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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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Viewed 5,338 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by jessia on 22/3/2010 at 05:56

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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Mahout Eco Lodge

Posted by emma066 on 19/3/2010 at 18:43

Has anyone been here and done the elephant courses? Any advice / recommendations would be appreciated! Emma ...

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Can one purchase Vietnam Air tickets from Vientiane to LP on the ground?

Posted by glomer on 13/3/2010 at 08:07

My husband and I have read the article on Lao Air's safety record, as well as a number relevant of posts, and have decided that we would prefer to use another carrier in traveling from Vientiane to Luang Prabang (this will be our first overseas trip as parents...please don't judge the paranoia!). Is it possible to purchase Vietnam Air tix between the above destinations in Vientiane, or should we do so from home as part of an extended itinerary? Thanks.... ...

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Luang Prabang - accommodation

Posted by emma066 on 16/3/2010 at 23:23

Hi there, Can anyone recommend somewhere nice to stay in LP? Looking for - Double room Balcony (not necessity) Good central location Budget $25-30 Thanks for your help! ...

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Viewed 2,592 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by emma066 on 17/3/2010 at 19:37

White Rose Vientian

Posted by Vitsing on 17/3/2010 at 11:18

Does the White Rose Night Club still exist? It was a great watering hole during the WAR almost 40 years ago. Had a lot of good looking exotic dancers in those days. ...

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Viewed 2,630 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somsai on 17/3/2010 at 11:35

Passenger train now running across Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge

Posted by JavaJunkie on 16/3/2010 at 12:39

Just wanted to let people know that there is a passenger train running from Nong Khai, Thailand, across the Friendship Bridge to Laos. Departure times coincide with the arrival of the overnight trains from Bangkok, and obviously they are catering to those travellers -- although our train arrived almost two hours late and the cross-border train was scheduled to have left all ready, it waited for everyone. Cost was 20B per person, and did immigration right on the train platform (same in Laos sid ...

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gym in vang vieng?

Posted by zeus911 on 13/3/2010 at 19:26

Would be very helpful for me to know wether there is a gym in vang vieng. Internet research showed me there seems to be a small one in vanasana resort, but i'm looking for something more resembling a normal gym; ie not one old station. Thanks for your help! ...

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Viewed 6,578 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by zeus911 on 15/3/2010 at 12:18

From Bangkok to Si Phan Don

Posted by alexrifa on 14/3/2010 at 22:46

Hi, I am planning to travel to SE Asia with my partner next July, for a couple of months. We will be landing in Bangkok and we were planning to cross Laos to visit Vietnam (our main focus). However, I was seeking advice on what route to take. In the beginning I had thought about Bangkok, Sukothai, Chiang Mai and take a cruise to Luang Prabang ; however, I have been talking to some friends recently and they told me about the 4,000 islands in Si Phan Don, and how Laos is much better th ...

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From Laos (either Vientiane or LuangPrabang) to Hanoi by car??

Posted by Asia2010 on 1/3/2010 at 05:53

Hi everyone, My friends and I are planning a trip around SouthEast Asia this summer, and are a bit stuck when it comes to reaching Hanoi from Laos. We've so far seen two options, none of which really suit us: - either take a Lao Airline flight to Hanoi which already costs about 110€ (although we're still months away!!) and does not seem to be one of the safest airlines - or take a 30+ hours bus ride across the border, when so many tourists report online that they've been ripped off ...

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WARNING for cyclists and motorcyclists on the Phongsali Rd

Posted by somtam2000 on 23/2/2010 at 17:07

This morning on the road from Boun Neua to Phongsali I fended off an armed attack by two lowlife who, I believe, had followed me from Boun Neua. They set a trap where one hid and the other set his bike up like he had a problem with it. As I approached, he waved me down asking for help. As I slowed to a stop ( but luckily didn't turn off engine) the hidden guy ran outand tried to attack me with the butt of an AK47 but I was able to fight him off with my helmet (which I'd removed) and escap ...

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Large denomination USD - accepted in Laos?

Posted by Bear on 28/2/2010 at 11:12

I am traveling in Laos and Cambodia this month, and want to bring enough USD with me to pay for the major expenses: visas * two persons for Laos and Cambodia, Angkor Wat passes * two persons, guide for Angkor, expensive guest house in Luang Prabang. Assuming a guest house bill is close to $100 or for two Laos visas at the airport, will a $100 USD bill be accepted? (If carrying $500 USD at the start of the trip, it will be so much easier to have a $100 bill or two.) ...

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a good lao dictionary/ phrasebook

Posted by smallhouse on 24/2/2010 at 14:03

Hi , does anyone have a recommendation for a good lao-english phrasebook /dictionary. It's my first visit and i'm keen to learn as much lao as possible . Previously in indonesia i have found 'Everyday Indonesian' by Thomas M Oeoy to be excellent. thanks. Ps i arrive may 13 , so plenty of learning time still. ...

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Viewed 4,036 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by Barns on 11/3/2010 at 10:20

Laos ATMs

Posted by travelsalone on 25/1/2010 at 14:35

I apologize for the redundant question, but I am unable to find current information...some posts say there are not ATMs in Laos and another post talks about a Canadian using their ATM in Laos, but it is all old information (searched lots of sites). Please, I need to know if there are ATMs, and if not will bring baht (2 week visit)since that seems to be the most recommended currency (other than USD for visa). Thank you, and again, sorry for the redundancy... ...

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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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