Questions About Laos
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Mar 23, 2013 6:19 AM Last Post By: Giora
Mar 21, 2013 6:28 AM
Questions About LaosBeen round South East Asia and fell in love with Laos - now I'd like to spend a month or so exploring the entire country.
I'd like to get around by motorbike. I know it's technically against the law not to have a license but is this enforced? Will I be stopped by police? And if so how much would I have to pay in fines/bribes to get away? Also, where would I rent from if I wanted to explore the whole of Laos over a period of a month?
Secondly, which travel guide should I bring with me? I know Rough Guide, Lonely Planet and Footprint all do one exclusively for Laos - but I'm not sure which one to get (bearing in mind I want to go "off the beaten track" and will be travelling on a budget).
Thanks in advance for any advice!
Mar 21, 2013 9:00 AM
Mar 21, 2013 10:06 AM
Mar 21, 2013 11:09 AM
Mar 21, 2013 3:50 PM
4I wouldn't even attempt a bribe, might backfire. A driver's license from my home country is all I've ever used. I've been stopped 3 times over the years and never even had to pay a fine.
I like Lonely Planet best because it has the best writing about other stuff. Golden Triangle map for the roads. You can still go to very large well established towns that are in the guidebook and find no other tourists. Two steps off the banana pancake trail and you can have all of Laos to yourself. Sam Nua, Phongsali, and the SE.
Mar 21, 2013 9:55 PM
Mar 23, 2013 6:19 AM
6I think the Lonely Planet Laos is one of their best guidebooks. It's very thorough, and has plenty of suggestions and information on off-the-beaten track travel. I'm not a big fan of most of the Lonely Planet's guidebooks for Asia that I've used, but I think Laos is a rare gem.
I've never motorbiked in the country personally, but I did meet some bikers who'd rented bikes in Vientiane and were biking northern Laos for a couple of weeks. You shouldn't have too many problems finding yourself a multi-week rental.
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