comscore

Laos (and maybe Northern Thailand)

Feb 15, 2013 - Mar 03, 2013

Who's going:

My Places

Section name:
    • Pro 2014
      Mimosa Chloe recommended Don Det
      5
      4000 Islands, in the Meekong, is not a place in Laos many people make it down to, but it is truly worth the trek. The island communities are remote and relatively un-touristic. It was great for some ... read more
      downtime and some nature - beautiful waterfalls, amazing hikes, mellow, uncrowded beaches. The locals are friendly and happy to help with questions or sit down and share a meal.
      .Comment.over 1 year ago. Report
      Mimosa Chloe

      Don Det is just one of many islands people go to. We loved it there, but check out any of them.

    • Pro 2014
      Matthew Crompton commented on this trip

      Hey Joy-
      I've always used World Nomads on my trips. Never had to claim (touch wood!), but their reputation is quite good, and they offer cover for a whole raft of active/adventure-type activities that many other companies don't cover. http://worldnomads.com/

      .Comment.over 1 year ago. Report
    • Pro 2014
      Alex commented on this trip

      Hi Joy. AIG might not have done a great job on Wall Street, but they saved my hide when I was rushed to the hospital from a flight through Munich once. They contacted my family, rearranged my plane ticket, and paid for absolutely everything, down to new socks for the plane ride home. I just got Allianz insurance for my next trip, but I can't vouch for them yet.

      .Comment.over 1 year ago. Report
      Joy thanked Alex for this comment.
    • Buddha ParkThanon Tha Deua, Vientiane Laos
      Matthias Hagemann recommended Buddha Park
      4
      realy nice intresting park, not to overcrowded
      .Comment.over 1 year ago. Report
      Matthias Hagemann

      realy beautiful even it is relative new

    • Matthias Hagemann recommended Luang Prabang
      4
      a lot to see, possible trip to Phongsali ( jars)
      .Comment.over 1 year ago. Report
      Joy thanked Matthias Hagemann for this recommendation.
      Pro 2014
      Juno Kim recommended Luang Prabang
      4
      Frankly, Luang Prabang was a tourist trap for me, at first. But there are certain things that I really loved about this place. Even with all the tourists around, the beauty of temples and the ... read more
      religious ceremonies are stunningly beautiful. Finding the right place with reasonable price was very challenging. Wake up early and visit local temples to see Alms giving ceremony. It's beautiful.
      .Comment.over 1 year ago. Report
      Joy thanked Juno Kim for this recommendation.
    • Matthias Hagemann recommended Plain of Jars
      4
      realy interesting if you are in history, still unexploded bombs there
      .Comment.over 1 year ago. Report
      Matthias Hagemann

      the Centrum für Reisemedizin recoment for Laos:
      Tewtanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A+B, Typus, Rabies, Jap. Enzephalitis and Cholera.
      When i was there i did have all exept the Encephalitis and the Cholera, the vaccine for Cholera is told to be not very good maybe antibiotics are enought

    • Pro 2014
      Juno Kim recommended Muang Ngoi
      5
      Only approachable by a small river boat from Nong Kiew until recently, Muang Noi is a small retreat in northern Laos. If you want to be away from the hustle and bustle of city and technology, this is ... read more
      the place for you. It is rugged, but promises to give you all the peace and quiet you want. There used to only be three hours of electricity here per day, but now it runs for 24 hours. If you pay a little extra, you can rent a place with a water heater. Since last year, they have also built a small road to get you here, but boat is still the most popular choice for travelers. Waterfront view bungalows are widely available. There are a few activities available in the mountain areas. You can also visit some of the native villages for a small entrance fee.
      .Comment.over 1 year ago. Report
      Joy thanked Juno Kim for this recommendation.
      Juno Kim

      If you want to be at a quiet place with beautiful view.

      Pro 2014
      Matthew Crompton recommended Muang Ngoi
      5
      The tiny riverside town of Muang Ngoi (also known as Muang Ngoi Neua, or Muang Ngoi 'north', to distinguish it from the district of the same name), might just be the sweetest place in the whole of ... read more
      Lao, and possibly mainland SE Asia. Situated on the banks of the muddy Nam Ou river, and only accessible by boat, it's a place with no cars, internet, or electricity, save that supplied by generators from 6-10 each night. Laid-back, pastoral, supremely cheap, and incredibly beautiful, it's a great place to go tubing or kayaking on the river (not just a booze-fest like Vang Viene), hiking in surrounding countryside, or exploring the karst-limestone caves dotted around the town. Likewise, it's an amazing place to kick back in a hammock and do nothing at all. In nearly 8 continuous months on the road thruout South and Southeast Asia, Muang Ngoi remains in my top 3 favorite places: not a place to be missed.
      .Comment.over 1 year ago. Report
      Joy thanked Matthew Crompton for this recommendation.
      Matthew Crompton

      Ditto what Stephen says - Muang Ngoi is a highlight of SE Asia.

      Pro 2014
      Stephen Bugno recommended Muang Ngoi
      5
      Muang Ngoi is a one-block dirt lane of a river-side village with no electricity and no roads. Only accessible by riverboat. Amazing place to chill out for a few days. Very quiet. Good place to read in ... read more
      a hammock or take a walk to surrounding villages. It is surprisingly quite filled with foreign backpackers.
      .Comment.over 1 year ago. Report
      Joy thanked Stephen Bugno for this recommendation.
      Stephen Bugno

      Muang Ngoi is a very quiet riverside village located a few hours from Luang Prabang.

    • Pro 2014
      Juno Kim recommended Nong Khiaw
      4
      Nong Khiaw is a gateway town along the Ou River in Laos. But Nong Khiaw is worth your time, with decent accommodation and lots of restaurants with excellent local cuisine. In fact, I had some of my ... read more
      favorite Laotian food in Nong Khiaw . It is also well-connected to a network of roads. The easiest way to reach Nong Khiaw is by bus from Udomxay (if you are coming from/ to Luang Namtha, you have to go through Udomxay) and Luang Prabang. The best thing to do in Nong Khiaw is to enjoy the view of the river. You can rent a bike to take a little tour around the waterfront, and visit the Riverside Resort for scenic views. You can also find a famous Laotian herbal steam bath in town.
      .Comment.over 1 year ago. Report
      Joy thanked Juno Kim for this recommendation.
      Juno Kim

      If you enjoy nature and quiet atmosphere...

    • Pro 2014
      Matthew Crompton commented on this trip

      Vaccinations to have:
      Hepatitis A&B, tetanus and diphtheria, typhoid. Japanese encephalitis you can generally live without (it's super, super rare, and expensive, and the shot can have side-effects, but if someone else is paying for it, then maybe go ahead?).
      As for antimalarials, I've taken doxycycline loads of times for malaria prophylaxis and (touch wood) have never gotten malaria. It should be available for pennies per dose at any developing world pharmacist, without a prescription. Dengue, of course, is nasty (though it probably won't kill you either), and there's no prophylaxis for it. Best to try and cover up when you're around mosquitoes. Good luck! =)

      .Comment.over 1 year ago. Report
      Joy thanked Matthew Crompton for this comment.
    • Pro 2014
      Stephen Bugno commented on this trip

      two weeks just in Laos? Will you be in other SEA countries?

      .Comment.over 1 year ago. Report
      Joy thanked Stephen Bugno for this comment.
    • The Gibbon ExperienceBokeo Nature Preserve, Laos
      Pro 2014
      Matthew Crompton recommended The Gibbon Experience
      5
      The ziplining adventure in the cloud forest of NW Lao's Bokeo Nature Preserve is a delight. Guided by local people (don't expect much in the way of English) you'll hike thru the forest heights, ... read more
      wherein you can clip in and sail across stretches of virgin jungle held in by just a climbing harness. Sleeping at night in a tree house on the edge of nowhere, and served tasty Lao food, there are few experiences in the country more memorable. Highly recommended, even if you'll likely never see those elusive gibbons.
      .Comment.over 1 year ago. Report
      Joy thanked Matthew Crompton for this recommendation.
      Matthew Crompton

      Likewise in northern Laos, if you've got two free days, this is unforgettable. Vientiane I've heard is good, if merely good. Good luck! =)

    • Pro 2014
      Stephen Bugno recommended Si Phan Don
      5
      Si Phan Don is probably my favorite place in Laos. But I think I have a special affection for the people of the lower Mekong / Mekong Delta. I think they are especially genuine and friendly. There is ... read more
      the crazy party scene on Don Det but also plenty of quiet places in Si Phan Don if that is your style. Rent a bike for $2 and send the afternoon peddling under palm trees and past rice paddies. Get a riverside hut for $5 a night and watch the Mekong flw by from you hammock. Now you are living.
      .Comment.over 1 year ago. Report
      Joy thanked Stephen Bugno for this recommendation.
      Stephen Bugno

      Not sure if you will go to the south but Si Phan Don is lovely. There is two-weeks worth of places in the north for you and it takes a long time and effort to get to the south, anyway. (But if you are going by land to Cambodia, it makes sense to stop here.)

    • Pro 2014
      Stephen Bugno recommended Vientiane
      4
      This is about the quietest southeast Asian capital there is. I spent a few days here and while it's not terribly exciting, on the other had it is quite relaxed. Many travelers skip it. I wouldn't ... read more
      necessarily avoid Vientiane, but I don't know if I would recommend going out of your way to come here. But overall a pleasant city.
      .Comment.over 1 year ago. Report
      Joy thanked Stephen Bugno for this recommendation.
      Stephen Bugno

      Vientiane is certainly not a must-see. While I actually like the city and can't really say anything bad about it, it is fine to skip if you only have two weeks in Laos. If you are heading from the north to the south, it makes sense to spend a day and night here.

    • Wat Xieng ThongKhem Khong, Luang Prabang, Laos
    • Elephant Village SanctuaryBan Xieng Lom Luang Prabang, Laos
    • Pha That LuangThat Luang Road, Vientiane Laos
    • Wat Tham Phu SiLuang Prabang

    Help Joy plan a great trip.

    Add a Recommendation
    Don't have a specific place to recommend?Add a comment instead
    Report
    Close large map View large map
    Sync your Gogobot Trip Plans with your mobile. Get the app today.