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Want to travel to Luan Prabang for two weeks for vacation, staying in hostels, is this time period too long? this would be my first time traveling outside the us/canada and guatemala, so im a bit overwhelmed by preparation not sure what i need to do to get ready so any help on that would be appreciated.
if two weeks is too long what other place could i visit before going to Laos (Luan Prabang)?
one of my biggest concerns is regarding food and water issues, is it safe to drink water, or eat outside?
also what would be a good budget to have for a two week trip?
should i be getting guides or tours?
as for when i plan to travel, i was thinking of mid or start or october or even november so i have a 4-5 months before then to plan something out and save the money i need.
We are travelling to Laos from Bangkok in July. We have 20 days in total. My plan is to travel from Bangkok to Luang Prabang and this leg of the trip will take up 11-12 days.
So we have 8 days left. As I see it we can either:
1) Go by boat/bus in combination to Chiang Rai (3-4 days), move on to Chiang Mai and take the night train to Bangkok just before our return to Europe.
2) Go by plane from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai, then spent 4-6 days i the Chiang Mai area, go to Bangkok and spent a few days before returning to Europe
3) Go by plane from Luang Prabang to Bangkok - sidetrip to Koh Samed.
I'd like to stick to overland travel, but as we are travelling with our children (3 and 7) - I'm really concerned about the trip between Luang Prabang and Thailand - 3 days, really???? Even for experienced backpackers like us it seems discouraging, What to do? more »
Have a visa to Thailand and at some point want to cross into Laos on foot or by vehicle. Is it possible to get a visa upon arrival in Laos?
I am throwing up between the two for January 2014.
Hoping that there is somebody out there who has done both. If so, what do you think?
I have heard mixed reviews of the GE and it is $$, and the Plain looks great, but will probably buy some flights (still cheaper than the gibbon experience...)
Hi fellow travelers,
I'm planning a three weeks trip through Laos (begin of next year) and thinking about traveling by motorbike. The route would be Huay Xai - Luang Namtha - Luang Prabang - Phonsavan - Vientiane - Pakse.
I'm having a few questions regarding the motorbike part (which I hope you will be able to answer):
- Is it easier to rent or to buy/sell a bike for the tour? What costs should I calculate?
- In which of the cities will I be able to buy/rent a bike to start the tour?
- Is there a speed limit in Laos?
- What's road conditions can I expect on this route?
- Does any of you know (trusted) bike rentals/sales (where I can pickup and return the bike in different cities)?
Many thanks in advance :).
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?
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