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we arrived in Vientiane from Vang Vieng a couple of hours ago, we're heading to Hanoi tomorrow evening so this is very much a whistle stop, stop - we were wondering if anyone knows of any late bars within a few KM of the River area of the city that might be open late enough to show the England v Italy match this evening (will finish around 3:30am if there is no ET and pens)...
we have walked around for the last hour or so and followed a few false leads without luck
all suggestions greatly appreciated
Good day everyone.
I’m planning to visit Laos in next 2 weeks, would like to get advise on
1) Sleeper bus from Vientiane, any idea what time bus depart and which is the best bus company?
2) Is Vang Vieng worth to visit? Any idea on bus departure time from Luang Prabang?
3) Any recommend guesthouses in Loas, Vang Vieng and Vientiane?
4) Are auto teller machines (ATM) easy to find in town?
Thank you very much
We are planning (hoping) to travel to Chiang Mai and then make our way to Chiang Khong on the Thai border and cross into Laos - Huay Xai and then on to Muang Sing in Northern Laos. From there we would like to travel South through Laos to Luang Prabang and on to Vientiane. Any advice and guidance would be greatly appreciated. We are planning to do this in February/March, 2013.
Can anyone tell me when the boat races are on in Luang Prabang. They are held Aug/Sept deoending on the lunar cycle. But l need to have a more precise date & l cant find any dates for 2012 anywhere on the internet. Thanx.
Also if anyone has any other info about the boat festival.
Beginning of july I intend to stay some days in Muang Sing. 2 adults, 1 child (10 years)
1. Nice place to stay < 15 USD
2. Trekking with 1 night in traditional village
3. cycling trip
4. good traditional restaurants
5. any off the beaten suggestions?
6. possible to go in 1 (long) day to Nong Khiaw? Or stay overnight in Oudomxay?
7. Accomodation in Oudomxay? Just to spend the night?
Thanks a lot
we have just decided to go to Laos in November.We intend to take 2 flights : Siem Reap to Luang Prabang;and LP to Hanoi.I have read that Air Lao is quite good to fly with.My questions are:
1.Is their website reliable for booking flights?
2.Air Lao seems is much cheaper than Vietnam Airlines - why?
Im planning a trip to Laos in October for 8 days, well 7 actually before i'm flying back in the morning of the 8th. My itinerary is sort of like this.
Day 1 : Arrived in Vientiane, Bus to Vang Vieng
Day 2 : 1 day Vang Vieng Experience kayaking
Day 3 : Bus to Luang Prabang
Day 4 : 1 day Nam Khan Experience
Day 5 : Kuang Xi waterfall, Pak Ou Cave
Day 6 : Bus to Vang Vieng
Day 7 : Morning activities in Vang Vieng, catch bus to Vientiane after lunch
Day 8 : Fly back
I have a few questions for you guys
1) Should i take a flight to Luang Prabang so that i can do top to bottom travel and spend less time on the road and can spend a lot more time in those places
2) How is the availability of the flight ticket? should i booked now or can i buy it when i arrived in Vientiane?
Thanks in advance. Can't wait to go there! more »
This is to advise that on 2 June 2012 on a package for a trip from Chiangmai to Luang Prabang (LPB) we were lied to and “ripped off” by their local agent in Huay Xai i.e. the Laos town just across the border from Thailand.
The package was booked through All Seasons Travel of 92 Ratchdamnem Chiangmai and included a night’s stopover at the Namkhong Guesthouse and Resort in Chiang Khong before crossing into Laos the next morning.
Their representative in Huay Xai did the following:
1) Said that the boat that takes two days to get to LPB was unlikely to make it to LPB on the second day as the water level in the Mekong was too low and there was a “70 to 80% change that you will have to sleep on the boat and arrive on the third day”. He then offered to let us change to a bus (14 hours to LPB) at an extra cost i.e. by making a payment to him. We declined. In fact, the boat arrived i... more »
I am planning a trip from Singapore to Laos in Nov 2012.
I intend to cover Luang Prabang, Vieng Vang and of course, Vietienne over 10-12 days.
I am considering the following, may I know which one is more feasible?
Singapore to Bangkok via various low cost carrier
Followed by Bangkok to Luang Prabang via Laos Airline after a few hours overlay
Then Luang Prabang to Vieng Vang via Mini Bus / Coach
Then Vieng Vang to Vietienne via Mini Bus / Coach
Finally Vietienne back to Singapore via Laos Airline
Downside to this route is I cannot do much shopping at Bangkok Airport / Vietienne as I heard the Mini Bus / Coach doesn’t have much space for large luggage
Plus side is it will be less tiring on return trip since it is direct flight back to Singapore
Singapore to Vietienne via Laos Airline
Followed by Vietienne to Vieng Vang via Mini Bu... more »
I am an American who currently lives in China who is going to take a trip to Laos and Vietnam next month.
When I was in Laos in 2004, the exchange rate was about 10,000 Lao Kip to $1. The bank I exchanged my money gave me two bricks of 5000 Kip notes for $100 USD which was quite cumbersome. They were oddly tight fisted about giving up the 20,000 kip note, the largest denomination at the time, which was worth then $2 dollars USD. TWO dollars.
I see now that the highest Kipper is 100,000, which is something like $13 USD or around 80 RMB. Would the bank give me those in exchange? I do not want to carry bricks of money like last time. The 100,000 Kippers will pay for my hotel stays, not to mention thinner in my pocket.
Vietnam money is much more insane than Lao money though. Denominations from 1000 to 500,000 with everything in between. I really hated that money, and again, are t... more »
Hi. I am a UK national, working in Bangkok and have a week free in July. I have never been to Vientiane so am planning to fly there, then after a couple of days continue on up to Luang Prabang: then fly back to Vientiane to connect with my BKK return flight.
As far as I can see from Googling, I don't need to get a tourist visa in advance - I can download an application form and present it with photos and fee (currently $35? - is this payable only in dollars?) at the airport. Has anyone done this recently and can confirm it is still OK this way? Or would it save a lot of queuing at the airport if I got it in advance in Bangkok?
My boyfriend and I will spend two weeks in norther Laos in January on my way back from Europe (to Australia). The cheapest flights for me are into Bangkok from Europe and from there I was planning to fly to Luang Prabang on Air Lao. First of all: Is that airline good/safe?
Also, I could leave out Vientiane and fly back to Bangkok. Is the city worth a visit though?
Thanks for your help!
Dear travellers, here some quations about my next gtravel to Laos in august:
1) Its easy to take a boat from Muang Khua to Muang Ngnoi Neua?, at which time departs?, dayly?, how much does it cost amd how long it takes? If then we'll take the boat from Nong Khiaw to L Prabang, it will "too much boat", or both journeys worth it?
2) Which is the best way to reach Tha Khaek from Tham Kong Lo?, may we come back to road 13 or is it possible to reach Tham Pa Pa direct south from Tham Kong Lo?
3) We're not interested in Vang Vieng party, but, any suggestions about walks or bicycle rides araund town?
4) Is it possible to change € in Hue Xai border coming from Thailand?
Thanks very much
Hi guys, I was just wondering if anyone as fishing in the Mekong river in laos before, and if so could u tell me about it, like were to go and how to find a guide and how to get their from the capital and vv
Me and my partner are going to be traveling around south east asia in october for two months. We want to spend a significant amount of this time traveling from the north of laos to the south. We are aware that they only have buses running, but how easy is it to travel around there? Any tips would be great and anywhere you would recommend we travel to/spend time in would be wonderful!
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