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Old 15-06-2013, 02:11 PM   #1
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Laos

Anyone been to laos free and easy before?
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Old 16-06-2013, 07:34 AM   #2
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yup, went to laos 4 times, how can i help?
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Old 17-06-2013, 09:58 AM   #3
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I visited twice. I can help too.
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Old 17-06-2013, 10:41 AM   #4
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is Laos accomodation expensive? How many days is enough to spend in Laos including the Plains of Jars
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Old 17-06-2013, 11:00 AM   #5
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Generally accommodation is not expensive, if you keep yourself to guest-houses. Laos is an elongated country and there is a dearth of good roads and a highway system, so travel times are long. The Plain of Jars is way to the south of the country, far from Vientiane and Luang Prabang.
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Generally accommodation is not expensive, if you keep yourself to guest-houses. Laos is an elongated country and there is a dearth of good roads and a highway system, so travel times are long. The Plain of Jars is way to the south of the country, far from Vientiane and Luang Prabang.
thanks for the info. generally would a short 4D3N be sufficient to explore some parts of Laos and the Plain of Jars?

technically speaking it would just be 1 day arrival, 2 days Laos, last day depart

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Old 17-06-2013, 01:06 PM   #7
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Even if you fly to Phonsavan, you will not have enough time. There is no "some parts of Laos and the Plain of Jars", unless you are only going to visit Phonsavan and the Plain of Jars. Even then, you have to get to Phonsavan first, via perhaps Vientiane.
Web resources illustrate the problem clearly Plain of Jars travel guide - Wikitravel
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thanks so how long did u travel in Laos last time? Did u also visit the Jars plain?
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Old 17-06-2013, 01:31 PM   #9
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I had a week in Laos. Luang Prabang-Vang Vieng-Vientiane. Luang Prabang was so enjoyable, I stayed 2 nights longer. The road to Phonsavan was to take up so much time, I gave up without trying.

Correction: I confused the location of the Plain of Jars with Pakse, which is way to the south.

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Old 17-06-2013, 06:28 PM   #10
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thanks for the info. generally would a short 4D3N be sufficient to explore some parts of Laos and the Plain of Jars?

technically speaking it would just be 1 day arrival, 2 days Laos, last day depart
4D3N not enough time to go to phonsavan (plain of jar), just enough time make it to luang prabang (1 way bus journey is already 10 hours, can take overnight bus), mountainous road. VTE - LPB - Vang Vieng.

Laos is expensive than Thailand, as most of the goods are imported from Thailand or China.

Currency can use Lao kip, THB and USD.

Pakse (southern Laos) main attraction is sipandon (4000 islands). close to Cambodian border.

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Old 18-11-2013, 04:37 PM   #11
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Hi guys, going on a Laos trip in January for 5D4N.

I'll be renting a scrambler to ride around Laos.. I aim to see the Plain of Jars!

Would 5D4N be enough?

Don't have to tell me its stupid to ride a bike around Laos and stuff... I have done it in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand already.
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Hi guys, going on a Laos trip in January for 5D4N.

I'll be renting a scrambler to ride around Laos.. I aim to see the Plain of Jars!

Would 5D4N be enough?

Don't have to tell me its stupid to ride a bike around Laos and stuff... I have done it in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand already.
5D4N should be fine if you just plan to do Vientiane - Luang Prabang - Phonsavan.

Of course, more days would be nicer and you can spend some time at Nong Khiaw and Vang Vieng.

Check out my ride:

Northern Laos Loop – 1. Introduction | Adventure Vacation Trip

As you can see, I have a thing about riding the same road twice so my route is a loop. But I will recommend you skip the Xayaboury and Xam Neua sections to save a few days.
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Old 19-11-2013, 06:36 PM   #13
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5D4N should be fine if you just plan to do Vientiane - Luang Prabang - Phonsavan.

Of course, more days would be nicer and you can spend some time at Nong Khiaw and Vang Vieng.

Check out my ride:

Northern Laos Loop 1. Introduction | Adventure Vacation Trip

As you can see, I have a thing about riding the same road twice so my route is a loop. But I will recommend you skip the Xayaboury and Xam Neua sections to save a few days.
Oooo, so you are Atticus! Read your blog quite some time back while hunting for tips!

Is it possible to meet up with you to ask you about some tips?

I was thinking, Vientiane-Phonsavan-Vang Vieng-Vientiane.. As I have only 5D4N.

Or, just ride straight up to Luang Prabang on Arrival since I will reach VTN at 7am or so.
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Old 19-11-2013, 08:33 PM   #14
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Went to Laos not so long ago. Took a hired car w/ driver rather than a motorcycle. Was able to cover Vientiane, Luangprabang and some of the surrounding countryside.

Wrote about it here. There's an itinerary for Luangprabang somewhere there:
Vientiane
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Day trips around Luangprabang
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Old 22-11-2013, 02:22 PM   #15
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Dude, 5D4N is too short to do Vietiane-Phonsavan-Vang Vieng-Vietiane. The journey between each of these places will take up a lot of time.

Vientian - Phonsavan will be around 10-11 hours or more. Phonsavan - VV is about 6-7 hours. VV-Vientiane is shorter, around 3 hours. So you'll be spending a total of at least 2 full days on the road.

If you only have 5 days, I would suggest either Luang Prabang + Plain of Jars, or Vientiane + either Luang Prabang or Plain Of Jars. Unless you must do river tubing or boozing, I'll skip Vang Vieng. It will be too rushed to do all.

And I would advise you against riding from town to town in your bike if you are alone. It's fine to ride in the cities on a bike. Riding from Phonsavan to the Plain of Jars is also doable, since it's only several km away from town.

But the inter-city roads are terrible and full of pot holes and filled with mini-vans driving like lunatics on the wrong side of the road. Even riding in a minivan is a bone-jarring experience. I think it's considerably worse than Vietnam, Cambodia or Thailand.



Oooo, so you are Atticus! Read your blog quite some time back while hunting for tips!

Is it possible to meet up with you to ask you about some tips?

I was thinking, Vientiane-Phonsavan-Vang Vieng-Vientiane.. As I have only 5D4N.

Or, just ride straight up to Luang Prabang on Arrival since I will reach VTN at 7am or so.

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