"One Can Never Get Enough of Laos" Top 5 Page for this destination Laos by bkoon

Laos Travel Guide: 3,610 reviews and 8,882 photos

~ MUST GO! MUST GO! ~

I finally stepped on Laos! I was on a short 2-week trip to Laos from 23 April 05 - 7 May 05. What a beautiful country in the heart of Southeast Asia. [I travelled quite a bit and so far, Laos is one of the two the countries I like best. Japan is the other one.]

I am contemplating to go to Laos again. Miss that place. Maybe I can bring my folks there come 2006.


[Special thanks to seagypsy and Rodan44 who gave really good advice for my trip.]

I shall be populating all the tips of my entire experience in Laos here, the main page. Hope you will enjoy reading. Thank you!



~ THE ITINERARY ~

Singapore - Bangkok, Thailand
(Via no-frill airline AirAsia)

Bangkok - Chiang Mai, Thailand
(Via no-frill airline AirAsia)

Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai, Thailand - Chiang Khong Border
(By regular public bus. Should have flown to Chiang Rai direct.)

Chiang Khong Border - Huay Xai, Laos
(A 3-minute boat-ride across the river to Laos.)

Huay Xai - Luang Namtha
(7.5 hours via regular public bus which leaves at 9.30am from Huay Xai bus station)

Luang Namtha - Muang Sing
(Short 1.5 hour jouney on truck.)

Muang Sing - Luang Namtha
(Back tracked to Luang Namtha after a 3-day trek at Muang Sing.)

Luang Namtha - Udomxai - Muang Khua
(4-hour bus ride to Udomxai to catch the transport to Muang Khua, a small village by the Nam Ou River)

Muang Khua - Muang Ngoi
(Seeing the best of Nam Ou and its surroundings on a 2-hour speedboat ride along Nam Ou to scenic Maung Ngoi)

Muang Ngoi - Nong Khiaw
(Short 1-hour boat ride)

Nong Khiaw - Luang Prabang
(3.5-hour regular bus to Luang Prabang, a place which you can stay forever.)

Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng
(6-hour by expensive mini-van.)

Vang Vieng - Vientiane
(3-hour truck trip down to the Capital City of Laos.)

Vientiane - Nong Khai, Thailand
(The Mekong River Friendship Bridge to Thailand.)

Nong Khai - Udon Thani - Bangkok
(Thai van ride to Udon Thani Airport. Via no-frill airline AirAsia from Udon Thani Airport to Bangkok.)

Bangkok - Singapore
(Via no-frill airline AirAsia)


My Laos Page will consist of information as per my itinerary. Will not be spliting up into the individual places which I went.


THE "BESTs" OF LAOS

BEST 1 : Lao Coffee with Sweetened Milk

BEST 2 : The Scenic Nam Ou River

BEST 3 : Trekking in Muang Sing and visiting the villages enroute

BEST 4 : Lao Cuisine

BEST 5 : Luang Prabang

BEST 6 : Bathing in the River like one of the Locals

BEST 7 : Cheap BeerLao

BEST 8 : Swimming in Kuang Si Falls

BEST 9 : The Long Long Mekong River



http://www.passplanet.com/welc/index.htm
(A good site with good info for backpackers. I remembered I used the information here for my trip to Silk Road some 4.5 years ago too.)

http://www.hostelz.com/
(A guide to hostels.)

http://www.theboatlanding.laopdr.com/index.html
(Everything I need to know. Esp transportation information.)

http://www.laoairlines.com/
(The Lao Airlines to check on schedules and prices.)

http://www.unescobkk.org/index.php?id=486/index.html
(About the Namha Ecotourism Project)

http://www.lao-wildside.com/
(Rafting and Kayaking in Laos and many other adventurous trips.)



Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Tourist-friendly.
  • Cons:U can never get enough of Laos.
  • In a nutshell:Thumbs up!!
  • Last visit to Laos: Apr 2005
  • Intro Updated Dec 10, 2005
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  • knehredlum's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    I love the way you expresse yourself and the joy of travelling in this indeed beauiful laos, thanks for all the information you share with us. Henk Edit you liked the Beer Lao very much i think lol

  • Bohemedream's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    Bee, your pages are so informative and complete !! I am planning a trip to Laos and found your travel tips very helpful. Thank you so much !!!

  • eddymario's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Great page, looking forward to go there in a few months

  • blacksnail's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2008 at 3:22 AM

    Hi Bkoon, i visited both ur favorite countries, and i love laos very much. after reading your laos page, i think i should go to laos again more other provinces

  • juliewong's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2008 at 6:59 AM

    Been reading reviews of Laos in VT and most VT-ers can't get enough of Laos. Well, looks like I have to make a trip soon. Wonderful tips and photos.

  • nora_south_africa's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:51 AM

    fantastic page, love the detail!!

  • kidfree's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Awesome page. Planning to see Laos in 2009 and have got some great tips from here. Happy travelling.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    Super page Bee!

  • daryll's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2007 at 6:09 AM

    cant wait to enjoy the ice lao coffee with fried beef flat noodles : )

  • giampiero6's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2007 at 7:44 AM

    What a phenomenal page! Truly...excellent tips, interesting, personal, and very well written! Great photos too. It's a pleasure you're here at VT

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