back to Vientiane. I'm hoping this can be done in about a week to ten days, is that enough time? I need to be back in Vientiane in order to catch a night train to Bangkok. Also, is it worth it to stop in Vang Vieng with such a limited trip such as this? Any suggestions are much appreciated. ...

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My Laos itinerary... please can you check it?

Posted by kitsune on 11/4/2010 at 20:11

Hello! I'm off next month for two months to SE Asia on my own. I'm planning to visit Vietnam, Camboya, Laos, Thailand, Malasia y Singapur. Could you please check my Laos itinerary? Thanks! This was my initial itinerary: 35 10-jun Chiang Rai - Chiang Khong (Huay Xai) 36 11-jun Huay Xai - Luang Nam Tha (all day? how to get there?) 37 12-jun Luang Nam Tha 38 13-jun Luang Nam Tha 39 14-jun Luang Nam Tha - Luang Prabrang (all day? how to get there?) 40 15-jun Luang Prabang 41 16-jun ...

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Fly Phonsavan to Luang prabang?

Posted by jessia on 13/4/2010 at 12:24

Hi, I have searched the forum for this answer but all info seems out of date and links are broken. Is it still possible to fly from Phonsavan (I know the airport is called something like Xiang Khouang ((sp?)) to Luang Prabang? I couldn't find it on the laos airlines site. Thanks! ...

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Luang Prabang updated

Posted by somtam2000 on 8/4/2010 at 09:34

Just a quick note that I've just about finished putting up our complete update to Luang Prabang so if you're heading that way, please do check it out! iPhone App on the way ;-) ...

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Huay Xai to Luang Prabang via Gibbon Experience

Posted by alix on 28/2/2010 at 23:38

Does anybody know what time you get back to Huay Xai after the Classic Gibbon Experience? Can you catch a bus the same day to Luang Prabang? Or is it easier/quicker/cheaper to get the bus to Luang Nam Tha and go from there to Luang Prabang? ...

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Nong Kiau / Phonsavan

Posted by pimprenelle on 3/4/2010 at 19:53

Hello ! This is the "Frenchie" again! Asking about the possibility to go from Nong Kiau to Phonsavan , through Vieng Tham and Vieng Thom (Road 1C), then Muang Kham (raod 6) and Phonsavan (road 7)? (end of September) How long is it? and where can we make a stop? any guest house somewhere? Thanks ! ...

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Boats not running from Huay Xai to Pakbeng

Posted by somtam2000 on 16/2/2010 at 10:43

Due to an "incident" involving a luxury cruiser on the Mekong River (some travel agents here in Huay Xai are saying it sunk, others that it is "broken") all boat travel between Huay Xai and Pakbeng has been suspended due to low water levels. I've been told that boat travel from Pakbeng to Luang Prabang continues as per normal. If you're in Huay Xai and want to get the boat you need to go north to Luang Nam Tha then Udomxai and south to Pakbeng to get on the boat -- I'd say not worth ...

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Posted by pihapair on 26/3/2010 at 11:53

Hi,On our way to LP this Thursday we have a stopover of 6hrs in Vientiene and wld like to see some of the sites and maybe look at guesthouses for when we have a little more time on this trip. Was thinking of grabing a tuk tuk at random for 6hrs. Any recommendations or alternative advice? Thanks in advance K & W ...

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Travelling by boat in Laos, an update

Posted by somtam2000 on 1/3/2010 at 16:45

I'm just wiping off the dust, having just handed back my bike, 960km older, in Luang Nam Tha, and here's a little update on the boats according to either travel agents here in LNT, my own experience or other traveller reports. Boat on the Nam Tha river: not running. Boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang: not running Here are ones that are running. Trip time based either on my own experience or what other travellers who actually caught the boat said. Note agents in each town routinely say ...

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VIDEO: The slow boat trip from Hat Sa to Muang Khua

Posted by somtam2000 on 13/3/2010 at 08:32

This was my first attempt at video, so excuse the shaky hand and the out of focus bit when I tried to zoom it. Those who have been on this river in wet notice may notice just how clear the water is -- in the wet it is the colour of coffee with milk. The music is by a Khmer artist, Ros Sereysothea and the song "Chnam oun dop prammuy" translates as "I'm 16". Nothing to do with Laos I know -- it just happened to be what I was listening to as the time and seemed like a good fit. It is a be ...

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Floating the Mekong from Laos to Cambodia

Posted by rsthomas on 11/8/2008 at 09:20

Greetings all! I was wondering if there is a way to float down the Mekong from Laos and into Cambodia. I am going to be traveling in Laos from Bokeo to Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng to Vientiene. From Vientiene I want to head to Siem Reap in Cambodia. However rather than flying or bussing, I thought it would be really cool to take a river trip from Laos into Cambodia. Is this possible?? Have any of you done it?? If so, can you please take the time to explain to me the best way. Thank you ...

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looking for a private guide in Laos

Posted by Junie on 23/3/2010 at 22:44

Hello, We are group of 20 pax, we are going to travel to Lao on Apr 30 to May 03. Places we would like to visit is Vien and Luang Phabang. I would appreciate if anyone can hand over this trip. Thanks a lot and look to hearing from you. Junie ...

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border crossing at Sop Hao

Posted by chunk79 on 6/9/2006 at 20:47

Has anyone used the border crossing at Sop Hao recently? We are heading from northern Laos to Hanoi & the route sounds quite interesting but I want to check that they are letting foreigners through - & get any tips for a smooth(er) passage. Thanks, Chunk ...

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Huay Xai to Luang Prabang (or Vientiane) May 2010

Posted by jessia on 17/3/2010 at 18:32

Hi everyone, this is my first post and first I'd like to say thanks for all contributing to a wonderful resource which has already been invaluable for my SEA trip planning! I have done a lot of reading and researching (can't help it- born planner) and am planning Thailand-Laos-Vietnam for 6 weeks May to June this year. The help I'm looking for at the moment is from Gibbon experience out of Huay Xai , down to Luang Prabang- Vang Vieng- Vientiane then fly to Vietnam. Or from Huay Xai to ...

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Chiang khong Huay xai crossing

Posted by Stephc on 19/3/2010 at 22:46

We are hoping to cross on Sunday by getting the bus from chiang rai to crossing. Am I right in thiking there are boats across the river all day until 1800? How often do they go? Thanks anyone who can help. ...

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To Don Dhet from Siem Reap, how long?

Posted by Indoluso on 24/2/2010 at 21:52

Hello! Can anybody tell me how much time does it take to go from Siem Reap to Don Dhet? Do I really need to go down to Phnom Penh and then up again through Kratie and Stung Treng? This will happen in the rainy season... Thanks in advance for your reaplies! ...

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