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I am planning on spending winter in Laos but need to be in regular
contact with folks back home. Will my mobile phone be working in the
cities and populated areas? And is the regular phone system easely
avaiable, reliable and affordable?
I have experienced Burma being difficult in this regard and expect
Laos to be better. More
Am currently in Bangkok now and making a visa run this weekend to
Vientiane. Was just wondering if I need to be prepared for flooding,
etc. in the area...with the storm and rain, etc...Thanks.
Luang Prabang's Chantavinh Guest House
Anyone have current info about Chantavinh, across the river and
about 10km(?) from LP. Previous guests wrote about difficulties with
daily boat transport to LP. Telephone or e-mail number? Our family
of 7 adults flying in from Chiang Mai 27Dec, out 31Dec. Want
something picturesque away from main part of LP. Thanks, Uku
South Lao guide recommendation?
The best "off the tourist track" experiences often come from having
a quality guide/translator. We have been extra-fortunate with treks
out of Muang Long, Muang Khua, and in Lao Cai Province in Vietnam to
have had guides that became, in a way, part of our family's lore (we
have two teen boys). Attentive but authentic, decent enough with
English skills and familiar enough with local ways to describe
customs, lore, fruits and bugs (and translate some), helps get us
involved in activities with locals, makes sure there is food enough,
makes sure that the village is compensated appropriately, etc.
We are in Sekong, Salavan, and Bolevan Plateau area in a few short
weeks. Does any person have a personal recommendation for a quality
guide in this area?
Feel free to pm if it seems more appropriate.
Thanks, ya'll. More
Laos visa on arrival 30 days
Just wondering if its true I can get a visa on arrival in Laos for
30 days now, and not just 15 as before?
Lao border crossings to Vietnam
Has anyone got up to date info on the border crossing from the
North-east of Lao into Vietnam? I'm planning to go overland to Dien
Bien Phu, and have been told the border is now open.
Any news out there?
Direct bus from Savannaket/Pakse to Vang Vieng / LP?
Hi all, I'm trying to find out if there's any direct bus or good
connections from Savannaket or Pakse to Vang Vieng or LP. I'd rather
I'm going Laos mainly for Si Phan Don and the Khmer temples in the
south, and to make the boat trip up Nam Khan from LP. (Yes I know
there's a lot of distance between those two points!) I've been to
Vientiane and VV before, so they're not very important this time
round. But if I had rather break my journey from southern Laos to
LP, I'd rather stop at VV (despite the trashy scene) than Vientiane.
Anywhere but Vietiane, which is dreadfully boring!
Luang Nam Tha to Muang Khua
Hello, anyone know if it's possible to get from Luang Nam Tha to
Muang Khua in one go if I left Luang Nam Tha around 5PM-ish? Thanks
Lanes in Laos
Is the term "Soi" used in Laos to refer to side road lanes like it
is in Thailand? Or do the have another term? I'm seeing many new
street signs in Vientiane and the lanes have been numbered. But what
should I call these side roads? The French paid for the new signs so
the streets are titled Rue, Quay, etc. - fair enough I guess.
Border croosing from Cambodia to Southern Laos
Can you tell me which would be the best/ easiest border crossing
from Cambodia to get into Southern Laos. There seems to be
conflicting information in the Lonely Planet guide. Can I get a Laos
visa on that border crossing?
Many thanks for everyones' help.
booking of guesthouse in luang prabang
I'll be going with a group of students from my school to LP arnd dec
13-17 to do some community work. i was wondering whether i can book
about 12 double rooms for us around the us 10-15 a night range
during that time. Of course if its just me going alone I would take
a look and get a room on the spot. But for this I was wondering is
there anybody who could link me up with a cheap and good guesthouse
during that time.
hi all, will be in Lao for a couple months and would like to know if
there are any good places to volunteer in vientiane. don't need any
room/board but also don't want to pay and "program fees" - or
whatever. just would like a worthwhile place to do volunteer. any
Cost of Malarone in Luang Prabang?
Has anyone bough malarone tablets in Luang Prabang. They want
GBP2.50 per tablet in the UK (US$4!) so we reckoned it would be
cheaper out there.
I don't want to get into the usual use / don't use argument, just
want to know how much they cost in Laos.
Thank you very much.
if you are don det bound will you print the story inside
and give it to nok at nou pad mister man guesthouse
tell her it is from the greatest writer no one knows
she will remember
kop jai lai lai
River Mekong Boat Trip - Luang Prabang to Chiang Khong - Advice
I'm doing a round the world trip and as part of it plan to travel
from Hong Kong to Singapore by land, not sure if that is a crazy
plan or not but it seems to make sense from my research.
The plan so far would take me from Hong Kong through China splitting
the journey perhaps in Guangzhou & Nanning then across Cambodia via
Hanoi to Laos.
At this point i am hoping to get a boat up the River Mekong from
Luang Prabang to Chiang Khong on the Thai border, i've been looking
on the net and can't find much information.
I am familiar with Thailand and Malaysia so that would not be a
problem but i just need some advice on this first stretch of the
a) Is Hong Kong to Thailand by land possible by bus, boat etc (no
b) Does anyone know if the boat from Luang Prabang to Chiang Khong
C) Anyone have any tips on anywhere to perhaps stop on the way
& answers from the travellers:
Telephone Use in Laos • Weather in Vientiane • Chantavinh Hostel • South Lao guide • Laos visa