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Hi travellers in Laos,
can anyone inform me about the bus trips from Vientiane to Pakse?
I have made this trip before and there was à choice beween different companies, and different types of VIP-busses running from the Southern bus station in Vientiane. No problem.
But recently I heard there is just one company left who is operating Vte - Pakse, and there are safety risks (drivers too tired, driving too fast in the night, etc.)
I would like to hear more about it,
Could you show me the cheapest way to go from Xieng Khoung (Laos) to Chieng Rai (Thailand)? Which vehicle can I use?Which gate between Laos and Thailand wil I pass? Thank you very much.
Can I get some advice on the best way to get from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. We will fly in to Luang from Hanoi, and out of Laos from Vientiane to Saigon.
What is the cost for a 30 day tourist visa for an Australian citizen at either Luang Prabang airport or the Tay Trang border crossing?
i am going to be in loas the end of october or the start of november this year as part of our 10 weeks travel and looking for some stuff todo. we plan on doing the gibbon experiance and tubing, has anyone on here done these? i have read alot about the tubing and how its alot safer and calmer now the swings etc are away. what can i expect from both of these?
there will be 3 of us going.
thanks in advanced
I will buy a bicycle in loas (Vientiane) to cross the country in August this year. Are there stores which sell bicycles? Have someone experience about that or just an advice for me? The bicycle should not be expensive because I will give it away after me two or three week experience to Vietnam or Cambodia. I am looking forward to receive some advice.
I will travel around Laos in July and I want to find some personal tour guides in Laos, could you please give me some recommendation that you have experiences. :)
Thanks a lot.
Edited by: Halley_Tran
I don't like myself writing this, but it's been three weeks now I do not get any news from this guy.
He is making a great solo trip in Asia and used to write to me once in a while (on FB usually), mainly because I've traveled there as well and would enjoy very much his news. He is the kind of guy that travels with no camera and no guide book, so sometimes he would just post a Google link of pictures from the place he was in.
To cut short, he entered Laos from Thailand, reached Luang Prabang with the slow boat during Pi Mai and that was the last time I heard of him (April 14). He got a China visa while in Thailand. His name is Indrit and should be the only Albanian traveler in the area :-)
I don't think he moved that fast to China, he advocates the slow pace travel and, who would skip Laos that fast?!
I've checked the news from Laos about fatalities and didn't find anything. ... more »
We are a family with an 8 year old daughter planning on spending 4-5 weeks backpacking in either Laos/ Cambodia/ Northern Thailand or Vietnam. We are aware that there is a very established party back pack trail which we are not interested in - we've outgrown this- any suggestions/ recommendations.
So i'm landing in luang prabang in mid-september and staying in Northern Laos till almost mid october for 3 weeks
I've got a route planned out and an alternative and I would like to be advised which would suit better
Original Route :
1 day ride to Luang Namtha
5 days for NPA and Muang Sing villages
1 day ride back to Luang Prabang
4 days in Luang Prabang
4 days in Nong Khiaw\Muang Ngoi
1 day ride to Vang Vieng
3-4 days in Vang Vieng
Final day in Vientiane
Same thing exactly , only the week I gave to LN and the rides to and out of it will be divided by LP\NK\MN for more time to explore villages and caves around them
Which would be better?
Just a quick note to update the information on how to reach Xieng Khuan (Buddha park) from Vientiane since the LP's description is inaccurate and seems a bit out of date. First, catch the public bus 14 (airconditioned) to the Friendship Bridge (cost 6000 kip per person) and then transfer to a rickety old small bus that will transport you the remaining 5 km (cost 2000 kip person). It takes around 45 mins to an hour to the Friendship Bridge, then around another 20 minutes to the Buddha park. The sculptures in the park and quite intriguing and well worth the visit.
Hi there, do you know of a town or village having the rocket festival this year in Laos? I know that Yasothon has a big one but I'd prefer to celebrate one that's not commercial and well known. I believe the festival is celebrated at different dates for different places.
Please let me know if you have any place you recommend and which dates it is!
I believe the rocket festival is celebrated on different dates in different places. Does anyone know when a village called Paksong, near Pakse, will be celebrating it this year? I went about 4 or 5 or 6 years ago and they were also saying that they celebrate it ever 2 or 3 years.
If anyone has heard of which date they will celebrate it, pleeease let me know. I am in Myanmar not but will be going to Bangkok in the next days.
Otherwise have you heard of other villages or towns celebrating the festival and when that is? It might be nice to go a different place also.
We will be backpacing in late Nov. to middle Dec. Therefore we will be experiencing "jungle" and "dry" roads and paths etc. As we will often be near rivers of one size or the other (VTN/LP/PAK/SR), are leeches a big deal?
I know how to deal with them from our Borneo experience.
As far as I know (and what people told me a while ago) it's not possible to cross the Lao/ Thai or Lao/ Cambodian border by motorbike as falang (foreigner). Is that true and does anyone know more about this? Are there any legal possibilities to do so or is it just a no go?
It's my own motorbike and I am not Lao..
It would be nice to read. Thanks in advance!
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