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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 01, 2017
thai tourist visa

hello everyone,

Kindly asking on how long the tourist visa application takes since the thai consulate in Vientiane has been shutdown. Right now Thai embassy is only avaiable for that but it might take a bit longer and also more requirements. Please confirm this or if process is still fast and smooth, cheers!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 25, 2016
Travel, SIem Reap (Cambodia) to / from Pakse (Laos)  (2 Answers)

Hi all,

Is anyone able to give details of the above please?

Any help appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 18, 2016
Don Det to Phnom Penh. Best way.  (2 Answers)

Hi all, travelling from Siem Reap to Don Det, travel arrangements already sorted for this journey.
So what's the best way for us to make it back to Phnom Penh from Don Det.
We would prefer to do it in one day if possible...
Any suggestions will be greatly received.
Happy Christmas Happy travlin

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 20, 2016

Hi, we are changing our 2017 travel plans around and have decided to travel from Siem Reap to 4000 islands Laos. We hope to have about six full days around the 4000 islands.... Can anyone advise the best island to stay on, we were thinking of Don Det and also of any reasonable accommodation. We are ideally after a few bars and restaurant's in the nearby location of accommodation. We enjoy cycling jungle trekking waterfalls and generally enjoying local cultures and of course drinking and eating... Many thanks in advance POEPAT

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 30, 2016
8 days in Laos  (4 Answers)

Looking to visit Laos in july 2017.
Day 1 arrive Vientiane
Day 8 leave Luang Prabang
Can anyone suggest an itinerary , accommodation, transport options or a tour company

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 08, 2016
Thailand - Myanmar - Laos for 4 weeks  (9 Answers)

Hi all!

Im going to travel next month in Thailand - Myanmar - Laos. Can you pls help me plan my itinerary.

Oct 4 Mnl-Bkk (Air)
Oct 6 Bkk-Rgn (Air)
Oct 13 Rgn-Bkk (Air)
Free day - land travel to Laos for 7 days or so the. Back to Bkk before oct 25
Oct 25 Bkk-Mnl (Air)

I want to know what, how, where to go around each places. Any suggestions is much appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 30, 2016
month in laos  (11 Answers)

I be going to Laos for a month arriving at Pasks departure Luang prabang. My plan is Si Phan Don Champasak Savannakhet Tha Khaek Vientaine Vang Vieng Phonsavan luang Prabang boat trip to Hauy Xai Luang Namtha Phongsali Muang Ngoi Nong Khiaw back to Luang prabang. Guys do you think im travelling to much in a month i be traveling by buses.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 01, 2016
month in Laos  (3 Answers)

Hello all I'm travelling to Laos for a month in January as a solo traveler would like to see the north and the south. I'm into nature culture and food. Any itinerary please?

Thanks alot in advence.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 30, 2016
Guides (Spanish or Portuguese)

(Google Translator)

Hello friends,
I intend to travel to Laos, Thailand and Myanmar in November and as I do not speak English, I am looking for a guide of these countries in Spanish or Portuguese (PDF). If any of you have the possibility of sending me this stuff will be very grateful.
Happy travels to all !!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 09, 2016
how is Laos on july?  (5 Answers)

i looking a place to visit on my holiday in july. i consider Laos and cambodia. how is both on july?someone who had been there ,please give me some advice or information thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 25, 2016
How to get to Wat Phu (Champasak) and Si Phan Don from Pakse?  (1 Answer)

I have checked tour arranging to go there for 2 days but it is very expensive (USD300+/pax) that is quite an incredible price, from my point of view, in the standard of Laos.
I will arrive Paske from Vientiane by sleeping bus, is that possible to get to Champasak right away?
My plan is to stay at Champasak so that I have time to visit Wat Phu.
The next day I want to travel to Si Phan Don, then stay at Don Khone. How to get to Don Khone from Champasak?
From Don Khone how to go back to Pakse?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 18, 2016
9 days - From Siam Reap to Vientiane  (5 Answers)

Hi everyone,
I have to plan the last part of my trip that goes trought vietnam, cambodia and at the end laos. Basically i have 9 days in this february (from the 15 to the 25 morning, I have a plane departing from there) to reach Vieantiane from Siam Reap, I know that the time is short but I have no other options.
i'm planning something like this:
-15: travel from Siam Reap to 4000islands (Don Khon? or is better Don Dhet) with bus
-16: Visit of the Li Phi waterfalls in the morning (I need to hire a morotbike?) and look for a swangthaew to reach Pakse in the afternoon
-17-18 visit pakse the Wat Phu, two days beacuse i don't know if i can really find a swangtaew in the afternoon.
-19 bus from Pakse to Vientiane
-20-24 Visit Vientiane and around.
I can book a flight to Pakse but it's quite expansive and i save one day only. (or nothing because plane leave at 5)

The other option is to take a plane 156 euro, not cheap but the only way, from Siam Reap to Luang Prabang and visit Luang Prabang and Vientiane, something like
-16-17-18-19 Luang Prabang and around (suggestions?, Vang Vieng is a worth visit?)
-19 night/20 day Travel
- 21-22 23 24Vientiane and around (also here suggestion?)

In the first option i see more places but i actually don't know if is worth it i spend an incredible amount of time, what do you suggest me? basically i have to choose if is better visit Pakse of Luang Prabang.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 29, 2015
Sayabouli Elephant Festival and trade fair 2016

The dates for the Trade fair and Elephant festival have been released by tourismlaos
Venue - Sayabouli
Trade fair 15 - 21 feb
Elephant Festival ...19 - 21 feb
Has any one been before, what type of goods do they have at the trade fair,Any VTers going
Any info at all would be great

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 19, 2015
Entry points by land from Thailand  (2 Answers)

To avoid a lenghty bus ride I'll want to get to a larger border town and go either to vientiane or luang prabang.
I also avoid visas with travel agencies or bus companies both of which often refuse us the right to get it at the border.

(I recall the scam I suffered crossing from Thailand to Cambodia in ths visa regard)

Which Thai city is best and shortest to cross over into Laos, and can I get the visa at border?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 07, 2015
Housing in Luang Prabang  (1 Answer)

Hi - I should be there in about a week/ten days, and it looks like it is filling up! Airbnb (I prefer homestays) has nothing but a dorm - and is booking up! Any ideas? Thanks, Jean

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 04, 2015
Festival opinions, visa complexities  (2 Answers)

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! :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 28, 2015
Entry visa requirements  (6 Answers)

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!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 09, 2015
1 week in Laos  (4 Answers)

I'm planning to visit Laos on my way from China to Thailand. Need to know the places I should visit. I want to relax and see the things which can be seen specially in Laos.
Also, should I go by air or by road? Is there any train or bus from any part of China to Laos?
How much time does it take from any part of Laos, like capital, to Bangkok by road?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 01, 2015
Singapore to Laos  (5 Answers)

Hello guys,
Hope you all are having a good time in planning holidays :) I am from Singapore and planning a holiday first time ever! I would like to go for 4D3N for luang prabang for waterfall :) as there is no direct flight from Singapore, can plan via Hanoi or any option you guys can suggest! 1- So can I cover hanoi and luang prabang in 4 days?
2- Is there is a road transfer?
I don't want to make it very pricy tour, ( as everyone wants;)
Please help me to plan my trip for August:) thanks a ton.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 26, 2015
how to go to hongsa from vientiane by bus  (4 Answers)

hello guys, may i ask you how to go to hongsa from vientiane by bus? thankyou so much

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 03, 2014
is it safe as a single female traveller in Laos?  (5 Answers)

Is it safe to travel around Laos (obviously normal safety precautions apply) as a female traveller? Does anyone know a good place (more relaxing than manic) to spend Christmas in the country?
Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 05, 2014
Visit Akha Village (Muang Sing or Luang Namtha)  (2 Answers)

Hi guys,

Is it possible for me to hike and visit the Akha Village by myself, without hiring any local guides? Or maybe it is not a good idea at all?

Please advise :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 27, 2014
4 and half hours by road from Vientiane to Luang Prabang?  (5 Answers)

Hi, Google map shows that the journey from Vientiane to Luang Prabang takes 4 and half hours by road. From what I've read, this sounds quite incredible. This is definitely not for the bus, is it? Many thanks for your advice.

Also, any idea how long it takes to travel by bus from Vientiane to Vang Vieng?

Many thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 17, 2014
Driver + guide in Laos  (1 Answer)

Does anyone has any good driver + guide to recommend in Laos?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 08, 2014
Visa issues for Nepali passport ?  (2 Answers)

Can anyone help me with the info about possibilty of on-arrival visa for Nepalese paspport holder ? (point of entry- Vientiane via Nong Khai)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 30, 2014
Quiet accommodation in Vang Vieng  (2 Answers)

Does anyone have some suggestions about a quiet accommodation in Vang vieng around 50 000 kip? We want to go for the scenary and outdoor activities on our way for Vientiane, but not for partying, drinking, etc. We want to wake up early for those activities to avoid the crowd so we'll need a quiet accommodation to be able to sleep early as well ( I know, we are boring people! haha!). So any suggestion about accommodation or quiet area in VV? Thanks a lot!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 18, 2014
Donations in Laos  (5 Answers)

Is it appropriate to take donations to villages/tribes in Laos?
When I travel in Indonesia I always take childrens clothing/footwear and (new) ladies underwear as they are always in great demand.
I used to take basic English reading books for the children but found that they were really never used.
It will be my first visit to Laos and I don't want to cause offence or take things that are not needed/wanted.
Any advice gratefully received...thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 10, 2014
Elephant Conservation Centre Sayaboury Laos  (1 Answer)

Hi all, Anyone have any experiences of the elephant conservation centre in Sayaboury Province... We have read mixed reviews. We are thinking of going in February 2015 when travelling through Laos.... Anyone have knowledge of any similar organisations in Laos that are worth visiting.
Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 01, 2014
hanoi to Luang Prabang  (2 Answers)

Hi all,,,, just starting to arrange schedule for 2015 hols....
what is the best way to travel from Hanoi to Luang Prabang . What are the options, coach, flight or train.
We have read a lot about Luang Prabang, has anyone suggestions for must do things whilst there.
Ultimately we intend to go to the Elephant Conservation Centre and understand that we first need to get to Sayaboury before a ferry ride to the centre.
Is it worthwhile staying in Sayaboury for a couple of nights or not.
Any information on the ECC (elephant conservation centre)
Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 06, 2014
A week in Laos  (5 Answers)

Hi there!

I intend to travel to Laos for a mini getaway. I was in Laos long time ago and the charm of Laos always in my heart.
I've visited Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Plains of Jars before. This time if I return, I would like to see other province.
Kindly suggest where should I visit for a week .Vang Vieng is in my list.Plus, I would like to do some volunteer centers in Vientiane and Luang Prabang, kindly suggest. Thanks.

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