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Laos March/April

Posted by the_bending_unit on 4/3/2010 at 03:44

Hello everyone, we will be visiting Laos end March/begin April. We'll have 15 days. What are the best places to visit at that time of year (taking in account the weather conditions : hot, smokey,...) For now, we plan to go : Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang and then Nong Khiaw or Luang Nam Tha (?) before exiting to Thailand. Can we go from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw via the river or will the water be to low? Will the climate at the Plain of Jars will be more comfortable co ...

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Discovery Pass/ASEAN Pass/booking tickets from within SE Asia

Posted by Gabrielah on 27/2/2010 at 03:27

I would love to travel via train as it's my favourite mode of transport, but I have very limited time in Laos/Vietnam (2 weeks), so air travel it is. A couple of questions re Discovery Pass/ASEAN Pass/booking tickets from within South East Asia... I've found different rates when trying to book the Discovery Pass via Bangkok Air versus booking the ASEAN pass through Vietnam Airlines. The carriers on both ticket deals are the same, so I assumed the discrepancy was in name only, but it isn't. ...

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Rephrased post: Is Luang Prabang + Hanoi too much in 10 days?

Posted by glomer on 26/2/2010 at 02:02

I posted in the Indochina forum a couple of days ago about honeymooning in Laos or Vietnam. Luang Prabang and Hanoi are our primary sites of interest, but I'm wondering if it would be too much/too scattered for our limited timeframe (I know there would be advantages to staying in one place). The itinerary I'm imagining would go something like: Hanoi - 2 days Luang Prabang - 6 days Hanoi - 1 day fly home... Any advice appreciated.... ...

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North & South Loas trip 23 Feb 2010 - general information offer

Posted by flipflops on 24/2/2010 at 11:29

Just got back from Laos (23 Feb 2010) and have general information for those interested on: *Huay Xia; *Niga of the Mekong boat - Huay Xia to Pak Beng and Luangprabang; *Vang Viene *Vientiane *Pakse *4000 islands *Pakse to Ubon Rat to Bangkok. Happy to share the experience/info for those interested - just let me know what "topic" you're interested in (even if not listed above). Ciao ...

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Nice article on UXO in Laos and the women who tackle it

Posted by christay2009 on 24/2/2010 at 00:03 It was published in todays edition of The Times in the UK within the separate pull out supplement. I've noticed SE Asia getting more attention in the press recently, last week was a 4 page article, again in a Times supplement, on Cambodia's upper class, in particular, the high life enjoyed by their children. ...

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A walk in the woods, trekking in the Nam Ha NPA

Posted by somtam2000 on 20/2/2010 at 11:00

I've just put up a blog entry regarding my experiences of the last two days trekking in the Nam Ha NPA in northern Laos. Excuse any typos, I've a sprained wrist! You can read the blog entry here Comments, as always, are welcome! ...

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Hongsa & Elephant Experiences

Posted by Kenyon on 28/5/2007 at 12:05

looking to go to Hongsa, since Lonely Planet says it's an elephant haven. but we're in luang prabang now, which has elephant stuff as well. is going to Hongsa worth it or should we just shell out the money here? ...

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Exchanging Kip before leaving Laos?

Posted by sl12 on 19/2/2010 at 00:54

Sorry if this seems like an obvious answer to most, but from what I've read I havn't been able to tell if you can exchange kip within Laos? Do you have to estimate how much you'll need while in the country and if you have some left over, too bad you have to spend it there, or can you exchange your kip back to baht or some other currency before exiting? Thanks! ...

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Posted by keiranbarnes on 14/2/2010 at 21:33

hi all, this is going to sound stupid no doubt but ive got a quick question. i understand you pay for your tube before you get on the river but how do you pay for beers ect on the way down as surely you would have been in the river ect. many thanks. ...

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Two weeks in Laos from North to South, advices?

Posted by bar002 on 12/2/2010 at 22:21

Hi,I planned to travel in Laos next March. Fliying from Bangkok to Chiang Rai, then bus to Chiang Khong and cross the border to Laos.Probably I have to stay 1 night in Huay Xai and then take (a bus or a flight?) to LP where i would stay 4 days of which 3 for trekking/mountain bike and 2 days in PofJ or Vang Vieng? (I have some doubt). After that in Vientane for 2 days and 2 days middle of Laos (Champasak or Savannaket or?). I planned to go to Pakse and Si Phan Don 4 days. Then return to Pa ...

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Best route

Posted by keiranbarnes on 17/2/2010 at 04:41

hi all, after some advice on best route to take, will be in chiang mai looking to go to Luang Prabang followed by vang vieng then back to Bangkok.which route would people advice??methods of travel??ccheers ...

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Lao Airlines & ECCR

Posted by BruceMoon on 30/6/2009 at 10:17

Over the past couple of years, Travelfish observers have pondered whether purchase of Lao Iar tickets is best via the 'official' site (with all the hassles that that entails) or through the (apparently cheaper) agency located in France. Note that Lao Air are stating on their website that their relationship with the French 'agent' has been terminated: It would be a brave person that now booked online through Cheers ...

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Acommodation in Pakbeng

Posted by Drapes1 on 9/2/2010 at 21:03

Hi I'm in Chiang Mai at the moment and getting the slow boat to Luang Prabang with my girlfriend on Thursday. I know its a bit late to post this but could anyone recommend a place to stay in Pakbeng that doesnt invove sharing with rats etc as I've heard a few horror stories! If you could give directions for running off the boat too it would be great, thanks!! ...

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Boun Pimai Lao NewYear

Posted by tinoh on 13/2/2010 at 18:05

Hello, We have planned to cross the border from Laos to Cambodia on the 14th or 15th of April this year. Will we have a problem to cross the border during Boun Pimai, could it be closed because of the hollidays? Also can be get transport from Si Phan Don to Phnon Penh? Greetings Tino ...

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Upriver from Huay Xai to Xieng Kok

Posted by riverspot on 10/5/2008 at 05:31

I'm interested in traveling from the Thai border at Huay Xai further north on the Mekong to Xieng Kok Has anybody done / heard of this trip upstream? I'd be interested in any details anyone may know. I'd be happy to hire a full boat for the trip if necessary. Departure time anticipated Early August Thanks ...

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How wet is Laos in August/September?

Posted by Geezy on 9/2/2010 at 20:13

Hello fellow travellers I am plannning a 3 week trip to Laos through Thailand this year around late August/Early september. Holidays from my day job. I am gonna travel from Bangkok up North and across the border into Laos for most of the trip. Just wondering if 3 weeks is enough because ive heard that it gets very wet and travelling there is extremely slow at the best of times Can any of you wonderful seasoned travellers provide any insights? ...

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Three corners of north Laos Phongsali, Sainyabuli, Hua Phan

Posted by somtam2000 on 31/1/2010 at 11:42

I'm off on a short jaunt through some of Laos in Feb/March. Will be visiting Phongsali , Sainyabuli (particularly Hong Sa for the pachyderm party) and Hua Phan. These are all fairly little visited and off the main traveller trail. If anyone will be in the region and would be keen to meet up for a couple of iced BeerLaos, let me know. Plan wise I'm looking at entering via Huay Xai, then Xieng Kok and LNT, Hong Sa, Phongsali (some backing and forwarding) then across to Hua Phan prov, then ...

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Huay Xai, to Muang Sing

Posted by wombatfuz on 25/1/2010 at 14:48

Any buses going from Huay Xai to Muang Sing ? Or do I have to take the bus to Luang Nam Tha , then transfer to another bus to Muang Sing? I read some posts about the Gibbon experience but that is not in my plan. I was planning on Huay Xai to Muang Sing to Luang Nam Tha to Udomxai, hoping not to have to backtrack. ...

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Phongsali Extreme

Posted by somsai on 5/2/2010 at 10:57

Here's the hook. " when I arrived, I already felt as a stirring "electric" in the village. Many are drunk. A woman dancing alone, barefoot on the mud, it seems "elsewhere", as in a trance. In some places there are altercations, some even fought violently with blows from fists and logs. And a gun. Everything went very quickly A woman screamed, a man too. A shot was fired. The woman was shot. She fell in the mud. The bullet went through his neck, blood spreading on the wetland. It screams, it ...

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Flights into Laos- Best way?

Posted by Karlap on 3/2/2010 at 11:15

Hello! I will be in Chiang Mai around the 19th of March and am planning on heading to Luang Prabang. Unfortunately I do not think I have the time to take the slow boat and I'm a bit afraid of the fast boat. With that said- I was wondering if anyone has experience with booking flights to Luang Prabang. I have looked up the price on the Laos airlines website. Would it be best for me to book in advance through the website or is it just the same to book while I am in Chiang Mai. Does a ...

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