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    • Festival opinions, visa complexities

      Laos Oct 4, 2015 at 8:24 AM

      Hi - This will also be posted in the Thailand forum. Certain have been following my decision making process - rahter complex. I want to visit the region for several months, and decided to arrive either in Bangkok (big hub, better cheaper air tickets) or Laos (no visa or return/ongoing ticket issue). I plan to travel soon, mid October. Just trying to make a decision! Both countries present special festivals - my focal point, my passion - in October and November. However, in terns of air tickets, Bangkok is the obvious choice, even if I go on to Laos right away. On October 27 there is the Ok/Awk Phansa festival, celebrated in both countries. However it looks much better - according to my internet research - in Laos. This is annoying, because there is the Loi Krathong celebration November 25 in Thailand - very special. So I would have to go to Laos then back to Thailand. Also, arriving in Thailand I would only have 30 days, so I could not witness Ok Phansa in Thailand then just stay on for Loi Krathong. Does anyone have an opinion about these various festivals? Also, if I arrive in Thailand, and leave after a week (maximum) then I would have to either get a visa in Laos t o return or be subject oto the 15 day land entry visa? However that would be a re-entry and I might not be qualified for a visa exemption on re-entry? (American) Even if I have say three weeks left on the first entry? All rather complicated, Help! thanks! :)

    • land cross board

      Laos Oct 2, 2015 at 11:37 PM

      I am Indian ,want travel from India to Myanmar,Laos,Vietnam,Cambodia , Bangkok by surface so Please advise about entry board Transport all country .

    • transportation to Kong lor cave

      Vientiane Sep 29, 2015 at 1:00 AM

      How much is a car with a driver from Vientiane?

    • Entry visa requirements

      Laos Sep 28, 2015 at 1:34 PM

      Hi - Some of you I have spoken to on the Thailand forum might see this, and answer. I am far from any embassy or consulate and don't want to send in my passport. I want to travel in the region and I chose Bangkok as probably the cheapest air ticket from Europe. However I would like to remain free and keep things simple - I would come on a one way ticket, and I have just researched the visa requirements. I see nothing said about a return ticket being required, or proof of ongoing travel. Is this correct? Which is the best airport to fly into, price wise? thanks for the replies!

    • Hiking, biking, kayaking - difficult/extreme

      by LyndseyFraser Online Now Jul 28, 2014 at 11:15 AM


      I would like to do an extreme adventure tour that involves biking, hiking and kayaking.

      Any suggestions welcome?


    • What's the best way to travel from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap

      by MaggieC11 Online Now Jun 14, 2014 at 1:52 PM


      Me and my friend will be traveling around SE asia for a month and a half this summer. We are starting in thailand and would like to go to Laos(particularly Luang Prabang) and Cambodia as well. We will travel from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang, but then need to get to Siem Reap or Phnom Penh. I know traveling over land is cheaper but more time consuming. About how long would it take? What trains/buses should we take? How much would it cost? I know that flying is easiest but it is not cheap, and we are on a tight budget and will also probably have to fly from Cambodia into Thailand because I've been told that the Thai/Cambodia border is unsafe right now. What would you recommend we do? I don't want to spend all my time on buses but am on a budget and really would like to see Luang Prabang.

      2 Answers Jun 15, 2014 at 1:01 PM
    • Bus trip from Luang Prabang to Vietiane

      by houseswapper Online Now Apr 9, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      How safe is the bus trip?
      We are going to do this trip around the end of May. I have read a lot of comments on this route and I am not sure how to rate it. The mud slides, the winding road and the steep drops, the break downs and delays are a little nerve wracking for someone who doesn't like mountain roads. I am also a little anxious about the aviation safety. Yes, I could stay home. But I just want to get the most recent traveller's information to access what to expect. From that I shall make a call to see this amazing country (from all accounts).

      6 Answers Apr 10, 2014 at 5:38 AM
    • transport for 6 person 1 child from Vientiane to Laung Prabang.

      by neelamalar Online Now Apr 7, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      where to get the transport service? via online can ah? which website? how is the cost??

      1 Answer Apr 8, 2014 at 12:51 AM
    • Stray dogs?

      by jayeeses Online Now Mar 6, 2014 at 3:55 AM

      Hi there,

      I will be visiting Luang Prabang for two weeks from late March to early April. This trip is quite spontaneous so I do not have enough time to get the pre-exposure rabies vaccinations. I am a little bit worried going to LP without the pre-exposure rabies vaccinations because I understand the human rabies immunoglobulin for post-exposure treatment may not be readily available.

      So I am wondering - are dog bites quite common in LP? Are there many stray dogs around? And, if the family at the guesthouse where I will be staying has a dog, which is unlikely to be rabid, is it still a good idea to stay away from it?

      Thank you for your advice in advance.

      Best regards, JT


      4 Answers Mar 6, 2014 at 2:37 PM
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      Best time to visit Mount Phousi

      by morsecode54 Online Now Jan 1, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      I intend to visit the mount middle of January, but am warned about the crowds there. Is it better to go at sunrise or sunset? Thanks in advance,

      3 Answers Jan 6, 2014 at 10:32 PM
    • transport from OudomXai to Muang Ngoi Neua

      by Fred_ Online Now Dec 29, 2013 at 6:40 AM

      I am planning to travel from OudomXai to Muang Ngoi Neua.
      Do you know if there is a bus going that way ?
      Otherwise, I would take the bus to Muang Khua and then the boat to Muang Ngoi Neua. But it seems the boat leaves from Muang Khua only in the morning, is there a chance to find a boat around 1 pm ?
      Thanks for your help

      1 Answer Dec 29, 2013 at 9:05 AM
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      Luang Prabang visit for 3 nights in Jan 2014

      by frankie8889 Online Now Dec 21, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      Merry X'mas and Happy New Year,

      My wife and me will be in Luang Prabang 09.01.14 afternoon for 3 nights, any recommendation for places to visit on 10th and 11th as we will take our time to walk around the city upon our arrival on the 9th.

      Thank you for your advice.

      Warmest Regards,
      Frankie W

      3 Answers Jan 6, 2014 at 6:45 PM
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      Luang Prabang to Vientiane by Road

      by morsecode54 Online Now Dec 17, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      I intend to do the overland trip from LP to Vientiane in January. Need advice on two matters:
      (1) How long is the travelling distance and what are the road conditions like?
      (2) How many hours will it take if I travel in a minivan?
      Would appreciate any advice given.

      4 Answers Dec 18, 2013 at 12:21 AM
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      Slow Boat to Luang Prabang

      by razzledazzle19 Online Now Feb 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      I am planning on heading to LP from Chiang Mai and someone suggested getting to the border from Chiang Mai and then getting a slow boat down the Mekong to LP with one stopover along the way....any advice on this would be appreciated...

      11 Answers Mar 5, 2013 at 2:41 AM
    • Sharing minivan to Vientiane

      by Dglucroft Online Now Dec 16, 2012 at 4:43 PM

      if anyone is interested in sharing a minivan to Vientiane for an earlybdeparture Thursday Dec 20 please let me know. We are two people and capacitybis apparently for nine.
      idea will be to stop to,see a few sites on the way with late evening arrival in vientiane

      1 Answer Feb 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM
    • Bring US$ to Laos

      by Tira1 Online Now Jul 25, 2012 at 7:27 AM

      Hello all, a friend of mine will be visiting Laos and is wondering if there is a restriction/limit on the amount of US$ that she can take into Laos. I thought there is no limit. I don't remember seeing a question about how much money one has on the enter/depart form that needs to be filled out before entering the country. Can anyone help me with this question? Thank you very much.

      5 Answers Jul 28, 2012 at 9:17 AM
    • Siem reap to Luang Prabang

      by roster26 Online Now May 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      We're going to Siem Reap and onto Laos in October and want to know the best way to get from SR to either Pakse or Luang Prabang. Airfares are expensive so are there any alternate methods that aren't too time consuming or uncomfortable?

      3 Answers May 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM
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      Spicylaos bacpackers

      by abs87 Online Now May 9, 2012 at 11:58 PM

      Hi all, myself and a friend will be arriving in luang prabang on the 2july and staying for 3 nights we want to stay at spicylaos backpackers but can't seem to find any online booking for it. Can anyone recommend the best way to book, we have been recommended this place by our friends so pretty keen on getting in there!

      Thanks in advance!

      3 Answers May 12, 2012 at 1:36 AM
    • Renting apartment for a few months / visa

      by Tira1 Online Now Feb 11, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      Hello I've tried to find some information on that in one of the forums but wasn't successful, so, sorry if I post anew and missed older posts. I am planning on going to Luang Prabang for 4 or 5 months and wonder if anyone can tell me about apartments that would be available for rent or maybe houses. I'm hoping to find something inexpensive, does not need to be a villa, just clean with cooking possibility, bathroom w/hot shower and internet connection, maybe TV.

      Staying for that long, can someone tell me if I'd have to renew my visa every month or can I get one that is valid for more than 30 days? Thank you for your feedback

      5 Answers Feb 25, 2012 at 1:38 AM
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      Coconut Balls - Luang Prabang street food

      by dennisberry Online Now Feb 2, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      We were in Luang Prabang last November. The street food is fabulous! They make some coconut balls that are fried in a special pan. I'm trying to make them at home. One person told me that they were coconut milk, sugar, and sticky rice powder (for thickening), but I have no idea what the proportions are or how to cook them. Does anyone know? I think they may also be called "canome cope" but I can't verify that. Any help with the recipe would be appreciated.



      3 Answers Feb 5, 2012 at 8:44 AM
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      Luang Prabang - Chiang Mai

      by southhams Online Now Sep 27, 2011 at 2:45 PM

      My girlfriend and I will be needing to get from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai at the start of January and are looking to travel by slow boat. Can anyone tell me if it is as easy to go upstream from Luang Prabang to Houay Xai/Chiang Khong as it it to go downstream from KX/CK to LP? Does it take significantly longer? I am struggling to find much info about doing the trip this way...

      Sames goes for buses from Chiang Khong to Chiang Mai.

      Any help would me much appreciated!


      2 Answers Jul 9, 2012 at 1:22 AM
    • Hotel with Good Wi Fi?

      by davesperling Online Now Jun 25, 2011 at 2:13 PM

      Can anyone recommend a hotel with a good and fast (for Luang Prabang) wi fi Internet connection? Also Internet cafe suggestions. Thanks!


      1 Answer Sep 28, 2011 at 2:05 AM
    • Vaccinations and Mosquitoes

      by travelbug9 Online Now Oct 11, 2010 at 11:57 PM

      Hi - anyone who has been to luang prabang - was it compulsory for you to have immunisations and what did you have to have? Did you have to show proof at the airport or border by way of certificates? What about all the mosquitoes - this sounds corny I know, but I've been reading about malaria in south asia and need to know whether there are zillions of mosquitoes as sites say. thanks in advance for your reply(ies).

      7 Answers Jul 1, 2014 at 5:29 PM
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      Cost of ride to Pak Ou caves

      by stamporama Online Now Oct 5, 2010 at 9:54 PM

      I read that transport to the caves could be either by boat or tuktuk/jumbo. May I know how much would a tuktuk/jumbo cost and how long will the trip take from LP?

      3 Answers Oct 10, 2010 at 3:10 AM
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      Vientiane to Luang Prabang

      by gopeace Online Now Jul 20, 2010 at 10:05 PM

      Dear all,

      Would like to know why August is a peak season to visit Laos?

      How is the record of Lao Airlines cancel their flight? If I have the same day flight from Vientiane to Kuala Lumpur, is it recommended to take LP-Vientiane flight on the same day?

      Thanks a million :-)


      1 Answer Jul 21, 2010 at 1:12 AM
    • just another hole in the wall

      by olivegroves Online Now May 12, 2010 at 2:42 AM

      can I use my australian master card debit card to draw funds in local currency from the wall machines like I do in Thailand - in Luang Prabang?

      3 Answers May 12, 2010 at 7:04 PM
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      what is the good price fro Bangkok to Luangprang by flight?

      by Freiburg999 Online Now May 1, 2010 at 7:40 PM

      please give me a good commend about the flight from Bangkok to Luangprabang ,i never took a flight with the short distance before,,how long it take ? wich airline ?price in thai baht plaese''' how safe is the small airplane?
      if any one done this please let me know and i am verry worry a bout the safty cause i an not travalling alone i have to guide my girlfriend's mother shen is over 6o',,

      thank you to all,,
      and respected,,,

      8 Answers May 14, 2010 at 4:54 AM
    • Boat security

      by S.Moriello Online Now Feb 3, 2010 at 3:13 AM

      I would like to know about the security on board for boats used to go to Pac OU. Do they have life jacket on board, etc . ?

      4 Answers Feb 7, 2010 at 5:27 AM
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      bus to Vientienne from Luang Prabang

      by singnomore Online Now Dec 23, 2009 at 10:22 AM

      Anyone has experience taking the bus or know about taking a bus from Luang Prabang to Vientienne?

      13 Answers Mar 23, 2011 at 1:22 AM
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      Luang Prabang - Hanoi by land?

      by Khamfai Online Now Nov 11, 2009 at 12:12 PM

      Hi all,

      I notice that all the internet posts/forum I've seen say it's very painful and nightmare...
      but, still, if I can't really afford it to fly, and if I still have to go to Hanoi from LPB (during New Year).... just wondering if anyone have done any route that takes a night stop-over? (and quite safe for a female to travel alone!)

      Thanks so much in advance !!


      6 Answers Nov 13, 2009 at 1:32 AM
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      Nice place to stay during Xmas in Luang Prabang?

      by watashi Online Now Nov 1, 2009 at 4:41 PM

      Hello! We are staying 4 nights during Xmas in LP, and much to our surprise have been finding everything, except really pricey places, booked! Out of desperation, I finally snagged the last room at Riverside Guest house for66USD, but it seems overpriced to us, for what they offer! Anyone know anything about that place? Or have any ideas on another place to stay in case I can cancel this reservation? Thanks for any help! Should have planned earlier I guess!

      8 Answers Jan 11, 2010 at 2:56 PM
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      Help! Are there any good Tailors in Luang Prabang?

      by smcm88 Online Now Sep 23, 2009 at 1:02 AM

      Hello, I will be visiting Luang Prabang in 2 weeks and have heard so much about the wonderful quality of the local silk and cotton. I would very much like to have a tailor made silk suit made while I am there and am wondering whether anyone has any recommendations? Any help much appreciated!

      4 Answers Sep 24, 2009 at 1:25 AM
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      Luang-Prabang th Chiangrai or Chiangmai BY BUS

      by meeow79 Online Now Jun 1, 2009 at 5:34 AM

      HI there travellers! My partner and I are going from Luang-Prabang to Chiangrai on the 13th of october 2009, does anyone have details regarding (direct)bus, timetable, prices or whatever would be helpfull? What is the fastest way? maybe airplane but "may mee enough neugn!
      All infos are warmly welcome.

      Thanks to all

      3 Answers Jun 6, 2009 at 2:58 PM
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      laos 3N4D

      by syed-arshad Online Now Feb 11, 2009 at 2:14 AM

      If I were to travel to Laos with a very limited time to spare, where should i go? Luang Prabang or Vientiane? considering that i will have only 3 days to spare for Laos.

      I had been working on Vientiane all the while but now someone from VT has strongly suggested Luang Prabang ("unesco site", and it would be ver interesting),now i am in two minds.
      thnx in advance

      6 Answers Feb 13, 2009 at 12:45 AM