Hello from a new member living and working in Vientiane, Laos.
Replies: 22 - Last Post: May 25, 2013 2:10 AM Last Post By: zdiesilitam
Mar 21, 2013 9:17 PM
Hello from a new member living and working in Vientiane, Laos.Hello everyone!
I just thought that I'd post a new topic to start me off.
I've just joined as you can see. I am from the UK however now living and working in Laos. Prior to this I have done quite a lot of traveling around mainly within Thailand and Laos however have also spent a couple of months in Taiwan and several weeks in Burma (Myanmar)
I have done and do as much of my traveling via motorbike because I love the freedom that it gives! I like to get off the beaten track, end up in random places and spend time with the local people.
I've not seen all of Laos by any means however enough to be able to give some general advise and my wife is from Laos so I also have quite a good idea of the general culture and spend the majority of time with Lao people.
Anyhow I am looking forward to posting away and hopefully meeting some new faces.
Mar 22, 2013 9:04 AM
1Glad to have you aboard, GL.
The reponses hear are a little thin these days - LP re-did all the expectations just recently and a number of regular writers here have been put off. We were a fun little group of Lao-ophiles who perhaps got a little testy with some posts, and we were not afraid to have a casual tone mor a criticism. Apparently, the goals of LP on his travel site were not the same as the goals of its regular users.
I encourage you to check in regularly. Posts will inevitably pick up (or not, and we'll all watch LP further deteriorate into a "tourist guide" rather than a voice of the experienced travel community). If LP continues to aggressively censor its regular constituency and only want cheerful, bland commentary, the whole site and biz will fal apart. We are a loyal crew but only when treated respectfully (and the recent elimination of the regular crowd here was very poorly handled and communicated by LP. Maybe they were being sued or something, but I've never seen a company treat its regulars with so little regard.
But LP aside, I like the chat and company, and feel, because our family travels regularly through Laos (business and pleasure), that I have something to offer.
So ... welcome. Let's see if we can find something to say!
Mar 26, 2013 8:17 AM
2Well expressed, Stillwithus, the thought police of LP are currently not overactive on this site but the Indian one is decaying rapidly.
Last week the BBC announced the sale of LP to an American outfit losing 80 miilion GBP of their original 130 million. It'll be interesting to see if anything changes.
Mar 27, 2013 12:42 AM
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Mar 28, 2013 9:40 PM
5Hi. I am just starting to plan my trip from the States to South-East Asia and decided that I wanted to check Laos out. Not interested in parting and getting hammered, rather I want to do more of a sightseeing photo trip. I have 21 days - figure I would spend 7 days in Vietnam and 5-7 days in Laos and the rest in Thailand before heading home.
So I've been reading the guide books and stuff but I wanted to ask if you had any advice on how I should spend 5-7 days in Laos. I am planning on budgeting myself between K 600,000 - 750,000 per day.
Honestly I have no agenda at this point as I am really playing it by ear so any advice would greatly be appreciated.
Mar 28, 2013 10:32 PM
6ith 5-7 days you should park yourself in Luang Prabagn and plan some day excursion, and an organized overnight trek, from there. Or you could squeeze in LP and the Plain of Jars, but that means that 2 of your days are getting somewhere and then getting back.
If you have the resources, flying nt LP, bussing to Phonsavan (Plain of Jars), and then flying from there to Vientiane (and Thailand) creates some efficiencies.
Laos is very slow to move around, and a difficult place to see much of in a week. Its beauty and allure is best found in the quiet rural settings.
Mar 29, 2013 9:44 AM
7Thank you for information. Normally I would move around via local means (i.e.: bus, train, etc.) however this time around I am limited for time so flying from point to point isn't an issue and will be the way to go. Honestly I can switch my plans around a bit and give myself closer to 10 days in Laos.
Not looking at transportation cost, flying that is, will I be hard pressed with what I am budgeting myself? I can increase my budget... I am just setting myself to a rough limit. Again i am not going to party but rather walk or trek around taking photos and just enjoying myself day-by-day... not trying to cram in as much as possible.
Thank you again.
Mar 29, 2013 10:24 AM
8Sorry forgot to ask. I am planning to be in SEA between April 13 - May 5 and I read in the LP guide it says:
"During the late dry season – roughly from February to May – the air over Luang Prabang can become very smoky due to slash-and-burn agriculture in the hills and mountains around the city. It becomes so bad in March and April that even local residents will complain of red, watery eyes and breathing difficulties. Landscape photography is hopeless, except on the rare day when a strong breeze flushes out the smoke from the valley."
I guess the question I have is how true is this? Since the whole point is taking photos and catching the city as surround landscape it might be a moot point.
Mar 29, 2013 12:42 PM
Mar 29, 2013 6:56 PM
10You can get interesting sunset images during that time. Single hue shots with the a sun deep red ball above the horizon and disaapearing into the haze at 16.30-17.30, way before it gets dark.
In 5-10 days I would see Vientiane and do a trip to the Khonglor Caves and Thakhek area. Public transport or use rented scooter.
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